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  1. Last year I wrote a bit of a ranty post over on JoanneDewberry.co.uk about how some of the big companies don't reward loyalty to existing customers – their discounts are only available for newbies. To cut along story short I ended my 11 year relationship with The AA and cancelled my insurance opting for the same cover only cheaper with a different company. But one thing I didn't cancel was my breakdown cover – I actually altered it so it was valid for the car – so if David was driving he was covered in my car.

    Yesterday after a very lovely arts and crafts session with M&M at Create It All we were driving home when I realised I had no petrol. As I went to pull into a Tesco Petrol Station I realised the battery light was on, then more lights started flashing. I stopped the car got out and in my haste I had parked to far from the pump! GRR!! Got in turned the key … nothing. Car was dead!

    Now you may or may not know that I've not actually had a mobile phone since April! Yes I know how am I not dead!? How have I survived without this basic piece of technology? I walked into Tesco and explained to the lady I was broken down and that I did not have a phone could I use theirs. She was very kind, very helpful and anyway I called The AA.

    The operator said it would be about 40 minutes … so I called the Mother in law and asked her to come rescue M&M – who after a drink and snack which lasted a whole 5 minutes they were bored! Mother in Law and The AA arrived at the same time – handy! Once the problem was established – Nanny went home. The AA managed to get me and the car home via one of their batteries but lets just say that the car is off the road for a few days!

    As it turns out I didn't need Nanny really to come and rescue the children but as she was only 20 minutes away and it was hot I decided to call. I can't fault the service I had yesterday and were really grateful for the speedy arrival and for enabling me to get the car home. Thank you Mr AA Man!

    I know times are hard but please please what ever you do don't cancel your Breakdown Recovery you just don't know when you will need it!

    Check out some of my ways to make money from your unwanted clutter and use comparison sites to find the best deal around. Don't be worried or frightened about moving about from one provider to another each year.

    Be safe! If not for you for your children!! 


  2. MoneyMost of my money making from clutter blog posts have been for those mass items that have a small price ticket – clothing, toys, CD's and DVD's for example can reach from 20p - £2 so hardly going to make you a millionaire.

    If you have some larger value objects here are 4 super savvy suggestions.

    • Auction Houses – most will give you a free evaluation so its worth getting things like china, stamps, jewellery and coins checked out – if they are worth it put them into the next auction but remember to check out the commission the auctioneers will take.

    • If they aren't worth a huge amount Ebay or Gumtree are great selling forums.

    • As our children get older and technology advances we can sometimes end up with a redundant range of games consoles. Your unwanted Xbox and Playstation can be exchanged for cash from places like MusicMagpie and remember they take the games as well as the consoles, clothing, CD's and DVD's too so you can soon make up a nice cash pile.

    • Jewellery can be scrapped too – I had a pile of broken chains and odd earrings. I took them to a shop who bought them for their weight value I was surprised to receive nearly £50 especially given that they were broken and useless to me.

    • Furniture and Vintage style items – there are a few warehouses around where you can “rent” a space to sell your items. The showroom is split into individual sellers, who all name and price their products but the check out is one main one at the end. There is a place like this in Dorset – Molly's Den. Rent can start from £60per calender month – great way to sell and store larger items!

    Once you have managed to have a super clear out try not to let it build up again. 

    *Disclosure – this contains a sponsored link but the content has been written by Joanne and not influenced by anyone.