Happy First Birthday Thinking Thrifty

One year of Thinking Thrifty, WOW!

Where did that go?

It’s 12 months to the day since I launched the Thinking Thrifty blog purely to keep me on track with my saving.

I had the initial goal of saving enough for a mortgage deposit for my first house, £5,000 was my target back then, I wasn’t expecting things to escalate so quickly.

You see I had no idea you could make a living from blogging.

I knew there were people making a bit of cash from it, then I came across Michelle Schroeder of Making Sense of Cents and J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy.

If you’ve never checked these guys out and you have a dream to leave the 9-5 some day, look no further for inspiration – they changed my entire outlook on where I wanted to go with this.

These guys have carved out their own lifestyle through hard work and determination.

The fact that J. Money has tuned down a million dollar offer to buy his blog from him and Michelle , after taking 6 months to earn $100 is now earning in excess of $100,000 per month, tells you everything you need to know about these guys.

And believe it or not, the only personal finance blogs in the UK I had heard of at this time were Skint Dad and Debt Camel.

Little did I know there was a ready made community of UK Money Bloggers already out there.

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Wet behind the ears with no clue what I was doing

To say I was green to the whole blogging thing is an understatement, I’ll explain why!

When I decided I was going to create my own personal finance blog I sat and thought long and hard about the name.

I had a beauty…

The Blog Spot!

Yes, I wasn’t even aware that Blog Spot was a huge blogging platform already – DOOOOH!

Back to the drawing board I went and Thinking Thrifty was born.

It’s funny to look back now and think just how little I knew about this whole blogging thing, in all honesty I was awful.

My content wasn’t great and I was struggling to find my voice.

It’s true what other bloggers tell you, you really do learn something new every single day.

I soon found my voice and in just one year blogging has opened up so many doors for me.

I have a nice steady flow of extra money coming in, not enough to quit my job, which I might add I love, but not a million miles away.

Freelance writing, a VA gig and other online earners, such as matched betting, have seen my earning potential sore and I’m now in a position where I can start to forge my very own business.

Joining the UK Money Bloggers community

I woke up one morning to a Twitter message from Andy from Be Clever With Your Cash back in Spring, inviting me to join the community of bloggers he had assembled.

All of a sudden I had access to a wealth of knowledge from professional personal finance bloggers, people in the UK who had actually quit their jobs to run their own blogs full time.

I started to take things much more seriously, realising you didn’t have to live in the USA to make this work.

I was pitching for more freelance work, but most importantly, people were approaching me!

By September Thinking Thrifty was picking up the Best New Blog at the UK Money Bloggers SHOMO Awards and got to meet all these guys – it was a fantastic learning experience

It has to be said without Andy the UK Money Bloggers and the SHOMOS wouldn’t exist, so a big personal thank you Andy!

With the award came even more opportunities!

Aims for next year

I want to continue saving away as much as possible and increase my earning potential even further, eventually replacing my 9-5 wage.

There is no way I would ever consider going self-employed until I had at least doubled my current salary, purely because you just never know what is coming around the corner.

Over the last year my feelings about buying a property in the UK have changed somewhat.

I’m not so sure I want to commit to buying a property in a country I don’t really want to live in the long term, so I have a lot to consider on that one.

I quite fancy a life on the road traveling from one place to the other, however I’m not so sure I could convince PK to take up that life with me – it won’t be for the lack of trying believe me!

Thinking Thrifty Vlog and new ventures

2017 will see the launch of both the Thinking Thrifty vlog plus a brand new blog which will remain top secret for now!

Hopefully I won’t offend too many of you with my mug on YouTube and you’ll find the content both interesting and informative.

Final word

I suppose the only thing left to say is a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to visit and have a read of the blog this year.

There would be little point in doing this if it wasn’t interesting someone, and I’ve been blown away by some of the feedback and kind comments I’ve received over this last year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and and even better 2017!

Thinking Thrifty

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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6 thoughts on “Happy First Birthday Thinking Thrifty

  1. Happy 1st Birthday TT. It’s always great to get to the one year milestone, especially when you’ve done as well as you have 😀

    I look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2017 and will probably see you again at the SHOMOs 😉

    1. Thanks Chammy! It’s been a great year, you’ll definitely be seeing me at the SHOMOS again next year, whether I’ve been nominated or not lol!

    1. Keep at it, you will learn something new every day and it is totally worth all the hard work in the end. I’ve still got so much to learn, I still consider myself a junior at this!

    1. Thanks Francesca! I can’t complain with that first year at all, here’s to a successful 2017 for both of us!

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