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5 fun facts about money I never knew

When I was a kid I used to have loads of those 'FunFax's which were fun facts on little cards you could collect.   It was like your own personal Encyclopedia.   You would buy them in WHSmiths, or Woolworths (now there's a name from the past) in little packets and then you could file them away in this little A5 folder to keep.  I used to love doing that. I reckon if they were still around today I would probably still collect them.

I still very much enjoy reading up about different facts, mostly ones connected to History, so I decided to have a little search on the internet and of course, found a list of facts about Money, that I would like to share with you.

The First Coins Were Created By The Massachusetts Bay Colony

This original colony of people (before they were split into 13 different colonies some time later)  was an English settlement that began in 1628.   In 1630 they had migrated to New England, America where their governance consisted of leaders influenced by Puritan teachings (English protestants who were unhappy with the Roman Catholic practices in the Church of England, apparently). Soon after the Pequot war of 1638, the colony began to engage in trade with England and the West Indies, and due to the lack of hard currency at that time, they went on to develop the first coins of monetary value in 1652.   That is is interesting as I do know the Romans had already developed coins centuries before this, but these were the first coins to have a significant value in terms of currency.   

Queen Elizabeth II Holds The Record For Appearing On Currency Than Any Other Person

That I can believe, but it was something I didn't know.   Our Queen is very popular, long may she still reign, but for some reason I thought it could have been maybe Queen Victoria, but I am glad it is our Queen Elizabeth instead.  There are five images on coins of her that I know of.   Obviously the earlier coins are no longer in circulation, but they would be very good collectors pieces if you could get hold of them.  I bet they are worth a fortune now.   Interestingly as well, the runner up is in fact Abraham Lincoln.   I have seen a fair few pictures of coins with him on them too, so I think that makes sense too.

The Medieval Credit Card Actually Existed

As a stick.   I think this is by far my favourite fact I have found about money.   When I first read this I genuinely thought it was a joke, but it's all true.   In Medieval Europe they used to use a stick when someone wanted to 'borrow' money off of someone else.  It says they would split a stick in half, one for the borrower and one for the creditor.  After a payment had been made they would put the sticks together side by side and make a mark to say they had paid and how many payments they had left to make.   Simple really.   I wish it were still that simple now.   Fascinating fact though I think.

There Are Secret Designs On The $1 Bill

Now this is really cool.  I have a few one dollar bills floating about somewhere as I have visited America myself, most recently last year when I went to Florida.   Save me rummaging around looking for one, I have found a picture that depicts all the information.  I think it's truly fascinating what all those little images mean.

You should do a search to see what else there is connected to the one dollar bill.  Genuinely makes me wonder why the number 13 is considered 'unlucky' because in my opinion according to this fact, the number 13 seems to be one of the luckiest numbers ever.   I love this fact.  This is by far my favourite that I have found so far.

More Monopoly Money Is Printed Every Year Than Real Money

Well this is just bizarre! Never mind interesting, this is just weird.  I know that in the game of Monopoly there is a fair amount of paper notes involved in the game, but seriously how can you compare Monopoly money to our own?  Is the game really that popular?   It seems as though it is.   I don't mind a game of Monopoly myself, but I never imagined that Monopoly money was printed more than our own.   They must sell an awful lot of Monopoly sets then.   I bet it's simply because it's a good way of learning how to manage your money, when all you would have to pay out is the money for the game itself.  I do know you can get extra money too, because I guess after a while it can easily get torn or lost.   I definitely found that very interesting I must say.

Like I said, I do enjoy reading up about facts in general, they don't have to be about money.   Although I do see them personally as historic, I do also consider these to be fun facts, and I find them so intriguing.  I just thought I would share them with everyone as well.   

Out of all of them, the secret designs on the dollar bills is most definitely my favourite.  That is simply because, yes they are 'secret' and also because of their intricate detailed design.   I think that is really something I would like to explore a bit more of.  

I always wonder if they do one of those Fun Fax files for adults.  They do still exist because I have checked.   I know you might be thinking, why would you need one, we have the internet now....Well as the name suggests, just for fun!

Thank you for reading!

Take care 

Sarah x

learning on how to expand my Pinterest reach

Hi Everyone

I have always gone through phases with Pinterest UK over the last four years or so.  I have been trying really hard to work out exactly how long I have had a Pinterest account and it's funny because I don't think it's as long as I think it is.  One of the first things I noticed about Pinterest is once you start pinning you can lose all track of time.  You think you have been on the site for an hour, when in actual fact you have been on it for three!   Does anybody else find this?   To be truthful that is actually one of the main reasons why I love it so much.

When I decided to take up blogging again after two years of being 'on a break' (I know it's a long time to be on a break) I found my way back into the blogging world...and just recently I might add, and I had no idea how massive Pinterest has become for every blogger out there right now.  No idea!  As it turns out, Pinterest isn't just an app you use to show off ALL the things you love for fun.  It is now also a 'tool' you can use to help promote yourself, your blog and your 'brand'.  Of course this also means you can support others who have similar ideas, and follow their boards on Pinterest as well as regularly reading their blogs.   Another important element I learnt about Pinterest recently, is providing a little written reference in the description box, to why you have chosen that Pin.   I have never done that either.  Until now that is.  And I really do love that idea.

Courtesy Of Pinterest.  An example of one of my favourite pins.  ric.  
One of the reasons why I love it so much is because it is very atmospheric.

Pinterest has become a very crucial tool for blogging, more so than I even imagined.   There is so much inspiration you can gain from it for practically any subject you are blogging about, sometimes it can be a bit hard to know where to start.   The easiest solution I came up with...and this is particularly if you are just starting out on using Pinterest, whether that be to promote your blog or not, is to start out building boards on the things that you love, and the things you are passionate about.   One of the things I am now passionate about is finding different ways of making and saving money, and I do believe that in time, Pinterest will start to help me find these ideas. 

Another aspect to be consider, is developing your own personal brand.   Your brand is something unique and special to you.  It's the knowledge you acquire in the particular subjects or fields that you choose to pursue.   It's your dreams, your goals - short and long term, personal and professional.  Your brand is who you are....and who you aspire to be.  What matters most is how you present yourself to others, and how will YOU set yourself apart from everyone else?   This is something I personally would like to focus on also.

One of the important things for any blogger is to be seen.   You want people to read your blog posts, and follow your Pinterest boards, and your Instagram and Facebook accounts.  I want people to read my blog because I want them to hear what I have to say.   Pinterest is fast becoming a really great tool to help promote your blog.  I have already been reading up how other bloggers are able to use Pinterest to help promote their blog post or website.  There just seems to be so much potential with it, it's incredible.

So what else can you use Pinterest for? I am aware that many people use Pinterest for Business to a degree, and there is obviously a Business section within it, although I am just interested in how else I can use Pinterest personally rather than professionally at the moment.   Although I am sure if the time comes I could probably find the business process for using Pinterest quite rewarding.  

Another reason I use Pinterest quite frequently, is finding inspiration for my drawing.  I haven't been drawing all that long and I will admit I can be very indecisive sometimes about what I want to draw.   Pinterest is perfect for finding inspiration on what to draw because there are no limitations with it.   I really love it for that.   I then re-pin my drawings to Pinterest, and share them on Instagram as well.      If anyone fancies checking them out they are under My Art. 

I really love the fact I can share my artwork on Pinterest it's brilliant.   It's only just recently that I have discovered how popular Pinterest now is for sharing your blog post on also.   And, do you know I love to find and read other people's blogs on Pinterest.  In the past I have normally just used Twitter as my main funnel for finding other blogs, but just recently I have started to think that Pinterest is slowly becoming the go to place to find other blogs, and that is purposely because of the overall visual aspect attached to it.  

So what do I really want to gain from Pinterest?  If you ask yourself the same question try not to over think it.  Truth be told I still over-think a lot of things.  But sometimes it's best just to trust your gut and  run with it.  I want to basically bottle my brand, and then slowly but surely, extend my brand reach. That is the plan anyway.  I want to be inspired, and I want others to be inspired by me.   That is why I am trying to up my Pinterest game, and I know the more I share, the more likely I am to succeed in expanding my Pinterest reach.

Thank you for reading.

Take care everyone x

Sarah x

best useful money finds I have discovered this week

I always find it good to keep an eye on how money in general is performing in the UK.   By this I mean bank rates, wage increases, savings accounts percentage increases (we all hope), and most importantly the cost of living, rising food prices that kind of thing.   How much do we actually get for that one pound coin?  These are things that are very important to us all, not just to me.  In the last couple of months, and even before I started this blog, I had begun to read articles for my own personal interest on how money is beginning to affect MY day to day life.    For example, we had the annual minimal wage increase in April, and then the rise in petrol prices came two months later in June which seemed to completely wipe that wage increase out.   I guess it's just the way things are, but that doesn't make it any less irritating.   Despite that it is still good to know these things because then I can adapt and make sure I spend my money more wisely.

There are a number of money saving websites I have visited over the last few years.  The first site being and this is for my car.   I use it every year to get cheaper car insurance and nothing else.  Of course there are plenty more of these comparison sites out there but personally this is one of my favourites.   It's not the only site I use, and it's good to explore other sites out there too. is the second site.   What I love about this site is how it will take a product, for example the smart watch, and then link it to their life insurance comparison section which is actually really clever.   Another product advertised on their site is a general smartphone app that calculates how many steps you take per day which again is then linked to life insurance, or critical illness cover.   What I am trying to say is, with this site it makes you stop and think about products that can improve the quality of your life.   That's what I do love about it.   It gives me ideas and possibilities for me personally to consider for my day to day life, and for the future.

The third site on my list is the one I use the most, and because I find the most useful personally for me on a number of levels, and it probably comes to no surprise that this is Perhaps it is because the site itself is what I would call a very good all-rounder.  It gives ideas on how to save on pretty much anything, which is why Martin Lewis is practically a genius.  Yes it does all the usual stuff like banking and credit cards and insurance, but what I find most helpful for me are the 'Deals and Shopping' section, and the 'Income and Budgeting' section.   A piece of advice I would like to give everyone is if you get the chance you should look at this site everyday, because it might just give you some ideas, deals or coupons to help you save money on some things you really need, or maybe want.   I always like compare different sites when I am buying somethings online.  I generally use Amazon and eBay and I am forever flitting between the two.  But that doesn't mean to say I won't still check the Boots store, or The Works store in town to see if they have what I want there at a cheaper price, particularly if I have points to spend.   There are always a few things to consider and it's worth just taking the time to find out where is the best place to buy the thing you want.

There are a couple of other things I have found out today whilst browsing the internet, and I think they are also useful money finds if you want to save a bit.

1) Coffee has had a VAT cut, which means you now save on average around 13p on your Starbucks latte.  As a coffee drinker myself that's great.   Definitely chuffed about that one.

2) The tax credit deadline is 31st of July.  Only 4 days left so get in quick if you want to make a saving on that one.  Of course now, Tax credits have been replaced with Universal credit, as I still live at home with my parents, Tax or Universal credit is not something I have looked into in any great detail, but it is something that I may have to consider in the future depending on my circumstances.

3) Also, if you need a decent smartphone for your business the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is now £50 a month.  Not sure at this point what else it does but if it is classed as a business smartphone I am sure that will be a pretty good deal.

4) This is particularly interesting for me as I generally buy on Amazon quite regularly.  Google has now eradicated it's shopping fees for customers because their rivalry with Amazon appears to have gone up a notch or two.  I find that quite intriguing, and I might have to have a little gander on Google, and eBay myself  after finding that out.

5) And last but not least, if you like Cherry Pepsi Max, in Tesco they have 24 cans on offer for £7.00 which I think is a really good deal.  Definitely worth it if you like them because 24 cans do usually last a fair while.  I must admit I only started drinking them more regularly this year, and they are certainly better for you than the full sugar Pepsi that's for sure.   I just really love my cherry cokes at the moment. and they are definitely even better when they are on offer.

Thank you all for reading my post, I hope you have enjoyed it and maybe taken some tips from it.  I feel they are all really great websites that you can always take away something useful from if you are looking to save a little bit of cash.

Take care everyone x

Sarah x