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Monthly Matched Betting Diaries…9 Months On

Those of you who follow this blog will know that I regularly update my matched betting diaries to show how much money I’m making from matched betting. This is the latest instalment covering my matched betting earnings in February 2017.

The purpose of these updates is to show just how much it’s possible to earn from matched betting in your spare time. I’m a full time mum of two. It goes without saying that life is pretty hectic. On a good week I can normally spare about 6 hours for matched betting. But this isn’t always the case, sometimes it’s a lot less! Yet I make about £500 per month matched betting. By sharing how I can do it, I hope to convince people that anyone can do matched betting. With the support of Profit Accumulator, it’s possible to make money long-term from matched betting.

I make about £500 per month matched betting. By sharing how I can do it, I hope to convince people that anyone can do matched betting.

Busy Busy Busy

The trail end of Winter has brought lots of bugs into the household and we’ve all been suffering with various ailments. My youngest, 18-month-old Oliver, really has taken the full brunt of it all, meaning he was a very clingy and demanding little baby for most of the month. It was also half-term and I had a weekend away planned. Thrown into the mix was also the small matter of planning Lily’s 5th birthday party – with 25 excited 4 & 5-year-olds! So it goes without saying it’s been a busy month!

Matched betting necessarily had a to take a bit of a backseat this month. That’s why I’m amazed to have made the most money I have since last October. Admittedly, this was helped by me getting lucky on a few different casino offers this month. I also had one final sign up offer to complete. I’d been putting it off for a few months because it had a large rollover attached to it, meaning my money would be tied up for a while. So it was time to bite the bullet and tackle it this month!

MATCHED BETTING EARNINGS

FEBRUARY 2017 – £614.68

  • The total amount I made matched betting in February 2017 was £614.68.

When I started matched betting my aim was to make roughly £500 per month. While I’ve beaten that target this month this isn’t always possible. Yet I’m still on track to make this much over the course of my first year matched betting.

Given I was so busy and it was also a short month, it was difficult to find time for matched betting. So, again, I probably spent about 4 hours per week matched betting on average. It’s amazing to have earned more than £600 for 16 hours’ work. That works out to almost £40 per hour this month! It’s great that I can make this money at home, at times that suit me and my children.

It’s great that I can make this money at home, at times that suit me and my children

MATCHED BETTING EARNINGS TO DATE – £5279.29

So, in the eight months I’ve now been doing matched betting I have made an impressive £5279.29. If you want to learn more about how and when I made this money take a look at my previous earnings reports:

WHICH MATCHED BETTING OFFERS DID I COMPLETE?

So how did I make that money? Here’s a breakdown of the different types of offers I got involved in through February 2017:

BET X, AND GET A FREE BET: £388.36

  • These are the bread and butter matched betting offers where you bet a certain amount and get a free bet.
  • Profit Accumulator list all of the reload offers you can continue to get involved in long after completing the bookmaker sign up offers. Most of my earnings come from checking this list most days.
  • It’s also worth checking back to the sign up offers listed on Profit Accumulator every month or so. As I mentioned above, I had one final signup offer to complete which I’d been putting off because there was a large rollover attached should the qualifying and/or free bet win into the bookmaker account. But I bit the bullet this month and was still able to make a large chunk of money.
  • Some bookmakers change their introductory offers quite often. So I also found a new bookmaker listed this month. I was lucky that this bookie offered some free spins when you signed up to them. I’ve never had any luck with free spins previously but ended up in profit from these, which was very helpful!

CASINO OFFERS: £210.79

  • If you’ve not yet completed any casino offers, my introductory guide is worth a read.
  • Not all casino offers are risk-free. Regular readers will know that I’ve avoided casino offers since losing a little bit of money a while ago.
  • However, Profit Accumulator crunch the numbers and offer advice about the amount of money you are likely to make and how to approach the offers. There seemed to be a lot of casino offers available this month. So I decided it was time to attempt some of these once again.
  • I never put more than £25 of my own money at risk. And, to be honest, I’ll normally only risk this much if I’m having a good month matched betting. My luck was in this month. While I’ve never had an elusive ‘big win’, I did manage to bank some good chunks of money in each of the offers I attempted. I wasn’t always lucky but, still, I’m very happy to have made more than £200 from these in one month alone.
  • My advice is to think carefully about the amount of money you are prepared to risk and have a go. But always follow Profit Accumulator’s advice and never ever be tempted to try and win back any money you lose by having another go!

ACCUMULATOR REFUNDS: -£2.72

  • These are offers where you get a free bet if one leg of an accumulator – where you bet on a few different results as part of the same bet – loses.
  • I started off the month with good intentions to get more accumulator bets under my belt. However, during my first weekend, most of the supposed favourites suffered surprising defeats. This meant all of my accumulators had more than one losing team. This meant there was no possibility of a refund and I lost all of my qualifying losses, amounting to £30.
  • After this, I was weary of completing accumulators. Furthermore my weekends were also very busy this month – and you normally need to be free at various points of the weekend to place your lay bets. So I didn’t get much of a chance to recoup my costs.
  • I aim to get more involved this month and will be publishing my introductory guide to these types of bets too.

PRICE BOOSTS: £26.18

  • I like completing price boosts because they are a quick way to make money instantly. The amount of money you can make from enhanced prices can seem very small (only a few pounds at a time, if you are lucky). But as it’s so quick to place the bets this is a very efficient way of making money. And the amount of money you can make adds up very quickly.

MUG BETS: -£9.13

  • I should perhaps have placed more mug bets this month. When you rely on reload offers for your matched betting income it’s important to look after your accounts to still be able to take advantage of offers. This is something I need to improve on to look like more of a normal betting customer.

FOOTBALL REFUND OFFERS: £5.10

  • There are lots of different offers attached to football games where you can get free bets in a variety of circumstances. This includes: when the team you back scores a goal; hitting the crossbar; losing your bet in the last few minutes of a game.

HORSE REFUND OFFERS: -£3.90

  • These are offers where you can get a free bet depending on the outcome of the race and the place where your horse finishes.
  • These are riskier offers in that there is no guarantee of a free bet, so you will suffer some qualifying losses. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit any free bets so suffered a small loss this month.

IS MATCHED BETTING FOR YOU?

If reading my diaries has inspired you to start matched betting, read my guide explaining what matched betting is.

Then I’d recommend signing up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. They walk you through the matched betting process step by step. With only a few hours spare each week to do matched betting, I find the service Profit Accumulator offers invaluable. They tell me which offers to complete and help me find the bets. They save me hours of work which means my time is instead focused on making money! You can read more about the service Profit Accumulator offers in my full review, which includes information about their new loyalty scheme

Profit Accumulator’s free trial allows you to make £35-£40 simply by trying a couple of the different introductory offers available. It’s the perfect way to see if matched betting is for you.

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Follow Matched Betting Mum’s Lead

The Occasional Flutter

I don’t gamble. Well, that’s not strictly true. I dream of a big win on the lottery every time there’s a decent rollover. Following in the family tradition, I’ll have a little flutter on the Grand National every year. And if I ever go for a girlie day out to the races, I’ll set aside some cash for a few bets. Guided by the horses’ names and the jersey colours, it is in fact rare I’ll bring any winnings home with me!

My experience of bookies is also limited. I’ll be frank, they scare me! In the couple of times I have ventured in I got some odd looks from the regulars. The cashier wasn’t too friendly when I pleaded for help working out how to complete the betslip either.

And, apart from getting behind the national football team, I’m only really a fairweather sports fan. Unless there’s a chance of some glory I can share in I don’t really enjoy watching sport.

The Betting World Is A Scary Place

So, when I had children and took a break from work, getting into matched betting was the last thing I – or anyone I knew – thought I’d do! The betting world is intimidating, especially if you haven’t really gambled before. And although matched betting is risk free, it takes some time to get your head around how it all works. Yet, eight months after taking the plunge, I’m singing the praises of matched betting. And now I’m on a mission to spread the word, especially amongst other mums.

Matched Betting Is Perfect For Mums

That’s because matched betting is perfect for anyone who can spare a few hours a week. And, while life with a 5 and 1-year-old is chaotic and hectic, I do have some spare time occasionally. Rather than do the housework or browse Facebook, I now spend that time matched betting.

By sharing my own experiences about matched betting in my own blog, my aim is to show just what it’s possible for other mums like me to achieve.

Take It Slowly At First

I think it’s fair to say I’m risk averse. I remember being overwhelmed and finding the whole process very daunting at first. So it took me months to pluck up the courage to place my first few bets. Then I checked, double checked – and checked again – to make sure all the figures were correct before pressing any buttons to place the bets. Five minutes later I went back to the different websites to check all of the bets were still open. What with all the faff of filling out my personal details every time I opened a new bookie account, I wondered if it was really worth all this effort. But, lured by the prospect of some easy money, I persevered.

The Initial Effort Is Worth It

And I’m testament that all the initial effort is worth it. You’ll quickly realise how and why you’re making money. Once your accounts are set up, it takes less than 5 minutes to complete most offers. I now spend a maximum of 5-6 hours per week matched betting. On the whole, I’ll do this in the evenings and when my youngest sleeps during the day. I still take the children out for the day, have trips to the park and go to numerous different clubs and groups with them.

I don’t place bets every day and I try to keep my weekends as free as possible because it’s our family time. But there are still plenty of opportunities for me to make money. Try out all of the offers that are available and don’t dismiss those low value offers; all those £5 free bets quickly add up!

Getting Started With Matched Betting

If I can do it so can you. So if you’ve been sitting on the fence waiting to try out matched betting, why don’t you follow my lead and give it a try? Take a look at my introduction to matched betting if you want to more know about the process.

Then I’d recommend signing up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. I find the service Profit Accumulator offers invaluable. They walk you through the matched betting process step by step. They tell me which offers to complete and help me find the bets. This saves me hours of work which means my time is instead focused on making money! With only a few hours spare each week to do matched betting, I wouldn’t be able to make anywhere near the amount of money I do without this help.  You can read more about the service Profit Accumulator offers in my full review.

Matched Betting Mum Tips and Advice

My top tips and guide to matched betting terminology are really useful if you’re just starting out. This blog is also updated regularly to offer you the latest tips and advice. And I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so get in touch if you want my advice or have any questions about anything at all.

In the eight months since I started, it’s true I don’t have an immaculately tidy house. However, I have made nearly £5000! And, while I’m still not an avid sports fan, I am impressed with my newfound sporting knowledge! My husband loves being able to chat about the footie results with me now. However, I tend to keep it to myself when I make money from his beloved team Tottenham losing.

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MONTHLY MATCHED BETTING DIARY…8 MONTHS ON

Towards the end of last year I started my regular series of posts about how much money I’m making from matched betting. This is the latest instalment covering my matched betting earnings in January 2017.

The purpose of these updates is to show just how much it’s possible to earn from matched betting in your spare time. I’m a full time mum of two. With an 18-month-old boy who’s into everything, I don’t have much spare time! I’m lucky if I can spend 6 hours per week in total matched betting. Yet I manage to make about £500 per month. By sharing how I can do it, I hope to convince people that matched betting is suitable for anyone. With the support of Profit Accumulator, it’s possible to make money long-term from matched betting.

I’m lucky if I can spend 6 hours per week in total matched betting. Yet I manage to make about £500 per month.

BACK TO MATCHED BETTING AFTER A BREAK

The canny among you will realise there’s a month missing since my last update when I reported my matched betting earnings up to the end of November 2016. That’s because I took December off to focus on enjoying Christmas. I loved my time away but, by early January, I was keen to get back to matched betting.

It took me a while to get back into the swing of things. It struck me that there weren’t as many reload offers available as I’d normally expect to see. I’d read that this was quite normal for the time of year and discussions with fellow matched betters confirmed this. Therefore, while I was disappointed not to meet my £500 target this month, I was grateful to make as much as I did!

MATCHED BETTING EARNINGS

JANUARY 2017 – £407.26

  • The total amount I made matched betting in January 2017 was £407.26.

When I started matched betting my aim was to make roughly £500 per month. I’ve beaten this most months. So I’m still on track to make this over the course of my first year matched betting!

Most offers are linked to major sporting events. As there wasn’t too much happening in January, it’s not surprising there were fewer offers available. The plus side of this is that I didn’t spend as much time matched betting, leaving me with more time to myself. Looking back over the month I probably spent about 4 hours per week matched betting on average. For the effort involved, I’m chuffed to have been able to make more than £400. That works out to more than £25 per hour. Not bad considering I can make this money at home, at times that suit me and my children.

I’m chuffed to have been able to make more than £400. That works out to more than £25 per hour. 

MATCHED BETTING EARNINGS TO DATE – £4664.61

So, in the eight months I’ve now been doing matched betting I have made an impressive £4664.61. If you want to learn more about how and when I made this money take a look at my previous earnings reports:

WHICH MATCHED BETTING OFFERS DID I COMPLETE?

So how did I make that money? Here’s a breakdown of the different types of offers I got involved in through January 2017:

BET X, AND GET A FREE BET: £283.59

  • These are the bread and butter matched betting offers where you bet a certain amount and get a free bet.
  • Profit Accumulator list all of the reload offers you can continue to get involved in long after completing the bookmaker sign up offers. Most of my earnings come from checking this list most days.
  • It’s also worth checking back to the sign up offers listed on Profit Accumulator every month or so. Some bookmakers change their introductory offers. So this month I found £50 worth of offers with bookmakers I hadn’t previously signed up to.

CASINO OFFERS: £10.93

  • After taking a hit the last time I completed some casino offers, I was weary of completing them. So this relatively small amount of money was made from completing only the risk-free offers that were available this month.
  • If you’ve not yet completed any casino offers, my introductory guide is worth a read. Not all casino offers are risk-free but they are definitely worth attempting. Profit Accumulator crunch the numbers and offer advice about the amount of money you are likely to make and how to approach the offers. I’ve now made more than a few hundred pounds from these offers alone.
  • My advice is to think carefully about the amount of money you are prepared to risk and have a go. This month I didn’t want to take any risks, especially as there were fewer matched betting offers available. However, some months I will risk up to £20 if an offer looks like it is good value.

ACCUMULATOR REFUNDS: £31.01

  • These are offers where you get a free bet if one leg of an accumulator – where you bet on a few different results as part of the same bet – loses.
  • I didn’t complete many accumulator offers this month so this wasn’t a bad return. I’m still finding my way with these types of bets. They do offer an extra way to make money but they can be time consuming, especially if you want to earn larger amounts of money. If you’re a little confused by these types of offers, I’ll be completing an introductory guide to accumulator bets soon.

PRICE BOOSTS: £31.78

  • I like completing price boosts because they are a quick way to make money instantly. The amount of money you can make from enhanced prices can seem very small (only a few pounds at a time, if you are lucky). But as it’s so quick to place the bets this is a very efficient way of making money. And the amount of money you can make adds up very quickly.
  • I purposely didn’t take advantage of too many enhanced odds this month. That’s because the bookmakers will limit the amount of money you can place on these types of bets if they think you might be abusing them.

MUG BETS: -£14.59

  • I should perhaps have placed more mug bets this month. When you rely on reload offers for your matched betting income it’s important to look after your accounts to still be able to take advantage of offers. This is something I need to improve on to look like more of a normal betting customer.

FOOTBALL REFUND OFFERS: £64.54

  • There are lots of different offers attached to football games where you can get free bets in a variety of circumstances. This includes: when the team you back scores a goal; hitting the crossbar; losing your bet in the last few minutes of a game.
  • I started to get more involved in these types of offers over the last month and was impressed with the results.

IS MATCHED BETTING FOR YOU?

If reading my diaries has inspired you to start matched betting, read my guide explaining what matched betting is.

Then I’d recommend signing up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. They walk you through the matched betting process step by step. With only a few hours spare each week to do matched betting, I find the service Profit Accumulator offers invaluable. They tell me which offers to complete and help me find the bets. They save me hours of work which means my time is instead focused on making money! You can read more about the service Profit Accumulator offers in my review.

Profit Accumulator’s free trial allows you to make £35-£40 simply by trying a couple of the different introductory offers available. It’s the perfect way to see if matched betting is for you.

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Top Subscription Box Freebies & New Member Deals

It won’t come as a surprise to you that I try to be as money savvy as possible. I look to save costs and get good value at any opportunity. But with my spare time taken up with matched betting there’s not much chance to look into new ways of saving. Subscription boxes are a great way to have freebies sent direct to your door. But I’ve never really looked at what’s available.

Luckily, Megan from Money Saving Megan is a self-confessed subscription addict. Her blog aims to share the best fashion and beauty bargains, freebies, vouchers and subscriptions around. In this guest post, she’s handily pulled together a summary of the best new member subscription box deals around at the moment. And the great thing is there’s loads of freebies out there up for grabs. I shall definitely be checking out these deals myself.

MONEY SAVING MEGAN

Hi there! I’m Megan and I love shopping but I also love saving money! Oh and I’m also a subscription addict…

I aim to share with you the best fashion and beauty bargains, freebies, vouchers and subscriptions around at the moment so you too can benefit from the savings!

I’ve listed below the best new member subscription box deals around at the moment and a big thank you to the fabulous Matched Betting Mum for featuring me!

Pop on over to my blog for fashion, beauty and lifestyle on a budget. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the freebies!

1. GRAZE

Most of you have probably heard of Graze but just in case you haven’t Graze deliver delicious healthy snacks through your letter box.

Overhead shot of healthy snacks

A variety of healthy snacks can be sent to you direct in the post from Graze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The usual price is £3.99 per box. Get your 1st, 5th & 10th box free! 

2. TOUCAN BOX

This is one for the kids. Toucan box is a craft subscription box for children aged 3-8. Get your first box free. Usual price £3.95 + 98p postage per fortnight.

3. MY WEEKEND BOX

Get fun, personalised activities to enjoy with the kids at the weekend delivered through your door.

Children's subscription boxes provide a variety of craft activities

You can have children’s craft sets sent to you through regular subscriptions. The variety of crafts available are bound to keep them interested week after week.

 

 

4. SIMPLY COOK

Delicious recipe kit subscription. Receive herbs, spices and stocks to make delicious recipes. Get your trial box for  only £1!

Money Saving Megan has through reviews of all the boxes available.

 

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A New Year Boost – Matched Betting

WINTER BLUES

February. It’s not really up there as the best month of the year. So far, it’s been cold, dark, damp and miserable. Winter is dragging on and the warmer days of Spring still seem a very long way off. What with the credit card bills from Christmas also being due, it’s all a bit depressing.

However, I’ve got the perfect pick me up. How does the prospect of making some extra cash from the comfort and warmth of your own home sound?

MATCHED BETTING

Matched betting allows me to make extra money from home, working around my kids. It’s perfect for anyone who has a little spare time. Since I started six months ago, I’ve made more than £4000. Don’t tell me that extra money wouldn’t give you a welcome mid-winter boost? In fact, it could go a long way towards paying for a warm and sunny holiday this summer.

MATCHED BETTING IS NOT A SCAM

Sounds far too good to be true doesn’t it? I can assure you it’s not a scam. It’s been tried and tested by journalists at The Telegraph and Huffington Post. And here’s what The Guardian has to say about it:

“With bookmakers offering ‘free bets’ to tempt new customers, you can play the system and pocket hundreds of pounds – with little risk to your own cash” (The Guardian, June 2010)

Despite its name, matched betting doesn’t involve you betting or gambling in the traditional sense. Instead, you can take advantage of the free bets bookmakers give out as incentives for you to sign up with them. Instead of leaving it to chance, by following a set process you can make at least 70% of the value of those free bets every time.

How does it work?

It is actually very simple to play the system and make money from free bet offers. But it does take time to get your head around how and why it works.

  • Sign up to an online bookmaker which is offering a free bet for new customers.
  • Sign up to a betting exchange website. These sites let you bet against the outcome of a particular game or match.
  • Place a qualifying bet. Don’t simply choose a random bet which could win or lose. Instead, you need to place 2 bets – 1 for and 1 against the same outcome. This means backing a bet with a bookmaker and also laying against that outcome with a betting exchange. By doing this, all the outcomes are covered. This means that when the match or game finishes you will get your money back.
  • The bookmaker will then award you a free bet.
  • Repeat the same process with the free bet. You need to place 2 bets both for and against the same outcome. Once again, you’ll get your money back. But as this was free money given to you by the bookmaker in the first place you actually make the value of the free bet so will be in profit.
  • As you always back and lay against the same outcome there’s never a chance for your money to be lost.

RISK FREE & TAX FREE

Matched betting is a RISK FREE way of making extra money. What’s more, all the money you make is TAX FREE.

To learn more about how it works this video tutorial explains more about matched betting.
By following this simple method, you can always make at least 70% of the value of the free bets offered by bookmakers. There are more than 50 bookmakers in the UK with introductory offers worth well over £2000. This means there’s at least £1500 to be made simply by signing up to them.

The great thing about matched betting is that the bookmakers want you to continue betting with them once you’ve signed up so there are ongoing reload offers all the time. If you want, you can carry on making between £500-£1000 a month if you can spare 1-2 hours a day.

How do I get started?

It’s possible for you to research all of the offers that are available, analyse their terms and conditions, and look manually for bets where the back and lay odds are the same or very close. But this takes an awful lot of time!

If you’re anything like me, the whole matched betting world can also seem very complicated and a little daunting. Before I started matched betting, my experience of bookmakers was very limited, apart from an annual visit to place a bet on the National (which other customers or the cashier helped me work out how to do). Not to mention that as a mum of a 1 and 4-year-old, I really don’t have much spare time to do all this on my own.

PROFIT ACCUMULATOR

Instead, I found Profit Accumulator. This site spoon feeds me all of the information I need. It tells me what offers are available, helps me find suitable bets, and talks me through placing the back and lay bets. They offer a free trial where you get access to the training and tutorials for 2 offers, from which you will easily make £35-£40. I’ve done a full review of the service they provide.

If you do decide to take the plunge and give it a go then do check out the rest of this site for top tips and advice. I feel a great deal of responsibility if people start matched betting as a result of what I’ve written so I want this to be a useful resource for people. The top tips for getting started, frequently asked questions and a guide to the terminology of this strange land are a great place to start. You can also follow my matched betting progress in my monthly diaries.

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Monthly Matched Betting Diary…6 Months On

Happy New Year to you all! I’ve had a bit of a break – both from the blog and from matched betting. It’s left me refreshed and ready to tell you as much as possible about this great thing called matched betting once again. I’m back with an update to my regular diary series.

Towards the end of last year I started my regular series of posts about how much money I’m making from matched betting. As I took most of December off, I’m a little bit behind. But, better late than never, here’s my update showing profits for November 2016.

The reason for me posting these updates is to show just how much it’s possible to make matched betting. There are lots of people with more time and flexibility making more than me. But as a busy mum with little spare time, my aim is to try and make as close to £500 per month as regularly as possible.

MATCHED BETTING EARNINGS

November 2016 – £458.95

  • The total amount I made matched betting in November 2016 was £458.95.

When I started matched betting my aim was to make roughly £500 per month. I’ve beaten this every month until now. But I’m still very happy with what I’ve been able to make.

It is tougher to earn money when completing the reload offers alone (these are the ongoing bookmaker offers) so I do expect my earnings to dip a little from now on. That said, there tend to be more offers when there are major sporting events which is likely to boost my earnings some months. So I still think £500 per month is achievable, surpassing it some months but falling under it in others.

My earnings were also impacted by a shift in my 15-month-old son’s sleeping pattern. Many people have asked me how I fit in matched betting around the children. I’ll be honest, it’s tough. But given my son was still sleeping 3 hours per day, shared between a morning and lunchtime nap, I’ve been considerably lucky. This gave me dedicated time to check out the daily offers listed by Profit Accumulator and place some bets.

But it was time to drop the morning nap. So, with my time effectively halved, I’m lucky to squeeze in an odd hour or so for matched betting these days. Initially, I was frustrated having my earnings potential limited by a lack of time. But now that we’ve adjusted, I’m really enjoying throwing myself into the baby and toddler things with Olly. We shan’t be having any more children so I want to make the most of the next couple of years with him. The fact that I can do this whilst continuing to make decent money in an odd hour or two I have free a few times a week is amazing!

Matched Betting Earnings To Date – £4257.35

So, in the six months I’ve now been doing matched betting I have made an impressive £4257.35. If you want to learn more about how and when I made this money take a look at my previous earnings reports:

Which Matched Betting Offers Did I Complete?

So how did I make that money? Here’s a breakdown of the different types of offers I got involved in through November:

BET X, AND GET A FREE BET: £209.65

  • These are the bread and butter matched betting offers where you bet a certain amount and get a free bet.

CASINO OFFERS: -£20.88

  • As highlighted in my introductory guide, casino offers are not risk free. And as you can tell from my negative winnings, I proved that this month! This has put me off completing riskier offers and I certainly won’t be risking more than £10 on these just yet. But don’t be put off. On the whole, I’ve still made a few hundred pounds on these offers so they are definitely worth attempting.

HORSE RACING REFUNDS: £58.57

  • This is less than the previous month but I only attempted a few and was successful in every one. These are definitely worth starting if you want to top up your matched betting income.

ACCUMULATOR REFUNDS: £69.45

  • These are offers where you get a free bet if one leg of an accumulator – where you bet on a few different results – loses. This is an increase in last month’s earnings but, for the effort involved in keeping track of accumulator bets, I’d like to have made a little more money from these. If you’re a little confused by these types of offers, I’ll be completing an introductory guide to accumulator bets soon.

PRICE BOOSTS: £131.78

  • I like completing price boosts because they are a quick way to make money instantly. The amount of money you can make from enhanced prices can seem very small (only a few pounds at a time, if you are lucky). But as it’s so quick to place the bets this is a very efficient way of making money. And the amount of money you can make adds up very quickly.

LOCK-INS: £1.62

  • These are bets you can place to guarantee a return from an otherwise risky offer. By risky, I mean that you risk a qualifying loss on the chance that a certain result might give you a free bet. For example, you might get a free bet if the result is 0-0. So you place a bet on the match hoping for this result.
  • It is possible to lock in the profit on some of these offers, meaning you can guarantee a profit whatever the outcome. Your earnings will be less than you would have received if the free bet comes in. But if there is only a small chance of that occurring, this is a surefire way of ensuring you still make money. It is complicated working out when a lock in is available and how much to bet. So this is another example of where I rely on Profit Accumulator’s forum for advice. I rarely place these types of bets but they are handy for extra money on occasion.

MUG BETS: -£22.12

  • I increased the number of mug bets I made this month. As I am now reliant on reload offers I am looking to place more more mug bets so this will increase further from now.

Mistakes Which Cost Me Money

Once again I made a few mistakes this month.  Mistakes are common although I am now getting better at managing these. I’d recommend you read my post about how to avoid making mistakes when matched betting.

Firstly, I accepted a reload offer sent to me via email without first checking the Profit Accumulator forum for advice. I read the terms and conditions attached to the offer and knew there was a high amount of wagering involved should my bets win at the bookmakers. But I decided to take the risk. However, as both my bets won at the bookmakers at high odds, this meant I was bound to lose money completing the lengthy rollover requirements. So I decided to cut my losses, which resulted in me losing around £30.

Had I consulted the forum, I would have seen there was some discussion of this offer. Some people, like me, were willing to give it a go. However, the official advice was that this was a very risky offer. If I’d read this, I probably wouldn’t have attempted the offer. The moral of this story is to always check the Profit Accumulator forum if you’re ever unsure of anything.

I also lost out on a very profitable offer by placing a lay bet on a different outcome to that which I had backed. This is quite a common and I realised my mistake immediately. However, by the time I got round to correcting this a little later in the game the odds had changed quite considerably. This meant the £40 I was due to make from this offer was cancelled out correcting the mistake. So, although I didn’t lose any money, I didn’t make any either!

Is Matched Betting For You?

If reading my diaries has inspired you to start matched betting, read my guide explaining what matched betting is. Then sign up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. They will walk you through the matched betting process step by step. You can make £35-£40 simply by trying a couple of the different introductory offers available. It’s the perfect way to see if matched betting is for you.

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Reflections on the school run

school applications

It’s that time of year when parents of 3 and 4-year olds across the land are starting to get a little bit anxious. I’m not talking about Christmas. However, if you want some tips on how to make some extra cash  for the big day this will help.

Instead, I’m talking about applications for primary school places. With the closing dates for applications looming in January, adverts for open days have been popping up nearby. It made me realise I was debating the question of which school to choose a whole year ago. So while you prep manically for Christmas, the important decision of which primary school to apply for will also be on the back of your mind.

I made endless visits to different schools but didn’t have a clue what I was meant to be looking at or asking. Luckily for me, I didn’t have too much choice and my catchment school seemed to be very good. Of course, that didn’t stop me worrying. Should I put Lily in the pre-school? What if we didn’t get in? Would she be overwhelmed by the size of the class? Was the smaller school up the road a better choice? Would Lily make friends?

Picture of matched betting mum's eldest daughter on her first day at school

Lily’s first day at school

what i wish I’d known

We’re now three-quarters of the way through our first ever Autumn term. In many ways, I’m still getting used to school etiquette. But here’s my reflections on the build up to her starting school and what I’ve learned about the school run.

how to make a decision

  • Your child’s happiness is the most important thing as they settle into school. Don’t be distracted by the headlines of grades and Ofsted reports. Instead, be guided by whether it’s the right type of environment for your child. Try and gauge how friendly the teachers and staff are. Ring the school with any questions you have. Their response can be insightful. I was put off one school simply by a snooty receptionist.
  • Open days are designed to show the school in a good light. If you have doubts about the school, ask if it is possible to visit or have a tour at a different time. There’s more chance to see the school in action as it normally is.
  • Speak to people who have children at the same school. What do they like about it and what annoys them?

Appeals process

  • Don’t panic if you don’t get the school you want. I’m not speaking from experience but I know from talking to other mums that appeals are unlikely to be successful. So look again at the other options in your area. Bear in mind that places do still become available after the formal offer date and through the school year. So fight to get yourself to the top of the waiting list should a place become available.

familiarise your child with going to school, but…

  • Try not to make such a big deal about starting school. This is tough since it’s the most momentous occasion for you and them since they were born. But for most of last year, it’s all anyone spoke to Lily about. We pointed out the school whenever we drove past; school was the favourite topic of conversation with grandmas and grandads; she learned a new song at nursery all about going to school; she visited the school lots; and the teachers visited us at home too. I also constantly reminded her that big girls who went to school behaved or did things differently. No wonder she was nervous queuing up that first day!

friends

  • Don’t worry about your child if they don’t know anyone. This was a constant worry for me, since Lily had gone to a nursery which wasn’t in the local area. A lot of the children will be in a similar situation. If you keep talking to your child about making new friends this will become an issue when it needn’t be.
  • At the age of 4 & 5, children flit between friends very casually. They also love meeting new children, meaning Lily was welcomed with open arms into the different friendship groups which already existed. They will also fall out with people too, something I’ve not had to deal with before. As a mum of a girl, it’s tough watching this happen or trying to explain why. But, if you’ve ever watched The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds you’ll realise it’s completely normal and something they need to go through. And lo and behold, they’ll all be friends again the following day!

be prepared

  • If getting out of the house is already an exercise in military planning, be prepared to take it up a notch!
  • Gone are the days when there’s flexibility if you are ever running late. Instead, you absolutely need to have your child in that queue at the start of the day and be there waving at them when they finish.
  • There may be a stern look from the school receptionist when you sign your child in late in the morning. Asked why their son was once late, my friend tried to garner some sympathy blaming it on a mix up with her husband. No sympathetic smiles were forthcoming though!
  • I’m not perfect and have been a little late collecting Lily on a couple of occasions. The teachers understand. However, it is heartbreaking seeing them standing to the side desperately searching for you across the playground.
  • Watch the weather reports. If there’s likely to be frost and you have to drive then the alarm unfortunately needs setting just a little bit earlier. And be prepared with an array of outfits suitable for all weathers. It’s no fun turning up at school looking like a drowned rat!
  • The school run is tiring and relentless. You’ll be looking forward to a break from it come half term as much as them!

parking…

  • It’s a bloody nightmare! If there’s any way you can avoid taking your car, do it! If, like me, you have no choice, then be prepared with snacks for little ones stuck in the car with you while you wait or queue. And sit back and enjoy the occasional spats you’ll see break out!

feedback

  • You’re unlikely to get any kind of response to the question what did you do at school todayInstead, be prepared for snippets of information to be forthcoming at random times like when they’re on the loo or you’re in the middle of getting dinner cooked.

the playground

  • The school playground is a scary place. Don’t panic if you find you inadvertently lead your children into the middle of a raucous game of British bulldog. Remain calm, look for the nearest imaginary boundary and try and move out of the way as swiftly as possible.
  • It can feel like you’re back at school again as you stand in the playground not knowing anyone. The faces will soon start to become familiar!
  • Your own experiences of school will flood back: the school whistle; queuing in the playground;  the playground games; the smell of the school hall/canteen (which must be universal no matter which school you go to!)

events

  • You’ll lose track of all the different events: school assemblies; class visits; non-uniform days; fairs; charity days; and school photograph day to name but a few. Thankfully, the school does email you about all this. But make sure you check your junk email; most recently this saved us from the embarrassment of turning up to school in uniform on a non-uniform day after stumbling across the email the night before!

homework

  • You will have lots of homework to complete! Yes, you! Every week there’s sounds to be identified and practised, maths games to be played and books to be read. Clearly this is  all aimed at helping my daughter learn but, as she’s still only 4, it does require quite a lot of effort from parents too! And don’t get me started on the school squirrel.

prepare to be amazed

  • We’ve been blown away by just how much Lily has thrived at school. She loves it! They will astonish you with the different things they pick up and how everything they are learning suddenly starts to sink in. They suddenly seem very grown up which does make you pine for their younger selves somewhat. But it’s also very exciting starting this next stage of their lives.

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Monthly Matched Betting Diary…5 months on

Last month I started my regular series of posts about how much money I’m making from matched betting. The last month has flown by and I can’t quite believe it’s time for another update.

The reason for me posting these updates is to show just how much it’s possible to make matched betting. There are lots of people with more time and flexibility making more than me. But as a busy mum with little spare time, I’m happy with regularly achieving anything between £500 and £1000 a month.

October 2016
  • The total amount I made matched betting in October was £691.01.

Seeing as my monthly goal was £500 when I started out I should be very happy with this. It’s the second month of me working my way through reload offers alone. These are the ongoing offers from bookmakers to entice you to keep betting with them. There aren’t quite as many juicy and easy offers to take advantage of, so I was expecting it to be harder to make money. In reality, it wasn’t! Matched betting also took a bit of a back seat as it was half term this month and I’ve been getting more and more involved in this blog. It left an hour or so at most when I did get a chance to check out Profit Accumulator and get some offers completed.

But I am also slightly disappointed with myself. I made a couple of schoolgirl errors one day which cost me £100, wiping out the money I’d made in the past couple of days. I was a little bit gutted because I didn’t follow my own advice about the common mistakes you can make matched betting. But, mistakes can and will happen. You just need to learn from them and move on, otherwise you’ll go mad kicking yourself about them. And still, nearly £700 isn’t to be sniffed at!

what offers did you do?

So how did I make that money? Here’s a breakdown of the different types of offers I got involved in:

  • BET X, AND GET A FREE BET: £291.75. These are the bread and butter offers where you bet a certain amount and get a free bet. There were lots of in-play offers available this month, where you bet on the event as it’s taking place. In return you get a free bet, often to be used on another live event. Also make sure you check your emails regularly, including your junk folder. I was sent a couple of very good invitation only offers from bookies I rarely use which helped with this month’s total.
  • CASINO OFFERS: £139.34. This is the first month I’ve attempted some of the riskier casino offers. I’m still not prepared to risk more than £10 on these offers but, as you can see, they can be very profitable. If you’re a little bit unsure about attempting these my introductory guide will help you get started.
  • HORSE RACING REFUNDS: £133.29. These are offers where you only get a free bet if your horse wins, is a runner up, or falls. I dabble in these occasionally when I think there might be a reasonable chance of me ‘winning’ a free bet.
  • ACCUMULATOR REFUNDS: £24.73.  These are offers where you get a free bet if one leg of an accumulator – where you bet on a few different results – loses. I made some silly mistakes with accumulator bets this month so I’m disappointed with this total. However, it’s taught me to be diligent in setting reminders when I need to place different lay bets.
  • PRICE BOOSTS: £90.91. Price boosts are when bookmakers enhance their odds on certain events, pushing the odds higher than the lay odds available. This means you can make an instant profit simply by placing one bet. At first, I was reluctant to do these types of bets as the amounts you could make from them were often very small. However, they are so quick and easy. And obviously, those pounds really do add up!
  • LOCK-INS: £9.97. These are offers where you can guarantee a profit by placing bets on certain eventualities occurring. As you can tell, I don’t often get involved in these types of offers. You can work these out for yourself with different calculators provided by Profit Accumulator. However, this is too much faff for me. Helpfully, the good people on the Profit Accumulator forum often share their findings which is when I would place these types of bets.
  • BINGO OFFERS: £13.80. I love bingo so was more than a little bit disappointed by the automated online games when I tried these a while ago! However, I thought I should try a few more this month and am very happy to have made some money from them. Look out for a post from me about these when I get more experience.
  • MUG BETS: -£12.78. These are the bets you place periodically to look like a ‘normal’ customer in the eyes of the bookmaker. This will always be deducted from your monthly total because you will make a small loss on each bet you place. As you can tell from the low amount I don’t place mug bets that often and I probably need to do more.
how much have you made since you started matched betting?

This is my 5th month of matched betting and the total to date now stands at an impressive £3798.40! You can see my previous earnings reports here.

how can i get involved?

It’s so easy for anyone to get involved in matched betting. As a first step, read my guide explaining what matched betting is to get your head around what you need to do. Then sign up for a free trial at Profit Accumulator. They will walk you through the matched betting process step by step. You can make £35-£40 simply by trying a couple of the different introductory offers available. It’s the perfect way of seeing if matched betting is for you.

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When Sammy the School Toy Came To Stay

Meet Sammy the Squirrel.

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Sammy the squirrel

On the face of it, an innocuous cuddly toy. But, sent to stay with us last week, he quickly became my nemesis!

I’d been dreading this since I found out about Sammy when Lily started school in September. Every week, I’ve had to console a disappointed Lily as she pointed out who he’d been sent home with whilst secretly overjoyed that I’d escaped for another week.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the benefit in packing the squirrel off to a different home each week. Lily was elated when she came out of school with Sammy and so excited to involve him in everything at home. Certainly I didn’t want to deprive her of this. In my defence, this probably explains why I threw myself into the task in hand.

But when I opened the accompanying diary of his adventures I was filled with dread. The instructions that the diary was merely a prompt for the teachers had clearly been ignored. Instead, there were pages and pages of photographs of Sammy at various clubs, making cakes, off out for walks and at local attractions. Daily diaries recounted his every move. And in some instances the 4 and 5-year-olds had even done the write ups themselves.

Bugger! I had a baby recovering from hand, foot and mouth and a stinking cold. My plan was to have a quiet week. Sitting Sammy in front of the TV at any point clearly wasn’t going to cut the mustard.  There wasn’t going to be much chance of matched betting any evening this week either.

a made to measure halloween costume

Luckily, it was Halloween that first night. Mr Matched Betting Mum was coming back from work early to take Lily trick or treating, so Sammy could go with them. Clearly swept up in the excitement and commotion of Sammy’s arrival I don’t know what came over me as I heard myself say to Lily, “it’s a shame Sammy doesn’t have a costume“. What was I thinking? The next thing I knew I’d rummaged around in the shed for some old cloth and was making this toy squirrel a made to measure ghost outfit, complete with holes for his ears and tail! In an instant, I’d become the mum I’d feared seeing as I flicked through that diary. I hated myself for it but I couldn’t help myself as I desperately snipped away refining the costume whilst simultaneously feeding Olly his dinner.

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Sammy the squirrel’s bespoke Halloween costume

swimming lessons

The next night Lily had swimming lessons. Easy, I thought. We’d just take Sammy with us and get a quick snap of him by the pool. By this point, however, it was clear that Lily was using Sammy as the perfect excuse to be a little bit naughty. Apparently Sammy was a bit of a cheeky squirrel and liked to be mischievous, throwing toys and food around. Quite cunning of my daughter really. But super annoying for me! So as we all traipsed to the pool there was talk of Sammy wanting to go swimming too.

By way of context I should explain that taking Lily swimming is a pain at the best of times because her brother Olly has to come too. Olly is a 15-month-old bum shuffler who doesn’t stand up. The not standing thing is a real arse when we go swimming. The changing rooms floors are covered in water and, from the smell of them on occasions, child’s pee! So it’s always a difficult manouevring act as I juggle helping Lily change while ensuring Olly doesn’t shuffle off the towel I’ve strategically placed on the floor or stick his feet or head out under the door since it’s a bit of a trampling risk!

So it’s fair to say I was a bit dishevelled as we headed to the pool area! And now, from the glint in my daughter’s eye, I could see that Sammy was headed for the baby pool. Luckily for me, I managed to intervene in time, wrestling the squirrel from her whilst explaining it was dangerous as Sammy couldn’t swim. Clearly, Lily couldn’t quite be trusted with Sammy and so from that moment it was another thing I was laden with, in addition to our coats, scarves, boots and the baby!

a trip to nana’s

The next night, I didn’t have any plans. That’s very normal for us, but a quick glance through the diary confirmed Sammy did something different most nights of the week, so I needed some sort of plan. Luckily, Nana came to the rescue. She was off work that day so we could go there and I could hand responsibility for an exciting diary entry over to her! She rose to the challenge. I think she was secretly overjoyed about having a little role in Sammy’s adventures; neither my brother, sister nor I brought any school toys home with us! So a quick walk to the local river to play pooh sticks with Sammy was perfect.

a night in

On the last night I had to go to the school for my first ever parent’s evening, so Daddy was back early from work to take charge! Could he think of something interesting to amuse Sammy with? The grunts and confused expressions confirmed not. Cue some quick thinking from me. The weekend before we’d made some chocolate playdoh in a last ditched attempt to keep Lily entertained as half term drew to a close. So I left Sammy dutifully watching Lily making letter and number shapes. A perfect educational activity to end the week on!

Of course, my week wasn’t quite over at this point because I now needed to write a report about his adventures! So after the kids were in bed when all I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa and indulge my cold, I found myself swearing at the printer as I tried to print off all our photos, desperately searching for the pritt stick and cobbling together some descriptions about what we’d been up to.

Lily was over the moon the following morning when we looked through our diary entry. She couldn’t contain her glee about telling everyone what he’d been up to back at school. And I suppose that is the reason I made the effort I did in spite of my reluctance! But I was glad to see Sammy go back to school with Lily that morning. To all the other parents yet to have Sammy to stay, I can only apologise that I became the parent everyone dreads to see in that diary!

Mummuddlingthrough
A Cornish Mum

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An Introduction to Casino Offers

A bonus feature of Profit Accumulator membership is a whole section full of casino offers to work your way through. These are in addition to all the matched betting offers which are the bread and butter of the money I make every month.

Profit Accumulator recommends you start these offers as soon as you have finished all the offers in the beginners section. But it took me a while to pluck up the courage to start these offers. Whilst I’d become familiar with matched betting, this was another thing I needed to understand and learn about. In themselves, the offers are quite straightforward and simple to do. But for a girl who’s only real experience of slot machines is through the penny slots at the seaside, I did feel a little out of my depth!

I didn’t understand the terminology and abbreviations being used. While there are guides on how to approach the different offers, there was no comprehensive training like there had been for matched betting. And there is an element of choice in how you approach some of the offers. Factor in the fact that you can lose your own money on some of them, then I was definitely put off.

However, I knew that this was something that I wanted to add to my armoury; any extra money I could make wouldn’t go amiss after all! And there’s the off chance you could hit a big win; I’ve seen tales of people winning a few thousand pounds just by completing these offers. So I’ve completed about half of the offers now and made about £200 in total. I’m very happy with that. Here’s what I’ve learnt if you find yourself in the same situation as me.

terminology

You’ll see these terms mentioned time and time again.

  • EV / ESTIMATED VALUE: Based on the terms and conditions for each offer, Profit Accumulator work out whether, on average, people are likely to make money. If there is a negative EV, then these offers won’t be recommended.
  • HIGH LINES & LOW STAKES: On most games you can alter the amount you bet by changing the value of the coins you can win and changing the numbers of lines on which money is paid out. By selecting a high number of lines at low stakes this approach is often recommended if you have a large amount of money to play through.
  • RTP / RETURN TO PLAYER: This is the percentage that customers will win from the game in its lifetime. This does not mean you will always win this amount as it will even itself out across different customers.
  • WAGERING: The number of times you need to play through any winnings, deposits or bonus amounts to be able to withdraw money. The riskier offers often tend to have very high wagering requirements, meaning it’s more likely you will lose your money.
how to approach the casino offers
  • Have a browse through all of the casino offers that are available to familiarise yourself with the way they work.
  • Get started by completing the risk free offers. You should be aware that it’s highly unlikely you’ll make any money from these but they do provide a safe environment for you to get familiar with different games, alter the stake and line amounts, and experience the time it takes to wager through high amounts at low stakes.
  • For the offers where your own money is at risk, follow the advice on Profit Accumulator. If you need further guidance then each offer is discussed individually on the forum.
  • In general, it is better to select games to play that have a high value return to player/RTP especially where your own money is at risk.
  • For the riskier offers, only play with an amount of money you’d be prepared to lose. Personally I’ve only ever risked a maximum of £10 on these games. However, if I’m having a particularly good month matched betting then I would be prepared to risk more. Although the good people at Profit Accumulator crunch the numbers to help calculate whether these offers are worth taking a risk on, by participating you are essentially gambling and you might lose money. I’ve lost money on the last couple of offers I’ve completed and it is a bitter pill to swallow. Be prepared for this. And when you do lose, don’t mull it over too much; just move on to the next offer.
  • Be prepared for the wagering to take a very long time. Sometimes you will need to wager through hundreds of pounds. It’s not unusual for this to take a few hours. When I have large amounts to wager through, I always set up autospins. I like to have it working away in the background while I get on with the ironing. I hate ironing, but having this on in the background does really help to while away the time.
  • Be careful not to start gambling with your own money. The games are set up to entice you to play and win the elusive jackpots on offer. It can be tempting to do just one more spin, especially when you have a large jackpot amount flashing at you with a sign saying it must be won soon.
  • Don’t get hung up on how much you see other people making from these offers. The amount of money you can make is purely down to chance. You will get lucky on some offers, not on others. Most people don’t walk away with thousands, so don’t expect to win the same amount. It’s better to have the attitude that any money you make – no matter how small – is a bonus.
  • You will get lots of casino offers sent to you via email. In general, these offers will reward you with a casino bonus if you deposit a certain amount. The wagering requirements on these offers are often quite high and are generally too risky. I tend to simply delete these emails. However, if I’m ever in any doubt I will consult the ‘Is this offer worth doing?‘ thread on the Profit Accumulator forum.

If you’re tempted to get started with the casino offers, then make sure you sign up to Profit Accumulator’s monthly or annual package; the offers will then be sitting there waiting for you to get started!

 

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