You reap what you sow; well that’s what I believe and because of this I am truly delighted to share with you something I have been planning for quite a while: The Skint Dad Give Back.
So what is this Skint Dad Give Back I hear you say?
Since I started Skint Dad back in August 2013 my life has changed beyond belief. Back then I was struggling through life, not really going anywhere. Yes I had a beautiful wife and my adorable children but life was tough.
Financially we were in a real mess. Debt up to our eyeballs, just about living pay cheque to pay cheque. Getting by on credit cards, borrowing from friends and family and even resorting to the dreaded payday loans.
We had been in such a spiral of debt for a long period of time that we just couldn’t escape it, or so I thought!
Anyway, nearing the end of September 2013 everything really did come to a head. We were so in the red, borrowed all we could, and had nowhere else to turn. We were literally surviving on the breadline.
It was at this moment when we were at our lowest that our lives changed, never to be the same again. It was at that time Skint Dad was truly born.
We didn’t end up losing everything but instead we took that moment of despair and turned it on its head. We started living a more frugal and thrifty life and instead of debt being in control of us, we took control of the debt.
Over the next couple of years not only did we manage to smash a huge amount of the debt we’d accrued but my blog Skint Dad went from strength to strength.
With mentions on some of the biggest sites in the UK, winning a plethora of awards and carving out a freelance writing and media career, producing money-saving content for the likes of Quidco, Mirror Online, BT and even getting my own weekly column, the Skint Dad blog has gone from a handful of readers in the early days to today where we have just passed one million page views!!!
There is no way I could have imagined back on that cold and desperate September day what would transpire. Every day I try to work harder than the last so that we are never in that position again.
And with all the success there have been a group of people which I owe everything to and that’s you – dear readers.
The thing is, I know it might not be all roses and rainbows for you either.
From speaking to quite a number of you I know that some of you are doing okay, just managing. You can pay the bills and maybe have enough for a small treat at the end of the month.
On the other end of the spectrum, I know that some of you are not doing quite so well. You are where we were a few years ago. You are struggling. Struggling to keep up with everything, in debt (maybe still in denial) but you want to do something about it.
No matter who you are, together we are helping each other. Giving each other support and ideas to save money, make a bit more cash and manage our finances better.
Without you reading my blogs, commenting on social media and sending the hundreds of emails supporting me through our journey, I would never have got to where I am today.
And it’s because of this I now want to give something back.
The Skint Dad Give Back
Starting in January 2016 and carrying on every month thereafter I am going to be giving away 10% of my net blog income. 5% of it will be donated to a charity and the other 5% will be given to one of my readers – you!
Now you may be thinking that I’m crazy to be giving away a portion of my hard-earned money but for me it is a simple decision. Not only will I be rewarding my readers but I will be also helping charities that are close to my heart.
This is very important to me.
I want to be able to give back however big or small. I want to continue building relationships, I want to grow and I want to make a difference.
So what are the next steps?
Well I already know how it will work, although there are a few finer details to iron out. The main thing you need to know is that the wheels are in motion and The Skint Dad Give Back is happening.
At the beginning of December I will be posting a blog outlining those details, the charities I want to help and also how you can be in with a chance to walk away with that other 5%. To make certain you read that blog post be sure to sign up to my weekly newsletter here as this is where I will notify you that it’s been published and where you will find updates of all future give back recipients.
I’m so thrilled about this and it’s great to finally be able to share it with you guys. Hopefully as I grow the Give Back will grow and then who knows where it could lead?
Exciting times ahead!