A glimpse into Roamler earnings and spending

Ever wondered how other Roamler manage and spend their Roamler money? Look no further! In three tasks (Roamler Earnings, Impulse Buys and Impulse Buy Placements) we asked Roamlers to share with us certain details about their Roamler earnings and their spending habits.

Most Roamlers cash out small amounts whenever they need a bit of extra money or they use it to pay for small, everyday things, like groceries. However, some Roamlers do save up and cash out large amounts every once in a while.

For example, Rebecca P buys books:

Rebecca Potter books

 

Jonathon W would take his girlfriend out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant:

Jonathan Warner meal with girlfriend

 

And Vicky R bought an adorable dog!

Vicky Reeves pug

 

Jon G is saving up to have spending money when going on holiday:

Jon Gordon spending money for travels

 

Janine M wants to buy a horse saddle

Janine Maloney horse saddle

And Neha B wants to repair a broken phone:

Neha Bhatt fix a phone (1)

 

Regarding the general spending habits of Roamlers, it was interesting for us to learn that when Roamlers commit to cheaper impulse buys, they tend to splurge on chocolates, sweets and beverages. Even more interesting is the fact that most Roamlers (62%) said that the products they would buy on impulse are on the regular shelves and on the aisle ends. This contradicts popular opinion that the products at the checkout are most often grabbed on impulse. Only 16% of Roamlers said that the products they would buy on impulse are placed at the checkout.

When making big impulse purchases, Roamlers tend to go for electronics (many buy television sets). Watches and clothing are also very popular categories. Below we list a few other fun, uncommon or quirky impulse buys that Roamlers have confessed to:

Nicky P bought this wall mounted CD jukebox that came from an old pub:

Nicky P jukebox

She writes: “It looks a bit of a state at the moment, because we are doing some servicing work on it and have bought a black sparkly vinyl wrap to cover the wood. The CD movement is visible and is super cool, plus you can print inserts that flip over so you can choose your track. We love music and the whole family gets to choose their favourite CD’s to put in it. We are thrilled with it!

 

Mike H bought a very rate 1827 street directory of Wolverhampton in an antiquarian bookshop in Wolverhampton:

Mike H Wolverhampton

Mike writes: “I collect old and rare local history books of my home to town area. I didn’t intend to buy this one but when I saw it in the shop I just had to buy it!

 

Heather H went to the shop to buy a bicycle rack and ended up buying a car!

Heather H car

 

Sharon R bought this amazing looking bicycle:

Sharon R bicycle

She writes: “Well I rode it home! But it’s there and I AM going to use it… honestly… but think I’m a fair weather cyclist.

Judging from what Roamler had to say, impulse buying might not be a bad thing. 96% of Roamlers  indicated that they are happy with their impulse buys and that these purchases are enriching their lives in some significant ways.

Maybe it is time to do that Roamler payout and spoil yourself a bit…

Great blogs as recommended by Roamlers

During the past two weeks Roamlers have been telling us what their favourite blogs and websites are. We received  hundreds of excellent recommendations! We selected a few interesting ones, covering a wide range of topics, to share with you. A few of these are blogs and websites created by Roamlers themselves. Interestingly we learnt that 14% of Roamlers have their own blogs or websites!

Money-saving blogs

One that popped up in many submissions is the The Money Shed, one which is close to our hearts because many Roamlers found Roamler through this site!

There were also more personalised options, such as the one Roamler Jill B shared:

diary-of-a-frugal-family-by-jill-barlow

Jill recommends this blog, because “It sets realistic goals and is down to earth in its wording – some articles are in depth, others skim the surface but they are all very informative and on occasion personal to the blogger.

Cooking and baking blogs

In line with the great submissions we have received from past tasks such as ‘Roamler recipes’, many Roamlers recommended blogs and websites about cooking and baking. Among these, we especially liked the following two:

minimalist-baker-by-tanya-partridge

Tanya P. explains that the Minimalist Baker offers simple, healthy recipes with less than 10 ingredients. She likes it for the following reasons: “It has loads of great vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes for inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, plus just some really different ideas.

Caroline C. recommended the following food blog:

gimme-some-oven-by-caroline-clarke

Caroline describes this blog as follows: “It’s a recipe website that reads like a food blog. The creator is a very interesting woman who tells excellent stories about her life alongside her wonderful recipes.” And Caroline likes it because “Ali is interesting as she tells stories about her day to day life in Kansas whilst sharing the most brilliant recipes. She takes all her own photos.

City lifestyle blogs

Laura K. suggests:

the-londoner-by-laura-klark

She explains that The Londoner is a “Lifestyle blog featuring great places to eat in London (and around the world), affordable fashion pieces and cool photography images.” She likes it, because “It’s really interesting and inspires me to go visit the places in London that she writes about. All the fashion items are normally at an affordable price too! And the photography in the blog is amazing.” Combining these kinds of blogs with the execution of Roamler tasks makes for a great day out!

Louise P. drew our attention to another interesting city-specific blog, which is her own:

cheltenham-foodie-by-louise-paige

For this blog Louise gets creative in reviewing food and drink places all over Cheltenham, a nice opportunity also to do Roamler bar checks!

Motherhood

The following motherhood blog featured more than once in the submissions:

hurrah-for-gin-sarah-abbatt-walker

Sarah A. explains that the purpose of this blog is: “To talk about the reality of parenting without the patronising rubbish that parenting websites usually spout. She tells it like it is and makes us all feel a little bit more normal and less guilty about the everyday stresses of being a parent.” It is Sarah’s favourite because “She tells the truth. No dressing it up, no pretending, just the truth about the reality of parenting. I feel like I can identify with her and very often, after a looooong day of feeling guilty about all of my parenting choices, taking her blog makes me laugh and feel slightly less guilty.

Other interesting blogs

Curtis W. recommends:

love-and-hisses-by-curtis-wilkin

This website was created by a kitten fosterer and the aim is to entertain, mainly through cute kitten pictures. Curtis loves this because “It has cute kittens and it’s nice to follow them growing up without any of the mess of having kittens myself. I’ve followed it for a few years now.” This site reminded us a lot of the submissions from the task ‘Pet shaming’, such as the photo of the mischievous Roamler cat below.

Submission for 'Pet shaming' from Roamler Pete W.

‘Pet shaming’ submission from Roamler Pete W.

 

Another unusual, but interesting blog was suggested by Rebecca D.:

post-secret-by-rebecca-davies

She explains the purpose of this blog as follows: “People from all over the world send secrets to one man who uploads onto the website.” Rebecca writes: “Insightful, emotional, interesting, feelings, deep, intimate secrets shared, books are released of all secrets, and all classic secrets are also shared. I check this site every Sunday morning.”

Then, of course we received recommendations for some tech websites and blogs.

One that featured more than once is:

macrumors-by-rob-williams

The purpose of the blog is to share news regarding Apple products. Rob W. explains that he likes it, because: “It’s first to get the drop on all the latest apple news and it’s well written and balanced on its opinion. And they do great live streams of apple events.

Kiran K. recommended an interesting feminist blog:

the-f-word-by-kiran-kainth

She explains that “It’s the UK’s first feminist webzine which is responsible for reviving debates around feminism in Britain.” Kiran is a fan of this blog, because it is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices.

And something for the guys:

askmen-by-dean-johnson

Dean J. writes that the purpose of this website is: “Everything for men, health , exercise, gadgets and relationships.

Lastly, we received many recommendations of blogs telling the stories of different people. Here we selected two blogs created by Roamlers themselves.

The first one is Lucy L.’s blog in which she relates and discusses her experiences of suffering from Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism:

thyroid-girl-by-lucy-lewis

And a second fascinating and heartrending one is Shelley F.’s blog in which she shares the story of how her life suddenly changed:

shelley-by-shelley-faulkner

Happy reading!! And thanks for all of the great submissions!