I’ve recently just started a new job that requires more responsibility, more time management skills, more pressure and more running-back-and-forth-like-a- mad-woman. Although I have yet to master this, I have been really thinking about how to deal with stress in the workplace, so I thought I’d make it into a post. Hope it helps!
The Frugal Frenchie
Tip No.1 Focus on one thing at a time
It’s sometimes easy to think about how many jobs you have to do and then trying to start and complete them all at once. Try and get through them one at a time so you don’t have loads of incomplete jobs on the go which can result in you looking like you’re slacking or being lazy.
Quality not quantity, guys!
Tip No.2 Teamwork
This, of course, depends on the nature of your job, but if there is a possibility to work on a project or ask the advice or opinions of colleagues do it!
If one of the sources of your workplace stress is not being 100% sure of what to expect, then ask a more experienced colleague for a quick tip. Alternatively, if you manage a team, make sure you distribute jobs evenly and make sure that everyone knows what they need to do. They may be unaware of all the jobs that need doing so don’t always expect them to be psychics and do it instinctively!
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If you work and pay tax, you could claim £100s on your work uniform! This is a simple, easy guide to show you how you can get started on claiming, as well as back-tracking what you’re owed.
This tax refund is for the washing, repair and potential replacements of your work uniform. You could be refunded up to 5 years worth of expenses!
To be able to do so, the following must apply:
- You wear a uniform that shows you do a certain job or work for a particular company. You could try for non-branded uniforms, however, it’s important that it is used as uniform only
- It’s a compulsory part of your job
- It’s your responsibility to replace uniform, clean it, repair or purchase it. If the employer’s facilities do this for you, you are not eligible for this tax refund
- You paid income tax for the year or 5 years that you’re claiming for
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This is a very impulsive, angry ranty kind of post. I’ve just seen the news, it’s 22:48 on the 30th August and I am fuming. Punish internet trolls harder! Read on to see why I think this and how I think it could be done.
The Frugal Teen
Early on this year in February, one of my secondary school classmates (I won’t name her here) died, tragically whilst on a night out. She was an absolutely amazing girl: sailing champion, head of the school and destined for sheer greatness.
Months later, I get called by my mum to come and watch the news. Her face is all over it, somebody has been trolling her remembrance account and her memory for months. They made false allegations and vandalised pictures of her. He had caused such distress for parents who had just lost their only child, as well as trolling three other teenagers who had died tragically.
Finally, he has been caught. He is awaiting sentencing but for now? A slap on the wrist? Not even… “stay off social media,” he is told. Continue reading “Punish internet trolls harder”
This series will answer people’s questions or worries, either that have been asked to me or I wanted to give my opinion on. Of course, these are just suggestions, and if the problem is severe, you should seek professional help or advice. This addition’s topic of Advice with Annelies: teenagers and social media.
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After my first ever trip to Ikea, I have been all about dreaming of my future house, what furniture I’ll have in it and how it’ll look. Owning a house or even living in your own place can be very expensive though, so here’s my best household money saving tips for you. Enjoy!
The Frugal Frenchie
Cashback and compare your bills
Bills, bills, bills. Gas, water, electricity, broadband… ugh how disgusting. It’d be even more disgusting though if you found yourself paying more than you had to. Certain cashback apps like TopCashback can help you get cashback when you pay your bills or give you free money if you change providers!
Alternatively, you can check that you’re getting the best deal via sites such as Ismybillfair. Just by asking a few basic questions they can determine whether you’re paying fair prices and hopefully save you some money if not!
Avoid new items
We’ve all seen the TV adverts for selling things online, but have you actually ever thought of being the buyer rather than the seller? Furniture and clothes spring to mind as being expensive due to the big cost or having to buy regularly. By buying second hand, you can save money for better items in the future or put the money saved towards something else.
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University is an expensive venture, from the tuition fees themselves to living costs and the repayment of maintenance loans… so here are a few tips on how to save money at university. Hope they help!
The Frugal Frenchie
- University books: the books they may quote as “indicative references” may not actually be essential. If they are, before forking out, why not check your library first, eBay or even if any university selling pages
- Amazon Prime Student: not only can you get a 6-month trial, but you can also save 10% on thousands of textbooks!
- Meal plan: as you’re only feeding yourself, you can plan your meals in advance to avoid food waste and over-snacking. Another benefit is that you could buy certain ingredients that are cheap in bulk and use them for several meals. A great example would be potatoes as you can make mash or jacket potato etc.
- Freeze leftovers: self-explanatory really, we’ve all made that mistake of making too much food for one meal. Why not freeze it and save it for another day?
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