How I Saved £11k | GiffGaff Game Night

Okay, so my post title may be a little bit of clickbait. But, todays’ post is on one of my favourite topics, saving money! Recently I was invited to the GiffGaff’s ‘Spend or Save?’ Bloggers event located in Yorks Cafe at the IKON gallery, which I was very excited to attend as I’ve been using GiffGaff for my phone for multiple years and I love the brands values. I first switched from O2 to GiffGaff over five years ago when I realised that I could save over £10 per month on my monthly expenditure on texts/calls/minutes. To this day, I’m still continuing to save with them. I also brought my most recent phone from them upfront as it was over £40 cheaper than high street competitors.
When we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of prosecco and I took a seat with Katrina, and we were shortly joined by Madeleine, Bethany and Lauren. We were also given three further drinks vouchers for either a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink which I thought was absolutely lovely as it was a super hot day! After about 30 minutes of chatting we were invited inside to listen to two of GiffGaffs’ representatives speak about their plans for the future. I found this really interesting as, in addition to their mobile services, they are now branching out to offer free credit checks to individuals in order to help them improve their credit scores. I love it!
GiffGaff have now also set up the Founders Club, a place where individuals can discuss how to make their services and gameplan more efficient. This is incredibly important as GiffGaff are in the process of designing a tool to help us all be better at controlling our finances. I love any help I can get with becoming more financially savvy! The more specific goal is to be able to help individuals understand their credit score, as, a lot of us don’t! I had a credit check done in January and it took me a lot of searching to understand what the numbers mean.

Once we had all helped ourselves to the buffet; full with pizza, potatoes and pasta we began the game. I have to say, the food was lovely, it was my first visit to Yorks and I’d recommend it to anyone, they had some absolutely gorgeous food.

The game was called ‘Spend or Save’ and in some ways, was a little like monopoly. Ultimately, the aim of the game is to finish with as much money as possible. We were all given £1000 to start with, and we were required to move around the board, either paying bills or earning money as we go, depending on which piece we landed on. So, for example, you could land on Christmas and be £400 out of pocket, or you could get a bonus at work for an extra £200. Each time you reach payday, you age five years until you retire, meaning that players need to move around the board a total of ten times.

Purchasing Life Goals also give you added benefits, as you can invest some money in an ISA and earn double the money when you reach retirement, or you can get married to halve the cost of your bills. Purchasing a car allows you to roll an extra dice on each turn, and purchasing a pension for £2000 will give you £5000 at the end of the game. The ultimate purchase, the house, will set you back £5000 but will earn you a total of £20,000 at the end.

What I loved about this event was that the three winners, who earn the most money, will be given either £500, £50, or £100 towards the charity of their choice! I think this is a wonderful idea and so so thoughtful. Unfortunately I was not one of the winners so did not get to donate any money, but had I have won I would have given it to Autism West Midlands.

I had a really fantastic time at this event. It was wonderful to meet some new bloggers and also have such a lot of fun, in addition to learning more about money saving strategies. Me and Katrina are starting to swap books between us so that we don’t need to pay for them! You can do the same with clothes and films, and cancelling the gym membership that you never use will also save you a ton of money in the long run. Now I just need to try and save a real £11,000!

What are your suggestions for saving money? Will you be joining the Founders Club?

16 Comments

  1. July 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I love this idea! I need to be more conscious of my phone bill who wouldn’t wanna save money!

    • July 25, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Exactly! I haven't had a problem with GiffGaff for the years i've used them so would really recommend!

  2. July 25, 2018 / 9:02 am

    I've heard of gift gaff but never checked there deals or really heard of them much. Will definitely check them out. Glad you had a great time at the event! x

    • July 25, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Thanks Najida! I would really recommend them xx

    • July 27, 2018 / 8:54 am

      No problem Sophie! I hope it works for you lovely xx

  3. July 25, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Such an interesting post! I’ve got lots of friends with GiffGaff and they all say great things about it!

  4. July 26, 2018 / 5:22 am

    That is such a brilliant idea! I am awful with money 😩

  5. July 26, 2018 / 7:37 am

    This sounds like such a great idea! Loving the click bait title ������ hope you had fun at the event, it sounds like you were treated well ��

    • July 27, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Haha thank you Charlotte! It was a lovely event xx

  6. July 27, 2018 / 11:31 am

    I like this idea! I had a credit check in Feburary and I'm still a little confused on what it all means! So I think this is a fab idea and will really help people who want to be more in control of their finances -thanks for sharing! ��

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    • July 28, 2018 / 10:05 am

      Thanks Taylor! Me too, it took me a while to figure it out! xx

  7. July 28, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    It sounds like you had an mazing time at the event! I try to save money as much as possible while still trying to be able to treat myself every once in a while. When payday comes the first thing I do is transfer some money to my savings account so that I won't be tempted to use it for something I don't need :)x

    • July 28, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      It was really good, Anu! I definitely agree, I try to do the same! <3

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