Aug 13

Clear your mobile phone clutter and make money

Have you seen our mobile phone recycling comparison tool? It’s great because it leads you to the recycling company that will pay you the most for your phone.

Millions of us – literally – have at leat one old mobile phone hanging around in a drawer somewhere.

Find yours and make some money out of it!

 

How much could you make recycling your mobile phone?

Hand holding a mobile phone and £20 notes

You can make anything from £2.50 to £350 per handset depending on what it is and what condition it’s in. Even if you want to make money for charity through your recycling, you can sell your phone this way and then use the money to give to charity.

It’s up to you what you do with the cash but make sure you get the most you possibly can!

 

How do you recycle your mobile phone?

Green recycling bin full of mobile phones

There are various ways to do it.

  • You can put it on eBay. This can be a good way of making more money with your phone, particularly if it is a good iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. The drawback is that you might have to wait a while to get a sale and you might have to bring the price down if it doesn’t sell.
  • You can take it to Argos and get vouchers in exchange. This is nice and quick and good if you like Argos! The drawback here is that you might not want to spend at Argos. Also, it’s likely that you won’t get as much as you would selling it on eBay.
  • You could take it to a mobile phone shop and do a part-exchange. This will make your new phone cheaper and it’s a nice, quick way of getting value from your phone. However, the trade-in price is not necessarily favourable to you.
  • You can contact a few different mobile phone recycling companies such as Envirophone,,, Mazuma Mobile, B Mobile,or Fonebank  which will quote you an amount for your phone, depending on the make, model, age and condition of your phone. They can give good rates and it’s quick money but, ideally, you should try a few different companies to get the best price.
  • You can use the MoneyMagpie mobile phone recycling tool which compares loads of different recycling companies’ offers for your phone. It’s quick and easy and gets you the best price from the recycling companies.

 

Try our mobile phone recycling tool for quick money

MoneyMagpie Phone Recycling Banner

Obviously we are biassed! However, we do think this is a great way to get maximum cash for your old phone which is currently wasting valuable space in your drawer.

Try out the mobile phone recycling tool here.

The thing is you can actually make good money from your old phone, particularly if it’s a broken iPhone or Blackberry. Other phones may not bring in much.. But whatever phone you have, you might as well get the most you’re able to get.

Just go to our comparison tool, put your phone make and model in the box and you will be shown how much you could get for it from a variety of recyclers including Envirophone,,, Mazuma Mobile, B Mobile,or Fonebank.

 

How much did you make from your old phone? Tell us in the comments below!

Apr 07

Clear Your Clutter for Easter – Photo Competition

Clear Your Clutter Day may be over but that’s no reason to stop clearing! This time of year often has all manner of friends and family descend on our homes so it’s time to clear your clutter for Easter (and maybe get a tasty freebie for your efforts)

How to take part

We want you to send us your clutter clearing before and after photos! If can be a be clear out or a small one. A whole room, or maybe just one drawer!

Take a snap of the clutter than then the transformation and post them on our Facebook and Twitter pages, it’s that simple!

You don’t have to put your details in anywhere, just send us those photos!

Need some help clearing you clutter? Why not try one of these articles to help you:

 

The Prize

Cadburys Chocolate Easter Eggs

We will pick the 3 best photos and those entrants will receive a Cadburys Easter Egg (you can never have too much chocolate!)

The competition will close and winners will be chosen on the 17th and then will be announced in our newsletter on the 18th.

Good Luck!

Mar 21

Best value charities to donate to

Most of us would agree that many charities do good work, but which are the best value charities to give you money to? In other words, which are the ones that spend the least on admin fees and the most on the actual work?

The public have been left confused for some time now about whether the charities they donate to are doing enough or too little, how much money they are spending on overheads and administration costs, and whether they are paying third parties to increase their cash streams.

 

how charities spend their money

donate

How charities spend their money is not often clear.

Of course, one organisation might have greater need to spend money on raising awareness than others, depending on how important the public believe their particular cause is.

Clearly cancer charities are going to hav
e a higher profile – and potentially easier job of raising funds – than a donkey sanctuary.

You would hope that 100% of the money you donate goes to the actual cause you are trying to help. But then, these charities often have people working for them who need to be paid, offices that they work from, admin costs and other things they need to spend money on.

The question is, are these costs reasonable, or could they be much lower?

the biggest charities in the UK

Here is a list of how much money, per £1 raised, goes directly to causes that some of the biggest charities represent:

 

which are the best value charities to donate to?

There are 180,000 registered charities in the UK but 60% of all donations go to just 500 charities.

While they are all noble causes we at MoneyMagpie believe that it would be good for charities that do the most good to get more exposure.

So, we’ve put together a list of worthwhile charities. Many of these charities may not be familiar to most people, but based on research of the figures available, they represent good value for the money based on how much money goes towards the cause.

 Animals

Petting a horse

 Children

Action For Children banner

The Elderly

How to make people happy

 Health and Disability

Treloar Trust

 

Any of these charities above will use your money on the good work itself, rather than the cost of employees, offices and the like.

 

make your money work harder

Remember that you can give even more money, without it costing you anything, by making sure you tick the ‘Gift Aid’ box when you give money.

Even better, you can add Gift Aid when you donate things to your local charity shop. This means that on top of the money they get from selling your stuff, they also get the tax you would have paid on that amount.

Of course, giving stuff to charity shops is a fantastic way of giving to charity anyway – with or without Gift Aid. It’s a great way to recycle stuff, keep it from landfill, enable people in your locality to buy things cheaply and the charity gets to make money out of it too. It’s a total win-win as you can see here.

 

Also, find out here how to make money from buying things in charity shops!

 

What do you think about giving to charity? 

Do you get angry at the idea of charities spending more than 10% of their income on admin? 

Are there any charities you donate to that use almost 100% of their income in the right way? Tell us about it below.

Mar 13

Day 7 – Win a £60 voucher to spend on tiles

For Day 7 of our Clear Your Clutter Day comps, we’re giving you the chance to win a £60 voucher to spend on tiles.

 

Prize

Bathroom floor tiles

Walls and Floors are the UK’s largest independent tile retailer, and they deliver nationwide!

The company, which turns 30 in 2017, offers over 6,000 stylish tile designs! With tiles that cover all of the latest interior design trends, Walls and Floors have everything you need to unlock your dream home this season! If you want to try before you buy, you can even request free samples! Enjoy Free Next Day Delivery on orders over £99 and, if you want to spread the cost of your order, take advantage of their 0% finance offers! Browse today… www.wallsandfloors.co.uk

 

Competition

To enter, complete both the following steps:

STEP ONE

Follow @MoneyMagpie on Twitter and tweet this to all your followers:

DAY 7 – #WIN a £60 voucher to spend on tiles at @WallsandFloors! Enter now to WIN #CYCD #Competiton http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/day-7-win-a-60-voucher-to-spend-on-tiles

OR

Like our MoneyMagpie Facebook page and share the post titled ‘Day 7 – Win a £60 voucher to spend on tiles’ with your friends.

STEP TWO

Answer this question in the box below: How old does Walls and Floors turn this year?

A) 28

B) 29

C) 30

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition closes on Monday 3rd April at midnight. The winner will be announced in our newsletter on Tuesday 4th April Good luck everyone!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • This competition is promoted by MoneyMagpie (“Promoter”).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • You must complete both stages above to enter the competition.
  • Prize is supplied by Walls and Floors.
  • The competition is not open to employees (and their families) of the Promoter MoneyMagpie or partner Walls and Floors, their agents or related third parties who are directly connected with the administration of the competition.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge and will be notified via email or telephone. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering the competition you consent to being communicated to by the Promoter. Following such notification, the winner will be required to send the Promoter full details of their postal address to which the prize will be delivered (if applicable).
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • By entering this competition you are signing up to receive MoneyMagpie’s free weekly newsletter. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.

Find out how to get involved in National Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Mar 12

How to Make Money From Your Clutter with Caroline Bernstein

Jasmine Birtles Interviews Actress and Comedian Caroline Bernstein.

There are loads of ways to make money from your clutter – have you consider selling your unwanted items in these places?

• Local auction houses
• Second-hand shops
• Antique shops
• Gumtree
• eBay
• Specialised selling sites
• Jewellery stores
• Car boot sales

Mar 12

Day 6 – Win a £25 Marks and Spencer gift voucher

For Day 6 of our Clear Your Clutter Day comps, we’re giving you the chance to win a £25 Marks and Spencer gift voucher. Full terms and conditions here

 

Prize

A £25 M&S voucher courtesy of Oxfam.

A great way to Clear Your Clutter is through Shwopping with Oxfam and M&S.

Donate a bag of clothes in an Oxfam Shop, and as long as one item is an M&S labelled item, you’ll receive a £5 M&S voucher off a £35 spend on clothing, home and beauty products in an M&S store. Alternatively, take your items into your local M&S store and drop them in a Shwop Drop Box and you can claim 50 Sparks points if you’re a member of M&S’s Sparks Card membership scheme.

Since the partnership began in 2008, over 27 million garments have been donated in M&S and Oxfam shops, worth an estimated £18 million for Oxfam. Get Shwopping today!

(Shwopping – Terms and Conditions apply, see Oxfam’s website and the M&S Shwopping page for full details)

 

Competition

To enter, complete both the following steps:

STEP ONE

Follow @MoneyMagpie on Twitter and tweet this to all your followers:

DAY 6 – #WIN a £25 @marksandspencer gift voucher courtesy of @Oxfam #CYCD #Competition http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/day-6-win-a-25-marks-and-spencer-gift-voucher

OR

Like our MoneyMagpie Facebook page and share the post titled ‘Day 6 – Win a £25 Marks and Spencer gift voucher’ with your friends.

STEP TWO

Answer this question in the box below: When did the ‘Shwopping’ partnership between M&S and Oxfam begin?

A) 2007

B) 2008

C) 2009

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition closes on Monday 3rd April at midnight. The winner will be announced in our newsletter on Tuesday 4th April Good luck everyone!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • This competition is promoted by MoneyMagpie (“Promoter”).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • You must complete both stages above to enter the competition.
  • Prize is supplied by Oxfam.
  • The competition is not open to employees (and their families) of the Promoter MoneyMagpie or partner Oxfam, their agents or related third parties who are directly connected with the administration of the competition.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge and will be notified via email or telephone. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering the competition you consent to being communicated to by the Promoter. Following such notification, the winner will be required to send the Promoter full details of their postal address to which the prize will be delivered (if applicable).
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • By entering this competition you are signing up to receive MoneyMagpie’s free weekly newsletter. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.

Find out how to get involved in National Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Mar 11

How to Tackle Your Clutter – Expert Advice from APDO (Video)

Jasmine Birtles interviews Katherine Blackler, Head of Partnership Liaison at the Association for Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Katherine explains the various ways you can tackle your cluttered homes with some very useful tips like storing attic items in clear boxes so you can easily see what’s in them – clever idea! And how their national organisation is on hand to help you de-clutter too.

For more de-cluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/decluttering-ideas

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke

Mar 11

Want to Donate More to Charity? Watch This Brilliant Idea!

Jasmine Birtles interviews Mark Charnock, Managing Director at Gone for Good on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Mark tells Jasmine just how easy it is to make your donations to charity. If you haven’t got the Gone for Good app yet then you’re certainly missing out. Don’t throw your old stuff away because this app makes it so simple!

A big thumbs up from the Clear Your Clutter team.

For more de-cluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/decluttering-ideas

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke

Mar 11

The True Impact of Your Kind Charity Donations – Oxfam (Video)

Jasmine Birtles interviews Holly Rothwell, ECommerce and Festivals Manager at Oxfam on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Holly explains what happens to your charity donations at Oxfam, how as an organisation they benefit from your support and other surprising facts you might not know, like why they even want your old socks!

For more de-cluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/decluttering-ideas

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke

Mar 11

Useful Storage and Organisational Solutions for Your Home and Office (Video)

Jasmine Birtles interviews Harriet Williams, Official Representative at Bankers Box by Fellowes on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017

Harriet shares her advice on practical, accessible and attractive storage solutions to organise your home and home office.

For more de-cluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/decluttering-ideas

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke

Mar 11

How Should The Nation Deal With Our Mounting Clutter? (Video)

Clear Your Clutter Day 2017 Experts Discuss:

How Should The Nation Deal With Our Mounting Clutter?

• Perhaps the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?
• How much is still going to landfill?
• Couldn’t it be donated to charity instead?

Host

Jasmine Birtles – Founder of Clear Your Clutter Day and MoneyMagie.com

CYCD 2017 Experts

James Jones – Head of Consumer Affairs – Experian
Katherine Blackler – Head of Partnership Liaison – APDO
Harriet Williams – Official Representative – Bankers Box by Fellowes
Holly Rothwell – ECommerce and Festivals Manager – Oxfam
Mark Charnock – Managing Director – Gone for Good
Caroline Bernstein – Actress & Comedian

For more de-cluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your-clutter-day/decluttering-ideas

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke

Mar 11

How to Clear Your Financial Clutter – James Jones, Experian (Video)

Jasmine Birtles interviews James Jones, Head of Consumer Affairs at Experian on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017.

James advises the easy steps you can take Clear Your Financial Clutter.

For more decluttering ideas visit: http://www.moneymagpie.com/clear-your…

Producer – Daisy Morecroft
Director – James Watson
Camera Operators – Janez Feasy & Allie Stewart
Sound Operator – Robert Murray
Editors – Allie Stewart & Robert Murray
Graphics – Gareth Clarke