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Monday, 3 September 2018

giffgaff gameplan workshop #gameplanlifegoals

giffgaff gameplan review

Everyone knows giffgaff as the ‘mobile network run by you’. I have been with giffgaff for so many years after a good friend of mine introduced me to it. As you can imagine the excitement when receiving an invite to the giffgaff gameplan workshop. I was extremely nervous going because this was one of them things outside of my comfort zone. 

GIFFGAFF GAMEPLAN

giffgaff gameplan is all about managing personal finances. From helping you meet your saving goals, to switching utility bills, or helping you budget smart. When getting the invite, I was super excited because I love giffgaff and I love budgeting. 

BEFORE THE EVENT

Prior to the day we could decide which two workshops we wanted to attend. The options were everyday saving, bad credit and mortgage. I felt as though only the everyday saving workshop was appropriate to me and not the other two. But, I’m glad the event offered something for everyone. Leading up to the event I was well informed about the event and had a good communication with Jennie. I was also asked if I had any dietary requirements which is always nice! It's nice to know that you won't have to bring your own packed lunch to an event.  

THE DAY

On Thursday 30th August, I was kindly invited to attend the giffgaff gameplan workshop which was held at Hilton Newcastle, Gateshead. As arriving in the event, we were kindly greeted with drinks. Orange juice was offered as a non-alcoholic beverage and wine as an alcoholic beverage. 

giffgaff gameplan workshop event held at Hilton Newcastle

EVERDAY SAVINGS WORKSHOP

The first workshop I attended was everyday savings, and we were introduced to Eileen Adamson. Eileen is a money coach, who helps others make the most out of the money they have and also runs Your Money Sorted. I really enjoyed this workshop because Eileen is passionate about saving up, and Eileen's personality is vibrant.

Firstly, we got playing Bingo which was related to everyday savings. It was a nice icebreaker which helped everyone speak to one another. The icebreaker introduced us to new things and got us talking about everyday savings.

I guess when it comes down to money we’re all very shy to talk about it. I believe this workshop opened my eyes as to why we should be talking about money and saving up where we can. From talking about how much we earn, to how to save more, there seems to be a certain stigma around it. We all want to live a good life by earning money but sometimes purchasing the things we want may become hard. Life gets in the way or our lack of knowledge about ‘money’. The workshop was a great insight to see as to how much we could save even if we keep £10 a month aside, or £1 a day. It really opens your eyes to the prospect of how much you can save in the long run by doing vey little. Saving money really matters. It matters because if you want a good life, you need to save money. 

Something Eileen spoke about which got me thinking was the

‘BIG WHY’

Why do you want to save up. For what? Do you want to buy something that has been on your wishlist for ages? Do you want to travel more? Do you want to buy your own home? Do you want to fund a new project? Or do you want to live life comfortably? Just thinking about why you want to save up opens your eyes.I wish Eileen could have spoken longer because she really motivated me to think more about ‘money’ and also to start discussions with the people around me.

Next, we had to complete four quick tasks which got us all talking about everyday savings. We were split into four groups. The four tasks were Jenga, Menu planner, Guess (I don’t really know the name of this one but I’ll explain it in depth below), and different websites and apps which we can earn or save from.

  • Jenga: Each of the members in the group had to take turns playing Jenga. Each block had a question to answer underneath. Questions asked ranged from ‘what purchase is your biggest regret’ ‘is there a such thing as good or bad debt’ or ‘do you look at your bank statements each month’. I felt as this task really got you talking about everyday savings and thinking about how you could be saving.

  • The next task my group moved onto was the Monthly Menu Planner. We had to plan a week, write the shopping list, and give any tips for weekly shopping. Surprisingly there were some great tips that I’ll be putting into practice. 

  • The next task was about guessing which companies are easy to haggle with and how much you can save annually by haggling. 

  • The last task involved guessing ways which we could earn money or save money.

giffgaff gameplan workshop event


The top 3 tips to take away from this post which I learned at the workshop are:

1. ‘Plum’ and ‘Chip’: 

Plum is an automatic savings service. You can connect it via Facebook Messenger and also gain £5 for recommending others. Chip is similar but an app version, and you get a percentage of interest for each individual you recommend. Plum and Chip analyse your bank account and skim money off your account and save it to the side. I personally feel like this is a great saving method.

2. Loyalty never pays off: 

If you or your family have been with one company or brand for years, has it ever paid off? Have you received any great deals? Probably not. It's time to think carefully about how much you're paying compared to others and are you benefiting from it? 

3. Haggle and Research: 

Have you been with a company or brand for years? Ring them up before your contract renews and try to get a better deal! Look at online comparison websites and see how much you should be paying. If someone is offering you lower, then ring the company you are with and haggle! Make sure you do your research. Every year before changing, just have a quick look and do a bit of research. You should always haggle or change the company you are with. End of the day, even if you're saving a few pounds a month, that saves quite a bit annually. Plus, these companies make a fortune so don't be afraid to haggle.

FOOD, VENUE AND SERVICE

The lunch was served, and the food was outstanding. I loved how there was an option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There’s nothing worse than going to an event and there is no option for you. The food tasted great and the cupcakes were delicious! The service of the hotel staff was impeccable. They were really on top of their game and extremely friendly. The service was outstanding and by far one of the best service I have seen at an event. 

giffgaff gameplan review, an event held at Hilton Newcastle

MORTGAGE WORKSHOP

The mortgages workshop by Barry and Rachel from Mortgage Advice Bureau was a great insight on what to do when buying a property. The workshop cleared up how to negotiate the process, how to talk to brokers and lenders, choosing the right mortgage and lots more! I’m not going to be buying a property any time soon but when I do, I know I will be going to Mortgage Advice Bureau for the correct information. The workshop gave me great knowledge on all things mortgages and related. Plus, I received some leaflets which had a deep explanation of the process. 

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for a great evening. A massive shout out to Jennie and Alice for organising a very informative event. A huge thank you to all of the speakers, and the Hilton staff for working super hard! The event has made me think about budgeting in a different way. I will be making small changes, so I can make the most out of my money. Comment down below your top tips for budgeting!

Thank you for reading!
Until next time, take care and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose
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  1. I haven't heard of giffgaff though. It's great to bump on your blog and learn about it. Jazakallah for sharing this workshop experience you had.

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    1. Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed learning about it!
      Ramshaa Rose
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  2. Sounds like a great event! Ma shaa Allah. Never heard of it. Jazakallahu Khayr for sharing this with us 💟

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    1. Thank you for commenting :) It was a great event & you're welcome.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  3. Jezzakallahu khair for sharing this post . For the first time heard about it

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    1. Thank you! I hope you've learned something new.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  4. Jezzakallahu khair for sharing this post . For the first time heard about it

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  5. I'm in Sydney but I've never heard of The Giffgaff Gameplan. It's very interesting and I think I need to attend their workshop. My husband is always telling me that I should keep a budget of what I spend!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. It was extremely interesting and helped me to open my eyes.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  6. Managing finance and learning how to save are much needed skills to learn especially in these times.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! It's also a great way to save some money.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  7. I have heard of giffgaff but never tried their service. The event sounds great though and glad its helped enough to make you want to make some changes

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    1. Thank you for your comment Fozia! I didn't hear about this service before the workshop either. So, I was amazed when I heard about it. It's such a great service.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  8. Salaams! I had never heard of giffgaff but I chalked it up to me being from the U.S....but a financial workshop sounds awesome! I didn't learn enough about basic financial literacy growing up, it took me until my late 20's to "get it". Financial workshops should be mandatory!

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    1. Walaikum'Assalaam! It was a very informative workshop. I couldn't agree more with you! I think we should be taught about finance, how to manage it and saving up from a younger age. It's disappointing how we're 'expected' to acquire knowledge by trial and error.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  9. This seems like a very interesting event. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for commenting! It was a great event :) Hope you enjoyed reading the post.
      Ramshaa Rose
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  10. Thanx for sharing your experience as well as knowledge with us. I really like how you said "From talking about how much we earn, to how to save more, there seems to be a certain stigma around it." Just today I was speaking to a friend about it. We really need to work on personal finances and for that people need to start talking about it!

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    1. I couldn't agree more with you! I'm so glad you had a discussion with your friend about it though :)! Thank you for your comment beaut! xo

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