Make University Life A Little Easier With Shareagift

Starting University can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience, you will most likely be moving to a new area, living with people you have never met before, having to absorb a lot of new information, and having to support yourself financially for the first time.

No matter how prepared you think you are for University there are always things that crop up that you haven’t budgeted for. You will most likely be given a reading list from each lecturer of books that you need to read during your module, many of which can often cost a lot of money. There will be things that after living on your own for a few days you will realise you need to buy, like earplugs to drown out the noise of the loud snorer next door, a tin opener (one of the most essential tools for any university student), or an internet cable because the Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your room.

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Through Shareagift you can set up a student page and add your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and any other family members that have said if you need any help just let us know. You can then send a message to them all by commenting on your page when you need to buy something that you haven’t budgeted for, and they can add the funds to your pot.

Once you have been living with in either halls or a house for a while you will most certainly decide that you need to buy a few things for the place to make it look a bit nicer. Or perhaps you were getting ready to go out and someone spilt wine all over the sofa which now needs replacing because you can’t get the stains or the smell out. Shareagift makes it easy for housemates to collect all their money in one place, you can see who has paid what and then withdraw all the funds in one go when you are ready to buy what you need.

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So, you have been at University for a few months now and in the first few weeks you decided to join the football team. Every year they go on a week away where you meet and play against other university teams. The only issue is that somehow you have found yourself in charge of collecting everyone’s money and paying for the trip. With Shareagift you can create a page for the trip, post the link on your team’s Facebook page and ask everyone to go on and pay. You will be able to easily see who has paid what, and all the money will be kept in a safe and secure location until the time comes when you need to withdraw the funds and pay for the trip.

It’s your housemate’s birthday and you want to throw a big house-party for them, the only problem is that the monthly bills have just come out and you’re running really low on funds until the next instalment of your student loan comes in. With Shareagift you can create a private page and invite their friends via email to join the group and contribute some money towards decorating the house, buying the food and drink, and getting them an amazing gift.

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So for those of you heading to Univserity over the next few weeks don’t forget to keep Shareagift in mind when you need help with collecting funds for a trip, throwing an amazing event, buying ear plugs to drown out your neighbours snoring, or replacing a stain covered sofa!

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Where Should I Volunteer?

Do you have some time off this year? Perhaps you have an extended summer break, maybe you have just finished your studies and are contemplating what to do next, or perhaps you are no longer working as often as you used to and have a lot of free time on your hands.

Here at Shareagift we have seen hundreds of projects and campaigns over the years where groups have raised money to sponsor people to go help in far away countries, build or resurrect community projects, and even run a sponsored abseil down the side of a church! If you want to give something back to the world we live in then perhaps one of the following endeavours may interest you…

The Internet is awash with people crying out for volunteers, and it is very easy to get lost in the sheer amount of projects that are available to us now. Over summers it has become very popular to take some time out and go to work abroad in countries that are struggling and need help. Be that helping to build structures for families to live and learn in, working to help teach in areas where education is needed, or working to comfort and heal the sick. The first thing to think about if you are considering working abroad is where do your skills lie? Are you good with people or do you have experience in construction? Take a look at how two of our Shareagifters recently visited Nepal and raised money to help victims of the recent earthquake.

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The next thing to think about is how far away you are willing to travel, remember that working in deprived areas can be very dangerous, how long is your journey going to be to get back home if you have an accident or something goes wrong? The third main point to reflect on is how much your trip is going to cost you and if you can’t afford it how many people do you know that may be willing to sponsor you?

If your considering helping out a little closer to home then again there are so many different projects and charities that you can get involved in. Is there a project in your local community that is close to your heart? This could be something as small as helping to pick up litter around your street to getting involved with building a local park or setting up a youth group.

Even if you only have a few hours a week to dedicate to helping others places like charity shops, youth groups and retirement homes are often crying out for volunteers to either cover shifts or just help out around the place. By doing this you are not only just helping others but it gives you a chance to work within the wider community with people that you may not necessarily encounter in your everyday life.

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Once you decide what you would like to do come and take a look at Shareagift and see whether we could help you in your role. Whether it’s collecting sponsor money for a trip abroad, raising funds for a local project, or collecting money to pay to run activities within your local community, with our newly added option of being able to donate using gift aid we are the perfect platform to help you raise funds.

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Coping When Co-worker’s Leave The Company

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” ― Tim McGraw

Why Does Leaving A Company Cause Panic?

When a co-worker leaves the company it can be a disruptive, upsetting and stressful time for their fellow colleagues. Employees can often take someone leaving the company to heart, especially if they work closely with them or they are in charge of them.

As a company you need to remind your employees that their job isn’t right for everyone, and people can often change career path, move away or move on to a more senior role somewhere else.

Many employees can often get angry or annoyed at one of their co-workers leaving as they may feel like they are being left behind or they may be concerned with the gap in the workforce that their colleague is leaving. In many instances it can be difficult to fill a position, especially if the role requires a lot of training and employees may be concerned that they will have to pick up the extra workload.

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Supporting Colleagues Who Are Moving On

If they are leaving for a better position the company should feel proud that they have provided them with the relevant skills and experience for them to have secured themselves a more senior role somewhere else.

Rather than getting annoyed or concerned about a colleague leaving, companies need to support them by providing them with a positive experience from the minute they decide to leave until their last day.

By providing them with a positive experience it will leave them with fond memories of the company and this may result in them recommending it to friends or their new colleagues as a great place to work. It can even result in the employee returning in the future.

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How We Can Help

Everyday people use Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for friends and colleagues at work. Employees from companies including Tesco, Morgan Stanley, IBM and IMG have all successfully used Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for fellow colleagues, giving them a positive experience when leaving the company.

Shareagift not only provides an easy way to collect money online, but it brings people together for a common cause and makes the recipient of the gift feel valued. It also gives those who have contributed, a way to say goodbye with an amazing leaving or retirement gift to show their support in their decision to move on and to show them how much they have had an impact, not just the company, but on the people that work there.

‘Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this gift and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed’ – Kasondra.

Here are a couple of recent examples of people who have used Shareagift to collect money online to send their colleagues off in style!

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Head over to Shareagift to start a leaving or retirement fund, or get in touch with us at community@shareagift.com for more information on how we could help you.

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Top 5 Sites For A Stress Free Wedding

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Stress Free Wedding

According to the Daily Mail planning a wedding is the 9th most stressful experience you can go through in life. To make things a little easier we have come up with a list of 5 of the best sites to help relieve some of the pre-wedding stress. If you need help planning, organising or saving for a wedding these sites which will be right down your alley.

1 – Hitched

This is the ultimate wedding planning website, it allows you to create to do lists to make sure nothing is forgotten, it keeps track of your wedding fund, has a calendar for appointments, has a guest editor tool and can even help you plan where everyone will be sitting. There is also an app available via the Apple and Google Play stores, which lets you keep on top of all your planning on the go.

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2 – Appy Couple

Amongst other features this website allows you to set up an RSVP page. Just get your guests to download the app or log on to the website and they can say whether they will be coming or not. It then collates all the responses and lets you know how many people have accepted the invite. You can also update your event with any news or changes to the wedding, which will be automatically sent to those who have RSVP’d.

3 – The Knot

One of the most stressful decisions that a bride has to make is which wedding dress she is going to wear. The Knot helps make this decision that little bit easier. They offer thousands of wedding dress ideas. With an easy to use filter that lets you categorise dresses by designer, price, dress length, neckline, fabric and many more, you will have found the perfect one in no time! The website also features a number of other search features including bridesmaid dresses, wedding rings and wedding accessories. They also have an app, which is available via the Apple app store.

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4 – Wedding Party

This site allows you to see your wedding from the eyes of your guests! Once your guests have created an account they can upload photos they have taken during the day and the site will put them all together in one place. They arrange the photos so that you get a minute-by-minute timeline of the day from the eyes of your guests. You can also print out free posters and place cards to make sure people know to use it and their app allows guests to upload photos straight from their phone.

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5 – Shareagift

Shareagift allows you to collect money from friends and start saving for a wedding. Whether it be getting money together for a honeymoon gift list, planning a stag do or saving towards your wedding fund we have you sorted every step of the way. Shareagift provides an easy, safe and hassle free way to collect money online to help you with your wedding fund. Head over to our website now and take a look at how we could help you fund the perfect wedding!

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Want To Be More Popular With Your Colleagues?

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Office Party

It’s always the same story, a colleague’s birthday is coming up but no one wants to have to put the effort into organising a present, let alone a night out. It is time for you to step up to the plate and become the new office organiser! Too much on your plate? Or are you just trying to avoid having to hassle people to contribute to a birthday fund. Fear not! We are here for all your office party planning needs! We have put together the ultimate guide to help you pull off a great birthday for any colleague, making you look super organised and the new social butterfly of the office!

The Gift

When planning for a birthday the first thing to do is chose a gift so that you know what sort of budget you need to aim for. This alone can take a while as finding the perfect gift is not a quick job. With so many different gifting websites it’s easy to get lost in the sheer amount of birthday gifts that are out there. Two websites that are great and have a mix of fun, interesting and different gifts are notonthehighstreet.com and thegreatgiftcompany. You can find anything from a USB fridge to a personalised word search iPad cover, or even a novelty pug mask, if that’s their sort of thing. Keep an eye on our gift of the week posts for gift inspiration.

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The Location

The next big decision is where to hold the night out, do you go for a quiet meal and a few glasses of wine or to a extravagant club with booming music and a huge dance floor? We always like discovering new places and a work night out can be the perfect excuse to take everyone to that new bar that you’ve wanted to visit. If you’re planning on heading to London for the night there are so many great places just waiting to be discovered. Designmynight.com is a great little website that showcases interesting and different events and venues, some of the places that caught our eye were The Candlelit Club, Little Nan’s Cocktail Den and The Fu Manchu Bar! For something a little different and chilled out head over to the board game cafe that has just opened up in London, check out our review here. If none of these take your fancy and you feel like really getting stuck check out our summer birthday parties blog for more inspiration.

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To ensure that you make the most of the night out, whilst keeping in mind that you are with your work colleagues, follow these simple rules.

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  • Talk to everyone. A night out is a great opportunity to mingle with co-workers that you wouldn’t necessarily get to speak to on a daily basis. This will not only help you to get to know different people but will also allow you to understand what everyone does, giving you a better understanding of the company.
  • Talk to senior staff. You may not always get the opportunity at work to talk to those who are higher up the ladder than you. A night out is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and get yourself known within the higher ranks.
  • Be yourself. Don’t try too hard or worry too much about the evening, just enjoy yourself! 

Work nights out shouldn’t be an issue, there’s always a danger that you may say or do something that could reflect your working reputation. Avoid the following to ensure you don’t ruin the evening for yourself.

Don’t

  • Drink too much. You don’t want to ruin your reputation at work by having one too many drinks and doing something stupid. Keep your cool and know when enough is enough.
  • Just talk about work. It can be easy to slip into a conversation about work seeing as it is a common subject between you and your colleagues. Try to find common interests that don’t revolve around your working day.
  • Speak to the same group of people. By sticking with the same group all evening you could be seen to be part of a group within the company. Be approachable and try to mingle as much as possible.

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Shareagift is the perfect platform to save for a group gift or to fund a work night out. You can collect money online rather than having to traipse around the office and hassle people while they are trying to work. Simply set up a Shareagift page, send the link around the office and everyone can log on and donate whenever they want. A simple, easy and hassle free way to plan the perfect birthday event and make your life a hell of a lot easier!

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How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

BudgetBytes

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

Share A Meal

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

Start a fund now!