The price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerThe price of being a BloggerI came across an email in my inbox the other day titled ‘site hosting expiring renew now’. If i’m honest I completely forgot about this, my first year which was heavily discounted the second year, not so discounted. This is something which when I first started my blog I never even considered, I thought it was all fun and games and posting cute outfits. When I first set my blog up on Blogspot it was pretty cheap. It wasn’t until I migrated my blog to WordPress and registered a domain that it was apparent that being a blogger wasn’t going to be as ‘cheap’ as I first thought.

This led me onto thinking about all the time’s I have had to fork out for things for my blog. If you know me, you know that I love a good bargain and I will shop around. The same goes for my blog, however there are costs which are set and a cheaper alternative isn’t an option.

Photography Equipment

Cameras, lenses, tripods, memory cards , props, flatlay backgrounds the list goes on. These things aren’t cheap. I definitely suggest looking for voucher codes or blogger codes when considering purchasing photography equipment for your blog. I have the Olympus Pen EPL7 which I got with an influencer code and this took a whopping £100 off the total. The same with the 45mm lens. I shopped around and found it cheaper in Jessops than actual Olympus itself.


As I shoot the majority of my outfits in London and live in the Midlands train fare can easily build up. Trips to London for blogger events /press days are also another added cost, try to book in advance to get cheaper fares. However  this can be difficult sometimes when invites are sent out a week before the event. I got myself a 16-25 railcard which takes 30% off all train fares, a massive saving when you work out a yearly rate and makes those last minute train journey’s not as expensive. I also got my railcard when there was an offer on and saved around £10 off the annual pass.


It might look like that bloggers get everything for free but we really don’t. A lot of the outfits I wear on my blog are items which I have purchased myself. Trying to keep up with the latest trends can also be an extra cost. Say you get a lovely dress sent to you by a brand all I can think is ‘I need a new pair of shoes & a new bag now to go with it.’ You can read how I keep up with trends for less here and how to keep your personal style as a blogger here.

Photographer Fees

I love my Olympus Pen and the photo’s I can get from it are amazing, however I do also love shooting with photographer’s for my blog to get that really professional feel. This is another cost which you have to consider when becoming a blogger (unless your partner/friend is a photographer then you are winning!) 

So if you are thinking of setting up a blog be prepared for some hidden costs which aren’t apparent before hand. Never impulse buy. ALWAYS shop around and you will save $$$!

+Faux Leather Jacket – Missguided

White Peplum Shirt – New Look

Ripped Slim Jeans – H&M

+Rope Tote Bag – Missguided

Embroidered Mules – New Look

+Mesh Watch – Triwa

+Customisable Phone Case – Tinkalink



Photography by Rebecca Spencer




  1. Petite Paulina 1st April 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Great post, I feel the costs are often underestimated and the self hosting fees seem to be increasing more and more each year x

    • Chelcie
      1st April 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Hey Paulina! Thank you for your comment! The costs definitely are & you don’t realise unless you actually start adding things up! I know, I was so shocked at my second years price 🙁 has to be done though!

      Chelcie x

  2. Holly White 1st April 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Omg how true is this! You don’t realise how much you need to invest, but I always say that you’ve got to spend money to make money!! xxx

    • Chelcie
      1st April 2017 / 6:25 pm

      Hey Holly!

      Thank you for your comment! I totally agree with you, the investments are worthwhile just can be a little pricey to start with & you don’t realise until you add all the costs together! #lifeofablogger

      Chelcie x

  3. Tashpantz 2nd April 2017 / 11:56 am

    So true! It’s not easy especially when it comes to keeping up with trends!!! It all adds up massively! Xx

    • Chelcie
      2nd April 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Hey Tash!

      Thanks for your comment! I totally agree, it definitely all adds up to more than you think!

      Chelcie x

  4. Eva 3rd April 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Omg I SO relate to this! Had no idea how much I’d spend on blogging – as my mother always says, ‘this blogging is a rather expensive hobby!’ lol! I’m the worst for the keeping up with the trends bit, but I’m trying to be a bit more retrained these days and only buy into the trends I truly love.
    Great post hun! x

    • Chelcie
      7th April 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Hi Eva!

      Thank you for your comment, glad you liked the post! Haha that is so true it’s probably one of the most expensive hobbies there is. Me too, I try not to jump too quickly when the new ‘it’ piece comes out and only buy things I know I can keep as staple wardrobe pieces.

      Chelcie x

  5. Vicky 12th April 2017 / 7:30 am

    Hi, I felt like I had to comment on this. I spend most of my disposable income on new clothes and accesories for me and my son. I am no blogger, I just love shopping and getting new things keeps me happy and motivated to work. I totally agree with the above comment that you have to spend to make money too, its like a small business. Good luck with it, you are very good at what you do 🙂

    • Chelcie
      12th April 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Hi Vicky,

      Thanks so much for your comment! That’s exactly it, it feels good to treat yourself now and again, nothing a bit of retail therapy can’t fix! Thank you for your kind words!

      Chelcie x

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