Frugal Friday #2 – Hospitals, Sewing machines & pound shops

You may have noticed that things have been rather quiet here on the blog this week, but all I’ll say is that it’s just been a tough one. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling with family to see my granddad and spend time with him (and them), as he’s been very unwell and understandably writing and blogging were far from my thoughts.

With a far from normal week I haven’t really been out hunting for bargains or making much of an effort in any area of life really (hello tip of a house!), However earlier in the week I did manage a quick nip into Oxfam after the morning school run, some sewing yesterday, and a few frugal choices last weekend…So do not fear – here are the few frugal choices I did make this week.

1. Cinema Snacks from the Pound Shop

Last weekend was a good one, and saw us spending a lot of time with Mr Smiths family which was a lot of fun as always. I decided on Saturday afternoon, as things were quieter, to take Megan to the cinema to see Ballerina. I have had it on my “To do with Megs” list since it came out, and I am glad we finally had a free Saturday afternoon to accomplish that. It was a great film and we had a lovely time too.

As the cinema is a pricey affair (if you don’t go to the junior mornings), my frugal mentality kicked in right away and we called at the pound shop on the way for our snacks and treats. We both chose a drink, had a big bag of popcorn to share, and Megs opted for some pick n mix, and we only spent £2.50!

Did you know pound land have pick n mix and it’s just £1 to fill a small tub…Megan loved it!

2. Finding a Coat in Oxfam

I have been on the hunt for a coat for Alice for a couple of weeks now. Her snow suit is getting a little tight, and with some of her outfits I think a coat would be better anyway. I found one on Monday in Oxfam for £1.59 as well as a dress from M&S for 99p! I love cord dresses on little girls and the rabbit embroidery was a done deal!

3. Made Alice a Skirt

Yesterday, though I didn’t really want to, I went along to my fortnightly sewing group and manged to accomplish a few things. one included a lovely skirt for Alice which I LOVE! I am getting pretty quick at making simple skirts and really enjoy it too. I worked out with the elastic that it probably cost me about 50p (If that).

I have some lovely spring/summer prints in my fabric box and plan on making her lots more things so keep an eye out over the coming weeks. Making clothes, if you are able, really saves a lot of money!

4. Altered a Dress

Another frugal choice accomplished through my sewing group was altering a dress my mum bought me last year. It had large splits up the side which neither of us realised and so to make it more modest, I stitched them up thus not wasting clothes and getting more wear out of it.

Hoping for a better week next week… but we shall see. I am excited for my dress and the new additions to Alice’s ever increasing 6-9m wardrobe, they certainly improved a weird week!

I’m linking up with this Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.

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  1. January 29, 2017 / 5:02 am

    Sorry your Grandad is poorly..all good wishes. Love your sewing! Thansk for linking up to #5frugalthings

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