Erm where did Summer go please? I am really not enjoying the monsoon season we seem to have been flung into and it’s really thrown me off, making me all a little sad. I need some sun ray’s on my skin very soon please!

This week has been a funny old week, not only because of the torrential rain we’ve been subject to, but also because we had my Granddad’s funeral on Tuesday. That combined with still fighting the tiredness from moving and a complete change to life, I feel really weird right now. I am hoping that I will start to feel more me again soon, but in the meantime its been all systems go with the kids starting school in the village we are eventually moving to, their uniforms ordered (nothing frugal about that bill!), and then I have been trying my best to establish some routine for us whilst we are here living in limbo at Grandma’s house. In the process of all of that I have of course scouted out a few bargs along the way!

Raincoats

Rain coats (or any coat for that matter) have been the bane of my life this week. When I was packing to move it was a heat wave and all the coats/jackets and raincoats were put in a box and then went into storage. I wrongly assumed summer was here and we would be fine for a couple of weeks before we were reunited with them again and it was just extra “stuff” to take to our temporary home. But in true British style here we are in the midst of a down pour!

I headed into town yesterday with the goal to find Megs and Alice a raincoat to keep them going (Ethan thankfully had one in the car) and managed to find them both one very cheap. Megs was a pink “Lilly and Jack” mac for £3.50 and Alice a Next raincoat from the charity shop for £2.99. I was delighted!

Pizza Party

Megan turned 5 on Wednesday, it is not a party year but despite that we always treat them to a tea party or something special for dinner. We hoped to go out but are all done in and so said we would do that over the weekend. As a compromise Megan really wanted some cheese pizza and asked if we could order in Domino’s!

I was all for buying it (it was her birthday after all and an excuse not to cook), but then when we nipped into Tesco we saw they had the Chicago Town Take Away stuffed crust Pizza’s for £2.50 on offer. The stuffed crust drew her in and as they are super yummy she really wanted them instead (SCORE) so we bough 4 of those (to share with family too) and spent only £10 instead of £20-30!

High Interest Saver

And finally by far the best frugal choice this week…one that hasn’t saved just us money, but made us some! It comes in the form of interest. Our house is sold but we have not yet made a purchase, so in the mean time our money from the sale is sat doing nothing. We decided to open a high interest saver which pays 10x more interest than a regular and so until the purchase comes through it is sat in there making us a nice little chunk on a daily basis!

This weekend we are doing more celebrating of Megsie being 5, and hoping for a chilled one. Whatever you are doing I hope its great and filled with deals and bargs along the way!

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As I have sat in a house looking much like an episode of hoarders special this week (and squashed in one corner), I have enjoyed catching up on a few episodes of a programme I love – “Shop Well For Less”! Have you seen it? It makes me laugh and I find it fascinating to see how people choose things, the psychology behind marketing and people’s purchasing behaviours. It’s really interesting to see other peoples homes and their thoughts into spending money. I just love to see why people opt for pricey products and cringe at bargains, but mainly I feel like if I ever had a TV show it would be something like that! I love it!

This week has been a super busy one with the move, but of course we always have time to make a few savvy choices along the way and squeeze in the odd barg!

Legoland Free Tickets

No joke here you can get 2 FREE Legoland tickets when you collect tokens from The Sun newspaper. You need 10 tokens, and then you send them off with some possible dates, then they send you 2 FREE tickets for one of those dates. I am hoping we can go somewhere around Ethan’s Birthday in October  … we currently have 6 or 7 tokens and it runs until next week.

Moving ourselves

Moving house is unavoidably a very expensive affair! We have chosen to save money by doing it all ourselves. We hired a van for 2 days at a cost of £48/day, and then used a mix of free boxes from friends and good ol Morrison’s banana boxes. Then with the help of friends from church and family, we managed to load and unload all of our stuff.

It was obviously way more demanding, tiring, and at times very stressful compared to if someone did it all for us, but for that price it was well worth it!

A 15p Yorkie?

Finally I saved 50p on a sneaky chocolate bar this afternoon when I nipped into Asda for our lunch! Being exhausted from 2 days of cleaning and moving, I felt in need of a little choccie pick me up. As I reached for the Wispa’s I noticed that the Yorkies were reduced to 15p each… a chocolate fix for 50p less – what a barg!

Right now I am so done in, rather achy, but so very relieved that our move/sale went smoothly. I expect that come Monday when I realise that this is my new life I will suddenly go into panic mode that I am now homeless and living with family for a few weeks out of a handful of bags! I will then realise all that is still to be done, and be busy sorting the kids new school and planning our new life here. But for now I shall soak up the view, eat more chocolate, enjoy listening to the birds, and just pretend I am away for the weekend at Grandma’s!!

 

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The word of the week this week is certainly “Busy”! Alice and I have been travelling around West Yorkshire, sneaking up on people and observing classes for a friends business, and its been all go! She finally had her first messy play session as a result of all of this, and has had taster sessions galore of everything from Baby massage to sign, Yoga and mini movers. Its been tiring but a lot of fun too, especially to see some old faces from the days when I taught all things baby too.

As a result this week has been pretty scarce on the bargain front, but very fulfilling on the frugal front.

One Dinner into 4

This week was all about the left overs again, and on Sunday I made a gorgeous roast dinner which quickly evolved into not just one meal, but a further 3! I decided to buy a large chicken to make it do another meal at least and the extra 50p or whatever if was, was certainly worth it. And of course I always make too much veg, so that too helped to boost the foundations of some left over meals this week.

Monday we had left over chicken with a lentil salad. Tuesday was pitta/pesto/salad and leftover chicken, and then last night was a delicious veggie curry with all of the veggie left overs. It had peas, parsnips, carrots, and then I added some extra sweet potatoes, yogurt, chopped tomatoes and spices!

I couldn’t believe how much one roast dinner stretched. With a few cheap bits to make into something more (chopped tomatoes, lentils, pitta) it made some really tasty meals this week that we all enjoyed and that were all really good for us!

Princess dresses in Home Bargains

Megan turns 5 in 19 days (and counting) and at the top of her list are several princess dresses. Beauty and the beast, Aurora and a new Elsa dress. My sister is taking care of the first (all will be revealed), and then with the other I was wondering how I could get her them, as well as the toys she wanted. We never have a huge budget for birthdays, usually about £40 -50, but with my magnificent bargain hunting, they always come out with a nice stash of gifts from their wish lists.

Whilst in Home bargains last week I noticed they had a mock Aurora dress which Megan showed me (believing it to be the real deal) for £7.99 and then coronation Elsa for £5.99. What an absolute barg! The Aurora one has a lovely velvet bodice and Elsa too is of nice quality.

I always think that buying kids dress up from places like Disney is a bit of a rip off because they will quickly grow out of it or lose interest and move onto something else. I love places like TK Maxx and home bargains that sell look a likes for a fraction of the price and look so lovely. I bought her a size bigger so that it will last the year and they seem really decent. I couldn’t’ even make them for that price (and they’d look tat), so I am excited that at 5 years old her life will be made, because she wont only have the dresses but there is ample budget for the my little pony, accessories and barbie stuff she wanted too! That’s what I call a MumWin!

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After a lovely trip up to Harrogate on Tuesday with Alice, to speak at a bereavement care training, yesterday left me feeling rather deflated. I realise that as much I love to raise awareness and talk about my baby girl, the emotions it resurfaces are always hard to take on. It isn’t so much as to stop me doing it, I never could I don’t think, but it is something to be aware of…it really takes it out of you.

This week has been very simple and so I have been grateful for the lovely sunshine and evenings hanging at the park with the kids and their school friends.

Harrogate bargs

There is certainly something rather exciting about visiting charity shops in a posh place! I don’t know about you but I always feel (on the whole) that the quality of donations is somehow a little better and it’s a little more exciting. I know the past I have even arranged with friends to do the charity shops in a more upmarket location haha!

In this situation I was there anyway and was done with my duties by 11.30, so figured after a heavy morning I not only deserved a treat (sushi from boots) but a little bit of retail therapy too. I was not disappointed either. I picked up the Lion King and Bambi for £1.50 each, and Ethan an Autumn/Winter coat for this year (aged 7) which was originally from Next and was just £3.50. It’s in excellent condition, thick and cosy, and the ultimate bargain to put away.

Charity Shop Haul

From Harrogate to our local town, I had a another sneaky visit to the charity shops yesterday.  When I’ve little to do and few people to see I often find myself just popping around town and checking things out.

Yesterday I wasn’t on the hunt for anything, it was more just being nosy, passing time and getting Alice to sleep. But it usually in these situations that you find a few Gems. I was pleased to get myself a cool denim dungarees dress for 2.99 and a fab mustard sweatshirt again for only 2.99. Both bargains, my style and just lovely.

Next I got Ethan a couple of pairs of shorts for 1.50 and 1.99, He goes through clothes like no other and as always has had a big growth spurt since last summer. On the way out I spotted for Megs a lovely Russian doll print dress for 1.99 and so snapped that one up too!

Finally I found Ethan a funky red and white striped duvet set in immaculate condition for £3.99. He LOVES the colour red and has high hopes for a red bedroom in the new house. I am not one to buy second hand bedding usually but this one was so good and so him, I couldn’t not at that price.

Spring Onions

This week I saved money on spring onions for our salads by re-sprouting them. It is a really simple way to save some money as the bits with roots that we chopped off were placed in a cup of water and a week later we had new spring onions. FOR FREE!!! I love them at this time of year.

Ice creams at the park

The only down side to sunny days and after school park hangouts is that the kids whine like no other for an ice cream – Every.Single.Time.  The ice cream van sits there tempting them, and annoying me, and so to avoid spending at least a fiver on tacky Ice Creams, I took them an Ice cream out of the freezer from home to cut back on the pounds. They scoffed it coming out of school and loved it… Tasty and cheap, and eliminated the whines!

I believe as is true with England, the weather is set to rain this weekend, which is a bit of a let down with the lovely sunshine! Have a great weekend and enjoy it – whatever the weather chooses to do!

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