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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This week I have been mostly housebound with a spotty, chicken poxy baby! As a result I haven’t had huge opportunities to get out and hunt for the bargs! Frugal living is a way of life though, and whether in or out, there are always thrifty choices to make.

“Make do & Mend”

The phrase “Make do & Mend” to the younger me used to stir feelings of missing out and being cheap. To the adult thrifty me, I love it. I love that I can sew, and I love that I can see passed a rip or hole and make something wearable again. Make do and mending means saving money and living less in the trap of disposable fashion… though I do love Primark still!!

This week I mended a sweatshirt, blouse and summer trousers, and am excited to have them back in my wardrobe! I still have some trousers of Nathans and a dress to mend – saving the pennies!

Left Over Lunches

Another way I have cut down on spending and food shopping this week has been to eat leftovers for my lunch. It’s so easy (and tasty) to fall into the trap of buying lunch for convenienve when out and about, and I often do. I see it as a little treat for myself but those 2 and 3 pounds a pot soon add up!

This week at home I have enjoyed Tuna salad with the salad left from dinner, Beef stew from Sundays dinner and Chicken fajita salad from dinner the other night… it was all GORGEOUS!

Reductions

I always love a good haul from the reduction section of the supermarket. These days it seems to be luck as opposed to pre-planned back in the day. On one stint I picked up yogurt drinks for 50p (12), fresh juice for 65p and fresh tortellini for 55p. On another it was asparagus for 20p each, courgetti for 5p, kid soups 10p, and a tex mex dip for 10p! Bargain!

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Before I go any further with sharing this weeks bargain buys, let’s first address the one fact that this is a “Frugal Friday” post going live on a Saturday evening! The reason is that I just got my laptop back this afternoon after a week long stay at the PC world service centre. It needed a new screen (which is now amazing), and was £60 plus £51 for the part – not the most bargainous spend, but certainly cheaper than a new laptop!

So yes, it’s been a bit weird (and quiet) this week with no computer to work on. I have borrowed Nath’s Ipad some nights, but for some reason I can’t work Apple products and end up getting annoyed – is it just me? I’m deffs more of an Android / Chromebook kinda girl!

I haven’t had a very eventful week, mostly spent at home and getting on top of laundry, cleaning and everything else. I have found the kids have been on one too and its all felt a little mundane and repetitive. Thank goodness for the joy of a bargain to brighten things up a little!

Return of the Car boots

I love Easter for a million reasons, but one is most definitely that it starts “The Season” on the coast, thus meaning a huge welcome back to my favourite weekly car boot in Bridlington, at the Strawberry Fields.

I took the opportunity to pay it a visit on Monday with the kids, and whilst we didn’t find a whole lot of things we were hunting for, we did pick up some almost new Roald Dahl books for £1 each, and awesome retro dress for £1 and myself a funky retro sweatshirt, that’s right … for a quid! I also had the joy of bumping into one of my old school mates – so lovely!

I look forward to summer days spent rummaging round car boots and discovering random things!

Shpock

If you don’t have the Shpock app on your device yet, then you need it in your life. It is an online car boot type of thing only you make offers and deals and no bidding really, and its all local to where you are, which is calculated with google location. I love it.

You can find shoes, clothes, home ware, bikes, furniture etc on it and just this week I managed to get Alice a beautiful cot bed for just £3o!!! It obviously had the odd scratch (it is pre-loved after all), but the walnut look is just gorgeous and it’s clean and sturdy! What a barg!

I have also had the kids bikes off there previously and even sold some stuff too – very thrifty!

Curry Fakeaway

Finally it’s been a bit of a curry week here in our family. Mexican and Indian are most certainly my faves and I love every opportunity to perfect my skills in cooking them. On Monday we had dinner at my sisters and I made 2 big curry’s, one using their left over lamb, the other cauliflower (50p each), chick peas (30p) and potato’s. I bought the spices from Mullaco (a local Asian supermarket) and it worked out incredibly cheap for an Indian feast that tasted VERY authentic.

I made the cauliflower curry again on Wednesday because it was yummy – this time I added more yogurt for the kids!

Hoping for more deals next week, calmer kids, and an increase on the social front!

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As we near the end of our Easter holidays, it’s hard to believe it’s already over. I am a little jealous that most people have another week, but then again I may be slightly excited too! We can’t complain, we have done loads and the weather on the whole has been great. Here in Yorkshire there are so many lovely places to visit, that don’t cost a lot or even better – they’re Free.

Here are our faves this Easter holiday that we went back to again this week, and that might give you some ideas, especially if like us you are on a budget!

Oakwell Hall – Batley

We haven’t been to Oakwell hall probably since last summer but it’s fantastic. Being a country park there are many little (or bigger) walks to do, and it’s mostly pushchair/bike/scooter friendly.

I went last week with a friend and Ethan on his own as Megs stayed at Grandma’s, and he spent ages den building in the woods and riding his bike. Of course he wanted to take Megs back this week, and again it was the same…hours den building in the woods, playing in the play areas, a picnic, scooter ride and playing down by the stream. It’s free unless you want to go in the hall, but if not it’s the perfect place for kids to chase nature!

Valley Gardens – Harrogate

This is a little tradition we have with cousins. We love to meet at Harlow carr and walk through the woods to valley gardens in Harrogate. This time they took their scooters, sometimes we stop off on the woods to explore. It’s always lovely.

The park at Valley Gardens is incredible. Something for every age, picnic tables and lots to do. The kids had a great time exploring, then went onto the skate park, and back again. They have a paddling pool in the summer too and we just love taking a picnic and hanging out for the day.

Tong Garden Centre

This one comes at a cost … but only a small one and I think it’s worth it. It’s £3.50 per child, and has 2 play areas, a massive sand area and now 2 bouncy pillows too. On the way out we also like to go look at the fountains in the garden centre, the fish and pet shop, and it makes for a lovely, fun, and fairly reasonable day out for under a tenner.

Bridlington Swimming Pool

Recently opened, the new leisure world is perfect for a fun swim and slide day with the kids. Its only £11 for a family ticket which I think is fab, and my kids LOVE it. Its so clean and well maintained, and they have 2 biggish slides, a splash pool with baby slides/water works which is ample, fun and easy to keep and eye on them whilst they have an element of freedom with cousins.

We went here last Tuesday, and whilst it ended in a trip to A&E (Ethan fell and punctured his lip), it is always a lot of fun for low cost. Then of course with the money you save, grab some Fish & Chips on the way home!! 🙂

A Beach walk

Walking on the beach costs nothing, and as mentioned in my Ordinary Moments Post last week, is a lot of fun for the little beach combers amongst us. We loved walking along the North beach at Bridlington from the harbour up to the cliffs at Sewerby park. The sea was calm and beautiful and all we did was collect rocks, shells and sea glass. 10 minutes further and we could have made our way up at the steps at Sewerby and had the kids play in the park, or even pay a couple of pounds into the little farm there. Either way it passes time, is beautiful, fun and of course FREE. Collect large rocks and you could make it into a craft the next day!

What Free and low budget things do you like to do in the school holidays? Maybe I can nick some ideas for the next one!

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