This week has just flown by with it being our half term, and I feel we have had a great balance of both taking it easy and going on some adventures. We have seen cousins & old friends, been swimming and to Halloween parties, seen the my little pony movie (!!!), been to the park and a soft play, and even a great trip to Ikea yesterday to assist us in some DIY projects this weekend! In some ways I wish we had gone to the pumpkin patches or stately homes I had scoped out, but what we have done has been great, and we just generally enjoyed our week of freedom together.

Left over pumkins

With Halloween been only been a couple of days ago, there is a likely chance your pumpkins might still be in a fairly decent state? If not I have seen them ridiculously cheap (or even free – Sainsbury’s White Rose) and they are a great ingredient for warming meals this Autumn.

My sister in law gave us the idea to make a Thai Pumpkin Soup, and I have since seen on Pinterest, where I have found ideas from curries and soups to stirfry’s and Risottos. Of course there are also the good old pumpkin pies, cakes and cookies too. It’s such a cheap and versatile ingredient, and with benefits such as lower blood pressure and a healthier heart, why not save a few quid on dinner this weekend and chop up those pumpkins and get creating something warm and tasty! It will be uber frugal of you, and you may discover a new family fave full of goodness in the process to enjoy in Autumn!

Let me know what ideas you come up with!

25% off at Sainsbury’s

Every so often, and rather frequently really, you will notice that Sainsbury’s off 25% off all clohting in their stores. I love it, especially when I need to buy the kids school uniform or kit them out for a new season! Even more delightful about their 25% off is that I have recently realised that this includes 25% off sale stuff too (whooop), guaranteeing an absolute barg!

Last Saturday we enjoyed a lovely day in York, and as I was aware of the 25% off, I wanted to call by Sainsbury’s Monk Cross on the way home to get Alice some PJ’s! I was successful in my mission and bought her some lovely onesies that were £9 down to £6.75. Nath took the opportunity to get some new work trousers (£12 to £9), and Ethan a watch with his Birthday money (£10 to £7.50). The greatest saving however was on the Sale stuff I got. Some leggings for Alice (worked out at 80p) and 2 tops for me – One a beautiful embroidered number that started out life at £20, but with sale and 25% off was a brilliant £4.50! And then a chill stripes and flowers Tshirt for £3.75. Both were lovely and made my day!

Tomorrow we are hopefully sorting out our pit of a entrance way (shoes.everywhere), and decorating that, so watch this space for me sharing our spruced up new home, thrifty picks, and design ideas over the coming weeks/months! Have a good one people.

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This week has been focused mainly on gift buying and getting organised for a fun weekend of celebrating our biggest boy turning 7 (I can’t hardly believed it)! We have been gift shopping, card buying and cake making, and in all of that still managed to have a couple of train trips to see family!! The people in the village are all so kind, and with each week we get to spend seeing mum and my sisters, or Naths mum and his family, I just feel so happy to have this new lifestyle and flexibility. It’s a lot of fun to just pop and see them for an afternoon and have lunch.

Our garden is also flooded with conkers at the moment, as the kids have been over the moon to spend afternoons on the village green hoarding them all like little squirrels! Alice loves to lob them around on dry days, and with so many of them around, and crispy brown leaves, It really feels like Autumn now…. and I am absolutely loving it.

£2 Asda Rail

On Tuesday one of my new mates from the village invited me out, and in the process was able to help me choose a remote control car for Ethan’s birthday (Thank You). Whilst shopping we were delighted to walk into Asda and spot a £2 rail of lovely clothes – so of course I managed to bag a few bargs for myself too! It was one of those moments where you almost think it’s too good to be true, but it was in fact true, and very good!

I got myself a lovely navy pleated skirt and then a funky patterned dress. I felt both would be easily worn for the Autumn and winter as well as obviously intended for warmer weather being left from the Summer range!

Free Apples

I think I may have talked about this before, if not on here, then certainly on my Instagram, but not far from school is a house that in recent weeks has had a basket of apples for the taking. At first I felt a little greedy or awkward to grab some but then I decided it was in actual fact a lovely idea and I should be gracious and accept their offerings to the world. I now grab a 2 or 3 after school with the kids, and occasionally on my own when the fruit bowl is looking sparse!!!

I love that people in the village are so kind as to share their harvests with the rest of us, saving me a few quid in the process! I am tots loving Free apples and my £2 Asda bargs this week!

 

 

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I think our week this week has been as random as the weather! Its been one of those where you feel like youve not stopped, and yet you can’t even remember what you did? I’ve spent most days close to home, going to the little groups in the village, mixed with house stuff and the usual day to day, but the bonus of the week? Well I made a few quid on ebay too. It wasn’t loads but its cleared out a bag of stuff and I always think making money from your old tat is the ultimate frugality!

Selling on Ebay


With so many apps, Facebook pages and selling sites around these days, its hard to know which channel is best to post your stuff for sale on. I also think to myself sometimes too, which one is it actually going to sell on? But I guess the answer to those questions/query has a lot to do with what the item is and how quickly you want rid.

I sell the majority of my things on ebay because its often clothing, shoes and things that are easy to post. I find ebay is straightforward, often free to list, and it more often than not sells within the time frame I want rid of it! I enjoy the surprises of how much it sells for (if posted under auctions) and I love that there is always a sneaky chance you’ll get more than what you wanted too! Saying that though its been ages since I have sold anything so it was fun to list some things recently. 

On this occasion I posted a pair of brand new H&M jeans I bought for Nath last year (too tight on his legs), and a small bundle of Next baby clothes that Alice had grown out of. The clothes went for £7.50 (+ the postage of course), and the jeans haven’t yet sold, so I have relisted them for a few more days with high hopes! (You win some you lose some). But whilst it might not sound like a whole lot, you can see how if I had sold several bundles, or more of her baby stuff, how quckly those 7 pounds would have added up. And I always think it’s better to get something back than just bagging everything for the charity shop.

If it’s been a while since you sold on Ebay or you’ve never given it a go, here are a few tips and things to look out for to help you on your way to getting a few quid back from things around your home.

  1. Log into your account or create one!

  2. Decide what you want to sell and Take good pics – Make sure the images are clear and they can see whats on offer. They can’t see it in person so they need to be able to have a good look (from various angles) from behind their screen. Remember a picture speaks a thousand words so use images to sell or entice them. If there is anything wrong, missing etc then be courteous enough to point it out. Just because it affects your view of the item it maybe fine and something that’s not a big deal to someone else. 

    I took pics of the item as a whole then close ups of individual things, labels, sizing etc.

  3. Write about it & Sell it to them – Once you put the item into the header, ebay will suggest the category to list it under. This automatically helps narrow it down to what the customer is searching for.
    Next you can select various options that describe your item – is it new? Used? New without tags? What size and fabric? All of these things mean that ebay can narrow it down to make it easier for people to find when they are searching for what you are selling.

    Finally there is a box where you can describe and sell your item. Its an opportunity to tell the person why you might be selling it, if its from a pet free home etc. I always go as far as to suggest what it looks good with and how it might be useful to them.

  4. Be realistic in what you want to make/What its worth – There are “Buy it now” options on ebay but to be honest I barely use it. Whilst it usually guarantees a decent price for you (or you can reserve the price too) I feel this option is more suited to furniture, cars and newer labels! When I am selling used clothes, like in this case, the auction option is fine. I started if off at £1.50 with hope of making about a tenner, which would equate to about £1 per item. That was fine to me because after all whilst they are nice, and from Next, they are worn and they are out of season. I took the risk of putting it on auction because I was interested to see others interest (there were about 12 people watching it in the end) and I hoped I might potentially get more than £10, but to get £7.50 seems pretty decent to me and I am pleased with that.
    I bet the buyer feels like they got a right barg too!!
  5. Don’t take advantage of people with postage – Its clear to see when people are worried they won’t make much on the stuff they’re selling, and as a result slap on a ridiculous P&P price and it annoys me and turns me off!  I think reasonable and realistic postage makes people more willing to bid on your item. I always factor in the cost of postage too when I buy, so to be a pleasant seller I keep it on point for them.
  6. Post for the time frame you want – I posted these items for 10days. Obviously the jeans didn’t sell which I am a little surprised about, but it was a reasonable time I think.
  7. Sit back and await the surprise of a few quid coming your way – whilst its selling you don’t need to do anything. You can track how many are watching it and bidding on it, and occasionally you may receive notification of a question a buyer has, but usually its just wait it out. The 10 days mine were on flew by and it was super easy and straight forward.
  8. Don’t forget to post the items – Best to do this the day after they pay. The sooner they get it, the sooner you’re rid of it, and it keeps them happy and gives you a good review too.

My Bonuses to Selling on ebay…

It eliminates time wasters – There’s no one coming round wanting to look, or saying they’ll come and not shopping up! If you want it then bid on it, if you don’t then don’t.

It does the work whilst you’re out – I love that you can post something and then get on with life. The app sends a reminder and then you can post it.

Auctions mean items are sold and cleared out within a few days or a couple of weeks – You can control the time frame…from 3 days to 28 (I think) you can decide how soon you want rid of it, or how long you can wait for the best price.

Payment is easy via paypal – once sold, most people pay straightaway via paypal. When selling several things that balance soon goes up.

It doesn’t infringe on your time and privacy (unless your’e selling something big they need to collect)

The App makes it even easier – I listed mine via the app and it was so easy. I took the pics via it, typed in and selected the relevant info and boom… it was selling! I then periodically checked in to see how they were doing! The app also updates you when you get messages so you can quickly respond if its convenient to do so.

Autumn is already here so with season changes in your wardrobe and home, why not have a little clear out and pop some of the kids stuff, your stuff or that stuff your bored with onto ebay and make a few quid ready for Christmas or half term! I am glad I did and it was great to remember how fun and easy it is to sell things we aren’t using or needing. Remember – One mans rubbish is another’s treasure! Happy ebaying!

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For the last week or so I have been mostly in survival mode – hence things have been a little quiet over here. My energies have been focused on purely doing what I need to make it through each day, and keeping our home in a clean and liveable state whilst making life normal for my kids! It’s a hard time of year for us and this one has been especially tough for one reason or another, and usually my instinct is to want to hibernate. I have a little, but I have also made the effort to be more sociable with new friends, and make an appearance on the toddler scene here in the village. As a result I have met some wonderful women who have embraced me and made me feel very welcome, and each one has accepted me in my loss without judgement  – it has been a real blessing.

 With each anniversary that passes, I find that I am learning ways to get through it and protect myself and my grief, and only focusing on the day to day essentials. Taking a break from stuff, walking during the day, and watching more TV on a night have certainly been the right decision for me this time round.

With staying more local I haven’t really had a lot of time to scrat around the charity shops and hunt for things, but I did have a lovely shopping trip with my sister yesterday and got some great deals to show you, as well as managing to finally get a pair of kitchen stools for our breakfast bar. There are sales galore starting and deals already on the shelves in preparation for Christmas (WHAAATTTT???!!!) so keep your eyes peeled, but for me in my little corner of the world, here are the frugal things we found this week.

Kitchen stools from Gum tree

When we looked round our house I loved that it had space in the conservatory for a dining table, but also a big enough kitchen to eat at one of the counter tops. I imagined Ethan and Megan eating breakfast together and doing homework whilst I made dinner… it was a lovely space and yet we haven’t been able to use it in that way yet as the previous owners kept the stools.

Thursday however things changed, when I had another scout on gum tree (as I have been doing weekly) and found a lovely pair, originally from Ikea for just 25 quid!

I was so excited (as were the kids), and they already make a huge difference to our morning routine and containing mess to one area. I have enjoyed sitting on them too and they completely transform the kitchen into a more sociable space. Thank goodness again for gum tree and another great bargain.

3 Chocolate Oranges for £2

Oh man I totally went a little nuts inside when I saw this offer the other day with my mum in Tesco but restrained myself. My husband however did not and rocked up after swimming last night with 6! I mean who doesn’t love a good chocolate orange? they are so tasty and a real treat, but 6??? really??? I’ve hidden them in my present box and will monitor their consumption!

So yes – right now (hoping it’s still on) you can buy one and get 2 free at Tesco. They are on at £2 each which is more that they are usually in places like home bargains and even the pound shops, but when you’re getting 3 of them for £2 its a really great deal (just 66.6p each to be exact!). So get down to Tesco quick and stock up for Christmas….if they’ll last that long!

Free Veggies

This week the schools clubs began and Ethan and Megs were both accepted into “Gardening club”! I will probably talk about it more on the blog because I think it’s brilliant, but basically it’s one of many free after school clubs their new school runs, and they were both super enthusiastic to join it and do something they have loved helping their grandma with over the Summer. I think it will be a fantastic experience for them to learn more about plants, nature, growth, harvesting, food, pruning, hard work, and so many other things along the way too.

This week in their little club they were in the school gardens doing harvesting! Each child brought home a bag of goodies for their hard work and I was so excited for some free onions, corn on the cob, cabbage and potatoes – several things for soups and stews for FREEEEE! You can’t really get more frugal than that now can you?? A free club reaping free veggie goodies for the fam – Brilliant!!!

Clearance stores at Princes Quay (Hull)

Hull shopping scene has changed A LOT since being a teenager and is a lot different to the whole host of places I enjoyed in Leeds too. But what it does have that I thoroughly enjoy is a new outlet floor in the Princes Quay shopping centre. Yesterday I went with my sister and bought a £34 jumper in Next clearance for £6 and a £56 Checked shirt in Jack Wills clearance for just £9!!!

The jumper is thick and has cool puff sleeves so will be great for the cooler months ahead, and the shirt is just plain cool. I have never had a rich blue like this one and I love the frill collar too – I am totally wearing it next week for Britmums!!

Okay so way more deals and frugally things than I initially thought, so if you’ve made it this far you deserve a chocolate orange… or 3… for £2!

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