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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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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Ugh this week was rough! Feeling Bleugh, bad news and snow showers? (What the!)…I am pretty pleased to be saying goodbye to it and hello to a bonus bank holiday weekend that I completely forgot about. I am so very much looking forward to a long weekend with the fam.

One of my favourite pics from this week was taken by Nathan when I was well and truly in thrifting mode. It makes me laugh every time I see it and sums up the highlight of the week – A new highchair for Alice.

High Chair

Just like our recent cot purchase, the highchair has been way over due! The main reason with this one though is purely down to the fact that I have wanted for so long a lovely wooden high chair this time round as oppose to the Ikea one (HA). I had found the perfect one on Gumtree for just £15 and went to pick it up, only to find that the address was wrong, I had left my phone at home and my 3 kids in the back were going nuts!

It wasn’t pretty and I was gutted about the whole thing.

Fast forward to this week and my trusty Shpock app showed me a white Ikea one up the road for only £5. Yes! Barg!

I had the red one with Ethan and Megan, and they’re really good – simple, easy to store and clean, and just generally do the job. After the stress of the wooden one, and it being the ultimate bargain, I just decided to go for it, and all the kids (especially Alice) have loved having it. They push her around like a ride, enjoy having her sat next to us at dinner/breakfast, she is more chilled, and its been way more convenient for getting things done and keeping baby happy! (Win Win).

It looks good, was only 5 quid, was picked up locally (3miles away) – such a fabulous barg!

Baby Girl Clothing Haul

If you haven’t already seen my Vlog on this then I will attach it to the bottom of this post so that you can. But basically a spontaneous trip to Matalan on Monday turned into me hitting the sale jackpot both there and in Sainsbury’s, and therefore gaining a new wardrobe for Alice. It should have been £71 for it all and I only spent £28!!

I love stuff like that, when its all so random and yet so fruitful!

Enjoy your bank holiday and keep an eye out for those car boots on Monday!

 

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