This Summer I am more than a little skint and so haven’t really had the opportunity to do some major SALE shopping as I would have hoped to. I usually look forward to getting a few new tops and dresses around this time of year to update my wardrobe for Summer and enjoy sale shopping. As I don’t have much surplus cash to spend on these items and because I don’t technically “need” anything, I am trying my best to resist the temptation to check out the ZARA sale (that would most likely be dangerous territory)!!

I couldn’t however hold back from my second fave shop and consequently had a little snoop around H&M last week where I found myself a top and Alice a few 2-3 extras. I have found that from almost all of the shops local to us in Beverley (H&M, Topshop, DP and RI) there are some really great bargains to be had. Here in this post I shall share with you the few things I did end up buying, that were both lovely and very cheap, and that would update mine and Alices wardrobe for Summer!

Sainsbury’s

Sainsburys was my first SALE shopping snoop. A couple of weeks ago in Manchester on our way back from the Bryan Adams concert, I eyeballed it for my orange mules I wanted in the 25% off they had. I also looked in the sale section and found myself a lovely peachy, tie blouse with embroidered flowers – it was £18 and 1/2 price in the sale – a bargain yes, but even more so because it had the extra 25% off! I love it with shorts and skinny jeans!

ASDA

Supermarkets stock some lovely things that turn out to be complete bargs during sale season, so again I had to have a quick look in George when I was in ASDA 2 weeks ago. I bought Alice some Summer pumps for £3. Unfortunately we now have one missing and I have to go buy her a pair of sandals today!

But for £3, they were good whilst we had them. I am hopeful the other shoe will turn up soon!

H&M

By far my weakest spot, I simply love H&M for me and the kids! In this sale I got myself a gorgeous orange Tshirt with ruffle bottom – it was £8.99 to £4 and a Jumper out of the Mens section for £6 from £29.99 I believe it originally was.

I love the top and already have it in black which I bought in the January sales for £3 – I find it super comfy, versatile and a little fancy! The jumper is great because with it being a mens it is longer and the arms are really long… I bought a small and think it will be fab for not only Autumn/Winter with my jeans, but for cooler nights on the beach and hanging out when we go camping. Its ace to throw on over my jeans/shorts and Ts!

For Alice I bought her a pack of long sleeve tops – 1 Black, 1 White – they were down to £2! I also bought her a lovely little blue pinafore for her birthday, complete with white TShirt under. It was a lovely bargain at £4.

River Island

I rarely shop in River Island, but discovered a few bargains today in their Sale. I got myself a long, multi fabric Tshirt with frill detail for £4 from £24 and also a yellow tie waist blouse for £2!! I had my eye on a chunky cardi that was £30 down to £6 but I don’t think that beige really suits me!

In the kids section the deals continued with kids pumps and boots as low as £6 and I almost bought Alice some glitzy pumps, but sadly she threw a hissy fit when I put them anywhere near her! Instead we went for a summery little play suit that was £4 from £10!

I am really impressed with this seasons sales. There are some huge savings around if you are willing to have a little rummage and, whilst we don’t have a huge amount to spend in them, I am really please with my 4 new tops, jumper and the little outfits I got for Alice! I didn’t do half bad and Mr Smith barely noticed the expenditure 😉 Its a winner!

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I realised a couple of days ago, when a friend messaged to confirm a get together, that my life seems to pretty much be in a season of chaos. I seem to be go, go, go all of the time trying to balance and juggle things, and get this and that done, that I am really run down and tired. From kids to blog to hobbies, church, home and this last week my health (Asthma problems) there always seems so much to do and get done! Perhaps I need a cleaner or something, or maybe I just need to work on prioritising and working smarter? Either way I look back at this week and can barely remember anything of what I have actually done – only that it was really busy AGAIN!

A stall with the kids

Last weekend we stayed fairly local so that the kids and I could have a stall at the village church hall. It was only £5 and was an excuse to declutter our tat, and for them to make a little bit of pocket money. I was so pleased with how enthusiastic they were about it, and how dedicated they were to the cause. They chatted to people that came over (trying to up sell) and we made a great little team. They loved that they had an opportunity to play real life shops, selling their unwanted stuff for real life money!!

It wasn’t an amazing turn out but we made about £25 and so they ended up with about £6.50 each (after we snatched up a few bargains from other stall holders). They were so over the moon, because of course at 5 and 7 having a £5 note totally means you are loaded!

Discount Costumes

I was delighted a couple of weeks ago to pick up 3 kids costumes in Wilko for £7! They all had 75% off following Halloween and so I decided to be thrifty and buy next years in the next size up. We have a werewolf, a zombie cheerleader and a mini witch, all for a couple of pounds each. I had to high 5 myself at what a steal it was and I look forward to rediscovering them next year, feeling organised and remembering how cheap they were.

Williams Den £3 Entry

Tonight we decided to kick off the weekend at one of our favourite spots – Williams den! We found out just this afternoon that Monday through Friday until the end of November it’s only £3 each to get in which is an absolute bargain! So of course with it being frugal Friday, we couldn’t let the deal escape us and straight after school we headed over for a couple of hours play.

It was so spontaneous it made for a really fun and lovely evening. The kids loved it and we had a great time. If you haven’t been, but have wanted to, then next week with their £3 entry will be the perfect opportunity. Its great for all the family and Alice gets more and more from it each time we visit.

Santa’s Big Red Bus!

I recently found out about “Santa’s Big Red Bus”, a FREE family event at Wheatley Shopping Centre in Doncaster, where Santa will be visiting in a grotto on a Double Decker bus! It sounds brilliant and we are really looking forward to going next week and checking it out!

If you live close by or even fancy a little drive for something different, then its basically going to be taking place on 25th and 26th November between 10am and 6pm (Saturday) and 11am and 5pm (Sunday) All families are invited to join in the festive fun where they’ll be able to visit Santa’s grotto on wheels and create their own postcard in the Christmas craft workshop, before getting a selfie with the man himself.

There will also be a range of seasonal treats from food stalls, including “The Street Diner” and “Heavenly Crepe”. It sounds like such a lovely idea, is free and will be a great day out to do some Christmas shopping, have some fun with the kids, get creative, and enjoy something delicious to kick off the Christmas season!

Speaking of Christmas – keep your eyes peeled for all of the current and upcoming “Black Friday” deals… Argos have some great half price Playmobil (amongst other things), and there are of course daily deals on Amazon too to get you started! Happy Shopping and happy weekend!

 

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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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I realised yesterday that the kids only had like 3 days and weekend left of the hols, and so I kicked my butt into gear and we had a mega fort building sess on the beach! The weather wasn’t the best we’ve had, but the fun, fresh sea air and calmness of the sea were totally worth it! I will certainly miss these train to beach adventures once Autumn and school kicks in!

This week hasn’t been an easy one for me, which I will try to explain soon, but it meant that we have spent a couple of days hibernating and feeling really naff about life. We’ve watched far too many movies and I don’t think I even got dressed one day, so apologies that my bargs haven’t been that fruitful this week (sorry)!

I guess not going out is frugal, right? (we didn’t spend a penny)! But joking aside, it made my day when I found a great jumper in the charity shop yesterday and we got free subs for lunch – here’s how.

FREE SUBWAY

My kids are obsessed with Subway! We love it, and have had it easily on a weekly basis over the holidays! I love it because they pack it full of all of the salad options (their fave been black olives!), and when offered any other “fast food” option, Subway wins hands down (score)!

As a result of this addiction, we have quickly racked up the points on my sub card, and so yesterday we cashed them in and had free subway all round. I always go for the steak & cheese when its a free one, why? yup, because its the most pricey normally!!!!

If you visit Subway frequently it is definitely worth having a card, as it’s surprising how quickly a few £3 lunch deals add up to give you freebies!

TopShop Jumper

I was thinking with the change in cooler weather that it might be nice to get a new jumper or 2 this year to update my Autumn/Winter look! I walked into a charity shop for a browse yesterday, and saw a lovely oversized khaki green number from TopShop – it was sooo nice!

I asked the old lady the price as it had no tag, and she said out of nowhere “£3???” – I saw that all the others said £5, and so snapped it up at the apparent reduced price! I look forward to throwing it on with scarves and over a denim shirt!

Good luck with the last weekend of the summer hols, and getting everything ready for the new term – where has the time gone? I hope you grab a few back to school bargs!

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