If you didn’t know already, ZARA is absolutely (without a doubt) one of my favourite shops to buy stuff from for myself! Next to H&M it makes me so happy to browse in, wish for and their jeans fit me the best (along with H&M), out of all of the high street stores (isn’t it funny how different we all are?)! Yes Zara is a huge gorgeous love of mine!

Of course then it’s no surprise that I leap for joy whenever there is a seasonal sale! Their sales are always amazing, with many a bargain to be had on many lovely things, and their recent Spring/Summer 18 Sale was no different.

My budget this year was minimal – like almost non existent! So I stuck to shopping online so that I could be in more control. Money is rather tight at the moment so I had to be very selective, but as I just really wanted a couple of new tops to brighten up my wardrobe, I avoided looking outside of that (and the dresses)!

Red Stripe Top – 

The first thing I added was this cool, retro feel top! I loved the bold colours and stripes, long sleeves for the Autumn, and generally just felt like it was me! It was £3.99 from £17.99 and feels a little bit like an old school football top! It will be great with both boots and pumps!

Crazy Shiny Top – 

Next up is this top, and quite possible my new fave! It is a mix of beautiful colours, with a shine through for added measure and looks great with most of my jeans! I like that it’s comfy but looks a bit posh too. A bargain at £3.99 from £17.99!

The Granny dress! 

I call this my Granny dress and it makes me very happy to own!! I actually picked this one up in store when I went to get a gift for someone last week! It was only £5.99 and I love everything about it – the colour mix, the crazy sleeve details and style, and the fact it’s midi length, modest and perfect for church!

I wore it last sunday with pink heeled sandals and pink tassel earrings for a posho church look, but I know it will also look good with my white pumps or silver mules for a more chilled out look too!

I also bought another yellow dress for £5.99 from £25.99 (which I loved) but unfortunately the fabric causes it to cling in the most awkward of places and it looked dreadful. So yeah, it’s sadly a goodbye to that one!

I love these bonus extras to my wardrobe and love what massive bargains they were too – I look forward to wearing them regularly! I was extra good too as I sent a selection of tops and a dress to the charity shop yesterday so as to avoid a hoarding situation occurring – Mr Smith was most shocked!

Did you find any good Sale pieces this time round? Where do you like to shop?

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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 T-shirt 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 playsuit 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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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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