5 under £5

I had all good intentions of joining in with this fantastic linky from the lovely Julia at Rainbeaubelle last month, but time seemed to just run away. The idea behind it is you choose 5 things that you have purchased for £5 and under. Obviously not boring stuff like washing liquid and tins of beans, but lovely things that have made you smile. So here are my five items under £5.

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I love the framed print that I got from Ellie Bean Prints for just £5 in the sale. I have put it on our new picture shelf in the playroom, and yes it applies to daughter with the ‘no whining’.… Continue reading

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The day after my 17th birthday (which was a LONG time ago) I booked my first driving lesson. I knew that as soon as I was old enough, I wanted to pass my test and get my own car. After 6 months of lessons and passing first time, I started looking. Working in a bank meant I could get a loan at a reduced staff rate. And a few weeks of searching for a suitable car, I found it. Even though it was 24 years ago, I still remember exactly what my first car looked like.

It was a blue Ford Fiesta E reg.… Continue reading

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Thirteen years ago I was about to have my first baby. A first baby that required an incredible amount of clothes, nappies, toys, sleeping products etc. I would spend my evenings reading baby magazines for the latest ‘must have’ product your baby just had to have. Having a baby is not cheap, and I dread to think how much we spent on brand new items for our first born. The nursery furniture alone cost nearly £1000, but I must admit we are still using the wardrobe for our daughter 13 years on.

There are definitely products I wish I had looked at purchasing second hand.… Continue reading

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*UPDATED* This book is currently free from 20th July 2015 to 22nd July 2015 and then from 24th July 2015 to 25th July 2015 from Amazon

Hands up who gets a little excited when they get something for free ? I love the word free, and I think this comes from being a SAHM for 7 years. As we only had one wage coming in, it was my job to make our money stretch as far as possible. I returned to work 3 years ago but I still love hunting out freebies. I use the website Latest free stuff every day, and have their app on my iPhone.… Continue reading

Last year some of you may remember I blogged about ‘Amazing what you can get for a tenner’. Hubby and I have a limit of £10.00 for each others Christmas presents. Yep no Radley bags or Pandora charms for me. We started our tradition around 4 years ago when we were saving to go to Florida, and we now do it every year. Its amazing how much thought you put into it with only a small budget. I am great at sourcing bargains, and this year he has a total of 9 presents to open on the big day, beating his 8 of last year.… Continue reading

It amazes me how many people don’t shop around for bargains. Now I love a bargain, and spend a fair bit of time researching the internet for the best price. This time of year will see a lot of the shops go head to head as they compete for our business in the run up to Christmas. Argos already has their 3 for 2 toy offer on at the moment. Now my daughter has asked for an annoying thing a Furby for Christmas. Now the minute the kids go back to school I start thinking of the C word !!! Yep I am one of those annoying people who like to be all done and dusted by the 1st of December. … Continue reading

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As you know I love holidays, and as soon as the kids go back to school after half term, my thoughts quickly turn to the next holidays. Our school breaks up again for Easter on the 4th April, as our borough now has a ‘spring break’ . This will always be the first full 2 weeks in April regardless when Easter falls. Anyway over the past week, I have been looking at places to go which are nice, and are also cheap. We are heading to Corfu in the Summer holidays so I knew there was not much money in the holiday budget.… Continue reading

As you all know I love saving money, and with half term next week I always look out for any offers that are around. As both my children love going out for meals, I always try and get a voucher when we eat out. So here are my best ‘kids eat free’ offers that will be around for next week.

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Just editing my post today (17th Feb) as had an email from La Tasca to say they are also running a ‘kids eat free’ promotion from 15th to the 23rd February 2014.  1 child will eat free (under 8 only) with every full paying adult who has a minimum spend of £10.00.… Continue reading

ChiquitoSo yesterday as I was browsing twitter, I came across a tweet from Chiquito’s saying they were offering FREE breakfasts this weekend. Well as readers to my blog know I love the word FREE, so I printed off 4 vouchers and we arranged to go today. Our nearest Chiquito’s is 20 minutes away, and they serve breakfast from 9am until 12pm.

We were seated straight away and I explained we had 4 vouchers for the free breakfast. The voucher got you a FREE Sizzler breakfast per person, normal price of £5.95. We also ordered soft drinks for the kids, and coffee for me and hubby which was refillable.… Continue reading

So who remembers the post I did about ‘Amazing what you can get for a tenner’ ? The post was all about how me and hubby set ourselves a strict budget of £10.00 to buy each others presents with. The presents all neatly wrapped up looked like this

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And the presents all unwrapped look like this

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Yep my lucky husband got all that for exactly £10.00 and the prices are as follows

Kids and adults quiz questions £3.75

Christmas ale £2.00

Family Guy mug £1.00

Family Guy beer glass £1.00

Kindle light £1.00

Paper aeroplanes £1.00

Diary milk £0.25

Box of personalised crisps Free

The more eager eyed upon you will notice the personalised crisps actually say Happy Birthday and not Happy Christmas.… Continue reading