5 Frugal Things post 17 for Half Term Week Including cake!




5 Frugal Things post 17

I am not very good at posting these posts on a (frugal) Friday when I am meant to!! By the time Friday arrives I am done with a week of writing!! Its especially harder when its half term week!

Much of half term week has been filled with football related activities with a bit of a break when the boys went to their grandparents for 2 nights.

  1. Packed Lunches

I have been rather good with packed lunches this week, various activities have required them.

Josh had a football tournament on Tuesday and a football training day on Wednesday. This weekend we have had football from 8am to 6pm on Saturday, yes 10 hours including an afternoon at Cambridge United Football club where we avoided the burgers and chips.



2. Shepreth Wildlife Park

On Wednesday we dropped Josh off at 9am at Clare College in Cambridge which left us with 6 ½ hours before pick up. Rather than drive 40 miles all the way home we stayed in the area and visited Shepreth Wildlife park. I love this wildlife park, its small, but lots of cool animal including two beautiful tigers. I could have used clubcard vouchers to get in but of course I wasn’t organised enough.

Its not that expensive a wildlife park we paid £32 for 1 adult and 2 children, I noticed they have package deals for families of 4 being £40. What I love about the park is that there is a soft play barn and café where you can sit and chill for an hour or so to break up the day.

They do an incredible amount of local conservation work and are overrun with hedgehogs currently, they need cat food donations now. So if you live local to Hertfordshire/Essex/Cambridgeshire pay them a visit with your little ones (and take some cat food!).

3. Lego Batman

Monday of half term was our only day with not much planned so we headed to our local council run cinema to watch Lego Batman. The tickets are £5.80 at our Welwyn Garden City cinema when bought with Zebra card discount. A fabulous bargain at around 50% cheaper than the local cineworld or odeon cinemas. The boys LOVED the film, I can highly recommend it for all ages.

4. Made a cake with store cupboard ingredients

On Friday when the boys arrived back from their grand-parents we didn’t head out to spend money we made a cake!! Marble cake is my fall-back cake always as we’ve always got the ingredients in the cupboard and it’s a cake that doesn’t need a fancy topping or filling. I am rather proud of Jack and my efforts. We used this recipe from BBC Good Food. And a new discovery is that salted butter works way better than unsalted in a cake recipe like this.

5. Got very close to completing my 20 cogs

Over the past couple of months I have been working my way through 20cogs, a money making tool where you sign up to questionnaire sites, taste card, freebie sites and get rewarded for each sign up. I wrote about it here. I finally have 2 cogs left to turn green after focussing on it this week and that means I can cash in my earnings. Very soon I will have £200 in my bank account. Perfecto. Check out my post for how it works and why not try it yourself.

Back to normal next week with all the boys back to school.

I’m linking up with CassEmma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week linky.



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