5 Frugal things post 23 – My 40th Birthday Week

5 Frugal Things Post 23

So this week has definitely NOT been frugal!! On Wednesday I turned 40..the big birthday finally arrived. I tried to lace a tiny bit of money saving into the extravagance of a 40th birthday week, I am sure you will appreciate my efforts.

Tuesday Blogger Event & 40th Birthday meal

5 frugal things post 23On Tuesday I attended an amazing event with Tena in the Soho Hotel. It was a champagne reception followed by a Burlesque dancing class and then some nibbles. What a stunning5 frugal things post 23 location that I can’t believe that I have never been to before! The hotel has the coolest vibe and feel to it. We had an amazing time, I got to spend a few hours with this lovely lady, a blog post is coming next week. The frugal bit is that my travel expenses were covered by Tena and I was coming into London anyway to meet my university best friends for out 40th birthday meal, so I saved £17 on my train fare that I would have had to pay for;-)

Dollars for Holiday

Hubby and I and a few friends are off to Vegas in 2 weeks time for my 40th holiday celebration and I had been debating when to get my dollars. I knew there was a potential shift in currency on Wednesday with the Brexit announcement so I bought some currency on Tuesday the day before. I was with my friend Neil who mentioned Best Foreign Exchange knows of a great currency place on London Wall near Liverpool Street, You can order online for a great deal and then pick it up 5 minutes later, a better deal than if you just walked in off the street. I got a rate of 1.245. Turns out the rate hasn’t moved much but at least I got a great deal on the dollars. (Never mind the exchange rate was 1.4 this time last year…)

My 40th Birthday

Wednesday was my birthday and we celebrated going to Cambridge for the day for a meal at the amazing Midsummer house. Not frugal at all, and regular reader will know we are partial to the odd michelin starred restaurant. But it did involve frugality let me tell you. I used our Two Together railcard for the train so it cost us £20 return rather than £30. And we walked the 1.5miles from train station to restaurant and back. 13k steps done on my birthday!!

Check out this amazing cake that my friend Nicky made!!

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Poundland birthday prep

I did the party shop today on Frugal Friday for cleaning bits and nibbles (all you are getting if you are reading this as party goer is crisps and nuts!!), all from Aldi. I’ve been doing some video for Aldi recently, here is the most recent cheese tasting video. Then I popped to Poundland to see what party bits they had. I needed throwaway bowls, £1 for 25 perfect. I also got glow sticks, 20 for £1, and some balloon weights. I already had my balloons and helium canister from Amazon.

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Competitions I have featured this week on Mrs Mummypenny

You have to be in it to win it!! I wrote a wicked post yesterday about goal setting and how it has helped me through my life. I shared some of the goals I have for Mrs Mummypenny. The post is part of a campaign for Zurich who are running the most awesome competition to win £5000 to put towards your life goal. Its a competition where you need to share your life goal so the more creative you are the better the chance you have:-) I have learnt this from Super Lucky Di Coke, the competition queen.

Also to be in with a chance of winning £330, the team from Smart Money People are looking for review of financial products. All you need to do is answer literally a couple of questions, I know, I have entered;-) to be entered into the competition.

Thanks for reading my 5 Frugal Things, come back again next week, I post it every week.

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



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Lynn Beattie

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6 Responses

  1. Belated birthday greetings! I LOVE that cake and you are allowed to be a little indulgent on your 40th.

    The pic of you and Emma is fabulous, can’t wait to hear more about it!

    1. I loved every sweetie on the cake (except bounty actually!)..it was amazing. All gone now though. The kids demolished it on sunday.

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