5 frugal things post 37 – Birthdays, Tidy House and Christmas in July

5 frugal things post 37

Last week and the next two weeks are super busy in my Mrs Mummypenny world. Hence frequency of blog posts has gone down (bad times) although the frequency of social media and insta stories has gone up (bonus). Last week was the start of Christmas in July so I headed to London on Thursday with the intention of going to a few. Lets just say I stopped at Aldi and just stayed there!! I had Friday at home to catch up on the week and the weekend was busy as ever with summer parties and house viewings. Here are my 5 frugal things post 37.

5 frugal things post 37

Drinks with Anita

My buddy and I have been trying to do drink for ages but life keeps getting in the way. Finally we managed it this week, we met at a pub half way between us with a free car park. And I drank soda water and lime!! A free night out. normally we cane bottles of Prosecco at an expensive rate in London, so we did rather well. And we downloaded three months of life in a 2 hour chat. We both talk quickly!! Get that spa weekend sorted hon!!

Hubby’s Birthday

Hubby’s birthday has now gone by so all pressies are received but the boys and I we went shopping on Friday after school to get them (on one of the hottest days of the summer!). I had no clue on what to get so we hit John Lewis, clearance time, woohoo, for stuff. We hit sports and grabbed an Under armour hoody, the ticket said reduced from £50 to £35.

We also got a new Adidas sports bra top £25 to £15 for me, it was orange I couldn’t resist. When I paid for these items the till said £25 for the hoody and £10 for the bra top. RESULT another £15 saved.

He also got bull dog and fish men’s grooming accessories from Waitrose on 3for2, so all three cost £8. We also got premium chocolate for £3.50 reduced from £10. A game of jelly beans roulette not in sale. And a packet of spicy chutneys for £6 reduced from £10. All pressies were much appreciated and I was happy to get everything for £50ish.

House Viewings

This week was the first full week of keeping the house immaculate for house viewings. I am so bored of the constant tidying! No offers on our house yet, this is frustrating as I have already moved on mentally so am keen to move to our new home now. I was expecting our house to be offered on really quickly but it hasn’t, so I think we just need to chill and not stress. We went up to Huntingdon again on Saturday to view a house in a village nearby. The house was lovely with a huge garden, but something didn’t sit right. Maybe because the village was so quiet, it didn’t even have a village shop.

A few possible areas to buy a house have been found, but I have got my heart set on Godmanchester as a location. I fell in love with the ducks and the river! How is this frugal, well the houses we are looking to buy are £100k less than our so our outstanding mortgage of £220k should reduce to £100kish!!! A huge positive impact on our monthly expenditure. You get a lot more for your money moving 40 minutes north. And better schools and closer to Cambridge for the football.

Saturday entertainment

After our viewing we popped to the sparkly new Aldi in Huntingdon to grab £1 sandwiches and sushi for lunch (bargain grab and go food!) and bits we needed for the BBQ we were going to in the afternoon. I got 4 big packets of crisps and marshmallows for the kids and flowers for the host, £5.60 for the lot. We also spotted the wet suits on special buy and we got Josh one for £9.99, We are off to Cornwall in August and Josh wants to do surf lessons. We will be at the beach every day so thought that £9.99 was a good investment in something we would have bought anyway.

Turns out you can still take pictures on a Samsung locked phone 😂😂😂. Few random selfies from yesterday @nicnicjordan 🍾😊💗 #gratitude to my MMP buds for trying to help me rationalise hurtful stuff. #3positivethings 1) we made today Vinnys birthday as he’s at work tomorrow. Pressies went down well.🎂 2) Went swimming to start the day with boys👙 3) had lovely lunch at Hillmans burger place in hitchin.🍔 . . . . . . #lawofattraction #loa #gratitude #dailygratitude #thankful #positivity #lawofattractionquote #moneysaving #frugal #ukblogger #ukbloggerlife #ukmoneyblogger #bloggingyourwaytoriches #surprisedselfie #summerbarbeque #burgers #hitchin #sundayswimming #hitchinpool #hubbysbirthday #maxidress #justpout #ginfuelled

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We got to the BBQ at 3:30, bringing with us gin from the cupboard and tonic from the fridge that I already had. It was a money saving BBQ where we were fed handsomely by the hosts and had lots of great chats with the Knebworth posse.

Sunday birthday time

Sunday was hubby’s unofficial birthday as he was working all day Monday. We took the boys swimming which is always a bargain activity, until I told the man at Hitchin pool that Jack was 4. He said thanks for your honesty that’s an extra £4 to pay;-). He did give me stamp card with one free swim on it next time we visit!

We also headed into Hitchin after swimming for some lunch. We chose Hillmans for the the burgers. And the kids had 3 amazing value children’s meals that included ice cream and drinks all for £5 each. They had big homemade burgers and skinny fries. I went for the halloumi burger thinking it was the healthiest I could chose with a gluten free bun.

What have you done last week that has been super frugal?

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4 Responses

    1. Make one at home, just need to grill the halloumi. It was very good. Sorry to hear your news hon, things will get better.

    1. Well its not stressful keeping it tidy at the mo as no one is viewing the property! Words have been had with the estate agent.

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