5 Frugal things post 41 – Selling the house, switching bills and sports
Week three of the summer holidays has whizzed by, despite it being filled with illness! The boys have had a very active week, except Dylan who was poorly for three whole days. I have had a day in London for work and even resisted staying in town for drinks to save a bit of cash. Here are the frugal things I did this week.
Football Fun week
A well timed week in the third week of holiday was future sports multi-sports camp, held at Knebworth school. All three boys were booked in from 9am to 3pm Tues to Friday. It costs £45 per child, now £45 for 24 hours of childcare is incredible value!! The boys loved it and even tried some sports that wern’t football. They tried cricket, athletics, dodgeball and many football variations. There was a wide age range of children from reception up to year six. And Jack absolutely loved going off to football with his big brothers.
John runs the camps every holidays so there is another in October half term, and again in Easter holiday, May half term and twice in Christmas holidays. We have been going for now for five years and a highly recommend it.
I wrote during the week about my switching fun. This week has seen mortgage being sorted, out, energy bills, sky and contact lenses. Read more about it here in particular the energy changes, as 70% of you, readers of this site need to switch their energy. If you are on the standard rate with your provider you need to switch, right now!!
Josh came along to personal training with me on Thursday after his six hours of sports already that day. Honestly my children have endless energy! Kane (check out his Instagram profile here) is cool with the children rocking up as well and tailors a program that the children can do as well. This week nearly killed me, it was tough. He had me doing a circuit of lunges, squats, arm raises and wake up lifts with hill runs in between. He timed it. 27 minutes of pain, he kept telling me to breath! And all this was against Josh, my seven year old. By the time I had done two hill runs he had done three! This was followed by 100 core exercises. Maybe one of the toughest sessions so far. But I already feel more toned. This was my before PT picture, to the right is after 6 weeks of PT, it taken 4 weeks ago. You can see its working!
Shopping for Hubby
Hubby always moans about never having any clothes so it was lovely this week that he was offered a few items to choose at Jacamo. He decided on some shorts, what do you think? He got three pairs for just under £100. Great value for money for a great quality product.
Selling our House
Our house has been on the market for 6 weeks now, it was listed with a local estate agents firm who I had assumed could sell the house quickly. Four viewings later the contract has been terminated on good terms and I moved the sale to eMoov instead. I started off the process yesterday to get the house listed. Now I don’t know if they are going to get us more viewings and an offer on our house but I am willing to give it a try. And the fee is more than £2000 less than we would have paid to the local firm.
The fee to eMoov at the moment is current on a special offer of £645. So we are going to give them a try. This covers one year of marketing. They come to the house to take professional pictures and list the property on Right move, Zoopla, Prime Location and newspapers. We do the viewings and they then handle the offer and proceed the sale to exchange and completion using a dedicated case handler.
If you are interested in doing the same, let me know. I can refer you and I will get a small referral fee for recommending them. Thank you.