5 frugal things post 51 – Cookies and Advent Calendars

5 frugal things post 51 – Cookies and Advent Calendars




The past two weeks have gone by in a flash, since my last frugal things post. Half term has come and gone and this week finds us back to reality with the kids back at school. Half term is always a time when it can be tricky to save the pennies, no spend days are always challenge but I did manage to save a few pennies.

Kidspass Cinema Tickets

We go to the cinema as a family every couple of months. We have a big Cineworld near us and a few council run cinemas. I have found out a way to consistently get cheap tickets to the chain cinemas all the time. We went to see Lego Ninjago movie for just £21 for the four of us. This saved us 40% off the full price tickets. I have secured an exclusive discount where you can try out the kidspass for just £1 using this link. Give it a go for 1 month and see what you can save.




We also sneaked in popcorn and £1 offer sweeties from the Co-op. We always do;-)

Visit to Shepreth

Shepreth is one of my favourite animal parks near to where we live. Dylan had a Cambridge training day so we dropped him off and headed to Shepreth for the day rather than driving all the way home, so you could say we saved petrol!

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Shepreth is in Cambridgeshire near the M11. Its a cute little animal park with loads of play things for the kids with an indoor soft play and cafe area. It cost is £32 for 1 adult and 2 children entrance, so its not overly expensive and I know all the ticket sales go back into the care for the animal and conservation. They do a wonderful job looking after rescue hedgehogs.

A trip to Liverpool for football.

Our furthest away fixture for football was last weekend. A 3 1/2 hours trip to play Liverpool. We were going to book a hotel and stay on the Saturday night, but the cheapest I could find was £80. So we decided to drive up on the day there and back again. It was a great fixture where Dylan and his fab Cambridge team smashed Liverpool beating them 15-3. The long trip was worth it.

Just a little 3 hour drive to Dylan’s opponents today. Mostest happy to report that the amazing U10 Cambridge academy boys smashed Liverpool 15-3. These boys are on fire they have recently beaten Tottenham, Norwich, Stoke and now Liverpool. So many top tier teams. A very special squad of boys playing at such a top level. #gratitude this weekend to the coaches who are fab with Dylan and Josh #3positivethings 1) beyond proud of my super boys at football on Saturday for Josh and Sunday for Dylan. 2) loving the new xfactor. #sorrynotsorry 3) had a great half term doing so much fun stuff with the boys . . . . . . . . #liverpool #liverpoolfc #lfc #cambridgeunitedacademy #cambridgeunitedfootball #cuyd #academyfootball #youthfootball #lawofattraction #loa #gratitude #dailygratitude #thankful #positivity #lawofattractionquote #moneysaving #frugal #ukblogger #ukbloggerlife #ukmoneyblogger #bloggingyourwaytoriches #youllneverwalkalone #footballmom

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Making cookies

I always rely on home baking as great way to fill the time at home in the holidays or at the weekend, so we made cookies. This is tried and tested method that makes a load of cookies. It makes around 30, so you bath bake a load, then a load more when those are all eaten within an hour!

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Aldi Advent Calendars

The boys were most excited this week to receive an Aldi Blocktech advent calendar. This is the Aldi version of Lego, We filmed a little Facebook Live of the boys opening it, you can see it here. If you are looking for a bargain advent toy calender you wont go wrong with this one at just £9.99. Available in store right now.

Reverse Advent Calendar

And finally there is a special something that I am championing on my blog along with my UK Money Blogger Community. We are all joining up and doing a reverse advent calendar. Starting on 1st November I am putting a different food item into a hamper. I do this for 25 days and then hand over the goodies to our local food bank. A giving thing rather than a frugal thing. So far around 30 to 40 readers are joining in. Join in now if you are reading this idea for the first time, as long as you bundle is with the food bank by beginning of December all is good.

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



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