My Home Insurance Renewal & half term | 5 Frugal Things Post 63

5 Frugal Things Post 63

Its been half term this week and my intended no spend month has ended. We have of course saved money on what we have done using vouchers but we have also spent a fair bit this week.

The boys had football for three of the five week days so I did originally think it would be a low spending week, alas one of the games was cancelled so we had an extra day to fill. It was Dylans West Ham game that was cancelled as well, he was gutted.

And did you see I did a big feature in Womans Own this week testing out lots of recipes in a pressure cooker. I will sharing the recipes over the coming weeks now the feature is out.

A trip to the zoo

On Tuesday we headed into London on the train to visit London zoo. First money saving was on the train where the boys were just £2 each for their train journeys. Getting the train was far cheaper than driving and then parking especially as our train tickets meant that we also saved on out zoo tickets. We saved £36.25 on our zoo entry tickets by getting the train into London. Just be sure that you print off the 2for1 vouchers at home before you leave for the attraction! Here is a post all about London Zoo.

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Cinema visit

Thursday was meant to be the West Ham game day and Dylan was gutted when it was cancelled. He has been playing for Cambridge Academy for two years now and this was his first game against West Ham and rain the previous night meant the pitches were waterlogged. Hubby had taken the day off work anyways so the boys headed out to the park for the morning. And then I took the boys to cinema in the afternoon. I invested in a kidspass a while back and the best deal by far is the money we save off cinema tickets. Around 40% off the ticket price and you can go whenever you want. I have an exclusive code to where you can try out the kidspass for just £1 by clicking here. 

Domino’s Dinner

Thursday treat day continued with us ordering Dominoes for dinner. I always use the Domino’s voucher checker on the latest deals website to see what voucher codes are working in my area. We saved 40% on our food, whish was much cheaper than the deal that Domino’s were recommending on their website.

Lets not look at the amount of calories in the five slices of pizza that I ate……

Home Insurance Renewal

One of my least favourite tasks as I mentioned in the podcast I recorded last week with Martin Bamford!! This week was time to sort out the annual renewal. The renewal came in at £250 for our house insurance. I was determine to get this lower. I called my existing company who could miraculously reduce this fee to £202. NEVER just accept the renewal price!! But then I did a comparison check using the topcashback comparison tool. Turns out I can switch to a big well known company for £160. That is £90 shaved off the renewal quote. I am happy with that!

Bargain Tools

Aldi are well known for their quality tools and with Spring arriving (it totally has!!) you might be thinking of doing a bit of DIY? Maybe? Aldi have got a fab range of tools including this drill and spanner set. The drill is just £49.99, much less than what you would expect to pay in B&Q or Homebase. The wrench and spanner set is just £7.99. Bargain. The products will be available in store from Sunday 18th Feb.

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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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Lynn Beattie

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12 Responses

  1. Wow – what a great feature in Woman’s Own. Never used a pressure cooker – my mum put me off by being a bit terrified of hers exploding, so will check that article out. My kids are all grown now, but I used to try to find as many free and cheap things to do as possible. Holidays can be expensive!

    1. You can open the lid until the pressure has been released. Phew. That bit is scary, the release of the pressure

  2. You’ve had a fab week!

    We’ve decided to start putting together a bit of a toolkit after a forced trip to B&Q this week so I’ll definitely be checking out Aldi. 😉

    Thanks for joining in with the five frugal things linky this week x x

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