Monday Money #27 – Half Term and an event talking about finance for mums

And just like that half term ends. Surprisingly the boys were okay going back to school today, two out of three even got dressed without me asking this morning! Of course half term can be an expensive time, particularly this time of the year when its colder. I always find myself paying out more for the boys to do inside things.

As always the week was a balance of work and keeping the boys entertained. I spent all of Tuesday in London for work, more to come on that adventure, but lets just say I certainly faced my fears. The rest of the week saw me spending a few hours each morning and evening working and the afternoons were spent doing fun stuff.

The Boys Got to Chose Half Term activities

From Wednesday to Friday I let the boys chose each day what they wanted to do. Some activities cheaper than others. Josh was the clear winner choosing swimming as his activity. At a cost of £11 for four of us, he chose very well. Jack chose the go to the ice-cream parlour, Creams for his activity. Really not value for money as the bill came to £25. Then Dylan chose to go the trampoline park on his day, the most expensive option at £31. At least the most expensive option was very active! They had a great week.

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A Mobile Phone contract for my eldest

Dylan is in year 6 and is now at the point of being by himself sometimes. He sometimes walks to school by himself or might be at football training by himself. It was time to get a phone contract. He is using my old phone and we added on a SIM only contract linked to my account. This costs £9.90 per month and includes unlimited calls and texts and small amount of data. I am with EE and have a big chunk of data on my main account so I can gift that to Dylan as and when its needed.

A Fab Event for Mums to learn all about finances

I will be attending this event on 15th November, ‘The Parent Trap – Boosting Mama’s Money Mojo’.

There are some brilliant guest speakers, who will be talking practical tips for negotiating your way back in, what career/work alternatives there might be, what happens to your pension, are you investing in it enough? How to save for big-ticket items, the legal side of love and marriage and saving and investment tips, just to name a few.

To get your free ticket just register here and let me know, I would love to catch up with you there over some bubbles. Enter the code FREESOTM to get the free ticket.

Football is back on

Dylan has had the okay to play football again after a few weeks off with concussion. He was VERY happy to be back! He had a full on few days of fixtures. Training on Thursday, a game in Gloucester (2 1/2 hours away!) on Saturday and a game in Cambridge on Sunday. The petrol costs zoom up again, but we have a happy boy able to play football again and get back to PE at school!

Homemade cookies

The boys did some home baking on Friday afternoon, their favourite go to baking thing is cookies! They love them. And we have a very scrummy recipe that we refer back to time and time again. It uses mostly ingredients that we already have in the cupboard so is a great money saving fun activity to do at home. The recipe I use makes LOADS of cookies to plenty can be hidden away in the freezer for another time. Although by the end of the weekend we had baked all of the cookies and eaten them!

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Reverse Advent Calendar

I have started my Christmas charity donation this weekend and am delighted to share the #foodbankadvent with you all. The UK Money Blogger community are all doing it together and sharing with all of our readers. We would love for you all to take part as well. The impact of thousands of boxes of food being delivered to food banks in early December will be huge.

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Lynn Beattie

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