Five Frugal things I’ve done this week to save money {6th March 2015}….

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I thought I'd struggle to write a Five Frugal Things post this week because it feels like it's been an expensive week but actually, on reflection it hasn't been as expensive as it could have been.... Five frugal things I've done this week: 1.  I went out for a meal and on to the pictures with the girls this week.  Not very frugal, I know but it was a lot of fun and not as expensive as it could have been as we timed it for happy hour at the restaurant we were going to (2 courses for £8.95), went to the local cinema rather than one of the big chain cinemas (£4 a ticket instead of £9 ish) and … [Read more...]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mother’s Day….


In case you hadn't guessed from the numerous TV adverts and the increase of cute fluffy tedies and boxes of chocolates in practically every shop you go in, we're fast approaching Mothers Day and although some of you will have a gift lined up or bought already, others won’t have a clue what to buy. So, while you’re busy thinking of potential presents, it seems like a good time to tell you a few fun facts about this special day ..... In the UK we spend more on Mother’s Day than Father’s Day This made me smile although it doesn't apply in this house unfortunately as I'm clearly a better gift … [Read more...]

Homemade Polenta Fries….

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For those of you who don't follow my meal planning blog, Meal Planning Made Easy, I thought you might like to have a quick drool over my new favourite food - homemade polenta fries. Polenta fries are a delicious alternative to normal fries and they're relatively cheap too - 74p worth of polenta did plenty of fries for us all!  All I do is slice the polenta and coated them in olive oil sprinkled on some seasoning and popped them in the air fryer until they looked golden (15-20 minutes).  You could just cook them in the oven on a high heat if that's easier for you though. … [Read more...]

Bonding with my boy….


I really think it's important to have one to one time with my children - as much for my benefit as for theirs and as I mentioned before Christmas, Miss Frugal and I have starting a regular date night once a week.  We've agreed that every Friday night we'll go somewhere or do something together, just the two of us. So far, we've been for hot chocolates at Costa, make-up shopping, window shopping for clothes, wallpaper sample hoarding and we've had movie nights and spa nights at home.  It's not that difficult to find things to do together because I understand her completely and the things … [Read more...]