Last week we had a week away in the Isle of Wight where, despite the rain and the wind which was ridiculous at times, we had an amazing week. I actually wrote this while we were there (we came home last weekend) and intended to share it with you last Friday but the wifi was so bad that I didn’t manage to post it so I hope you’re OK with this week’s five frugal things being a week behind….
1) We’ve only eaten out once as we’ve made full use of the caravan’s teeny tiny kitchen. It’s not easy cooking for five in a small, not very well equipped caravan kitchen but we’ve tried our best and have had everything to pizzas and garlic breads to roasted vegetable bolognaise. I’ll be honest and tell you that I’ve made full use of ready made supermarket sauces and frozen pizzas but even taking that into account, we’ve still saved a fortune when you take into account the prices here if we’d been eating out.
2) I’ve googled every place we’ve planned on visiting the day before to find out if it was cheaper to book online and to check out any online discount vouchers and I’ve saved about £20 altogether by doing this. Not much I know but it all adds up. The kids have also spent a lot of time in the outdoor and the indoor pool which was free as part of the site facilities and has really made their holiday as they’ve loved spending time swimming.
3) We used some of our Tesco points to redeem for days out vouchers before we came so when we visited the Needles on Monday we were able to pay for the kids to go in the 4D cinema and on the cable cars using tokens paid for with our vouchers. That meant that all we had to pay for was our traditional game of family crazy golf which we play wherever we go!
4) Wednesday was a VERY rainy day so we asked at reception what we could do that wouldn’t cost a fortune and they told us about the deal at the local cinema which was just £2 each and the trampoline park who did two hours for less than the usual price of one hour on a Wednesday so we had lots of frugal fun despite the torrential rain.
5) Rather than buy things at the on-site shop, we took a slightly longer walk to the end of the road where there was an Aldi and a Morrisons. This saved us a fortune as the onsite store was pretty expensive. I was surprised to see so many people shopping in there although I do get that convenience is sometimes worth paying for – not that much though!
And not only did we save some money, we also got to enjoy pretty views along the way of our walk too which was an added bonus. There was a bench half way between the shops and the caravan park which we would stop to sit on, not because we were tired, but because the view was lovely and it was nice to just chat.
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