A Not So Frugal Half Term

Its official, I hate half term and not for the reasons you may think. Oh no I have never been one of “those” mums who can’t wait to get the kids back to school, mine never drive me round  the twist really and I enjoy their company, but having the kids off school does come at a price when you are trying to be frugal.

Sure you can search the internet to find free stuff for kids and I have done free entry museums, kids go for £1 train fares, picnics in the park but nothing is ever really free when you think about the cost of travelling to your chosen destination and buying something to eat whilst your out.  As your children become older, like mine,  a sandwich in the car doesn’t exactly cut the mustard, they are more interested in Nando’s or Wagamamas before or after the cinema visit if I’m honest and considering we really don’t do much all year except our annual holiday, I can’t not offer a couple of days out and therefore find myself having spent £60 this week. Ouch.

Yes it feels painful to write it down and I was actually really shocked by the fact I put £100 in my purse and now find myself with only £40 left to go back in the bank/holiday/contingency funds. The worst part about it is remembering where it all went, I know how much a few things cost, like the £10 that went on petrol and £35 on food out for 2 days, as for the other £15? A coffee in Nero’s for £2.50 that still leaves £12.50 unaccounted for, even after emptying my purse and handbag for receipts of any description!

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The only saving grace of the two days out was popping in to a Department store whilst the kids were in the cinema and getting a sample of a Mac face and body foundation I have heard great things about but that I would never buy at full price (who knew Mac decant product for you into a little sample pot) and a perfume sample of Victor and Rolf Flower Bomb perfume which I love. I can never walk past a beauty counter without trying to snag a freebie, it’s all about “luxe for less” after all!

Roll on summer and picnics at the beach, although we have Easter to contend with first! 

How are you finding half term? Spent more than you accounted for?

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[Waste] Get Into The Tube

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One thing I find really irritating is just how much product is left in a tube when you can no longer manage to squeeze even the tiniest bit out!  It happened this morning with my moisturiser, but luckily I have learnt to be well prepared!

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I always wash up empty pots that beauty products or similar items come in.  Not only do they come in handy for holidays where “decant, decant, decant” are my key words for hand baggage only flights, but they also come in handy for times like this, when I cut the tube open and need to preserve the remaining product.

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I use an orange stick to make sure I get all the product out, you could of course, use your finger if the tube is big enough.

This particular moisturiser really spreads easily and you don’t need a lot at all, so I reckon I have got a weeks worth of product out of a tube that would have otherwise been thrown away. Whether it’s a tube of fake tan, eye cream, body scrub etc, if it comes in a tube, I cut it open to make sure I don’t miss a drop!

Make sure you wash up and keep all empty pots in future, you never know when you might need one!

Do you throw your products out when you can’t get any more out of the tube?

Check out more great ways to save money on beauty on my Beauty Bible page here.

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[BEAUTY] Skincare Essentials In The 70% Off Boots Sale

20140115-164645.jpgI didn’t have any luck with the Boots sale online, everything I wanted to add to my basket had already sold out, so annoying!  Why can’t the items be automatically removed from websites once they are sold out, surely there must be a way.

I did pop into my local branch at lunchtime today, it is only a very small shop which doesn’t even sell high end perfume or beauty brands, so very basic in it’s offerings and not much on sale left at all, no mens gift sets and just a couple of Sanctuary ones. I was however thrilled to bits to pick up this No.7 Protect and Perfect gift set, originally £16 and with 70% off, down to £4.80. I bought two.

I won’t be putting these away to use as  gifts, these are for me. When you think about the cost of skincare, even budget brands, this will come in really handy and the sizes are perfect for travel, a weeks holiday (under the 100ml hand luggage only allowance) or a weekend away.

I love a wash off cleanser and have never tried this one so look forward to testing it out.  I am also impressed with the headband, it’s so soft and lovely, perfect for keeping my hair out of the way when I wash my face.

If you want to try your luck on the website you can take a look here.  I hope you manage to grab a bargain or two. Did you go instore today?