Start saving for Christmas by turning your junk into someone’s treasure

I’ve read before that the average person is sitting with over £1000 of things in their home that they no longer want/need, and the sad thing is; a lot of the old stuff that we accumulate goes into landfills instead of being recycled.

Take a look around your home/ shed/ loft, and see if you have anything that you’re only keeping incase you ever need it or it’s been long forgotten. These are the things that you can sell online on sites such as eBay/ Amazon and gumtree.

 It takes two minutes to take a picture, list it and wait until it sells and the process is so simple. Not only will you be saving the environment, you’ll be clearing out unwanted things from your home and turning it into spare cash for things that you do need. 

As long as the item is in the condition that you describe, has a clear picture and a catchy title then almost anything will sell at the right price. Check what similar items are going for to help you decide on pricing. 

Anything that you think would be hard to sell, take it to a recycle village or charity shop; depending on the condition. 

Remember, a clear home is a clear mind. It will be easier to organise your space if it’s not filled with things that you don’t want. 

Happy listing! 

Weekly meal plan- save time and unnecessary wastage

I haven’t uploaded one of my meal plans for a few weeks so thought I’d share last weeks, because it was so tasty!

Meal plans are an easy way to prepare your family meals in advance so you aren’t left thinking, “What’s for dinner today?” and ending up throwing together something bland and boring as a last minute attempt at a meal. Advanced planning equals tasty meals; all of the ingredients at hand and most importantly (to me)- an exciting menu for the week! Yipee!

*Please note this is not a diet plan and I am not a nutritionist, just a food lover!*

My meal plan for last week consisted of:

Day 1

Lunch- Skinny Tuna Melt (One slice 50/50 or brown bread, tuna, tomatoes and cheese)

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Dinner- (My Favourite) Oven baked jacket potato with creamy bacon and mushroom sauce- found here Cheap and easy meal idea- so tasty and quick you’ll want to eat it all of the time!

Day 2-

Lunch- Cheese savoury sandwich

Dinner- Homemade chicken parmesan with sweet potato oven baked fries and avocado

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Day 3-

Lunch- Fish cakes with lemon rice

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog with mashed potato and carrots

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Day 4-

Lunch- Scambled egg on toast

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with oven baked sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 5-

Lunch- Grilled chicken with salad (Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, pepper and balsamic vinegar)

Dinner- Egg fried rice with Nandos style oven baked chicken thighs (Nando’s mango and lime sauce)

Day 6-

Lunch- Chicken Tikka skewers with salad

Dinner- Homemade KFC style chicken thighs (Oven baked) with sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 7-

Lunch- Traditional British Sunday dinner (Yorkshire puddings, herbed pork chops with carrots, parsnip, stuffing and gravy)

HERE is a link to Jamie Oliver’s Yorkshire puddings for anyone who wants to have a go!

Dinner- Scrambled eggs on toast

Hope you enjoyed the meal plan, sorry that I forgot to take pictures after day 3- I was too busy enjoying the food! x

 

Win a holiday with Walkers spell and go competition

If you haven’t already heard- Walkers crisps are running a competition with lastminute.com; where they are giving away 20,000 long and short haul holidays to people in the UK from London and Dublin airports.

All you have to do, is purchase walkers crisps that have a code printed on the back of the packet near the best before date. There are single and multipacks available with the code.

Follow the instructions on the packet and sign up to Spell and go HERE. Enter the code/s on your packets and you will be given computer generated letters. Collect these letters to spell out a destination on the list.

Once you’ve spelled out a destination, you can claim your prize! You will be given a 4 star hotel and flights package to that country for up to 4 people. You also have the option to choose a voucher instead with the value of up to £4000.

Bear in mind that you must keep all packets that you use as proof, otherwise you may not be able to claim your prize.

Also, I’ve found that it’s most difficult to find the letters C, K and D; which you need to have for most destinations. Some have been found, so it’s not impossible!

*HINT* visit the Walkers Facebook page and see if you can spot the letters in videos (look out for the A on the jeep). Once you find them upload a picture of it to your dashboard to get that letter.

You can also swap letters 5 times during the competition, either with friends or generated at random.

Good luck!

( I am in no way affiliated with anyone mentioned, just sharing the competition with others in the hope that someone will win their dream holiday)

Budget meal plan for £40- no waste, save money and eat nice food!

I started doing meal plans a little while ago (See archives for more), as it saves a lot of time, money and no food is wasted.

This is my meal plan for this week, please bear in mind that it is not a diet, it’s just what my husband and I fancied eating for the week.

Day 1-

Lunch- Crusty loaf with brussels pate (49p for the pate from Aldi, tiger loaf £1 from Asda. Enough for more than one meal for two)

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with homemade chips (Top tip- grill the bun on each side for a few seconds to add a bit of crunch to your burger)

Day 2-

Lunch- Crusty loaf and pate. (if it’s used within 2 days it wont go to waste)

Dinner- Homemade creamy vegetable soup with crusty loaf and butter

Day 3-

Lunch- Ham, mustard, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise sandwich (tastes amazing!)

Dinner- Homemade Chicken parmesan with salad

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(Sourced via Pinterest, recipe here by Chef Savvy)

Day 4

Lunch- Ham, mustard, etc sandwich (to use up meat)

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken thighs with mash potato and carrots (See Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog for recipe)

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(Image from Seasons and Suppers)

Day 5

Lunch- Tuna and mayonnaise sandwich

Dinner- Nandos style chicken thighs with homemade chunky oven chips and coleslaw

Day 6

Lunch- Tuna salad (tuna, spinach, rocket, watercress, red onion, tomato, avocado, oregano)

Dinner- Mustard crusted pork chops with roast potatoes and buttered asparagus

Day 7-

Lunch- Jacket potato with tuna and mayonnaise

Dinner- Sunday dinner with pork chops, Yorkshire puddings, gravy, mashed potato, roast potatoes, carrots and asparagus (use up pork so none goes to waste and freeze what you don’t use for next week)

Our shopping bill came to £40 this week for two people, with extras for snacks shopping between Aldi and Asda.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap and simple Naan bread pizza

  
The easiest way to make a homemade pizza is to use naan bread as your base.

You can add any topping that you like; to create a cheap, easy and tasty meal. 

I used tomato puree as a base, added tuna, red onion and grated cheese then popped it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

So easy and great for anyone to try. Even the kids could make it! 

For movie lovers

I recently found a great site that gives you access to over 1000 movies including new releases and 16 premieres a month so I thought I’d share it on here.

I had a Netflix account for years, but I found recently that I’ve seen too many of the films that they have on there and wanted to watch some different ones without waiting a while for something good to be added to the list.

I came across an offer for a 14 day free trial for NOW TV so I signed up and it’s fab! It’s the same idea as Netflix without the TV series (you can get a separate entertainment pack if that’s more your thing). After the free trial it’s £9.99 a month, which I don’t feel is a bad price for that many good films and you can try before you commit and cancel any time.

It can be used on lots of different devices too.

Here is the link to the website if you’d like to start your free trial and see for yourself NOW TV free trial

I am in no way affiliated with NOW tv or anyone I’ve spoken about. I just love films and wanted to let others know about their offer. x

 

Mother’s Day gift ideas

 

 

If you’re looking for something for Mother’s Day and just can’t think of any ideas; I’ve put together a list of things that might inspire you. All are under £20 so suitable for all budgets, whatever you can afford-she will love! You could always take her out for a lovely meal too if you wanted to or cook something special at home. It just takes a little bit of imagination and some creativity.

Do you have a Mum that loves to give more than anything? Maybe she’d love a gift where it helps others? You could also get her a little something as a gift to spoil her to go along with it.

Oxfam unwrapped have some lovely ideas, and with every gift ordered for Mother’s Day you get free heart chocolates for Mum. With options from feeding a family for £7 in countries where crisis has hit, to providing water for 10 people for £10. You can help bring education to children, get classrooms kitted out and have teachers trained for £19. There are a lot of options and they’re nice to give along with some flowers. You choose which gift to give, personalise it and get your free gold wrapped chocolate hearts to go with it. You can choose to send an e-card and Oxfam unwrapped gifts will usually arrive within 3 working days.

Does your Mum love gardening/flowers? Aldi have a range of different sized bouquets in for Mother’s Day, starting from £5 to around £20. Morrison’s also have a fab range of flowers and plants, you could spruce up a plant by getting some burlap fabric and tying it to the pot to look like this.

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(Sourced via Pinterest, by Sew a fine seam)

Wilkinson’s have some gorgeous Willow trees in for £10, which she could keep in a pot or plant in her garden for a gift that could last a lifetime.

Is your Mum a chocolate lover? You could put together a gift basket made just for her. The Range have wicker baskets that come with a stylish lining for £3.99. Fill it with her favourite treats like hot chocolate, a nice mug, thorntons, wine, whatever you like then wrap it up with Cellophane. (available here for £2 a roll).

The same can be done with any kind of gift basket, for example spa things (face masks, body scrub, bath salts, bath bombs, soaps, etc).

If you’d like something different for your mum and would prefer an experience that you can do together then maybe something like afternoon tea/spa day/glamping would be nice? There are always offers on groupon, wowcher and living social and this gives you good, quality time together.

Maybe your Mum likes trying new things? How about a Segway rally through the woods? Click here to go to the offer, available from £12.95 for one and £19.95 for two

If you don’t live near to your Mum and would love to see her for Mother’s Day rather than just sending flowers then try looking at Megabus. You can get seats on lots of routes for very little money. She’d love to see you!

TK Maxx always have excellent offers on handbags, gift sets and lots more for greatly reduced prices so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re still struggling for a gift.

If all else fails check out lovely, handmade items from Etsy. Guaranteed to be unique and something a bit special. Please remember to check postage times to avoid disappointment!

Hope this helps to give you some ideas, and that you and your Mum have a lovely day 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of great offers UK

I found some amazing deals this morning, including ideas for half term so thought I’d share them with you! 

If you’re looking for something special and different for Mother’s Day or maybe just a nice little short break for yourself- wowcher are offering 2 nights glamping in the Lake District near Ullswater for 2 people. At £39, this deal is valid until August and is set in one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with lots to see and do! Click here for more info. 

Harvester have an offer on for half term where kids eat for £1. It might be worth checking out where your local harvester is, they have good value meals and are all over the UK Click here to go to their website.

Boots have a lot of great offers on at the moment. I just bought loreal foundation and mascara which retails at around £22, but they have an offer on at 2 for £12 on loreal. There are lots of other beauty offers, offers on baby items and many more!

 
River Island have an up to 50% off sale on at the moment, and many of the other high street shops all have sales so it may be worth a look for gifts, or for yourself.

Living social are offering six tapas to share between two people at La Tasca for £19.95. Click here for this offer at locations across the UK.

Families could enjoy a short break and trip to Cadbury World with Living social. For two adults and two children, living social are offering an overnight stay, family ticket to Cadbury world plus 20% off food and late check out for £109. Click here for more info.

If you’re looking for something cheap to do with the kids for half term check out your local cinema. Cineworld, vue cinemas and odeon all offer cheaper prices for kids movies at certain times of the day. 

The National Trust have a lot of half term events on at the moment. Click here to find an event near you! You can also get membership for year round fun at different venues.

If you love coffee and have a Tassimo machine then you’ll be happy to know that Asda have an offer on for 2 for £7. John Lewis also have a Tassimo coffee machine for £49.95, Click here to view. 

Knowsley safari park are offering reduced price entry until 21st February. At £8.25 for adults, £6.25 for kids and under 3s free, you’re saving 50% on a great day out! Click here for the website.

£30 meal plan week 2

I thought I’d share my food plan with you this week to give you some ideas of eating nice food on a budget.

There’s quite a variety and it still came to £30! Please bear in mind that this is not a diet or for weight loss but it is using mostly fresh ingredients and healthier options, so is better for you than processed foods.

If you’d like any of the recipes that don’t have a link then please just ask.

Monday- Lunch- Oven baked chips (chunky fries)

Dinner- Homemade southern fried chicken cooked on a grill with homemade potato wedges and coleslaw.

Tuesday- Lunch- Grilled chicken mustard wrap (see other post for recipe here)

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Dinner- Lamb mince tacos (old el paso taco kit £1.99 at Home Bargains, just add mince, etc)

Wednesday- Treat day so no food planned for lunch

Dinner- BBQ Pork chops with creamy mashed potato and roast veg

Thursday- Lunch- Sweet chilli chicken sandwich (sweet chilli sauce mixed with mayo and chicken pieces)

Dinner- Homemade lamb burgers using leftover mince and herbs, with spicy homemade wedges and salad

Friday- Lunch- Sweet chilli chicken sandwich

Dinner- Creamy tuna, tomato, ricotta and spinach pasta bake (Lloyd grossman sauce- £1 Asda)

Saturday- Lunch- Tuna salad

Dinner- Chicken Korma and basmati rice (Sharwoods  korma £1 Asda)

Sunday- Lunch- Greek salad with grilled chicken

Dinner- Pan fried chicken with mustard and lemon sauce and roast veg

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( Sourced via Pinterest)

This is the shopping list that I had, but I had a couple of ingredients at home already and I got a some extra snacks for the week which took it to £30. I shopped mostly at Aldi and got a couple of things at Asda.

Chicken (1kg pack of 8 for £5.70)

Potatoes

Coleslaw

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Lamb mince

Taco kit

Carrots

Parsnip x 2

Bread

Pack of cooked chicken

Pasta sauce

Tuna x3

Korma

Garlic dip

Spinach salad

Cucumber

 

 

 

Meal plan to save you money

My husband and I managed to do another meal plan this week that came in around the £30 mark so I thought I’d share some tips with you on how we did it. 

Planning meals saves you money, food wastage and you’re not left wondering what you can make for dinner every night because it’s all pre-arranged. 

First of all, we see what we have left in the cupboards/freezer and what can be used to make meals, or ingredients that can be bought to add to those things. 

Then we think of what we’d like to eat for the week, bearing in mind that if we buy a pack of meat or anything that needs to be used within a certain time frame- that we need to plan meals around using it all up so nothing gets thrown out and wasted.

Leftovers make great lunches! As do wraps because they last longer than bread. If you know how many sandwiches you’re going to need for the week and your bread will go stale then freeze it! Just remember to take out the amount that you need so that it can defrost.

If you’re making pasta then cut up your meat, it means you don’t use as much and gives you another meal for the week. 

Also, we like to have things like potatoes, rice and pasta in the cupboard. You can make so many meals out of them and Pinterest is the best place for ideas if you’re stuck. 

Salads are a great alternative to heavier meals and make you feel refreshed. You can pack a lot of good food into a salad and it’ll cost very little. 

Aldi is a fab shop for budget food shopping and it’s all nice, fresh stuff. Morrisons is also great for meat and if you can shop local (fruit and veg, farmers markets, etc) then you may find excellent deals and it’s helping your local economy.

If you’re good at baking then use your skills! Think like your granny, as they say. You can make a few pies, quiches, anything that you fancy and slice them up into portions and freeze. A great way to have a meal ready to heat up that costs very little to do.

If you love takeaways, make your own version. Homemade pizzas taste divine and take no time at all to put together. Invest in a be-ro book if you haven’t already! If you’d like the pizza recipe, just ask 🙂 

One rule of thumb is to only buy what you need. If you work out what you need for each meal then only buy that quantity for the week then it’ll work out cheaper. Unless there’s an offer on something that you use on a regular basis then it won’t go to waste.

Happy planning! x