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This week’s Thrifty Finds (21-28 January 2018)


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Welcome to another week chronicling my Thrifty Finds.

  1. I picked up three jars of Nutella spread for just £1 each! Debenhams had been selling them for Christmas and had reduced their stock from £2.50. My kids love Nutella but I don’t always buy it because of the cost (they had some small jars in their Christmas stockings which have now become drinking glasses- one of the advantages of Nutella is that it comes in glass jars). This new supply should keep us going for a few weeks!

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2. We are still sorting our kitchen out and donated another bag to charity.

3. In preparation for being without a cooker and oven for the next three weeks I undertook a mammoth baking session. I have frozen lots of cupcakes which we put in packed lunches.

4. A friend picked up more than 40 vinyl albums for £40. We split the collection with him and paid £20 for about 25 albums. Some of them aren’t so great but we did find some classics, including U2’s Rattle and Hum (I’d forgotten what a great album that was!)

5. I finally booked a free eye test through work. I know I need new glasses for work and should have done this about six months ago. Still better late than never…..


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This week’s Thrifty Finds (15-21 January 2018)


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Well another week has rolled past and the days are – slowly – getting longer. I have to say, though, January does seem to be going on forever..

This past week my Thrifty Finds were:

  1. We held a 70s/80s party at the weekend. We went as Tom and Barbara Good (from The Good Life) and friends went as Jerry and Margot. It was probably the least I had ever spent on an outfit: just a £4 shirt from a charity shop. And I think it’s the first time I’ve ever been to a party wearing dungarees and wellies!
  2. We ordered a new bed as our old one was in need of replacing. Using the sales discounts we were able to buy it within budget (I hadn’t realised how expensive beds are!) I also resisted paying the extra £9 to guarantee a morning or afternoon slot as I was in all day anyway. We also found a cheaper way to dispose of our old mattress and bed.
  3. I was very disciplined and, as soon as our veg box arrived, I cooked a couple of meals to use the veg – our last veg box wasn’t so successful and I ended up throwing out some old broccoli 😦


4. We’re still sorting through our kitchen. I have some old unpackaged puzzles which I tried to donate on the local Facbook free site but with no luck. However I have a colleague who may take the puzzles for her little boy. If the worst happens I could recycle them as they are all made of cardboard.

5. Not quite a Thrifty Find but I have huge pile of books from my birthday and Christmas which I really need to tackle. I’m trying to find time during the day to read – and am determined to read more on my morning commute, rather than aimlessly scrolling through my phone!





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This week’s Thrifty Finds (8-14 January 2018)

This Week's Thrifty Finds via secondhandtales.wordpress.comHope you had a good week. Last week we started back at school and work and it’s amazing how quickly we all got back into the swing of things (even though it’s hard getting up in the dark)

  1. I spent the last of my Christmas gift money on some amazing sales-priced clothing at Marks and Spencer. I bought a jumper, shirt, top and pair of trousers for under £25. If you get to M&S at the right time their reductions are amazing – I picked up some gorgeous trousers reduced to just £7!

2. We cleared out a lot of drawers and cupboards in the kitchen (in a couple of weeks’ time the kitchen is being ripped out and we are having some damp proofing work done, then a new kitchen installed). We donated quite a few bags to local charity shops as a result.

3. We also sold some unwanted DVDs to the local CEX shop and received a voucher.

4. I finally cancelled our Amazon Prime subscription. I don’t know why we still had it as it was something I accidentally signed up for. We don’t use Amazon enough for it to be worth £80 for the free postage, and the Amazon/LoveFilm channel isn’t that good, either.

5. My middle daughter is learning to play tennis and I picked up a  racquet for her for half price in the sales.

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This week’s Thrifty Finds (1-7 January 2018)


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Welcome to the first full week of Thrifty Finds in 2018!

This past week my Thrifty Finds were:

  1. My biggest ever Thrifty Find was to spend just £1 in Debenhams and buy the following:

x2 single duvet sets

x 1 double duvet set plus fitted sheet

x 2 pillows

x 1 bathmat

x 4 towels

For the past couple of years I have used the cashback site Quidco when making purchases online. For every purchase you make you get a little cash back. This can range from a few pence to up to £50 (!). The money takes a few months to reach your account so it’s not a quick fix solution. However as I’m going to make the purchase anyway it makes sense to use the site and earn a little more. Last Christmas I used the money earned to buy Christmas presents from Amazon. This year, however, I decided to convert the rewards into a Debenhams voucher (for a higher rate) and buy some much needed bedding and towels at the value of £132 🙂

2. I also had a good sort out and donated some clothing and household items to a local charity shop. I still need to sort through our linen cupboard and my own clothes as part of a New Year declutter.

3. I also finally got round to mending a couple of items of clothing 🙂

4. We’ve been eating the last of the Christmas food and trying to put off a supermarket shop. I managed to make three extra meals from what we had left in the freezer and food cupboard.

5. With regards to Christmas food waste, so far we had to throw away:

1 lime

2 satsumas

1/2 a red cabbage

one portion of Brie (that had gone mouldy).

We still have a portion of turkey in the freezer and the Brandy Butter is floating around the fridge (I suspect it will have to be thrown out soon). I also have 1 1/2 jars of mincemeat to use up and some very brown bananas.

I need to make some banana cake with leftover bananas

How did you get on with Christmas leftovers?




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This week’s Thrifty Finds (22-29 October 2017)


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richard scarry, pumpkin

Happy Halloween!

Well we had a great half term holiday and I really enjoyed being off work and spending time with the children. We had a very low key – and inexpensive – week:

  1. Every month I put aside some funds for ‘Days Out’. I used some of this to buy tickets for Westonbirt Arboretum, the national arboretum which is located about 40 mins from home. Autumn is the best time to visit this huge collection of 15,000 trees. The Japanese Maples, in particular, are stunning. Needless to say, though, this is also the busiest – and priciest – time of year to visit. We arrived early on Tuesday morning and really enjoyed walking the paths, playing in the trees and walking across the amazing Treetop Walkway. But just as we sat down for our picnic, the heavens opened! In the end, we retreated to our car and ended up going home earlier than planned 😦



2. While we didn’t get to do any den building at Westonbirt, the following day we took a walk around our own (free) Millennium Wood in the village. Here the girls spent ages making their own dens, while I enjoyed strolling around the small woodland.


3. I also used the half term holidays as a good excuse to sort through the children’s clothes. I had a few bags of winter clothing stored in the loft. We sifted through these bags and also went through their drawers and wardrobe to see what needed to be donated, or put away until next summer. In the end I had a huge bag of clothing which I gave away on Facebook.

4. Being the run up to Halloween, we also sorted through our big bag of Halloween costumes and decorations. Many of the costumes were given to use by friends and some of the decorations are years old, including our favourite spider webs made from materials bought at the local scrapstore.

5. We also carved our pumpkin – but I was determined to ‘save’ as much of this as I could. So I toasted the pumpkin seeds and made spicy soup.

Have you been pumpkin carving? Do you have any plans to make use of the leftovers?


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This week’s Thrifty Finds


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How was your past week? Did you have any Thrifty Finds? We went to visit friends and family for the weekend. It wasn’t very thrifty as we stayed in a hotel (although this was paid from savings we made on holiday – we didn’t spend as many euros as we thought) – but it was a lovely weekend away and so nice to catch up with people.

  1. While we were visiting, though, we did discover Fun Palaces. This is a nationwide event that encourages people to take part in free, local arts and science events. Our friends took us along to their local arts centre where there was lots on for the children. My younger two sewed some lavender bags and had a go at hand sewing and knitting. And all for free!

2. Last week I took advantage of some of the sunny weather and did loads of washing and drying outside. I try really hard not to use the tumble dryer so when the sun is shining I get the washing machine working overtime so I can line dry everything! Now that my husband has remodelled the garden the deck is a really sunny spot, which isn’t bad for a north facing garden that doesn’t get much sunshine.

3. I had a big clear out of the girls’ bedrooms (something I do every term) and was able to donate a bag of clothes and toys 🙂

4. Not quite a Thrifty Find  but something I’m proud of – my mum has started ordering her milk in glass bottles! As we live next door to each other we now have a combined doorstep delivery from the milkman. Less plastic bottles!!

5. Finally, we decided to buy a family Three Year Season Ticket to the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery. Although I work for these museums we don’t get free entry as a family (we live outside Bath & North East Somerset – residents do get free admission as these attractions are owned by the council). But at £65 I think a three year ticket is great value. Considering it costs £55 to visit the Roman Baths for a single family ticket our pass is a really good price.  Out first stop was a trip to the Fashion Museum (my favourite place). Sometimes I still have to pinch myself that I’m working there!

Upcycled vintage lace dress on display at Lace in Fashion, Fashion Museum Bath

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This week’s Thrifty Finds (24-30 July)


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Hope you had a good week and – if you’re in the UK – the start of the school holidays are going well (apart from the weather!)

I was very proud of myself last week as I chose not to buy something. Do you ever have that conundrum where you think you should buy an outfit for an event, when actually you don’t want to, and don’t think you’ll ever wear it again anyway?

  1. My friends got married. It was a gorgeous, homespun event, using the skills and time of many local friends who made a cake, decorated the garden, cooked the food, grew the flowers etc. Earlier in the week I thought I needed to buy an outfit for the wedding. However the weather forecast was wet and cold and whatever I bought would not keep me warm or dry (the reception was being held in their garden). While browsing the Sales rack in Debenhams I had an epiphany: I didn’t need to buy a new outfit for the wedding! Going to a special event is not about what you wear. So, in the end, I wore the second hand Henry Holland dress I picked up a couple of weeks ago, with a thrifted cardigan and second hand velvet jacket that I’ve had for years.

As the reception was only in the village, I popped home after the service and changed into layers and a warmer pair of trousers. In the end, the rain held off and it was a fantastic evening party that went on into the small hours….!

2. It was a party weekend as my youngest daughter held her ninth birthday party on Sunday. I took her and five friends to the cinema. Rather pricey, but I bought popcorn and juice cartons from home to save on the cost of snacks.

3. On instagram I commented on a couple of charity shop magazines that @mamathriftstyle  had picked up from her local Oxfam and Barnardos stores. Anyway, it turns out she lives in Bath and very kindly dropped them off for me to read 🙂

4. I continued to search for activity books for the kids to take on holiday and found a code breaking book in the Julian House charity shop: perfect for my daughter who loves puzzles and codes.

5. Summer holidays means time to sort things out and do some decluttering with the girls. Over the past couple of years they have been lucky enough to have been given some DS and Wii games from family and friends. They sorted through those games they didn’t use and we took them to the local Games Exchange shop. In return we received a £35 (!) voucher which we will (partly) spend on dvds for the summer.

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