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Monday, 12 March 2018

What I did with £100

Thanks to sticking to my £100 food budget in December and January (22/12/17-21/1/18 & 22/1/18-21/2/18) instead of the £150 I would normally spend.  I had £100 in my savings purse.  Last month I booked 2 rooms a hotel in London (Holiday Inn Excel London) for one night £60  with breakfast included.  We were picked up by our friends at 9:30 on Thursday morning and made our way to East London.  We arrived at the hotel at 1 after stopping for a brunch costing £11.98 for 2 at Tesco's Gallion's Reach 1 mile from our hotel. I paid half the £14 for one days parking £7. Technically we shouldn't have been allowed in our room until 2pm but the receptionist said the rooms were ready so we quickly unpacked our bits and pieces before heading out to the underground.  Our friends wanted to visit West Ham's new ground  as he was a lifelong supporter having been born in West Ham.  The new ground is of course the 2012 Olympic Stadium at Stratford. After visiting the West Ham shop and having a walk around the Olympic park we headed into Westfield. I'm not a clothes shopping person but went with the flow. We eventually ended up on the food court floor were we had an evening meal at 7 o'clock.  After an 'OK' Chinese street food dish we headed back to our hotel were we had a drink in our rooms.  

£60.00  Hotel & breakfast
£ 7.00   Parking
£11.98  Tesco brunch
£ 9.80  (2 x £4.90) underground Thursday
£12.70 (1 day travel underground ticket) Hubby had to pay for his ticket. 
£101.48
New West Ham Ground
Aquatics Centre

The Orbital Can you see the
40 second corkscrew Shute to the right.


I paid for as may things as possible  out of the £100 and I think I got excellent value for money from it. After breakfast on Friday morning we headed to Covent Garden and browsed around the shops.



There was a 5 piece band playing and they were brilliant, the atmosphere was lovely. We watched a photo shoot of a model wearing spring attire and looking very cold but smiling through adversity!

We walked down to the Thames passing Somerset House and along the embankment before heading up to Trafalgar Square.
 
We stopped for late lunch at a restaurant which was very nice. The sharing platter was:  2 mini pure beef burgers in a brioche bun, 2 boar meat sausages, 2 cod goujons, mushy peas, barbeque sauce and chips  for £14.98. After lunch we set off down Pall Mall towards Buckingham Palace stopping to have a look around the park.  There was a squirrel desperately trying to find the nuts he buried in the autumn.  He was frantically digging here, there and everywhere. 
We arrived at the Palace just in time to see the Changing of the Guard.  It was just starting to rain and the guards eventually retreated inside their sentry box to a round of applause from the crowd watching.  We walked to St James tube and went to West Ham were our friend had a walk around his childhood stomping ground.  




We headed back to the hotel tea time to pick up the car and make our way home. It was a great trip for a bargain price. 
I celebrated Mothers day on Saturday with Afternoon Tea at the Cookhouse in Ipswich with both daughters.  It was lovely and I'm so pleased I didn't eat anything before hand.  We sat chatting for almost 3 hours and  I still had to bring a doggy bag away with me as there was far too much. I still have a piece of chocolate cake and carrot cake sitting in the fridge.  I hope you all you mums had a wonderful day. Back soon. Tx



20 comments:

  1. What a wonderful break, that's what being frugal is about for us, save everyday, to enjoy some nice days out and holidays.

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    1. Being frugal means this treat hadn't come out of our big savings account. I always feel if I start tapping into that it will be a slippery slope.

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  2. What a great trip, you packed so much in to your time away. It was definitely worth keeping an eye on the budget so that you could have this extra little break.

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    1. Its made me realise I can find things to do every couple of months.

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  3. Your trip to London sounds great and you certainly packed a lot in. I can't believe you did so much for your £100. I love Covent Garden, the atmosphere is brilliant.

    Your Mother's Day treat looks so good. We had afternoon tea at home, made by myself which was fine. I can't justify the cost for 4 of us to eat cake and sandwiches out. When Amy and Thomas are earning and treating me then I'll think differently lol. xx

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    1. The Afternoon Tea was a real treat. Hubby bought the meals while we where out and about. But my £100 covered the majority of the costs.

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  4. How lovely for you. It sounds a very fulfilling and packed time and you enjoyed it totally. I'm very glad.
    J x

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    1. It was a great little break and we were lucky with the weather.

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  5. A lovely treat. I love a London visit but always exhausted afterwards and glad to get home:)

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    1. I think there is do much to look at you forget how far you are walking.

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  6. Wow - great savings and great treats.
    xx

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  7. That's the whole point of saving on the "unimportant" stuff isn't it, so that you can use the money saved for the "real" fun stuff. I can't believe you did all that for 100 pounds. Amazing. Anna

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    1. Hubby paid for 2 meals and his underground but I paid for the hotel, brunch and the underground both days. Bargain.

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  8. What a brilliant way to spend your £100 food savings money. You did really well with it, and it just goes to show you can have a good weekend away, even in the capital, for a reasonable price if you're careful.

    That's the beauty of being careful, or frugal with your money, you can spend what you save on things that really matter, and making memories with loved ones and friends matters. xx

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    1. That's absolutely right Sue. There is a lot of free stuff to do in London and we made the most of out time there.

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  9. This is why we are frugal. You had a wonderful break and certainly got the most for your money.

    God bless.

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  10. Lovely weekend especially the C. Garden bit. Just taking the time to stroll about you get to see so much! Good use of money especially the meals - if you avoid stopping for expensive coffees and go for a proper meal it iw more whorthwhile.

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    1. I always ask for a jug of tap water when we are in a restaurant. Makes the pennies go further.

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