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My Over 50's Spending Diary

edited 4 January 2018 at 12:02PM in Over 50s Money Saving
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  • edited 15 January 2018 at 6:51PM
    chaniechanie Forumite
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    edited 15 January 2018 at 6:51PM
    Inspired by sugar....

    I’ve been looking on gr0upon deals for me and OH to try, either restaurants or activities. I’ve had s look at the restaurant you recommended, so we may try that one.
    2020 savings on purchases £3601.80
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Hi Chanie,

    Yes, I did really enjoy the quartet. I never looked them up on the King's Place website, so I was assuming it was a classical quartet, but it was a Jazz quartet who were extremely talented. I was gripped right from the start even though I am not a huge fan of Jazz and do not know enough about this genre of music. So this show was also part of my ongoing musical education. :D
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    This week's MSE Newsletter made mention of Feel Unique and their offer to try 5 beauty samples for only £3.95 so I took advantage of the offer. It was free P & P so I saved £3.95 (and I have also received an e-voucher for £3.95 against my next order of a full sized product) :T

    I signed up to Vue Piccadilly online last week so that I could get a code for their Super Monday offer which would then let me buy an adult ticket for only £4.99. I went to see The Greatest Showman and had such a fantastic time. It is a real visual and musical treat. I would give this film 10/10. I could not recommend it enough. Even people who do not usually enjoy a musical should find something to enjoy. I saved £8.50 compared to the standard adult ticket price. :D

    2 hopper bus journeys worth £1.50 (15th Jan) :)

    Current total = £1,525.66
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Last week's free school dinners for my son (Mon-Fri) £11.50

    Quidco Cashback £3.22

    Current total = £1,540.38
  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    Great progress sugar, lots of steady savings going on.
    2020 savings on purchases £3601.80
  • edited 19 January 2018 at 12:39PM
    sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    edited 19 January 2018 at 12:39PM
    chanie wrote: »
    Great progress sugar, lots of steady savings going on.

    Thank you Chanie, as I am currently unemployed it is even more important that I make savings wherever I can.

    Free Evening Standard newspaper 20p

    Boots Bargains:

    3 X Adult Bassets Multivitamins on 3 for 2 offer saved me £5.29 :)

    3 X Equazin liquid fish oils 200ml on 3 for 2 offer saved me £11.99 and I also used a £1 off voucher :)


    I had a free ticket to see Dom Pipkin at The Phoenix Artist Club last night which saved me £3 :)

    4 hopper bus journeys (17th Jan) saved me £3

    2 hopper bus journeys (18th Jan) saved me £1.50

    Odeon Silver Screen ticket £3 which saved me £6.25 compared to the standard adult ticket price

    Free cup of tea at the cinema worth £1.90

    Free Metro newspaper 20p

    3 X Big Mac and Medium Fries with vouchers from the Metro newspaper for £5.98 which saved me £6.57

    My weekly online grocery shopping saved me £16.85 with special offer and price reductions :T

    Poundland Bargains:

    Rimmel eye pencil saved me £1.99

    3 X L'Oreal eyeshadow quad saved me £13.98

    2 X 125g tube of Rowntree pastilles half price saved me £1

    Bourjois Nail Polish saved me £4.99

    2 X Fairy Clean and Care Aloe & Cucumber washing up liquid saved me £2

    6 X Haribo Supermix 140g sharing bags half price saved me £3

    Current total = £1,623.19
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    This week's free school dinners for my son (Mon-Fri) £11.50

    Savers Bargains:

    2 X 4 bars of Dove soap £3.38 saved me 64p compared to buying them in Poundland where I usually buy them

    4 X Oral B Pulsar toothbrushes £11.98 which saved me £6.02 compared to buying them from Tesco which has them on offer for £4.50 each from £6 each

    3 X boxes of Paracetamol 57p saved me 43p compared to buying them from Poundland where I normally buy them

    2 X Colgate 100ml Gel toothpaste £1.50 which saved me 50p as I normally buy this toothpaste from Poundland

    Current total = £1,642.28
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    £3.71 cheque from my Energy provider

    £1.70 Quidco Cashback

    Boots Online Order:

    Sanctuary Ultimate Indulgence Gift Set half price £12.50 :)

    Sanctuary Pamper Cracker half price £6.25 :)

    Fearne for Mini Club Gold Party dress half price £9 :)

    Twinings Tea Tray Gift Set half price £9.25 :)

    Sanctuary Shower Delights Gift Set half price £4.25 :)

    Mini Club All Dressed Up Lace Sleeved Top half price £5 :)

    3 X Boots travel size Tea Tree and Witchazel Foaming Facial Wash on 3 for 2 offer £3.38 saved me £1.69 :)

    Free P & P as I had spent more than £40 worth £3.50 :)

    I also got 496 Boots Advantage Card points on this order worth £4.96 but I will count these when I use the points :)

    Poundland Bargains:

    4 X Tubes of Galaxy Minstrels half price saved me £2

    4 X Maltesers & Friends Selection Packs half price saved me £2

    2 X Festive Friends Jammy Shortbread half price saved me £1


    I got a free ticket to see The Johann Strauss Gala today, which saved me £28 :D

    Current total = £1732.13
  • edited 21 January 2018 at 5:34PM
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    edited 21 January 2018 at 5:34PM
    I'm genuinely confused by these 'savings'. Some examples:

    1. I got a £16.45 refund from Virgin Trains for the Family ticket I had bought and was no longer going to use for my trip from Brimingham ( the 1st £10 is kept for administrative purposes of a refund) - I read this as I spent £26.45 on a rail ticket I no longer needed and then only got £16.45 refunded so I've overspent by £10?
    2. I saved £1.70 in M & S buying 2 bags of easy peelers on 2 for £4 offer - or just go to your local greengrocer/market stall and pay 50% less than the M&S 'saving' price?
    3. My Buy It Now offer was accepted on eBay which saved me £5 on the price of a 14ct gold and Diamonique ring - or, you know, just don't buy the ring in the first place and save even more money?

    I'm not trying to be confrontational but a lot of these savings just don't make sense to me, especially where branded products keep being mentioned?

    Now, if they said I didn't buy a 4 pack of Heinz baked beans at a reduced price of £2 (70p off a pack o 4) and instead bought 4 'own brand' for 25p each (cost £1) I could understand the 'saving' (current tesco prices as of today).

    I buy branded prducts for certain things (so I'm not trying to be superior about my thriftiness) but I will regularly buy own brand for many items and save money even over 'discounted' main brands e.g. Robinsons shredless marmalade £1.40, Tesco shredless marmalade 60p in last weeks shop - I bought the Tesco one and it tastes fine and saved me 80p on my shopping. Even if the Robinsons marmalade had been reduced by 50% I'd still have saved 10p :)
  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    kangoorai think I understand your point, but in my opinion, being MSE means different things to all of us and we all have different priorities. Using the fruit as an example. Yes, a grocers may be cheaper, but there may be reasons why the M&S fruit is better for sugar baby - the nearest grocers could be a bus ride away or a 2 mile walk, the fruit may spoil quicker or they may not like the quality, meaning the fruit goes uneaten.
    2020 savings on purchases £3601.80
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