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Can you believe it’s March already? Here’s a quick round-up of everything that’s happened with me in February including my best bargains and favourite posts
Ahhh, with the beginning of March now here, it’s really starting to feel like spring with some lovely sunny days in the last few weeks – just a shame it’s not been a little bit warmer! February is always a busy month for us – we have lots of family Birthdays at the beginning of the month and then it’s half term so we usually have my brother to stay with us for a day or two and I try and spend some time with one of my friends who works in school while she’s home.
So money wise it’s been a pretty expensive month for us with lots of meals out but at the same it’s been lovely spending time with friends and family. Working from home, while bringing about huge change has a brought lots of flexibility and after almost 15 years of working every weekend it’s so nice to be able to say ‘Yes’ to plans without having to book time off work and use up holiday allowance.
My favorite bargains in February were from Asda. They had lots of items leftover from the baby event which they don’t normally stock and therefore were half price now the event is over. I don’t think i’m going to need to buy talc, baby lotion or baby oil for at least a year after the baby is born as we are now stocked right up – all the products I bought were branded and half price, making large bottle of Johnson’s bedtime Talc just 65p which I thought was pretty good,
I also picked some other baby bits and bobs including a car mirror, portable mini high chair, storage racks for the back of the pram and car and a cushioned ring for sitting in when she’s a little bit older. I also got a Johnson’s new baby gift bag which has a full bottle of several products, wipes and a baby mat all in nice little bag. All in all I spent around £30 which I was really happy with for everything I got.
I feel like we are pretty much there with baby stuff now and I don’t think I’ve paid full price for a single thing. Next job is to sign up to all the free baby packs to bag myself some freebies and hopefully plenty of coupons.
Mothercare Baby Event
Every time we’ve been to Mothercare recently they’ve asked if we want to attend one of their new parent events and eventually there was one on a weekend that we could make. In all honesty we didn’t really get a lot out of it – although maybe that’s just us!
We were given drinks and snacks on arrival which was nice – then we had a wonder around the store although as we’ve been there so often recently there wasn’t a lot to see. I was keen to attend one of the talks on safe sleeping but the 20 odd seats that had been put out were full before we got there and there was already a crowd of people standing too so we did’t think we’d be able to see or hear much.
We were given a 10% off voucher on arrival and the staff made out it had to be spent that day – closer inspection revealed that actually it was dated for two weeks. So no impulse buying for us! We actually ended popping next door to Sainsbury’s to buy some vests and baby grows taking advantage of the 25% off the TU range. This and some food shopping actually cost less that one pack of sleep-suits from Mothercare!
I was also given a goodie bag which does have a few nice bits in it – sample sized items will be perfect for my hospital bag and it had lots of info on local baby classes etc.
I must admit I’ve been getting a little bit disillusioned with coupons lately. I used to be able to do one good targeted coupon shop a week and save a tonne of money on my groceries. However, there seems to be less and less offers on most of the apps and they seem to change less frequently too.
Whereas before there was often 70+ offers on Checkoutsmart there is now often less than 30. I also find the majority of decent offers seem to be for Tesco – I don’t actually have one anywhere near me so I get frustrated not being to take advantage, especially with Greenjinn now offering them too.
Pictured is one of the small Coupon shops I did manage during February – £5.80 down to £2.30
However, what has been good is the weekly £3 or £4 off a £20 shop I’ve had from Sainsbury’s in the post via Nectar card. I had six weeks worth and on weeks we haven’t spent enough on food I’ve been picking up baby items we do need to make up the difference and make use of the discount.
There was also a fab offer from Topcashback where they refunded any Easter Eggs bought up to the value of £3. Of course the best offer was at Tesco, where the Eggs were BOGOF but I still got three from Morrison’s and was happy with that.
Cashback & Surveys
Febuary has actually been really good for Cashback. Firstly I discovered about £15 in my Quidco account (we get £10 each if you sign up using this link) I didn’t know I had and then I found some good Casino offers on Topcashback.
Don’t worry, I don’t have a gambling problem, I just like taking advantage of offers where the cashback is more than amount spent on the site. So in this instance spend £10 and get £21 cashback. There were two of these offers, they took me less than an half an hour to do and I’m £22 in profit. It’ll be about 3 weeks before I get the money back but it’s tracked so I don’t see there being any issues.
I’ve also had a good month on Prolific Academic where there’s been a few good paying survey’s only open to pregnant women. I actually wrote about Prolific this month – you can find the post here.
My Favourite Posts of The Month
- 7 Cheaper Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Breakfast
- Our wedding day in Pictures
- Here’s what happened when we had a Poundland Date Night.
My favorite Posts from other Bloggers
- Boost My Budget – January income report – I loved this post and found it so inspiring – really makes me want to up my Pinterest Game!
- I loved this wedding planning round-up from Homely Economics