Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fabulous Frugal Flower Tip - Send Flowers by Post Yourself

How to Send Flowers by Post Yourself.

Save yourself the heavy price of having flowers delivered and send them by post yourself. With Easter and Mothers day on the way its a great money saving tip.

1. Buy your flowers and ask for a plastic flower bag.

2. Arrange your flowers and place inside your flower bag.

3. Pull the stems through the bottom of the flower bag and secure them with an elastic band.

4. Soak some kitchen paper in cool water then squeeze out any excess water.

5. Wrap this around the flower stems and secure with an elastic band. Now wrap a piece of plastic around the kitchen paper and secure. I just cut a piece from a plastic carrier bag.

6. Buy a box  that fits your flowers, lay them inside and put some tape across the bunch to stop them moving about in transit. I use black insulating tape as it stays in place but is easy to remove.

7. Place a fragile sticker on the box and post first class. 

I tried this with some daffodils and it worked perfectly. Flowers were delivered within two days and looked just as  fresh as when I bought them. 

You could send an ikebana arrangement you have made like these 
Easu ikebana arrangements 


The post office sells flower boxes and I am sure you could get them on ebay.  Read the link below for more packaging tips.

 Packaging tips from UPS
 

My flowers for this week

A wander around the local market today found me buying a large bunch of flowers for £5. They looked really pretty and too nice to leave there.

Market Flowers
I also bought a bunch of Roses from Aldi for £2 and some of their lemons and limes at 69p per pack.

Roses

I made this table arrangement using the roses, lemon and limes I also added a few sprigs of mint.  I think it looks very pretty and I am really pleased with the quality of the flowers from Aldi.

I have bought quite a few bunches over the last few weeks and they have all lasted very well.

The rose in the centre came from the larger bunch of flowers. 
 
Roses Lemon and Limes

The flowers from the market I made this arrangement with. I chose this bunch as I really like deep jewel colours. I like the flowers spilling over the vase and at different heights.

Red and Purple Flowers
 
Market flowers
Plenty of flowers to keep me happy for the total cost of £8.38 including the lemon and limes.




Roses


Beautiful ikebana flower arrangement

ikebana for £2




flower, market, roses, frugal, post flowers yourself, moneysaving

Friday, 17 February 2017

My Five Fabulously Frugal Things This Week

My week ending 17/2/2017


I’m linking up with this Cass Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things` I’ve done this week’s linky.

Lots of fabulous thrifty blogs are linking five frugal things they have done in the week.

You don`t have to list five things just blog about whatever frugal things you have managed.

 #fivefrugalthings

It is a great way to share ideas.

#1 I like my £2 ikebana flower arrangement I made this week. This included the container which was from the pound shop. A nice frugal  way of showing spring will soon be here.



#2 A long walk in St Albans park which is not too far from where I live. It is a beautiful park with St Albans Cathedral close by.  Sticking to the frugal theme I parked further away from the park so I didn`t have to pay for parking.
 
St AlbansPark with Bella




 #3 I checked house insurance etc that are due for renew soon to see if I could get a better deal. If I use Quidco or Topcashback when I renew I can save around £30. Very nice. I also checked the click and snap offers on Quidco and added some to my shopping list.

#4 Paid £65 for two nights in a Travelodge in Bournemouth at the end of March. I think that is a good deal. It works out at about £16 pppn.

#5 I used all the o2 offers this week, meal deal at Boots for £1, free hot drink at Cafe Nero and £5 for any main meal at pizza express.

I hope you all have a  lovely weekend



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Thursday, 16 February 2017

London`s Free Garden in the Sky

See London`s Skyline for free from the fabulously modern `walkie-talkie` building. The Sky Garden is London`s highest garden and you don`t have to pay to see it. Set in the dome of the building and covering three floors its a beautiful place.


Image result for free google image walkie talkie building


Your free visit ticket allows you an hour to explore this unique garden.

Visit the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, nearest tube station is
Monument Tube Station on the Circle Line.

Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden.



You do have to book your visit.  If you want you can book a table in one of the restaurants too. It is pricey to eat in the Fenchurch restaurant and Darwin restaurants so I would just go for the views.

You could book a ticket for during the day and another for the evening. You would get to see London`s skyline lit up in the evening. It really should be on everyone`s to do list for London.


London Skyline - by Anthony Reid

VISIT SKY GARDEN

Access to the Sky Garden is free.  Visitors must book a ticket.
Book a Free Visit
Sky Garden 1 Sky Garden Walk
London
EC3M 8AF

 Opening Times
Monday - Friday
10am - 6pm
Weekends
11am - 9pm


Tickets can only be booked up to three weeks in advance. 


Fabulous Free Days Out 

Free Days out


Our Frugal Day Out


Best Cafe`s


Sky garden, Free London, Walkie-talkie building, tube, garden terrace,

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

ikebana - Daffodil arrangement for £2

I went on a long windy walk with the dog yesterday, the sun was shining and I enjoyed the fresh air.

It also gave me a chance to collect some fallen twigs for my next ikebana arrangement. I found some fallen willow which is lovely to work with as it bends easily.

I picked up a bunch of daffodils for £1 on the way home from the supermarket and a blue circular dish from the pound shop.

I wanted to see if  I could make a decent arrangement for £2 including the container. I am working on the challenge of #fivefrugalthings for this week. I think this is going to be number one.

ikebana daffodils

This is my my ikebana daffodil arrangement, I used nine out of the  fifteen daffodils in the bunch, the rest are happy in a vase. I could have used less but I liked the way this group looked. 

I am sure people can do fabulous arrangements for free from flowers in their garden. I live in a flat so its the great outdoors and whatever flowers I can afford or grow indoors.


ikebana  £2 arrangement

 I thought the pale blue dish went nice with the yellow of the daffodils. You certainly can`t go wrong for £1. I am hoping to have quite a collection of containers by the summer.

Charity shops are a great place to look and when the weather improves don`t forget carboot sales.

 You can find lots of tips on youtube for ikebana flower arranging, I like this one by a ikebana  master.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oxyzgjZ1NE

and this one which shows you how to make a lovely ikebana gift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrizeJX_OTw





ikebana, flowers, flower arranging, daffodils, willow, poundshop

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Five fabulously Frugal Things This Week

I am joining a blog linky with Katykicker, Beccy and a few other  wonderful blogs I follow.  It is all about the frugal things you have managed  to do during the week.  #5frugalthings

Its a great idea to keep everyone on track and also a great way to share frugal ideas.

by Anthony Reid


#1 Sorting out all my photo`s of London was a job I had been putting off but then really enjoyed it. I put a movie on the TV and just got on with it. I am very lucky my sons are very good photographers and let me have some of their work to use on my blog.

#2 Monday I got the boots Meal deal for £1 with the 02 offer and Tuesday I enjoyed a free coffee with friends in Cafe Nero. This was also from the 02 offers.

#3 Thursday I went out for lunch with my sister and we used a voucher from an offer at Pizza Express. Total cost £8 each for a main meal and a cold drink.

#4 Saturday I checked Quidco for the click snap offers and went out shopping with a list. I got quite a few items that will, once I get the cashback have cost me nothing.

If you are not already a member of Quidco my referal link is here

http://www.quidco.com/user/288735/2371335/

I would get a small amount of money if you later bought something via Quidco

#5 Sunday I usually call into Waitrose after walking the dog. With their rewards card my Sunday Paper is free (usually £2.40) if I spend over £10. I often buy the essential offers which are pretty good value. Free tea or coffee available too.




London Rooftops by Anthony Reid   



Next week I`m hoping to do lots of frugal things during the school half-term.








London, o2, meal deals, waitrose, Quidco, photography..