Friday, 17 March 2017

Annual Passes Are they Worth it?

Zoo Membership - Covers London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo

Price £65 per year (individual)

It is £22.50 to go into Whipsnade Zoo and a little more for London Zoo so after three visits you are saving money. What could be nicer that popping into the Zoo each week to see the animals.

Getting close to the Lions at Whipsnade Zoo - Isabella


 Price £208.80 per year per person

It is £7.20 to go into the cinema so if you went once a week that is a saving of a least £150.  You would probably go more often though and you can go any day you like. No waiting for cheap nights early in the week.

National Trust 

 (individual) £65.00 per year  

From fabulous houses and gardens to coastal paths and forests the National Trust does an amazing job protecting it all.  Once you have your pass you can park free at National Trust Properties and enjoy viewing houses and gardens etc free all year.

National Trust protects coasts as well as forests, Houses and wildlife

 English Heritage 

 (1 adult and up to six children) £52 per year

 Castles are just some of the fabulous places to visit


Merlin Card 

 (individual) £179.00

Cheaper if you are buying a family card

London Eye,Theme Parks, and the London Dungeon are just some of the places you can go to with a Merlin Pass.

Madame Tussauds  - singing with Freddie

Approx £600 per year -  or £50 per month. That is the social live sort though! You wouldn`t be wondering what to do with yourself and it is easier to budget.

Legoland  go all year with a Merlin Card

Add a Tastecard ( around £40 a year) for half price meals or just take a packed lunch. 

I think they are all very good value.

I know it is more expensive if you have a family but you do get family discounts too. Add free parking with the Merlin and National Trust cards, discounts on food and drinks and over a year it has to be cheaper than paying each time you go out.

You could just buy a zoo membership, or an English Heritage Membership and have great days out throughout the year. I buy these and the National Trust Card.

family fun - Legoland

I paid £450 for a family Merlin Premium Card (2 adults 2 children) in January when Merlin offered a discount. The year only starts from when you first use the card. Which was March for us when we went to London for the day.

Last year when we did this we used our Merlin Card over 20 times during the year. That meant a massive saving and the bonus of no long queues as you get fast track entrance to places.

Grab a cheap place to stay and hit the theme parks for a few days.

University Rooms to Churches - best budget places to stay

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Five Fabulous Frugal Things This Week

Five Frugal Things

Week Ending 17/3/2017

#1 Swimming

It was such a lovely day on Monday I decided to go swimming. I have a discount card so it only costs me £2.50. Great exercise and I really enjoyed it and now the weather is better I will go every week.

#2 Walking 

I went walking in St Albans park which is not far in a car from were I live. It was quiet as the weather was not good, these beautiful swans were after my lunch. I thought they looked so sweet all lined up so I did give them half my sandwich.

Shall we get away from the riff raff? by Christine Reid

#3 Flowers

I love having flowers in my house so I decided to buy a plant this week so that it would last a while. Then I saw these flowers for £1.20 and bought them too.

£1.20 Yellow Sticker Tesco

£3 plant from Supermarket
#4 Freezer Stocktake

Enough for well over 20 meals in my freezer so not buying anything other than fresh bread and fruit this week. I am aiming for six no spend days this week.

#5 Cash 

£10 from MintVine survey Site cashback from Quidco and cash from mystery shopping.  Very nice and every pound counts. Add my usual free coffee at cafe Nero with o2 and it has been a nice week. I am saving up to take Isabella and Alice to Whipsnade Zoo   Here is the link for tickets  Zoolink  at Easter. It is expensive but last time we went the girls loved it.

Flamingos at the zoo - C Reid

Places to go in Herts, Beds and Bucks

Abbots Kitchen Cafe St Albans Cathedral


My Money Saving Tips

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Scotland - Dolphins, Whales and Puffins

Have you ever seen fabulous dolphins swimming at the side of your boat?

Seen them showing off their babies and playing in the water?

We did on this amazing boat trip in Scotland.

 Watch the our video here.
We traveled to Inverness on easyjet from Luton . Hired a car then headed to:  

Hebridean Whale Cruises
Address: Pier Rd, Gairloch IV21 2BQ

I won this trip in a competition held by Nutella full details on the prize is in this post My Winning Hobby

Whales surfaced in the distant and puffins filled the cliffs. seals bobbed near the shoreline and otters hid behind the rocks.
The boat trip cost £75 per person and lasted around 3 hours.  It was amazing.  We didn`t have to pay it was all part of this fabulous prize.
Misty around the cliffs

Highlands from the boat

We stayed in Scotland overnight  in a hotel near the harbour  and flew back to Luton the next day. It was an amazing experience and one I would love to do again.

Fort William is fabulous too. Read my review here.