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AD. My lovely husband and I are fans of family related weekends. If my husband has a weekend off work it always feels like a special event. As it doesn’t occur every single week. When we have a weekend off we like to make lots of plans, and this usually means we spend lots of money! Recently we were challenged to a no spend weekend by Scottish Friendly. Have a little look at what we got up to and find out how much money we saved too!
Our no spend weekend with Scottish Friendly
We were home together for almost the entire weekend, which was lovely. The first part of Saturday was spent with my husband sleeping after his night shift. So I started the day with Daisy, and we did crafts at home. We used pens and pencils that we already had in our craft box and a couple of sheets of spam mail. Once we had finished I could shred the creations, when Daisy wasn’t looking, and this saved me money on new paper or a colouring book. As Daisy is only 17 months old colouring books are a bit wasteful.
Once Thomas was awake for the day we went out to feed the ducks at our local pond. We took peas and sweetcorn, as I read online that these were a healthy option for ducks. The ducks rejected them. Completely! However, some other animals did eventually come along to scoop them up. Mostly fish! We took a picnic and this stopped us from stopping off for pub food on the way home.
For dinner we enjoyed a slow cooker beef casserole, with ingredients we wanted to use up from the vegetable drawer. This avoided food waste and it was a nice treat when we got home from the trip to the pond. Especially as the weather has turned really cold now!
Today we started off with a lazy morning at home. We enjoyed fruit pancakes, to use up some leftover bananas we had. Also, while I was cooking the pancakes I used some of the bananas to make frozen fruit lollies for later in the evening.
We went off to the park at lunchtime, taking another picnic with us. This time the picnic consisted of some leftover wraps from fajita night on Friday. We also took Daisy some sliced fruit and a flask of coffee for Thomas & me, to beat the cold and perk us up for the afternoon!
When we got home we enjoyed a film in front of the TV, thanks to Netflix. We also made a super easy calzone and Daisy had a tortilla pizza, as she is dairy free.
We ended our Sunday with a nice homemade hot chocolate and an early night.
What we saved on our no spend weekend
Our no spend weekend with Scottish Friendly was much better than I thought it would be. We avoided visiting the local pub for food, avoided getting a takeaway pizza which we normally do, exchanged our occasional trip to the cinema for a film at home and saved on not buying colouring books or paper. In total we saved around £90, based on our usual spend for the above activities. I was really pleased with this and I’ll definitely be planning another no spend weekend for us soon.
The Scottish Friendly website has tips on how to start saving your money so be sure to check it out. You can find out more about the nation’s savings and investment habits. I’m really nosy so I love reading about what other people do and seeing how I compare!
Other ideas for a no spend weekend
- Head to the library
- Visit family
- Bake bread
- De-clutter at home
- Learn a new skill by watching Youtube videos
This is a paid collaboration in association with Scottish Friendly.
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