A Blue Peter lock down birthday
Happy birthday to Mr S, who had his (*cough cough*) birthday this week! What to do when you can’t go anywhere to celebrate? We decided on an appropriate lock down birthday dinner and managed to order some gifts online.
The trouble with ordering online at the moment is that some companies seem entirely unaffected by the pandemic and items arrive super fast, whilst others take weeks to deliver. This meant that his presents came in dribs and drabs and not all on his birthday!
The card hadn’t arrived the day before, so I had to go all Blue Peter and make one. I used Canva, which I often use to make the headings for this blog and Instagram.
It didn’t cost me anything, of course, so the second card was pretty frugal. The first one did finally get here on the morning of his birthday!
Cheap cards online
May and June are extremely busy for birthdays in my family. There are seven over a four week period! Usually, I go somewhere like the Card Factory, as their cards are really good value. I didn’t know they did them online – including personalised ones – but when I went on Top Cashback* to use Moonpig I found them on there as well.
I stocked up and bought loads, and got cashback on them too. Even though Mr S’s card didn’t arrive in time, the others hopefully will. So, if you decide to use them, go through Top Cashback first and leave yourself plenty of time!
A new supermarket
I finally got fed up with paying Tesco’s prices this week for an online shop. Like many people, I am spending so much more on groceries than usual. But the queues outside Aldi and Lidl were also off putting.
We decided to drive to a small town not too far away and try the Morrison’s there early Monday morning. This is the time to do your weekly shop! Not many customers and no queue at all when we rolled up at 8 am.
I stocked up for me, Mr S and his mum, whilst my daughter did her own shopping. Even better, I spent about £30 less than I have in recent weeks.
Not only is Morrison’s a lot cheaper than Tesco’s, it seemed to have more choice than Aldi or Lidl. There were also loads of yellow sticker reductions on a Monday morning.
I decided to buy some meat and fish: venison burgers, some rainbow trout, brisket and a nice rack of lamb. There were lots of other bargains, but I decided that there wasn’t enough room in the freezer for any more. This lot will keep us going quite a while!
Dinner and recycling candles…
Mr S likes little more than a nice steak. If we were going out for dinner, that is exactly what he would choose 9 times out of 10. So steaks were what I went for in Morrison’s. We had these with home made oven chips, large field mushrooms with garlic butter and asparagus. Yum!
My daughter made a birthday cake for dessert and we cracked open a bottle of prosecco.
He isn’t 50 … We suddenly realised all the candles were little stubs and the 5 and 0 the only ones that were usable 😂😂
It was a gorgeous evening, so we sat in the garden and then took the dog for a walk. Perfect!
I don’t think Mr S felt hard done by with his lock down birthday.
So that’s my week in a nutshell. Very little extraneous money spent. It’s been glorious weather pretty much every day, so I have had to fight the puppy watering all the plants every night. He loves to throw himself in front of the hose!
How has your week been?
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