If you have been reading my blog for a long time you will know that we love Wales! We have been staying at a particular small holding near to Machynlleth for many years. We are off again next week and I cannot wait. But will it be possible to achieve any frugal things whilst on holiday?
Of course it will! Watching the pennies throughout the year is what enables us to go away as often as we do. Old habits die hard. Our holidays aren’t usually in luxury resorts, we don’t eat at fancy restaurants every night. We don’t spend a small fortune on theme parks and attractions and we won’t come back with expensive souvenirs. However, we always have a lovely time, make the best of the beautiful locations we choose and return relaxed and refreshed.
Five frugal things we plan for the week
With so much stunning scenery in Wales, we will be planning some interesting walks. We both feel a bit unfit at the moment, so walking on hilly ground will be good for us. I love being outdoors in quiet, green spaces. It is better than a spa for my peace of mind. Although we occasionally have to pay for parking, walking is free!
Taking coffee and lunches
We almost always pack a flask and a picnic for our days out. Having said that, it is imperative at times to stop at a pretty little teashop for a piece of barabrith or a scone and jam. The odd treat is allowed of course, but mostly we enjoy some home-made salads and sandwiches. There are some breath-taking picnic spots in Wales!
Perusing the charity shops
I find it almost impossible to pass a charity shop without going in. Mr S is very tolerant! There are some really good charity shops in both Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, so we will definitely be doing a tour at some point.
We usually come home with more than we took when we stay in the UK. At least we don’t have to worry about our baggage allowance….
A magical cinema
The Magic Lantern Cinema in Twyn is a great little community cinema. We usually try to go when we are there. It has such charm and character and, best of all, only costs only £6 a ticket. They have a well-stocked bar and I usually have a glass of Prosecco with the film! There are no noisy teens with their feet on the seats either…
As I said, we don’t eat in fancy restaurants every night, as some folk seem to on holiday. But we do like to explore local produce. Machynlleth has a great little market on a Wednesday, as well as an independent butcher. Mr S loves a bit of local lamb. We will also get some seafood in Aberystwyth. We generally take it back to our little bolthole and eat in, with our view of the mountains and the sound of the stream next to us.
No doubt we will find a good restaurant. I rather like the Quarry Café in Machynlleth, which is vegetarian. Even confirmed carnivore Mr S enjoyed it last time we visited. It’s great value too.
I hope you have a great week, whatever you are doing. In the meantime, please feel free to share your frugal things.