Budget Family Meal Plan #45

OK...OK....so I fell of the 'sharing our meal plan' wagon didn't I! But fear not, I am back to hopefully bring you some tea time inspiration! I will also share 5 days of pack up ideas later in the post so keep on reading!

We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reductions trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

You can watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

Zuru Smashers EPIC Dino Egg - Is It Worth It?

If you are a long time reader you will know that my kids love a collectible, you will know that they love anything that is hidden and requires unboxing, so when Zuru asked us if they could send us the brand new Smashers EPIC Dino Egg I knew they would absolutely love it! And whats more, I wanted to know, with an RRP of £24.99 - is it worth the price? Read on to find out what we thought, and for your chance to win a £25 Smyths voucher.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this bundle in return for a blog post, hosting a giveaway and some social media posts. All words, photos and opinions are our own. 

Halloween and October Half-Term Activities and Whats On - Skegness 2019

It only just feels like we are getting back into a routine after the summer holidays, but here we are just a few weeks away from October half term. But whats on? What is there to do? Don't worry I have done all the hard work for you, here is a list of all of the family/kid friendly events I could find during October half term in Skegness and surrounding areas. Keep this page bookmarked for regular updates. 

Details correct at time of publishing (September 2019) please contact locations to check details. If any details are wrong OR you have a regular after school event/activity you would like to add to this list, please contact me at oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com 

Fear Island @Fantasy Island (Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness)
Free entry, but be prepared for additional prices to incur. 12th October-3rd November 11am-7pm/9pm (closes times vary, please see the website or Facebook page for details)

6 new attractions, 3 new shows (not all are family friendly) for more information see the wesbite here:  Fear Island III @Fantasy Island

Halloween Party @Kidsworld (Lucky Strikes, Grand Parade, Skegness)
£7.50 per child. Thursday 24th October 2019, 3pm-7pm

Includes entry to soft play, disco, food, drinks, party games, free face painting, fancy dress competition.

Halloween Grotto and Trick or Treat Trail @Hildreds Centre (Lumley Road, Skegness)
FREE! Saturday 26th October 2019, 11am-3pm

Nightmare before Christmas Halloween grotto, meet and greet Jack and Sally, free face painting, trick or treat around the shops and a zombie containment unit

Halloween Party @Highwayman, (Lincoln Road, Skegness)
Price unknown. Saturday 26th October, 7.30-11.30pm

Disco, games and fancy dress competition.

Halloween Party @Hillbilly Hueys, Catchwater Meadows (Burgh Le Marsh)
Price unknown, disco and karaoke 26th October

Halloween 5k fun run/walk
£3 per adult, £2 per child. Fundraiser for St Barnabas hospice. 26th October 2019, 11am start

For more information contact The New Park Club Facebook page or pop in to the New Park Club, Scarborough Avenue, Skegness

Halloween Party @Captain Kids (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£8 October 26th 4–7pm

Access to the soft play area, disco, party games, buffet, face-painting, fancy dress competition and prices to be won.

Spooktacular Evening @Northcotes Horses (Sandy Lane, Great Steeping, Spilsby)
£3 per person, under 3's free. 26th October 3.30-6.30pm

OUTDOORS- Fancy dress competition, aerial performance, fire performance, BBQ, small animal handling, apple bobbing and more.

Halloween Big Bash @The Suncastle, North parade, Skegness
£3 per child (3+) under 3's and adults FREE, 26th October 2019, 6pm onwards

Price includes entry to soft play area, children's entertainment, fancy dress competitions, games, raffle, live entertainment from 9pm

Halloween Dino's and Dragons @Skegness Aquarium
Included in aquarium ticket price, 26th & 27th October 2019

Meet and greet dragon (Saturday) and dinosaur  (Sunday), also includes a trick or treat trail, fancy dress competition, scary storytelling and a spooky quiz trail.

Halloween offers @Skegness Bowl (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£11.99 adult, £8.99 child. 28th October - 3rd November 2019

2 games of bowling and a choice of alcoholic or non alcoholic 'dinos brew'

The Halloween Experience, Wigg Lane, Chapel Saint Leonards (Nr Skegness)
Price unknown, October 31st 5.30pm-November 2nd 11.30pm

Halloween Kids Disco @The Vine (Vine Road, Skegness)
Free entry, October 31st 6-9pm

Halloween Party @Laser Quest, Skegness Pier, Grand Parade
£9.99 per child (6-14). 1st November 6pm-8.30pm

Laser quest, party games, buffet, fancy dress competition

Grab your broomsticks and fly out for more fun, a little further afield...

Bell's Pumpkin Patch (Bells Gardening Outlet, Lowfields Road, Bennington) 

FREE ENTRY (additional prices apply) Saturday 19th- Monday 28th October 10-5

Pick your own pumpkin, carving tent, photo stations, potato catapults, pumpkin cannon, bounce & climb, maize maze, tractor rides, hot and cold food available

Halloween at The Castle (Tattershall Castle. Tattershall)Admission prices apply + crafts £1.50 each, trail £2 each

Halloween Special (Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Grimsby)
£8 adults, £6 seniors, £4 children (under 3 free), family ticket (for two adults and up to four children) £20, £1 Dogs. 27th, 28th October 2019 11am-6pm

Spooky entertainment, meet birds of prey at your seats on the train and more!

Poplar Farm Pumpkin Patch, Sutton on Sea
25th, 26th, 27th October 2019

Pick your own pumpkins, pumpkin activities and games, pumpkin home baking and Harry Potter teas in the Vintage Tea Room.

Spooky Treat Trail (Lincolnshire Wildlife Park)
Standard admission prices plus £1 per child. 26th, 27th October 2019

Fright Night Fireworks (Springfields Outlet, Spalding)
Adult £8, £5 kids. 31st October 2019, 6pm onwards

Spooky entertainment, fancy dress competition, fireworks.

Donna Nook Maize Maze (Louth, Lincolnshire)
£5 per person 31st October - 2nd November 10am - 5pm and 7pm-10pm


After-School Activities In The Skegness Area + Weekend Activities (Autumn/Winter 2019)

Hands up who sometimes gets fed up of the mundane day to day school pick ups? Hand's up if sometimes you just want to escape the house for some after school fun? Say goodbye to boring after school evening's with this list of after school activities in the Skegness area.

Details correct at time of publishing (September 2019) please contact locations to check details. If any details are wrong OR you have a regular after school event/activity you would like to add to this list, please contact me at oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com 

Mid-week/Term Time Activities:

Lego Club (Skegness Library, Roman Bank)
Free (Mondays 3.30-4.30)

Studio Bounce (Grosvernor Road Dance Studios, Skegness) 
£3 per child (Wednesday's 3.30-4.30, 7-11 year old's)

Jump Warriors (Anchor Lane, Ingoldmells)
£9 per child (Mon-Fri)

Includes 1 hour bounce and kids meal (you can also add a Slushie for an extra £2)

Kids World (Lucky Strikes Arcade, Grand Parade, Skegness) 
£5.50 per child (Mon-Fri 3pm onwards)

After school eat and play, includes access to Kids World soft play, kids meal or lunch box meal and a drink.

Skegness Bowl (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade) 
£6 per child (Mon-Fri 3.30-6.00)

Includes one game of bowling, kids meal and a drink.

Laser Quest (Skegness Pier, Grand Parade)
£6 per child (Mon-Fri 3.30-6.00)

Includes one game of Laser Quest, kids meal and a drink.

Empire Bowl (Empire Arcade, Grand Parade)
£7 per child (Mon-Fri 3.00-6.00)

Includes one game of bowling, kids meal and a drink.

Weekend Activities:

Family Fun (Skegness Children's Centre, Brunswick Drive)

FREE! (Fortnightly (contact for details) 10.00-11.30)

 Aimed at children 0-5, but siblings up to the age of 8 are welcome. Themed activities such as messy play, gardening and cooking. Brunch ingredients will be provided and prepared by the families attending.

Weekend Family Fun (Wainfleet Children's Centre, Magdalen School, Magdalen Road, Wainfleet)
FREE! (Fortnightly (contact for details) 10.00-11.30)

A variety of activities such as messy play, gardening and cooking. A mid-morning snack is included

Messy Church (St Matthews Church, Lumley Avenue, Skegness)
FREE! 2nd Saturday of the month (4pm-6pm)

Messy Church (The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness)
FREE! 3rd Saturday of the month (10.30-12.30)

Free craft activities, free meal and celebration time.

Skegness Cinema Lunchtime Deal (Tower Cinema, Lumley Road, Skegness)
£4 tickets for all lunchtime screenings (Terms apply, please check before), box office only, not bookable in advance or for use during a films first week.

Family Fun Splash (Skegness Pool, Grand Parade)
0-2 years FREE 3 & 4 years £1.40 5+ and adults £4.35 per person Fridays 5-6pm Saturday and Sundays 3-4pm

Do you know of more family fun weekend activities? Drop me an email at oneluckymummy2013@gmail.com

Tips For Ordering Your Decorating Materials Online

We all like to keep our homes looking as nice as possible. But, it is expensive to do so. The average British household spends £3,048 on sprucing up their home, every year. That is a lot of money. More than double what most of us spend on heating our homes and keep the lights on.  So, anything you can do to reduce your decorating and home furnishings bills is going to make a considerable difference to your life. One of the easiest ways to start reducing them is shopping online. There are lots of potential advantages to shopping this way, but, you do need to do things a bit differently. Here are a few tips to help you to find the best DIY deals online.


Budget Meal Plan #44

Wow, how fast did the last week go! The first day back to school came and went so quickly and now here we are back to meal planning and grocery shop day! Back to the weekend (yey!) How did your back to school week go? I managed to stick to the meal plan most days apart from actual back to school day, I cleaned so hard that day that I rewarded myself with a takeaway! We shouldn't have had one really as the money could have gone to other things but hey, we all enjoyed it, me and Dean actually sat and tried to remember when we last had take out and we genuinely can not remember!