Taking our families to popular attractions can cost a bomb which a fair few of us can’t afford to do without having to sacrifice necessities.  I have been on a personal quest to find things to do with the children without having to splash the cash. Here a few ideas which are just as fun and with a little preparation, some imagination and in this current heat perspiration.  There are many adventures to be had that don’t break the bank and you can still create the fun memories with your family.

Local Walks

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As simple as it may sound going for a nice walk is brilliant not only are you getting out the house your lightly exercising too.  It’s also a great way to get the kids off the technology and find new places to explore.

The thing to do 😀

  • Write them a list of item to find on your walk and let them keep them occupied.
  • a picnic /snack if you wanted too.
  • Blackberry picking. give them a wash when you get home yummy treat to eat or if you’re really fancy make into jam tarts mmmm.
  • If you take paper and crayon you can do tree rubbing.
  • You could even get the collect free art materials for a rainy day.
  • feed the birds stale bread waste want not.


The library

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Now this one is great if you just need some quiet time and you can borrow some books to read which is free as long as you return on time.  There’s usually a family area too so you can read the kiddies a book and sometimes there are groups on for the kids too. The library is also a great place to find out about local events.



Community farms

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Some areas have community farms really lovely places to go with lots of friendly faces. a great place to take a picnic on a dry day too. Sometimes there are fun days make sure to check their Facebook page or notice board when you visit.

to do 😀

  • You could make a checklist for the kids to document what you have all seen maybe some pictures to for the memory book.
  • At some farms, you can feed the animals with animal feed usually around 50p (if you can spare it).


Free events 

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This one takes probably the most effort as you, ll have to look for and be open to trying new things.

where to look

  • Local children centres usually have a list of playgroups and local events they know all.
  • Local magazines I get a random one through my door called on the doorstep which has lots of local info.
  • Community or youth centres often run free events and classes.
  • Facebook search the event section you never know what treats you’ll find.
  • Google is also a great tool literally just write something like ‘free events near me with your postcode’.

Thanks for reading ❤ hope I’ve helped me xx



I’ll be adding budget packed ideas soon to make adventure days even easier  😀 I’ll be getting creative as my dear daughter will be going to full-time school in September and I need to make them nutritious and fun. x


July freebies

Hi all these are my fab freebies, samples and product tests see my recent blog post how to sign up to trusted freebie sites and which ones to use will be sharing some to my Facebook page @mummyandmex2 I’ve just shared glamour beauty club into there take a look 🙂

This really summery yellow top came in the post not sure where from but thank you very soft and comfy.

Some lovely tops for Emily from Tesco home panel she loves them 🙂 thank you Tesco perfect for this lovely weather we’ve been having .

A lovely child’s farm bath set to review from parent squad.

A kind bar from kind

Some fishermen’s friend from Free4you

2 beers arrived from marstons

A scruff a love from TryIt sampling

A nice perfume sample from Lancôme Idole le parfum definatly needed with this heat lol.

Some skin care samples from Shiseido Facebook page take a look

Not sure where from but some benenox overnight recharge perfect hopefully help with my sleep problems 🙂

Some lovely hair style transformer hopefully tame my wild 80s hair hehe

Very lucky with the freebies and product tests this months what was your favourite freebie x

June product tests and freebies <3

Hi all-new kind of post for me this month I’ve kept track of my freebies and product test I will link any still available at the end of the month. To find out where I get my product test check out my product testing post linked below.if youd like me to make more posts like these comment below ❤

I had an alarm clock to product test from Mum Product Testers Club handy because mean i can turn my phone off at night and get a better night sleep.

A lovely fathers day card from thoughtful thanks to the vodaphone Reward app.

Glamour beauty club has kindly sent me a suqqu liquid eyebrow pencil to test in khaki nice fun change for the summer xI’ve also had some amazing treats from TryIt sampling community currently closed for new member but I’ll add to my

A glass from Carling tapp app (see apps for comping here )

  1. A coupon for a free box of tea taking the pledge to share a cuppa x

7. A tin of Dulex trade eggshell white paint to sample expired now but will pop a link up on my fb page if it works again soon.

8. I received a box of lidor chocolates from try it sampling sorry no pick Liam scoff them his fave hehe.

9. Another treat from TryIt sampling a Rommel radiance brick bronzer now for some sun so I can glow hehe.

10. A yummy pack of peanut butter kitkats also from TryIt sampling.

11. 3 iPhone charging wires to review from a company on Instagram very handy mine keep breaking x

12. A rice pot sample from prep co

13. A fairy nature garden for Emily to review also from TryIt sampling will do full blog post on this as it’s lots of fun.

14. Essie nail varnish set from TryIt sampling.

Finally another treat from TryIt sampling will post when the panel is open to my social pages 🙂 some rose shower gel lovely and much needed in this heat.

I’ve been so lucky this month so grateful every little helps 🙂 I’ll start sharing some freebies to my Facebook and twitter pages so you can get them too thanks for reading what’s your fave freebie of the month x

Why and how i enter and win competitions and how you can too !

Hiya all as most of you know im a very enthusiastic COMPER I think it’s literally the best hobby in the world so rewarding and you get the ULTIMATE FREEBIES.  I started comping a couple of years ago just after Christmas in February I recall we were already skint and my daughters birthday was looming too, a very stressful time I must admit. It started as getting free samples online they usually come in the post a short while after you sign up , then I stumbled across an article I think on the daily mirror site about a lady called di who enters and win thousands of pounds worth of prizes including a car and lots of holidays to amazing places she has a brilliant comping blog and lots of unboxings on youtube . I literally thought to myself wowzers I wonder if I could win too and after a while, I did my first prize was a ten-pound b&q voucher and a tape measure from can on Facebook proved to me can win. It was like winning on a scratchcard that feeling you get and now I’m hooked. I have been so lucky able to share my prizes with my family and friends.

Some of the prizes we won last year 😀 I am very fortunate. One year I managed to win  all the presents which were crazy and my son has been the cheapest baby I’m telling you I’ve been so lucky won his pram, his cot bedding, clothes, breastfeeding pillow, bottles, toiletries  and I’ve won so many nappies the boy has grown out of them even tho I had given away 12 bags some to food bank some to friends even had some left I’ve been so lucky . The possibilities are endless I’ve seen people post about so many once in a lifetime prizes holiday’s to watch the world cup, cruise’s lots of Disney Florida trip us next hopefully, you name it they’ve probably won it there’s even a new trend of  winning a house competitions you buy raffle tickets to win …. its amazing .

Mind-blowing isn’t it with just an internet connection, device phone/tablet or computer some spare time you can win amazing things on the internet that are both useful and can be life-changing. I also find it a great way to channel my anxiety occupies the mind. It’s quite exciting you never know when you’re gonna win or what it will be. If you’d like to give it a go I’ve listed how and where I enter below everyone has their own style of comping this is just what I do. Would people be interested in monthly comping updates to let me know ill add a new comping section if I can figure it out hehe ❤

How I enter a competition

Competition database  

Very easy to use just sign up and you’re on your way to winning wooo. This website is great as it lists everything from types of comps as well as being able to search for something you want. It’s a great site as all the comps are listed in one place and if you press enter here takes you directly there and tells you what to do to enter, then go back marked as entered then onto the next one Hehe. I tend to enter the ending today ones as I don’t like waiting too long to win haha. I mostly do web entry and Instagram when the kids are in bed and I’ve got the soaps on a split screen with the comps aha multitasking at its best. A separate email account for comping is a good idea but don’t put the wording comper/competition in the email address I don’t think it matters but it may hinder your chances of winning.

Some purchase comps

I like the ones where you can reuse the same codes or barcodes and enter daily with it.

Others you enter you may need to keep the receipt and can only enter once always read the terms and conditions which are on the packaging but if your still not sure check the website.


Social media

My preference is Instagram as its quick and easy in my opinion you. Facebook is ok but them pesky sods like to unlike pages and block you from posting if you share too many I’ve been banned a few times. Twitter is nice and easy as well usually as easy as a follow like and retweet I like to add a picture and relevant comment where I can I feel it helps, there’s literally an abundance of competitions to enter.

Comping friends 

I am also very lucky to have some AMAZING comping friend which I have met online who tag me in so much I am very grateful I love hearing about all your wins and talking competitions with you all and as for your unboxing videos I love them the 😀 best way to stay motivated. Thank you to you all.

Lastly before I write a you all a long novel just me gushing about competition wins and my comping friends I will say don’t try to enter them all I honestly think that impossible there are just too many you’ll end up COMPIE (comping zombie), never give your bank details out and only enter to win the thing you want or need then you’ll be able to use your comping time more efficiently (learnt that the hard way lol). Just have fun and enjoy it is free after all anything you win is a bonus. 2018 has been my best comping year yet just gets better and better I’m beyond grateful.

Good Luck and happy comping if you win anything please post below id love to know if I actually help people, also if you’re a camper how did you start comping I’m nosey hehe I may in the future do a monthly win post if people would like me too. thanks for reading and happy comping  ❤


The Journey Begins


Hi, lovelies it’s very nice to meet you. I’m Jade mum of two from Bristol.  I am always hoping for a bargain as money is tight as it is for many of us. Sadly it’s not uncommon even in 2018 for families are struggling we have to make do even with constant price rises. Stress is at all time high many people relying on food banks people with and without jobs are suffering. I hate IT!

I’m no expert in any way just one mum making memories on a very small income. I’d love to share money-saving tips and other fun bits with you might be daft but we all need that little bit fun to keep us from being sat worrying about stuff out of our control (i should practice what I preach). Anything from crafts, cheap/free days out, to bargain fashion and beauty ideas may be a few fails along the way just little things that won’t break the bank and will save our sanity.


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With a little effort, there’s lots of fun to be had and we can all feel less sad. As the saying goes the best things in life are free  (or cheap ), wanna find out with me  😀

Jade xoxo