With next years penny pinching, frugal minded, cost cutting living in mind I recently re-read this book. In it Kath lives for a year on just one pound a day ... as the title suggests ... she does it to save for a wedding present for her brother, we however, are cutting costs back to the bone to try and pay off our small mortgage taken out after paying off our main mortgage and still secured on this house.
One of the things she does ... apart from yellow stickered shopping and gathering in freebies ... is to look for events offering an evening or day out, where drinks or free food are available and a fun time can be had for absolutely nothing.
So when this invite popped into my emails instead of doing what I would normally do and simply deleting it, because we won't be ordering any Christmas food from Bodnant I made a note of the date and we went.
We really did get a warm welcome, the fizz was delicious and the mince pies equally so. We had a pleasant mooch about the shop sipping on our fizz, oohhd and ahhd over delicious gift ideas, picked up the offered food order form and left feeling very festive.
Also on the email was this offer for the next evening.
So we paid our donation to a very deserving charity and had another pleasant evening, this time sampling wines and ports. I think we more than got our moneys worth and learnt a little bit more about some of our favourite wines in the process.
During the day we had also called back up to Bodnant to try and have a word with the technical Aga people about something Alan wanted to check out to do with the power of the Aga and our solar energy system.
There were even freebies on offer here ... I was offered a slice of ginger cake but on enquiring it had butter and eggs in it, so I said thank you but no thanks as I'm a vegan, 'ooh said the lady would you like some chips instead then .... they are really tasty they're cooked in goose fat'
Haha, she saw the funny side almost as soon as the words had left her lips.
Our next 'evening out' is to the showrooms of the people who supplied the windows for the workshop. We don't need any windows at the moment .... but Mulled Wine, a mince pie and some Christmas carols will go down very nicely thank you :-)
We're treating it all as good practice for next year, if celebrities can turn up to the 'opening of an envelope' to get their faces in the magazines we can turn up for free drinks and food and an interesting couple of hours out.
Have you ever done something similar?