Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A day out on a budget - the £3.50 challenge!


I've been living in the city centre since I first moved to Nottingham seven years ago. I love the fact that it's just a five minute walk from shops and pubs and we never have to pay for taxis home at the end of a night out. But despite the convenience of city living I'm starting to think more about owning a house, one with a real fireplace, wooden floors and a garden!


For this reason Tom and I are trying to cut back on unnecessary expense, and on Sunday we decided to head into town with just the money Tom had in his pocket - £3.50 to be precise! What can you do with such a small amount of money? We decided to find out!


At first we popped into a couple of shops to see if anything good could be found for a pound. The pound shop proved rather fruitless - there were some fun outdoor games for sale but the grey rainy weather put us off this option (I did spy My Girl for £1 but as Tom pointed out I already had it...).


We then headed to a few charity shops, and I spotted this brilliant board game, Race Around Britain. However it would have severely cut into our budget, so I had to sadly leave it behind. Sniff. (Tempted to pop back this weekend to see if it's still there!)

 

Next we headed to the Lace Market to see what fun could be had. Unfortunately our usual source of free art Nottingham Contemporary was closed as it's in between exhibitions. So we headed instead to the Galleries of Justice, a museum dedicated to the history of crime.




There is a permanent free display inside with lots of artifacts related to the history of crime - a personal highlight was the cabinet of swallowed objects! There's also a Robin Hood room where you can dress like a Medieval Knight/Maiden and put yourself in the stocks. COST = £0 




After this we took a trip to the Bowling Alley, where we were tempted to try the Hurricane Simulator (£2) but instead opted for a frantic game of air hockey. I sadly lost. COST = £1


We wandered round the beautiful Lace Market, through St Mary's Churchyard and then popped into a Chinese supermarket, where we picked up a couple of fortune cookies. COST = 40p. Finally we headed to Hockley for a pot of tea. Lee Rosy's was slightly too pricy for our budget but we managed to get a (real leaf) tea for two at Broadway cinema. COST = £2


We then had chance to open our fortune cookies - Tom's seemed apt!


... and mine was encouraging! 


We then discovered a 'photobooth' style screen on the outside of the Broadway which was fun to play around with! COST = £0


TOTAL SPENT = £3.40 This left us with the princely sum of 10p left. Try as we might, we couldn't find a place to spend just 10 pence. Even Space Raiders cost 30p these days! We headed home and decided to keep our last coin for a rainy day. We had a fun day of exploring the city, although keeping within our budget was tricky. I'd love to know how others would get on with a similar budget, why not have a go too and let me know how you get on!

12 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed with all you managed to do with just £3.50! I'm sure older folk would be very pleased to see some young whipper snappers using their ingenuity to make their own fun. Bravo! I feel quite inspired to try something similar in Brixton...

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  2. p.s. even Freddos are 20p now! Shocking.

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    1. Haha i know! Actually we did find a 'marshmallow fluff' bar in Wilkos for 10p but it wasn't very veggie friendly so we left it! Yes I wonder how you'd get on in London. Be interesting to compare north vs midlands vs south... x

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  3. Great idea! Wonder if there's anywhere in Aberdeen where tea only costs £1...?

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  4. This is such an ace idea! I had so much fun wandering Nottingham's streets with you on Saturday, I didn't know half of those shops existed, but it's also nice to find things to do in a city which don't involve spending money.

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    1. Yeah it's so fun discovering new places! I want to go back to that magazine shop..

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  5. What a great day. Very impressed with the things that you were actually able to buy for that much. You kind of feel you can barely get anything for a £1 these days.

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  6. This is such a fun plan, I think we like cake too much for it to work where I am tho... ;)

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    1. Hehe true. That reminds me I must make some Easter cakes soon! I have the mini eggs waiting..

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  7. I love that you guys did this! Food is always my downfall, so i imagine as long as i took a packed lunch I could make a day of £3.50. The other option is to go on a walk into the countryside where there are no places to spend dollaa, just trees to admire. Great post! x

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  8. What a great idea! I found your blog through BEDM and had to leave a little comment to say hello *waves* and also - I used to have that game! It was pretty awesome, so you should totally go back and get it!!
    Looking forward to reading your BEDM posts!!
    Anna x

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    1. Hello - ooh I might have to see if that game's still in the shop then (although my games cupboard's already overflowing haha!) Thanks for saying hi x

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