Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Pinching Pennies

Phew! What a busy week I'm having! It seems all the homework tasks, extra reading and essay exams have all come along at once. I'm still finding time to stitch for an hour or two in the evenings, but I haven't got much progress to show this time.
What I have come to show you is a couple of bargains I found last week. I went into my favourite shop in Winchester only a couple of days after I returned to Uni. It's a three storey building that houses all manner of wonderful things from fabric to curtains to mirrors to candles and it even has a cafe. I wandered in and was delighted to find they still had their sale on.
Look at this beauty of a cushion! For only £4 ($2.57), I couldn't resist. My love of tea and teapots is growing by the day :)

Next I wandered up to the haberdashery and fabric floor and continued my luck with the bargains. I got two 1 metre lengths of fabric for only £7! ($4.50) I hardly ever buy full metres, normally I get halfs because they're more affordable. These are two prints that I think can be used in lots of designs, I had to have them. Plus I picked up a sheet of letter stickers for scrapbooking for only £1 - a definite bargain.

My housemates have pointed out that I'm quite good at sniffing out a bargain. But when you're learning to manage on a small income, I think it's worth checking for cheaper prices so you can treat yourself to more important things. Like dinner out at Prezzos coming up this weekend :)
I hope you're all having a wonderful week. I'm mailing out the first Birthday Stitch Surprise (BSS) parcel soon - can't wait!

PS The pork and cider casserole was a big success, Lawrie asked when was I making it again! The only thing is I forgot to take a picture - would people still be interested in seeing the recipe in a post anyway? Thanks!


Lesleyanne said...

Great bargains.

Catherine said...

Ooooohhhhh.....I love bargain shopping!!
I'd love to see your recipe!

Sarah said...

Great bargins . . being a crafty student on a budget really does make you good at that! I was at a french market this week where they had cotton prints for 1 euro a meter. . I didn't have time to stop this week but I think I'll have to go back!! I'd love to see your recipe, photo or no photo :)

Take care,

Peggy Lee said...

You are a smart young lady Bekca. It is always good to search out a good deal and save your pennies.
I would love to see the recipe for your pork and cider casserole.

Mouse said...

oooo you're a girl after my own heart ..lol bargain hunter ... and just love that cushion ;) and oooooo can't wait for my BSS :) love mouse xxxx

lesli said...

Bekca, you are definitely a great bargain shopper! The pillow/cushion is adorable and those fabrics are beautiful....can't wait to see what you decide to do with them!

Astrid's dragon said...

What a great feeling - bargain shopping! Good for you.

Yes, to the recipe - sounds wonderful even without a pic.

Carol said...

I love a good bargain, too, Bekca--that way there is always more money for cross stitch stash, right?!

Yes, your recipe sounds like something my husband would love--please post it :)

Lynn said...

I think I need to take you on my shopping trips, lol! You seem to have a knack for finding great bargains. Well done with your new finds!

I would definitely love to see the recipe for your casserole. I'm always looking for new recipes. I get tired of the same old, same old.

Teresa said...

You found some wonderful bargains.
Glad your pork turned out good, would love to see the recipe.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Elisa said...

OOOO don't you just love bargains, I am a bargain hunter, I love the charity shops and sales....ans as you say it leaves extra pennies for those other treats. Enjoy your weekend xx