Throughout the summer we have been popping in the 99p shop every week, and have spent a small fortune (let's not go into details, in case the paterfamilias discovers this post).
I love a bargain, and finding something really useful for 99p gives me a thrill of a hunter.
A few weeks ago 99p has challenged the bloggers to spend a tenner at their store and blog about it.
My favourite section is the gardening one. I always find something new to buy for our garden.
This summer I set myself a goal to save our red currants from the birds, who are more ruthless than the hordes of Tamerlaine, not only they pick the red currants' berries, they manage to break the branches and leave a trace of destruction.
For the last couple of years I only used the netting, and the birds laughed at me hysterically, they basically had a feast despite the netting over the red and black currants.
Building a walk-in cage is out of question. But I had a cunning plan (like Baldrick from Blackadder), and wrapped a fleece around the netting.
Thus my red currants were safe. That's 99p well spent (actually there are 2 fleeces over the red currant bush, so that would be £1.98). We had a real bounty this year, and I made lots of jars of red currant jelly and also put several boxes of berries in the freezer.
Gardening gloves and wire garden edging - more useful finds for our favourite hobby.
Eddie picked a lovely little bucket to play in his sandpit, and oh boy, didn't he spend hours this summer, digging and playing in the sand?!
Digging and building the sand castles is all fab for a sunny day. But what would you do on a typical English summer day, when it's raining? Well, what about a good old film or two with popcorn for the full monty?
Eddie has picked a couple of DVDs: "The wonderful world of nursery rhymes" starring Lynda Bellingham and "The happy birthday DVD" narrated by the same lovely lady. We would watch it together and sing along to the favourite nursery rhymes. Eddie has been very sympathetic to the hero of "How many days to my birthday?", as he is exactly like Danny. He started asking when his next birthday was as soon as his 3rd birthday was over back in July.
What are the other treats that we found in the shop? Eddie is very partial to Hartley's jelly, and it typically retails at 45p+, while in 99p shop we get 3 little tubs for less than a pound. And occasionally, when we are lucky to find them, we treat ourselves to Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs. And we often stash on Kitkats and Randoms (Sasha's favourites) there too.
And as a tea lover and a collector of tins, I was delighted to find this fab little Twinings tin (with tea inside).
Disclosure: I received £10 worth of 99p store vouchers to spend as we like, alas, I might have shown the Russian currency in the local store, they had no idea how to process them, so the vouchers haven't been used for the purposes of this post.