13 August 2013

My 99p Summer

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Keeping children occupied during the holidays is a hard task. It has become even worse for us though because I assumed that we would try to get out and about everyday, keeping the boys playing and looking at things so that they weren't bored. But that didn't happen. 

Thomas came home from his last day at nursery with Chicken Pox, yes Chicken Pox! The one virus that parents dread and the thing that has stopped us from going anywhere for the past 2 weeks. We couldn't go anywhere. Not to mention the horrible and itchy pain Thomas was in from the spots, but also the fact that they are highly  contagious meant that we have had to stay in and make our own fun. 

Perfect timing then for us to get involved with The 99p Store who were looking for people to write about how they could keep children occupied with £10 worth of stuff from their stores. So off I toddled, down to The 99p Store. What should I buy? It has to be things that can keep the children busy, but also can be used whilst in the vicinity of our home and gardens. 

Well this is our haul. I thought that in this warm weather that we are getting, the best way to keep children cool and also to keep Thomas' spots soothed, is to get water guns and spray bottles. Not only can these be used to have fun around the garden playing water fights but also can be used on the children to cool them down and we use them to shoot the flowers to keep them watered. 

I also chose a little bubble machine. This is shaped like a fish and when the trigger is pulled, it flashes and blows bubbles. It's amazing how much a few bubbles can keep children occupied. 

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Then, the prankster side of me bought water bombs. 300 of them for only 99p! I couldn't resist. You see, my parents only live 3 doors down from us, in the summer my brother sits in the garden with his friends sunbathing and chatting about rubbish. This is the best time to fire a mass of water bombs at them to keep them cool obviously. 

After the toys, I thought the best things to check out would be snacks. We go through a lot of snacks, whether from sitting in the garden or taking them to the parks with us, it's great to have snacks in your picnic basket. I found all the things that Thomas loved, cheesy crackers, popcorn but with a chocolaty twist and jelly beans, perfect to munch on when we wanted a snack. 

Some of the jelly beans were wasted though. We buried them in the garden to try and make a beanstalk. Unfortunately, we don't have one in our garden yet but Thomas keeps watering them as you never know. 

We also bought a pack of juices. It's important to stay hydrated in this hot weather and so I thought that these would be a great idea. 

Not bad to get all this haul with only £10 to spend at The 99p Store. 

- I was sent a £10 voucher to take part in this challenge and all thoughts and experiences are my own honest opinions

20 comments:

  1. Just goes to show you dont need to spend loads to occupy your children

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  2. I think those 99p or £1 shops are great!!! We have a few where we are and I am always in there buying bits and pieces for the kids - I often find mine play more with cheaper smaller toys than the more expensive ones!

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  3. I took the kids into the 99p store the other day and we bought a load of water pistols and they absolutely loved them!

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  4. Pound shops are great for somethings, though others are expensive

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  5. I love the 99p shops.....you don't tend to mind if a water gun only lasts one summer if it only cost 99p

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  6. some great ideas - any suggestions welcome to save money over the summer holidays :-)

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  7. 99p stores are great for kids stuff and party bag fillers too

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  8. great selection; looks like you will have a lot of fun

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  9. Mine love water balloons and water pistols - even the nearly 16 year old! Sounds like you had great fun :)

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  10. i think it is a great idea to buy cheaper toys more to play with and less chance of getting bored :)

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  11. some good buys, they look to have some great items in store

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  12. Looks like good value for money, could be hours of fun

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  13. I love our local 99p store I always find some great bits in there
    http://joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  14. Wow, thank you Yorkshire Mum...some great ideas here.

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  15. It's amazing how much fun you can have for so little money.

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  16. So much fun,so little money!Great!

    @LaaMoii

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  17. Some really fab ideas here - thanks for sharing :)

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  18. I love the £1 shop in our town,you can buy some fantastic little bits in there :),lovely article

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  19. I recently visited Blackpool and went in their 99p store and was really surprised at how much you can get for 99p! and some things were even 2 or 3 for 99p. Also agree about the waterbombs, 300 = bargain

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