Monday, 18 January 2010

January Sales

A lot of people complain that London is an expensive place to live. Of course they are right – the rent I pay for a one bed flat could pay for a mortgage on a three be house in some parts of the country and if I find a pub that charges less than £3 for a pint I get a bit excited. But there are bargains to be had if you know where to look. Even the occasional freebie.
Take this last week, if you will. On Thursday, I went to a free workshop at a Traid charity shop. I took along an old t-shirt and was shown how to customise it into something a bit more funky. Not only did I get a new top out of it, but I got to spend an evening with a group of people who also enjoyed making stuff and learnt a bit about a worthwhile cause at the same time. Not to mention a handful of inspiration for the pile of clothes hiding under my bed that I don’t wear.
On Friday I went to Hampstead to see a play. For free. It wasn’t a play I would have seen otherwise but it was certainly entertaining. Even my boyfriend enjoyed it, despite the occasional interjection of dancing and cross dressing. Okay, so we had dinner beforehand, but with a bit of forward planning I could have got us half price pizza too with a voucher I was emailed by Pizza Express.
It didn’t stop there. In the post last week I received a free trial voucher for Love Film. I decided to give it a go. I have no intention of continuing our subscription once the free trial runs out, but watched a DVD for free on Saturday night and look forward to another one once I’ve returned it in the post. All gratis.
I’m hoping to introduce my boyfriend to the work of Tennessee Williams in the coming weeks. The main carrot I am using it that one of the actors was the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars. The other is that I can get half price tickets for West End shows over the next couple of weeks – another email offer. £15 for seats in the stalls of a West End production? Okay, not free, but surely that competes with the offerings the rest of the country has to offer?
Let’s put it this way. I certainly intend to take full advantage of any offers out there.

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