Money seems tighter and tighter than ever these days and at the same time everything is getting more and more expensive.
MoneySupermarket challenged me to come with a great big night in for £50. I love a good night in, I am increasingly anti a night out – crowded noisy public transport, crowded noisy bars (why do people want to spend £3 for a pint or glass of indifferent wine and stand to drink it in a space where you cannot hear?), it all seems rather overwhelming and an assault on my senses. I really would rather ask a few good friends over and play games, watch silly DVDs and chat.
We love board games – but with the average price of a game from a toy shop being about £20 the costs can add up. I picked up Sorry (a classic from my childhood), Tri-ominos and Upwords for about £15 in total from charity shops and eBay. We’ll play these three again and again so the cost per play is ever decreasing!
Central London cinema tickets now cost £11.05 which is eye wateringly expensive, even with an Orange phone on a Wednesday. So now we buy lots of our DVDs from e-bay and Amazon. If you are prepared to wait a few months you can find most films on Amazon for about 20p or less with £1.26 postage. Once you have watched them you can sell them on, if you can be bothered, it is far far cheaper than renting – video killed the radio star then Amazon killed the DVD rental shop it would seem. The four nostalgic and fun DVDs below came in at around £12.
The games, pizza and DVD night is something we do on a regular basis, the fact we repeat it must mean it is a great night in.
For big night in last night, we had a couple of friends round and asked them to bring their favourites, sorted out some finger food (it’s not a dinner party – we don’t want to be distracted from the serious business of the evening), some wine and prepared for the fray. It’s a bit like playing Countdown – I’m get crushed at the word games, so I’m in favour of things like Sorry and Triominos; the aim is to make sure that over the course of the evening everybody gets a chance to shine. Not that I am not terribly competitive, but I won at Sorry so cannot really complain.
The great thing about evenings like this is that games loving friends will frequently have their own favourites that you haven’t come across before. For instance, last night we were introduced to Crossword, by MB Games. It’s a variation on the Boggle random letter word forming game, and is similarly taxing for those of us whose internal word database lookup functionality is slow.
Of course we did not get round to watching any of the videos so have those for another evening, and are greatly looking forward to our next big night in!
Games – E-Bay and Charity Shops – £12
DVDs – Amazon secondhand – £12
Wine – 2 at £6 each on offer from Tesco – £12
Food – Ingredients for homemade dips, pizza and a tub of ice cream – £14
This is a sponsored post for Money Supermarket who funded my big night in.