Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Special offers on great little breaks

It's nice to treat yourself once in a while especially if you can do so without breaking the bank.

Great Little Breaks website have fantastic deals often for 1 or 2 night breaks with loads of extras thrown in free.

I have just booked a 1 night stay in Liverpool in a 4 star Georgian Mansion for £79.  The accommodation is worth £85 then included is a champagne afternoon tea for 2, late checkout worth £30, full English breakfast for 2 (normally £14.95pp) and use of leisure facilities.  £100 worth of extras and yes the total cost for 2 is just £79.

You can select your break by deals, type of break (romantic, heritage etc), or location.

Needless to say I double dipped and found that Great Little Breaks were on Top Cash Back offering me a further 5.25% as cash back.

There's more - book 3 breaks with them and they will give you £30 off your next break.

Why not check this out and indulge yourself ?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Getting the best deal at the cheaper "chain" restaurants in Britain

It seems that the "everyday" type of chain restaurants are booming in Britain and more and more are being opened.

If you are looking for a good deal on food then it is worth bringing up the websites and searching for a branch near where you want to eat. 

Wetherspoons is a good start with special deals on many days (they often including drinks).  We particularly like their curry nights.  Most of them are in beautifully renovated old buildings. At the moment you can fill in a pub survey after a meal and get a free coffee next visit.

Yates are very similar and if you sign up on line you often get vouchers.   

We recently ate at Brewers and before we visited checked out vouchers on line and found one to get up to 6 people a free ice cream sundae.  If you sign up to the Brewsters Fayre bonus club you also get points and money towards future meals.  A regular deal is 2 main meals for £10 and 2 desserts for £2

Probably a little more expensive Harvester are a similar style and if you do their pub survey you can get a free bottle of wine with your next regular priced evening meal.  Unlimited salad bar with any main meal. 

We particularly like the "Golden Years" menu's at Eating Inn .  A regular menu deal is 2 meals for £9.99 and on their website you can often find vouchers for free ice cream under the offers section. 

Toby Carvery (think they used to be Toby Grill) have made a bit of a comeback.  Sign up for a newsletter to get free ice creams.

Another chain that do carvery style as well as a regular menu is Crown Carveries with 15% discount voucher through the website. In the week the carvery can be priced as low as £3.99

The Great British Carvery is another good chain with Diamond Club membership discounts for the over 50's.

Finally Fayre Square have all sorts of offers, 2 meals for £10, Curry & Drink £5.99 and more.  Join their Email club for £5 discount voucher. 

Whichever chain you try it is always worth doing an online search for current voucher codes and discounts and also signing up for either their newsletter or joining their club.  

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Keeping track of things when someone has a long term medical condition.

Steve was taken ill in Spain in December 2011.  I quickly realised I needed to keep a record of his treatment etc to pass on to the Doctors when he was well enough to return and continue treatment in England.

I managed to come up with a system that seems to work rather well using an A5 spiral note book with 4 separate sections.

Inside the front cover I have written Steve's National Health and Hospital Numbers

In the section called TREATMENT I note the date of hospital / Doctors visits, the person we have seen and the treatment or advice given.  I also make a note of any future appointments given so I can transfer them to my phone and diary later.  Within this section I note the date and details of any side effects or other relevant things that happen between treatments.

The QUESTIONS section is pretty much self explanatory, whenever we come up with a question we  jot it down here and often write the answer there to refer back to.  At the back of this section I set up my own mini dictionary with the English/Spanish translations of medical phrases etc.

MEDICATION takes up a large section.  Each time the medication is changed I note it here.  If there is a lot of medication I use a whole page and start with the date at the top and then list it all by the times of day, type of medication and dosage due (I even do a total of how many tablets there should be each time).  When only a small amount of medication is needed I rule across a page and just date each section.

PHONE NUMBERS - At the front of this section I have all the phone contact numbers of family and friends that Steve may need whilst in hospital.  At the back there are all the hospital, clinic and Doctors numbers that we might need.  

Without a doubt this book has been an invaluable point of reference and I would highly recommend something like it to all patients at the onset of cancer or other long term illness.