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Bought The First UK Groupon!

March 21st, 2016 at 04:14 am

52 Week challenge opening balance: $2,719.42
Plus Weekly Deposit to EF: $71.02
Plus Balance Transfer Payment: $60.60
52 Week challenge closing balance: $2,851.04

This month because of the flights instead of making the usual monthly balance transfer payment I paid as much as possible to the credit card and divided the $303 by 5, which brought me to $60.60 per week. Much easier to do and that way I could bring down the balance of the flights put on the card instead when I got paid. So last night I transferred it over, week 1.

I joined Groupon UK and after consulting my UK friend bought my first UK Groupon voucher! It is a meal for 4 people in their hometown (they can bring someone for the fourth person) for a 2 course Indian meal for £38, which came to $75.56 AUD. We had a quiet weekend so was able to easily get the voucher. It works out to $18.89pp, which is about the price of a main meal in Oz, so am happy with that deal.

Have had loads of fun researching various places but it has become so apparent just how expensive it is over there. Luckily our friend is also into vouchers so she's looking into accommodation deals.

When going overseas I've only really been to second world countries so it's been really easy to just wing it in terms of food and things to do. When everything costs either the same or less you don't feel like you need to plan everything, you know you can go there and sort things out when you arrive.

But travelling to a place which is more expensive than where you're from is different. So very grateful for all of your tips, don't know where I'd be otherwise. My friend's dad went to the UK years ago and came back with a $5000 credit card bill! So determined to not let that happen.

We're going to spend a couple of days in London seeing the sights: go on the London Eye, I want to see the Tower Bridge and the Crown Jewels and go on a double decker bus and I saw a deal to go to an Ice Bar and have a couple of cocktails, thought that would be nice.

I also want to have a traditional English afternoon tea and other English foods. My friend wants to take me to either Cornwall or Wales. All so very exciting Smile

9 Responses to “Bought The First UK Groupon! ”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, a $5000 credit card bill! ouch! I can see why you are checking things out.

  2. Carol Says:

    We had a wonderful tea one time in a church garden, put on by the church ladies, probably as a fund raiser. Delicious and, thinking back,probably a very good value.

  3. scottish girl Says:

    Wow a 5k bill!!
    I've never been to Wales but my auntie lives in Cornwall. I love it there. It's definitely a place for tourists

  4. snafu Says:

    Suggest you check with your bank and CC grantor to understand fees, exchange rates etc. Is it better to use ATM or will fees negate the deal on exchange rates for example. In working out costs, include VAT. Will you go to HighClaire got it down to backpack in place of handbag and carry-on but fear they may ask to weigh!

  5. Kiki Says:

    I used group on when I went to Vancouver a few years ago. It was helpful to save money but still do things I was interested in.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Rob - I have no idea of how he was spending, he may have been living it up. With the prices I'm seeing I think I'll shop around for good deals just in case.
    SG - Cornwall looks pretty, wouldn't mind going there Smile
    Snafu - some people have recommended to me a travel card which you can load money on and withdraw at international ATMs so will look into that. My credit card is generally not too bad with international fees, have used it in a few different countries and the fees were minimal. My luggage I'm not sure about. My plane ticket allows me two bags with a maximum of 23 kg per bag, but usually when I've flown with qantas it's 23 kg in total not per bag? Flying with a Chinese airline. My suitcase is small and usually weighs in at 13 kg so I think I might buy a second suitcase the same size so I can put toiletries, shoes and a few lightweight extra things in.
    Kiki - I'm loving browsing at all the different ideas for food and activities available, it's so helpful and I like the idea of cash flowing a lot of things before going.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Have you looked at TimeOut London? They often have deals for afternoon tea. My students have taken visiting family to several and always had a nice time.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    And there are plenty of lovely cheap things to do. London can be expensive but it certainly doesn't have to be. I suggest lots of park time when the weather is good. You can easily spend a beautiful cheap day in pricey Hampstead. Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath is free, see the gorgeous views from Parliament Hill, grab an ice cream in the park and have a nice dinner in a pub garden. Feel free to message me. I think I'm a cheap London expert. The after hours time in the museums are great. Stroll along the Thames. http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/cheap-london

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks MEC.. I think it all depends on how long we stay in London- my friend is booking the accommodation because she knows of cheaper alternatives.. It looks like we will be there for 2 days, 3 maximum.. So she's found a 24hr hop on hop off bus tour which will mean we can see all the main sights in one day, but certainly doing your free/ low cost items on the other day sounds like a good plan Smile

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