No Spend Weekend Challenge with Scottish Friendly

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October is a great time to reel in the spending and save money in readiness for Christmas, which we all know is an expensive time of year. Personally, we also have all of our birthdays over the next 4 months so we always need to be extra careful with our cash.

No Spend Weekend Challenge

Last weekend Scottish Friendly tasked us with having a No Spend Weekend. Scottish Friendly is a UK financial mutual. Its mantra is to make investments more accessible to everyone.

No Spend Weekend ChallengeThey wanted to know if we could have a weekend of fun without spending a penny and how this compares to a normal weekend. We are very lucky here in Devon, as there are so many great free places to visit. Both indoor and outdoor which we didn’t have when we lived in the South East.

I thought it was worth pointing out that I still had to buy fuel for the car. There isn’t anywhere near to where we live so we always have to drive somewhere.

Here’s what we got up to…



Day One of Our No-Spend Weekend

Luckily on day one of our No Spend Weekend the weather wasn’t too bad. We decided to head up onto Dartmoor for some fresh air.

We went to Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village, a free English Heritage site with the remains of a 13th century stone settlement.

Watch our Video: Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village

Hound Tor Dartmoor

Whilst we were up there the weather turned so we made a dash back to the car to eat our picnic. Gotta love a picnic with a view.

Picnic on Dartmoor

After lunch, we headed over to Dartmeet to go to Pixieland. It’s free to visit and a great place to get some fun photos of the kids. The dog could also tag along which is great for us.

As a bonus, the owners had created a free kids trail with a free prize at the end. That really made the kids day, especially when one of the gnomes was ‘moving’ around (the owner was moving it).

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Pixieland Dartmoor Devon

Pixieland Dartmoor Devon


We ended our day back at home watching a movie together.

Day Two of Our No Spend Weekend

For day two of our No Spend Weekend we headed over to the House of Marbles. It’s a unique free attraction with free parking.

They have mechanical marble runs, moving animals, a glass blowing gallery, wobbly mirrors and a great outdoor games garden complete with a play park. If you are visiting Devon soon add it to your ‘must visit’ list!

Related Post: House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey Devon

House of Marbles Games Garden


Outdoor marble run

When we were all ‘marbled out’ we made our way over to the local park to let off some steam and have our picnic.

Bovey Tracey play park

After lunch, we visited The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. It’s an exhibition space for craft and design and is free to enter. They host regular exhibitions throughout the year.

We hadn’t been before but I knew it was free and child-friendly so we thought we’d check it out. They had 2 different exhibitions on when we visited. The kiddies loved the Dead on Arrival exhibition which was weird mythical creatures.

As an added bonus they had a free crafting corner (donations welcome). Lowenna made her own mythical creature to add to the Cabinet of Curious Creatures.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen Devon

Cabinets of Curious Creatures

Pincky the Pig

We rounded off the day with a roast at home and a family film.

How Did We Do?

So how did our no spend weekend compare to our normal weekends? Well, we didn’t spend any money for one, apart from the fuel which unfortunately is unavoidable for us.

On a typical weekend, we normally eat out at least once, which as you know isn’t cheap these days. One meal for the four of us can easily cost £40 so we definitely made a saving there with the 2 picnics.

This weekend made me aware of where we went. Is it free to get in and does it have free parking? The kiddies actually really enjoyed taking part. When I had to stop at the shop to get some carrots for supper the boy piped up “but Mummy we are on a No Spend Weekend!” Obviously, we didn’t go without food during the weekend.

Have you ever had a no spend weekend? I’d love to know what you got up to?

Gina Caro

This post is a collaborative post with Scottish Friendly

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