Surviving the Summer Without Breaking the Bank
It happens every year, for 11 long months you work away quietly, taking the odd break here and there to maintain your sanity, in the hope that it’ll all pay off in the end, and it almost always does.
December finally rolls around, and you indulge. You buy gifts, spoil yourself and your friends, take a trip, and generally embrace the spirit of the festive season. But, in the back of your mind you know it’s coming, marching along slowly with nothing in its way to stop it; January. And along with it the cost of all those good times.
We’ve put together a survival guide of sorts to help see you through to the end of the month without emptying your savings account.
One of the biggest expenses that we all have to carry is transport. From home to work, to the shops, to school, and wherever else it’s unavoidable. But there is a way to cut down; make fewer trips.
The easiest ways to do that is to do all your shopping in one spot. Better yet, do all your shopping, exercise, and self-care in place – The Point Mall! Between the first two floors, you’ll find all your shopping needs satisfied, from groceries to electronics, and everything in between.
Head to the third floor for your wellness kick, where you’ll find fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy and several other options to choose from.
Now that you’re where you need to be, shop smart. The outlets at The Point want to help you as much as we do, you need to look in the right places.
Checkers is running a range of promotions over the season including excellent back to school specials that have kept over 100 products at 2018’s prices, and their weekend savings which give you R20 back for every R200 you spend – they’re putting money back into your pocket! Dischem is running supplement specials and a cosmetics sale until the middle of the month, and Sportsmans Warehouse is running their biggest sale of the year.
Surviving January doesn’t have to be all that hard, you’ve just got to be smart, plan, and keep an eye open for those amazing deals!
Until next time,
The Point Team
Winter meals that won’t break the bank
We’re sure you’ll agree, there is nothing better than a moreish, home-cooked meal on a cold winters evening. From the delicious smells wafting into the lounge to the satisfying feeling in your tummy after the last bite has been swallowed.
Everything about it is satisfying and wonderful; everything but the aftermath left in the kitchen and the piles of dirty dishes that need cleaning, that is!
Luckily there are a few restaurants along the Atlantic Seaboard that cater for those of us who wish to forego the cleaning up process with the added bonus of not breaking the bank!
The Bungalow, Clifton
Best known for its spectacular views and fresh ocean breeze, this hotspot has a warm fireplace and great cuisine on offer in winter. The menu is bountiful with seafood, lamb chops and seasonal vegetables, they even have artisan ice-creams for the sweet tooth.
When: May until August 2017
Price: Two-course meal R200; Three-course R240
La Belle Bistro and Bakery, Camps Bay
Enjoy the views of the Atlantic Ocean and a lovely dinner at La Belle Bistro and Bakery. The menu includes Cape Malay mussels, roast potato soup, roast chicken, grilled sirloin, mushroom parcels and a sticky banana bread pudding, pear and chocolate crumble and a chocolate tart for dessert.
When: May to August 2017
Price: Two-course meal R 190; Three-course meal R230
Paranga, Camps Bay
Paranga’s ground floor location puts it on eye-level with the beach, so whether you choose to feel the sea spray on your face or prefer the cosy intimacy of the interior, you can be assured of an eyeful of ocean blue. Their winter menu includes dishes such as mussels, sweet corn veloute, roast chicken, butternut risotto, oxtail, chocolate tart and tiramisu.
When: Winter special available until 31 August 2017
Price: R250 for two courses, R300 for three courses
Pepenero, Mouille Point
Pepenero has uninterrupted views of the Atlantic and a versatile Italianesque menu. Relax on the expansive deck or in a private booth and tuck into their winter set menu. Dishes include soup, line fish, chicken saltimbocca, veal, pannacotta ice cream, zabaglione and meringue.
When: Winter special available until 31 August 2017
Price: Set menu R180 for two courses, R220 for three courses
Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Waterfront
Perfectly positioned at the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean with Robben Island visible to the north and the iconic Table Mountain standing proud to the south, Tobago is no doubt one of the Mother City’s finest seaside restaurant locations.
When: Winter special available until 29 September 2017.
Price: Set Menu Two-course: R285 (includes complimentary glass of Protea by Anthonij Rupert wine) | Set Menu Three-course: R345 (includes complimentary glass of Protea by Anthonij Rupert wine)
HOME MADE MEMORIES
For those of you who don’t mind doing the dishes or have become experts at delegating this horrid task to other members of your family, we have compiled a list of great winter recipes that are sure to become firm family favourites of yours.
Muffin-topped winter beef stew by Lesley Walters has all the right components. With hearty beef and veg topped with a beautiful crust.
Slow Roasted pork with citrus and garlic is made to pull-apart perfection. Add creamy mashed potatoes and greens or a bed of root veg and your meal is done.
Lemon-garlic chicken with spinach will have your mouth watering, roasted potatoes and peas make the perfect accompaniment for this dish.
Spiced Apple Crumble, we love the addition of hot cross buns. Serve with cream, ice-cream or just as is!
Malva pudding is a classic in every home, served with homemade custard or ice cream, its sweet sticky cake texture will be a winner this winter.
Melkkos is South African comfort food at its best. Directly translated to ‘Milk food’, it’s a soothing, warming combination that tastes like you’re eating the filling of the best milk tart you’ve ever taste.
Whether you choose to stay in or go out, we hope you stay warm and eat well.
Black Friday at The Point Mall
Black Friday at The Point Mall. Tomorrow 25 November – A day of massive savings and discounts awaits you!
Here is what you can expect:
Checkers – up to 50% off selected items such as 4 x 2L Coca Cola’s for R44 and Laborie Merlot x 6 for only R200, plus so many more (limited deals per customer)
Pick ‘n Pay Clothing – 25% off selected items in-store
Sorbet – 10% off ALL your favourite Skin Care, Hair Care, Nail Care, Bath and Body Products! Included brands: ALL Sorbet products, Environ, Dermalogica, Gelish, Morgan Taylor, Redken (Dry Bar and Sorbet Man Stores Only), MorrocanOil (Dry Bar and Sorbet Man Stores Only), Pureology (At Select Dry Bar Stores), Tangle Teezer, Parlux (Dry Bar Stores Only), Invisi Bobble, Inoar (Dry Bar Stores Only)
Dis-chem – discounts on selected items and OPEN FROM 7am – 8pm on Black Friday
Sportsman’s Warehouse – a further 30% off on already marked-down items and best of all, their Black Friday specials will be extended for the whole weekend.
Banks Kitchen Boutique – massive savings on a selection of kitchenware
Be sure to make your way to the mall as early as possible as sale items are going to fly!