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.

On the fitness front, get more for less at select studios. Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning offer a week’s free classes as does Living Life Pilates.

Yemaya Spa & Hair has a range of specials to choose from and let’s not forget about Bootlegger’s coffee loyalty app, get one free coffee for every ten you buy.

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

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Cape Town summers are defined by a few key components: overcrowded beaches and granadilla lollies, bumper-to-bumper traffic and zero city parking, a flood of tourists and overpriced cocktails, and of course the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts! The annual string of live music performances by local and international acts always creates enormous excitement and this year is no different.

 

 

Before we even get into the music, let’s appreciate the setting, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Over 5 square kilometres of impeccably maintained lush gardens set at the foot of Table Mountain, there could hardly be a better outdoor concert venue! The sloped lawn that looks down on the concert stage is the perfect place to indulge in a picnic or simply sprawl out in the sun, and when the sun sets it only gets more magical. Watching a concert at the Gardens is not something you’ll soon forget!

 

With over 20 international and local acts, the 2018/19 line-up is as strong as ever. It includes UK rock band, James, Euro-Caribbean sensation Boney M, and a plethora of local legends like Mango Groove, Jeremy Loops, Fokofpolisiekar, The Parlotones, Goldfish, and plenty more. As always, the Kirstenbosch Carols are performed over several days and are an absolute treat for the whole family.

 

The series kicks-off on 18 November with Tresor and Majozi, and concludes on 31 March 2019 with Goodluck and Easy Freak. During that time there’s a concert every Sunday and a few performances on alternate days, notably James on Saturday 24 November, Jeremy Loops and Crimson House on Monday 31 December for the NYE show, and recently announced Bonobo on Tuesday 8 February 2019.

 

Tickets for all shows are available on Webtickets and range from R150 – R190 for the majority of performances, however, expect to pay up to R565 for international acts like James, Boney M, and Bonobo. The full list is below:

DATE ARTIST COST
18 November 2018 Tresor/Majozi R150pp–R190pp
25 November 2018 Mango Groove R150pp–R190pp
2 December 2018 Lady Zamar / Black Motion R150pp–R190pp
9 December 2018 Mi Casa R150pp–R190pp
13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018 Kirstenbosch Carols Prices to be confirmed
23 December 2018 Boney M. featuring Liz Mitchell R290pp–R350pp
30 December 2018 Lira R150pp–R190pp
31 December 2018 NYE: Jeremy Loops / Crimson House R415pp
6 January 2019 Goldfish R170pp–R220pp
13 January 2019 The Parlotones R170pp–R220pp
20 January 2019 Freshlyground R150pp–R190pp
27 January 2019 Mafikizolo R150pp–R190pp
3 February 2019 The Soil R150pp–R190pp
8 February 2019 Bonobo R565pp
10 February 2019 Fokofpolisiekar R150pp–R190pp
17 February 2019 Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival R150pp–R190pp
24 February 2019 The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra R150pp–R190pp
3 March 2019 Amanda Black / Sun El Musician R150pp–R190pp
10 March 2019 Matthew Mole R150pp–R190pp
17 March 2019 Spoegwolf / Jan Blohm R150pp–R190pp
24 March 2019 Shortstraw / Bam Bam Brown R150pp–R190pp
31 March 2019 Goodluck / Easy Freak R150pp–R190pp

 

Till next time,

The Point Team x

 

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