The best budget buys for an outdoor celebration for two as Covid restrictions ease

WITH kids back at school, an end to lockdown is in sight.

We can leave home to meet a friend or family member outside of our household, sit on a bench, have a coffee or a picnic.

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That is reason enough for an outdoor celebration for two, if you ask me.

Here is how to do it on a budget . . . 

CHAIR WE GO: Take your own easy-to-carry chair to the park for your sit down. has got pop-up chairs for £19.99 but Argos has some brilliant options for just £10.

SAVING: £9.99

BLANKET BUY: If you want a classic picnic, Dunelm has some lovely throws that can double up as picnic blankets.

I am a big fan of the Harlow check throw which is currently just £8, down from £16.


TOP TABLE: If you want to make things even more civilised, stay socially distanced at a folding table.

I have seen great options on Amazon for just £17.95, down from £21.99. They can be packed away in a jiffy and are easily portable.

SAVING: £4.04

ONE TO HAMPER AFTER: There are plenty of cool picnic bags out there you can’t beat a classic wicker hamper.

I have seen picnic baskets that come with all the cutlery you need for a perfect set-up.

Check out eBay, where I spotted a four-person hamper for £29.99. It includes plates, glasses, cutlery and even a spare blanket.

Similar options can set you back £74.99 at


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Deal of the day

A BAG of Sensations lime and coriander chutney poppadoms are £1 at Sainsbury’s. Usually £2.

SAVE: £1

Cheap treat

A TASTY new treat has hit the shelves. A sharing bag of Cadbury Picnic Bites is just £1 at Tesco.

What’s new

APPARENTLY, today isNational Meatball Day, and Frankie & Benny’s restaurants have a meal deal of two spaghetti meatballs, garlic bread and drinks for £19.99 (worth £32) to click and collect.

And they throw in a voucher to get the Sopranos docufilm for £6, instead of £12.


Top swap

MUMS will love the Sleepyhead Deluxe Plus for babies, £130.

But you can save a ton AND get your tot off to sleep with the very similar white Snuggle Nest from Clevamama, just £29.99 at Aldi.

SAVE: £100.01

Giselle’s little helper

CLUBCARD holders could be in for a bright surprise at Tesco.

The supermarket is giving away free daffodils to a million shoppers using a Clubcard, selected at random.

If you get lucky, you will find the offer on the Clubcard app, under the “offers and coupons” section.

Claim the flowers by Sunday.

Shop and save

IMPULSE Very Pink body spray is now just 85p, down from £1.99, at Superdrug – the cheapest I’ve seen it.

SAVE: £1.14

Hot right now

TANQUERAY has launched a new Blackcurrant Royale flavoured gin.

Available now for £25 on Amazon.

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