So finally, finally, we’ve taken the plunge and got a new car. The Mondeo was costing us an absolute fortune in petrol, and Sam was jumping up and down making ‘I want to learn to drive’ type noises. We settled on a Polo, which is a good compromise between big, safe car-loving me and small-engine-because-of-the-insurance-needing him. Suddenly, the DVLA Theory Test book has resurfaced, and the provisional licence has been applied for. Next it will be driving lessons and, hopefully, test success. Then, of course, it will be horrendous insurance and sleepless nights and bitten nails waiting for him to come home.
All this talk of cars and petrol came at about the same time that we learned about the new Morrisons fuel saver scheme. It’s quite a clever way of saving on your fuel bills. Basically, as far as I understand it, you can buy gift cards at Morrison’s (I was thinking that I’d buy them for Christmas pressies – there’s loads of shops in the scheme, like Topshop, Boots, Monsoon, PC World and Curry’s, plus there are restaurants like Café Rouge and Bella Italia… there’s even National Book Tokens), then you get to give the cards as pressies (or use them yourself) and you get the points off your petrol. I like Morrisons anyway – their commitment to using only British meat and poultry has long impressed me – so I’d happily take a longer detour to pop in and get these vouchers. And think about it – you get 1p a litre off for every £10 you spend. So if you spend, say, £200 on cards, for presents or whatever, that’s 20p a litre off your next fill up. Not to be sniffed at. I also thought it was a good way to spread out your Christmas shopping – every time you shop, buy a couple of cards, and you’re not only getting set for Chrimbo, but you’re saving on fuel. Bargainous.
Anyhoo, here’s a video showing you how it works. It’s a permanent scheme, so like puppies and kittens, it’s not just for Christmas. You’re welcome.