Friday, August 31, 2018

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 1st September 2018

Many of our frugal tasks revolve around our kitchen.  Food waste is a big problem around the world with people buying too much food and throwing too much out.  If I see food in our bin,  I see dollar signs.  Simple things like freezing leftovers  or saving bread crusts for other uses could save a household $20 - $30 a week.

Here's how we saved money this week -

*  Gratefully received some beetroot from my Dad's garden.

*  Hand washed the dinner dishes most nights instead of using the dishwasher.

*  Made a large lasagne for dinner one night.  I portioned it up into 12 pieces and froze the rest for future meals. We love lasagne but it can be time consuming to make.  By portioning it out and freezing,  I don't have to make another one for 3 or 4 months.

*  Started collecting eggs from our chickens.  One or two have started laying again after moulting and the weather being too cold to lay.

*  Reused a couple of snaplock bags for different purposes.  I try not to use them too often,  but after each use they are washed,  dried inside out then stored again for the next time.

*  Gratefully received bread bags to reuse / recycle many times over before they are put in the Redcycle bin at Coles.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.  We've enjoyed a yummy breakfast each morning of toast with homemade lemon butter.

*  Jessica gratefully received a bag of clothes from a friend.

*  Gratefully received quite a few muffins leftover from Jessica's work.

*  Made pita bread pizzas on Sunday night instead of giving in to the takeaway urge.  Usually we make our own pizza bases with this recipe but we'd been out all day and the pita bread makes a quick yet tasty base.

*  Dried some washing on the line,  some on clothes horses over the ducted heating vent and a few things went into the dryer.

*  Took up a pair of jeans and adjusted the neckline of a new top.

*  Fed bread crusts, old fruit and weeds to the chickens to vary their diet.  We also let them free range around our backyard for a few hours ( until the silverbeet became a snack for one of them ).

*  Refilled the foaming hand wash pumps with diluted shower gel.  Refilled all the Miracle Spray bottles around our home.

Refilling the spray bottles with Miracle Spray

We are getting a white egg every day or so.

The feathered girls.

How did you save money this week ?

Are you trying to reduce the food waste in your home ?

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