Friday, August 2, 2019

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 2rd August 2019

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We've had an interesting week in the Gower house with lots of comings and goings.  At times it feels like Grand Central Station.    Jessica had a car accident on Tuesday and I needed to take her to hospital for xrays and to be checked over.  She's ok but is sore all over and has a bruised nose and a burn under her chin from the airbag.

On Monday we had an extended family member move in with us to get their life back on track.  We will be helping them with a budget and teaching them life skills.

We've had Luka stay with us a couple of times and he continues to bring great joy into our lives.  He's a happy little man unless he's hungry.  We hear lots of baby talk / gurgling from the loungeroom as he discovers his toes and the activity mat.

Here's what else we've been up to -

*  Made up two bottles of diluted Dynamo laundry liquid.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Mended a top where the seam had come apart

*  Bought 5 x $2 tshirts for Darren from a clearance rack at Kmart.  We cleared the rack of Darren's size.

*  Megan picked up lots of sneakers in different sizes for Luka at $4 a pair from Kmart.  Their original price was $20 a pair.. She'll be putting them away for future needs.  Megan also picked up a few items of clothing for herself at heavily reduced prices.

*  We had two unexpected visitors stay for dinner one night when we were finishing up the last of a pot of chunky chicken and veggie soup.  I added enough water to make it stretch for the visitors.  I find that homemade soup with soup mix in it really thickens up when refrigerated.

*  Used the clothes horses over the ducted heating vents to dry our clothes.

*  Picked rosemary from the garden to dry.  I've placed it in a paper bag for protection from dust and hung it from a nail at the top of a bookcase.  It should be ready to use in a few weeks.  I've run out of rosemary completely and I'm determined to use what I have in the garden instead of buying more.

*  Made potato cakes from leftover potato mash from dinner the night before.  Jessica and I enjoyed the potato cakes for lunch the next day.

*  Gratefully received two Summer dresses from Jessica when she was cleaning out her wardrobe.

*  Tried out a new biscuit recipe.  I doubled the ingredients and tweaked the recipe to make it my own.  I've baked some of the biscuits and froze the rest of the dough.

Rosemary from the garden

Potato cakes from leftover mash

 A new recipe for biscuits

How did you save money this week ?


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