Friday, January 24, 2020

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 25th January 2020

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My frugal list is not very long this week.  I was out at cleaning jobs 4 days this week.  I pulled a few weeds out of the garden every time it stopped raining. One day I pottered around tidying things,  decluttering and sorting out our 2 abandoned bedrooms and generally getting ready for when our family moves back in.  I spent all day last Saturday with some of my closest friends doing what I love the most - drinking tea,  eating, talking and making a few cards.

Here's what else I got up to

*  Recycled some birthday cards given to me by a friend.  I cut them down to size,  matted and mounted them onto new blank cards.  Added a bit of bling where needed and they look great.  I also made gift tags from card making  scraps.

*  Found packs of 2 lamb shanks at 49% off bringing them down to about $7.50 a kilo.  There were 4 packs on the shelf so I bought the lot.  They have been frozen and will be rationed out over the next 12  months for special occasions instead of going out for dinner.

*  Menu planned for the next 2 weeks.  I'm concentrating on using what we already have in the freezer instead of buying more.  We need room in the freezer for tomatoes and beans that are growing in the garden.

*  Sold 2 dozen eggs to a friend

*  Picked lettuce and zucchini from the garden.

*  Refilled the shampoo and conditioner bottles by turning almost empty bottles upside down.  I also diluted the conditioner by 1/3

*  It was my turn to host the card making day last Saturday.  For morning tea I made a double batch of scones and served them with homemade peacharine / peach  jam.  The leftover scones were frozen and Darren and I have enjoyed a few during the week with a cuppa.

*  Picked a few raspberries every couple of days.  I'm working towards my next jam making session.

*  Made a large jar of dried seasoned bread crumbs from scratch.  I used the ends of loaves of bread,  whizzed,  dried and seasoned them.

*  Received a $20 store credit for the Good Guys.  I put this towards a George Foreman Grill for a  Christmas present which also happened to be on sale.  Normal price was $39 down to $29.  I only paid $9.  Bonus.  The store credits come every 3 months or so as part of a extended warranty scheme.
*  Cooked all meals from scratch.  At the moment it's just Darren and I at home.  We still cook for 4 - 6 people as that's what most recipes are.  We freeze all the leftovers into single serves.  This eliminates waste and I only have to cook a few times a week.

Unfortunately we didn't get much sunshine this week.  This is the reason why the photos are a bit dull.


Finished this card I started a couple of years ago

Megan's birthday Card - a new design

Recycled card

Recycled card.

Homemade - just divine.


How have you saved money this week ?

Do you cook extra quantities and freeze the leftovers ?

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