Saturday, 25 March 2017

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 25th March 2017

Here are our frugal tasks for the week -

*  Gratefully received a few capsicums from my friend Maureen and two large tubs of margarine from Joy ( of Miracle Spray fame ).

*  Gratefully received some pears from a friend at church.  .

*  Dried the most of the washing on the line.  We did have a few days of humid weather when the washing wouldn't dry. I had to dry 2 1/2 loads of washing in the drier because they were starting to smell.

*  Picked lots of raspberries and a few strawberries.

*  Made a batch of scones.  Some went to church for morning tea and the rest went into the freezer for treats at home.

*  Darren picked lots of tomatoes from our dying bushes.  He put them under the pergola to ripen for a couple of days.  I've cooked them up over a four days and portioned them into tins sizes ( 410 grams ) and frozen into takeaway containers.  When they are frozen I popped them out of the container and double wrapped them.  This saves some room in the freezer. I've cooked a grand total of 19 tin's worth so I'll be crossing tinned tomatoes off the shopping list for a few months.

*  Megan and I gave each other haircuts saving about $30.

*  Saved the shower warm up water and washing machine water.

*  Made up two bottles of diluted Dynamo laundry liquid.

*  Reused freezer bags for wrapping the frozen tomatoes.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Cooked all meals from scratch.

*  Fed the compost bins with kitchen scraps.  Fed the chooks a few weeds,  some grass and kitchen scraps.

*  Finally received a cheque of reimbursement  for the food we lost in our freezer melt down.  I'm now waiting for a great meat sale so I can start restocking.

* Sold one dozen eggs.

*  Stayed home as much as possible to save on petrol.  It's just too dear at the moment and taking a long time to drop in price.  When I do go out I've been combining errands.

My Nicer Dicer got a work out this week.

Lots of tomatoes ripening.

Megan cooked dinner one night.

Chicken tortillas for dinner

From the garden

Church morning tea

On Wednesday I did a grocery top up.  To view the dockets and food please click on this link.

    What did you do this week to save time,  money and energy ?        

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Surviving A Kitchen Renovation Part 2

Renovations of any sort can be tiring and stressful.  As you will remember, we had our kitchen and flooring replaced last year.  We had a crazy three weeks last August and I'm so glad I took the time to plan ahead.  Here's what I did to keep some organisation during a time of chaos -

Decluttering ahead of time.  When it's time to pack up your kitchen ( before it gets ripped out ),  do a major declutter / throw out.  Have a look at what you are storing in your cupboards and drawers.  Are you using everything ?  Do you want these items in your new kitchen ?  Do you like the colors / style ?  Is it broken / chipped ?  Do you have too many of the same thing ? 

There is absolutely no point in packing up items you just know you'll throw out later.  Set aside a couple of boxes and fill them up to donate to your local op shop.  When it's time to restock your new kitchen,  have another declutter.  You might find that things don't fit in or look right.

Having a budget for takeaway.  Even the most organised person will need takeaway during a renovation.  I can remember one day when our house was in total chaos.  Our carpet was being replaced at the same time our kitchen was having the kickboards and end panels installed.  Darren,  Jessica and myself were confined to a couple of metres in the family room.  Darren was perched on a kitchen stool.  I was balancing on a couch arm rest with Jessica sitting on the floor at my feet.   We couldn't access any other part of our home for three hours.  Darren had to make an escape through the sliding door to get Subway for lunch.

A couple of other times we'd had such busy days packing up and cleaning.  My hands were so sore from all the hard work that I couldn't pick up a knife to prepare a meal.  Fish and chips came to the rescue one night and a bought roast chicken for the other night.  Our girls prepared a little salad to go with each meal.

Cleaning as you go.  Yes the house will get really messy and dusty.  I tried to clean up the dust and bits and pieces off the floor at the end of each day just before dinner.  Jessica and I suffer from allergies so regular cleaning was important.  By doing this each day it kept the cleaning job to a manageable timeframe.  I'm a neat freak,  so knowing  parts of the house were clean helped me relax somewhat.  I used our old vacuum cleaner to keep the floors reasonable.  There was no way my brand new Dyson was coming out of the box until the renos were completed.

Preparing the house for renovations.  A renovation doesn't just happen.  It takes months of planning.  I used this time to declutter other rooms in our home.  The week before our renos started  I filled the toilet roll holders,  cleaned the bathrooms from top to bottom,  refilled all the Miracle Spray bottles,  paid the bills and got the finances and filing up to date.  These tasks might seem a bit odd to do just before a reno but when your house has been turned upside down,  you don't want to be searching for toilet rolls or a misplaced bill.

Here's the link to part one of surviving a kitchen renovation

I hope these ideas will come in handy when you are planning a renovation.

The finished product

Can you see the arm of the couch on the right ?  That's where I perched for three hours with Jessica at my feet and all this mess around us.  Lots of fun - NOT !!!

Our makeshift kitchen

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Grocery Specials Starting Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Here are this week's best grocery specials -


*  Tresemmé Shampoo or Conditioner 750mL-900mLBETTER THAN 1/2 PRICE Was $10.50, Save $5.50  Now $5.00 each.  A great stockpile price

*   Cadbury Marvellous Creations Block 270g-300g1/2 PRICE Was $6.30, Save $3.15  Now $3.15 each.  Great for adding to a present

*  Edgell Corn Kernels 420g1/2 PRICE Was $1.77, Save $0.89  Now $0.88 each.  Stock up to make Winter soups

*  Continental Cup a Soup 40g-75g1/2 PRICE Was $2.00, Save $1.00  Now $1.00 each

*  Colgate Total Dental Floss Mint 100 Metres1/2 PRICE Was $8.00, Save $4.00  Now $4.00 each

*  NEW Lynx You Body Wash 400mL1/2 PRICE Was $6.25, Save $3.13  Now $3.12 each

*  30% OFF John Frieda Haircare

*  30% OFF Schwarzkopf Haircare

*  Morning Fresh Dishwashing Liquid 900mL1/2 PRICE Was $6.95, Save $3.48  Now $3.47 each

*  Duck Fresh Discs Toilet Cleaner 36mL1/2 PRICE Was $5.69, Save $2.85  Now $2.84 each.  If you use toilet fresheners then this is a great price.  Well worth stocking up.

*  1/2 PRICE Sistema Klip It & To Go

*  30% OFF Deeko

*  Lynx Antiperspirant 96g or Body Spray 100g1/2 PRICE Was $5.99, Save $3.00  Now $2.99 each

*  Pedigree Dog Food 1.2kg1/2 PRICE Was $3.70, Save $1.85  Now $1.85 each

*  Ferrero Rocher Chocolates 16 Pack 200g or Collection Gift Box 15 Pack 172g1/2 PRICE

Was $12.60, Save $6.30  Now $6.30 each.  Easter and Mother's Day is coming up.
*  Dynamo Laundry Liquid 1.8/2 Litre Now $8.00 each Better than 1/2 Price, Save $9.50
*  Cadbury Roses 450 g Now $7.75 each1/2 Price, Save $7.75
*  Arnott’s Salada 250g Now $2.00 each Save $1.00
*  Cheezels Box 110g Now $1.00 each1/2 Price, Save $1.00
*  Golden Circle Beetroot 450g or Corn 410g Now $0.82 each1/2 Price, Save $0.83
*  Sunrice Medium Grain Rice 10 kg Now $12.00 each1/2 Price, Save $12.00
*  20% off All Inspire Kitchen Tools
*  Filled Profiteroles Pk 8*  *Only available in stores with an in-store bakery. Now $2.50 each1/2 Price, Save $2.50.  Lovely for a treat.
*    Tip Top English Muffin Varieties Pk 6 Now $2.45 each1/2 Price, Save $2.45
*    Australian Carrots 1 kg Pack .$1.00 each REAL FOOD
*  Pine O Cleen Disinfectant 1.25 Litre Now $2.49 each1/2 Price, Save $2.50.  A stockpile worthy price.
*   20% off All Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner
*  Energizer Max AA Pk 16 .Now $9.75 each1/2 Price, Save $9.75
*  Rexona Deodorant Varieties 250mlNow $3.50 each1/2 Price, Save $3.50

Feel free to add any great specials you find.


Monday, 20 March 2017

My Menu Plan March 16 - April 15th 2017

After posting my shopping list for the month,  I've been asked to post the menu plan to go with it.

Here's what we'll be eating for the month -

Thur 16th -  Spag bol

Fri  17th -  Meat pie with steamed veg

Sat  18th  -  Mexican rice ( Megan made this )

Sun  19th  -  Chicken Burritos.  Burritos were given to us

Mon  20th  - Sausages,  mash and steamed veg

Tues  21st  -  Lamb chops,  mash and steamed veg

Wed  22nd  -  Freezer meals ( frozen leftovers )

Thur  23rd  -  Honey mustard chicken with rice

Fri  24th  -   Fish in foil with a green leafy salad

Sat  25th  -  Shepherds pie

Sun  26th  -  Pizza

Mon  27th  -  Lemon chicken drumsticks with rice and steamed veg

Tues  28th  -  Beef tacos.  The taco shells are store bought

Wed  29th  - Roast chicken pieces,  gravy,  mash and steamed veg

Thur  30th  -  Roast lamb,  roast veg and steamed veg

Fri  31st  -  Chunky chicken soup with toast or bread stick

Sat  1st  -  Tuna casserole with steamed veg

Sun  2nd  -  Freezer meals / toasted sandwiches

Mon  3rd  -  Sausage casserole with mash

Tues  4th  -  Chicken flan with salad

Wed  5th  -  Rissoles and salad

Thur  6th  -  Lasagne with steamed veg

Fri  7th  -  Fish in foil with salad

Sat  8th  -  Krispy fried chicken drumsticks with mash and steamed veg

Sun  9th  -  Get your own

Mon  10th  -  Chop suey with rice

Tues  11th  -  Slow cooked lamb with mash and steamed greens.

Wed  12th  -  Salmon patties with salad

Thur  13th  -  Fried rice

Fri  14th  -  Hamburgers with wedges.  The rolls are store bought and need using up.

Sat  15th  -  Tuna pasta bake with steamed greens.


*  I might swap meals around depending on the day and weather

*  All meals are made from scratch unless otherwise stated

*  Some of the meals have already been made and frozen

*  The roast chicken came from Coles on clearance.  Darren cut each chicken into 6 pieces.

*  The sides might be changed depending on what we are picking from the garden,  the weather or what needs using up.

*  Get your own is an easy meal night when everyone gets there own whatever.  This is the family's chance to cook for me ( my night off ).

*  We lost a freezer full of food almost two months ago.  Due to this,  our meat options are limited.

*  This menu is based around the girls being at work and Uni or not always being at home   Wednesday and Fridays are diet days for one family member so calories are limited for them.  They will have a healthier option of the same meal.

*  All the meals are based on what I've bought on my monthly shopping day,  our stockpile,  our garden and weekly top ups of milk,  fruit and veg.

Roast dinner

Fish in foil

Meat pie

Honey mustard chicken

Leafy salad

Saturday, 18 March 2017

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 18th March 2017

WOW  !!!  My week just disappears before my eyes.  We were away for two days,  I worked two days,  I did the monthly grocery shopping plus all the usual housework.  I did manage a few moments in the garden planting,  pulling weeds and picking produce.  Here's what else I got up to this week -

*  Made a double batch of cranberry hootycreek biscuit dough.  Some of the dough was baked, the rest was frozen for future biscuit baking.

*  Saved lots of shower warm up water and used it to water the pot plants. I saved the washing machine water too.

*  Darren and I went away to Bendigo last weekend.  We took chicken and lettuce rolls form home for our lunch and packed lots of water bottles,  homemade biscuits and chocolate brownies.

*  Baked a double batch of chocolate brownies.  Some were taken to a church gathering,  some were frozen and some we took away with us.

*  Picked lots of raspberries,  tomatoes and a few strawberries from the garden.

*  Made yoghurt from scratch and froze four portions of starter yoghurt for later.

*  Made two batches of homemade laundry powder.

*  I picked up another regular cleaning job this week.  I'm so grateful that God provides just when I really needed the work.

*  Found a new small colander,  a cook book and a soap mould at Savers op shop.  I used a 15% off discount stamp to get them even cheaper.  The book will be a present.

*  Made a cleaning hamper for a belated house warming present.  I included homemade laundry powdersoapMiracle Spray,  microfiber cloths and the recipes.  In total it cost me $4 for the spray bottle and cloths.  The rest I already had on hand.

*  Petrol is very dear at the moment so I only put in $30 this week.  As soon as the price drops I'll fill up again.

*  Darren dug up a rouge raspberry plant and planted it in a pot.  If it survives we'll give it as a present.  The original two raspberry plants we bought in 2014 for $15 each have saved us a small fortune.  We've picked about 12 kilos of fruit over the years,  made jam and given lots of little plants as presents.

*  Gratefully received a few lemons,  a few black Russian tomatoes,  a handbag,  lace doilies,  and a  bottle of homemade tomato sauce from a couple of different friends.  We are very blessed indeed.

*  Kept the cooling off for a couple of days.

*  Planted silverbeet seeds,  potato eyes and lettuce seeds ( from a plant that went to seed ).

*  Fed the compost bin with kitchen scraps.

My op shop finds

Princess loves watching the chickens

Some of the girls

The mandarins are growing

Standard rose in bloom

In the garden

Gifted lemons

Did you have a frugal week ?

Friday, 17 March 2017

My Grocery Shopping List March 2017

Almost every week I have someone ask me what I buy to feed my family.  I've also had lots of requests for my shopping list  / dockets.  Yesterday was my monthly shopping day so I've taken photos of my dockets and the groceries I bought.

At the moment my monthly grocery budget is $180 for the four of us plus our cat.  Hopefully when our financial situation improves I'll be able to bump it back up to $270 a month. Please keep in mind that our girls are not always home for dinner.  Jessica is at Uni and Megan's current job has her working over dinner a couple of times a week.

As you know,  during Sept - Nov I stockpile heavy,  bulky and non perishable items to last all of Summer and the holiday season.   I still have some of these items left to use.

Here are the shopping dockets so far for the month.  I'll keep adding photos of my shopping dockets as the month goes by.  My month runs from 16th March until 15th April keeping it in line with our credit card statements ( not that the groceries go on credit ).

Yesterday I spent  -

Coles $38.50

Aldi $53.30

I've put away $20 into the meat fund for when I see something on sale.  I'm hoping to get reimbursed from the freezer manufacturer for the loss of meat and food from last month.

This leaves me with $68.20 for weekly milk,  fruit and veg top ups for the next four weeks.

Aldi shopping

Aldi docket
Coles shopping

Coles docket

If you are wondering where the rest of the food is,  please keep in mind that I have a food stockpile.  When I grocery shop I'm stocking up on what I used last month so that my stockpile never runs low or runs out.

Here are some other points -

Herbs,  spices and dried fruit etc -  I made a visit to Hindustan Imports last week and stocked up on the usual herbs,  spices and ingredients to add to my bread.  I spent about $70 from the food slush fund and this will last me for about 6 - 8 months ( some things even longer ).

Snacks -   You might be wondering when all the snacks are.  The flour and sugar I bought will make many baking treats. At the moment we have corn thins ( like rice cakes ),  Salada biscuits and pita chips as savoury snacks.  We also still have an assortment of treats and chocolate from Christmas.   If our girls want extra snacks they buy their own.

Fruit and veg -  We are picking strawberries,  tomatoes and raspberries in abundance at the moment.  On Wednesday I bought a big bag of mixed lettuce leaves that will feed us for four meals.  As soon as our lettuce in the garden grows big enough ( about three weeks ) I'll be crossing it off the list.  I already have cucumber,  carrots,  apples and grapes in the fridge leftover from last week.  In the freezer I have lots of broccoli ( bought on a super duper sale ),  corn kernels,  beans,  celery,  strawberries and raspberries.  In the pantry I have enough potatoes for a week..

Dairy - I bought milk and sour cream on Wednesday and cream last week.  I'm making yoghurt from scratch and we still have a few 1 kilo blocks of cheese in the fridge.  We also have a few small tubs of icecream in the freezer to use up.

Meat -  I have a truckload of chicken fillets ( $4.99 kg ) and drumsticks ( $1.99 kg ) bought on sale late last year.  A few weeks ago I bought 3 or 4 trays of chops ( $7.99 kg ).  I have five legs of lamb bought last Spring ( $7.49 kg ).  I bought fish about 1 month ago ( $5.99 kg I think ). I have a few portions of ham, a couple of meals of sausages and about 20 + portions of mince plus  ready made mince meals ( pie meat,  spag bol etc ).

I did loose a freezer full of meat and other food about 5 - 6 weeks ago.  Due to this loss I haven't got as much meat as I usually would have.

Breakfast -  Darren and I eat my homemade bread as toast every morning.  I only have my homemade jam on the toast.  Darren has jam or tomatoes on his toast.  Our girls occasionally cook a breakfast of pancakes or eggs from our chickens.  We always have quick oats in the pantry to make porridge.  There's always yoghurt,  fruit or cheese and dry biscuits to have.

Spreads -  We've cut down on spreads due to our girls finishing school.. I have a stockpile of Vegemite,  peanut butter,  homemade jam and some honey.

Sauces etc -  We don't use a lot of sauces but have all the usual ones on hand.  I still have a few bottles of salad dressings bought on sale last Summer.

Drinks -   We don't drink coffee,  soft drink,  cordial,  juice or alcohol  We drink milk,  tea,  hot chocolate ( homemade ) and lots of water.  I have enough teabags stockpiled for the next two years.

Toiletries -  A have almost a year's worth of toiletries stockpiled.  If there's a half price sale I stock up.  I still have a six month toilet paper stockpile.

Cleaning -  I don't buy much in the way of cleaning products.  I buy ingredients to make soap laundry powder and Miracle Spray.  Anything else needed is bought at a half price sale and used sparingly.

I'll try to post my shopping dockets each month so you get a better idea of what I buy.

Top up shopping day Wednesday 22nd March

This was paid for from the food slush fund.

The apples are to be used in jam making.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Great Smelling Clothes

I'm sure you've all heard of drawer liners.  You know,  those pretty fragranced papers that come in a box.  They are placed in the bottom of drawers to help your clothes smell nice.

I haven't found many drawer liners that I like.  They all seem to smell the same - musty and the scent doesn't last long either.

About a year ago I was opening some Dove soaps to use in both our bathrooms.  I love the smell of Dove soap,  especially the pink one.  After I put the soaps away I was looking at the empty boxes and trying to figure out if I could use them for something else. That's when I discovered the boxes have a beautiful fragrance too.

So I cut the Dove soap boxes until they lay flat.  Then I placed them between my jumpers and tshirts in the drawers.  A couple of days later I pulled an item of clothing out to put on and it smelled lovely.

The Dove soap boxes kept my clothes smelling lovely for about 4 - 5 months.  All for free.

So the next time you open a Dove soap box ( or any soap for that matter ),  pop it in your drawers.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Grocery Specials Starting Wednesday 15th March 2017

There's very little in the way of real food on sale this week.  The catalogues for full of chocolates for Easter and lots of rubbish / convenient foods.

Here are this week's best grocery specials -


*  Golden Circle Tetra Fruit Drink 1 Litre1/2 PRICE Excludes Pineapple, Tomato & Nectar.
Was $2.15, Save $1.08  Now $1.07 each
*  Arnott’s Salada Crispbread 250gWas $3.00, Save $1.00  Now $2.00 each
*  15% Off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes Gift Cards
*  MasterFoods Squeezy Sauce 500mL1/2 PRICEWas $2.85, Save $1.43  Now $1.42 each
*  Praise Salad Dressing 330mL or Mayonnaise 365g-410g1/2 PRICE Was $3.50, Save $1.75  Now $1.75 each.  Stock up now so you don't pay full price during Winter.
*  Tip Top English Muffins 6 Pack1/2 PRICE Was $4.90, Save $2.45 Now $2.45 each
*  ASC Basa Fillets Thawed1/2 PRICE From the Deli.Was $11.00, Save $5.50 kg Now $5.50 kg
*  30% OFF Huggies Wipes
*  Rexona Antiperspirant Deodorant 150mL1/2 PRICE Was $5.00, Save $2.50  Now $2.50 each
*  30% OFF Head & Shoulders
*  30% OFF John Frieda
*  Dynamo Laundry Liquid 2 Litre or Professional 1.8 Litre1/2 PRICE Was $17.50, Save $8.75  Now $8.75 each. 
*  Duracell Ultra AA Batteries 10 Pack or Ultra AAA Batteries 8 Pack1/2 PRICE Was $16.25, Save $8.13  Now $8.12 each
*  1/2 PRICE Selected Décor Match Ups & Microsafe
*  1/2 PRICE Sistema To Go
*  Spam Ham 340g1/2 PRICE Was $4.90, Save $2.45  Now $2.45 each.  Great for emergencies,  stockpiling and camping.
*  25% OFF Easter Confectionery
*  Vanish Gold Oxi Action or Crystal White 2 kg Now $9.99 each1/2 Price, Save $10.00
*  Nescafe Cafe Menu Coffee Sachets Pk 10 Now $3.29 each1/2 Price, Save $3.30.  Buy ahead for Mother's Day.
*  Arnott’s Shapes 160-190g or Savoy Crackers 180-225g Now $2.00 each Save $1.00
*   Nescafe Gold Blend 190-200g Now $9.00 each1/2 Price, Save $9.00
*  Old El Paso Mexican Premium Kits 275-370gNow $3.49 each1/2 Price, Save $3.50
*  25% off All Sharwood’s
*  1/2 Price All Bonds
*  40% off All Inspire Bathroom Manchester
*  1/2 Price All Dove Deodorant & Hair Care

Saturday, 11 March 2017

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 11th March 2017

Here are all the frugal things I completed this week -

*  Gratefully received a few lemons from a friend.  They will be used when we cook fish in foil.  We have a lemon tree but the lemons are still green.

*  Sold two dozen eggs.

*  Made a batch of gravy powder mix in readiness for the cool weather meals I hope to cook soon.

*  Made a batch of natural yoghurt.  Then made a batch of sweetened yoghurt form the natural one.

*  Made a batch of Miracle Spray to sell to a cleaning client.

*  Sold a batch of white choc and raspberry muffins.

*  Saved the shower warm up water to pour on our pot plants.  Emptied the family's water bottles on a few plants too.

*  Stocked up on choc bits on a half price sale.  I now have enough until they come on sale again leading up to Christmas.

*  Gratefully received a jar of rhubarb and strawberry jam from a friend.

*  Froze three single serves of leftovers.

*  The family had frozen leftovers for dinner one night.  A free meal.

*  Picked lots of raspberries,  tomatoes and strawberries from the garden.  Soon I'll be able to make tomato relish.

*  I gave my pantry a tidy up.  From the tidy up I started writing this month's grocery shopping list.  It
's always good to know what I have on hand before I shop.

*  Cooked all meals from scratch.

*  Dried the washing on the line.

*  Some nights when the girls were out,  Darren and I used the " no light ' rule when we watched tv.

*  Filled up my car with petrol at $1.15 per litre and topped up again on Friday at the same price.

From the garden

The raspberries keep coming

New cards in my Etsy shop

Homemade churros

Freezing celery for winter stews etc

    What was on your frugal list this week ?

Thursday, 9 March 2017


I just love a homemade scone.  Soft,  light and fluffy,  smothered in butter and homemade jam - mmmmmm.   Yes,  it has to be homemade jam for me.  I'm not one for cream on my scones but if it was offered  I'd eat it because I love scones.

I can't wrap my head around scone recipes that include lemonade.  Sorry but all that sugar and artificial rubbish included in soft drink has no place in the humble scone.  I'm all for eliminating artificial things from our diet,  not adding them for convenience.  I guess it helps that we don't have soft drink in our home except for special occasions ( and I don't drink it ).

There are recipes that include cream as an ingredient.  I generally don't have " spare " cream in the fridge just waiting to make scones.  The fat content is so much higher than milk and then you need to consider what you spread on your scones when eating.  Suddenly the humble scone should come with a health warning.  Ok,  maybe I'm going a bit over the top but I like traditional cooking and baking.

This recipe is for a basic scone with basic ingredients.

5 cups of self raising flour

2 tablespoons of icing sugar

75 grams of butter

1 3/4 cups of milk

3/4 cup of water

In a large bowl add the flour and icing sugar.  Combine well

Rub the butter in with your fingertips until well combined.  The mixture will have a slight crumbly texture.

Add the milk and almost all the water   Use a knife to combine the ingredients until it forms a dough.  Don't overwork the mixture.  If it looks a little dry then add small amounts of water until it becomes a sticky dough.

Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface and gently pat it out with the palm of your hand until it's approximately 3 cm thick.

Cut the dough with a floured round cookie / scone cutter in the size of your choice.  Cut as many as you can from the dough.

Very gently knead the dough scraps together and cut the rest of the scones out.

Place the scones side by side ( just touching ) in a greased lamington pan.  The pan should have sides approximately 5 cm high to allow the scones to rise straight up.

Brush the scones with a little extra milk.

Bake in a 220 degree Celsius oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden on top.  They should sound hollow when you tap them with your fingertips.

Makes about 24 scones.  Can be frozen then warmed up in the microwave.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Grocery Specials Starting Wednesday 8th March 2017

Here are this week's best grocery specials -


*  1/2 PRICE Olay Skincare

*  Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain 290g1/2 PRICE Was $4.60, Save $2.30  Now $2.30 each

*  Cadbury Large Block 270g-350g1/2 PRICE Was $6.30, Save $3.15 Now $3.15 each

*  Golden Circle Beetroot Slices 450g1/2 PRICE Was $1.80, Save $0.90  Now $0.90 each

*  Nestlé Choc Bits 200g1/2 PRICE Was $3.95, Save $1.98  Now $1.97 each.  THIS IS A STOCKPILE WORTHY PRICE.  It doesn't get any cheaper.

*  Sanitarium Gluten Free Weet-Bix 375g1/2 PRICE Was $5.00, Save $2.50  Now $2.50 each

*  Mighty Mite Gluten Free Spread 290g1/2 PRICE Was $3.23, Save $1.62  Now $1.61 each

*  Nanna’s Frozen Fruit Pies 450g-600g1/2 PRICE Was $5.69, Save $2.85  Now $2.84 each

*   Nuttelex Spread 500gWas $3.30, Save $1.30  Now $2.00 each

*  1/2 PRICE Décor Match Ups & Microsafe

*  30% OFF Wiltshire Bakeware & Gadgets

*  1/2 PRICE Brut.

*   1/2 PRICE Norsca

*  1/2 PRICE Rimmel Make-Up

*  Schick Silk Effects + Razor Kit 1 Pack1/2 PRICE Was $6.72, Save $3.36  Now $3.36 each

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 4th March 2017

Our frugal life leaves us feeling content,  rich and meaningful.  Money is saved,  good food is enjoyed,  time in the garden is treasured and our home is our castle ( of sorts ).  Here's how we spent our week -

*  Cleaned the dishwasher using bi carb,  white vinegar and Miracle Spray.

*  Used recycled bread bags to line the bathroom bins,  store food in the freezer and to  scoop the kitty litter.

*  Picked strawberries and lots of raspberries each day.

*  Planted a punnet of mixed lettuce seedlings.  Generally the punnets only have 8 seedlings.  This punnet had 15.  BONUS  !!! I always try to pick one with more than the usual amount.

*  Megan bought a whole new professional wardrobe from Savers for under $180 ( including a few pairs of shoes and a handbag ).  All the items look new and most are really good brands.  The retail value would be close to $1500.

*  Fed the chickens some kitchen scraps plus a couple of lettuce plants that have gone to seed.

*  Bought 3 cooked chickens form Coles on clearance for $6 each.  I used my saved flybuys dollars so they didn't cost me anything.

*  Picked a couple of tomatoes every few days.

*  Received our latest gas bill.  It was down by $16 for the same time last year.  I'm happy with that considering the supply and usage charges have increased.

Cleaned the kettle using citric acid.  I poured the boiled water on a few bits of grass growing in the concrete cracks.

*  Megan baked a batch of choc chip muffins.   Some have been frozen for future snacks.

*  I baked a big batch of scones for morning tea at church on Sunday.  They were served with my homemade plum jam.  A big hit.  The rest of the scones were frozen for our eating.

*  I spent a few hours making new cards to sell in my Etsy shop using supplies I have on hand.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Refilled the kitchen foaming hand wash pump.  Then I made up another big bottle of diluted shower gel to use as a refill.

Megan's choc chip muffins

From the garden


New cards in my Etsy shop

From the oven

With homemade plum jam.

How did you save money this week ?