Here's what else I've been up to -
* Cleaned and sorted out all the freezers. I had to defrost one of the freezers because it's about 25+ years old. I use bowls of boiling water to defrost it so I saved all the water once it cooled and poured it on the garden. Thankfully I only had to throw out a few bread crusts.
* Wrote a menu plan for the next four weeks once I could see what needed using in the freezers. It kinda feels like a ' Use It Up ' challenge.
* Cooked up a big roast beef in the slow cooker for Darren's birthday. Five serves were eaten that night for tea and another six serves were frozen in gravy..
* Rang our electricity provider to make sure we are receiving the new discount. While I was on the phone I found out the off peak times are Monday to Friday 11 pm to 7 am and all day Saturday and Sunday. Although I won't be doing the washing at midnight, it's handy to know the times. I've been vacuuming and mopping the floors on Saturdays so I'm glad I'm saving a little bit there.
* Found some amazing bargains at Savers op shop. 2 x large cereal containers for $1.99 each ( almost new RRP $10 + each ). One is now being used under the kitchen sink for bread bags. 2 x veggie spiralers for $2.99 each, small storage suitcases set of three for $3.99, picnic plates and a few other things. Most will be given as presents over the next year or two. It really is worth popping in to op shops a couple of times a week to snap up new or near new items people no longer want.
* Refilled the foaming hand wash pumps in the bathrooms and kitchen. I also made up two big bottles of the diluted shower gel ready to refill the pumps next time.
* Popped into Spotlight to purchase some material for a few blog shop projects on the go. While I was there I overheard the store manager talking to staff about setting up a $5 bargain table. You can bet your bottom dollar I hung around until the table was full and picked up a few gifts for next year. While I was doing this, a staff member recognised me from tv and asked if I was still blogging. She then informed the store manager about my tv stories and bargain shopping telling him it's how I save a lot of money.
* Sorted out the presents cupboard and allocated the latest bargains to particular people. It feels great to have most of my Christmas shopping done and half of next year's done too.
* Made pizza from scratch for dinner using bits and pieces from the fridge and freezer. Darren made the dough from scratch too.
* Used heat packs and blankets to stay warm at night. Our ducted heating turns off at 9 pm and we have blankets draped over couches and chairs ready to be used. It's cheaper than turning the heater back on.
* Saved the shower and drink bottle water for the washing machine and garden.
* Sewed some pretty hand towels / baby burp towels for my blog shop. I mostly used materials I already had on hand. They will be ready for sale in the next week or so.
|Storage containers from the op shop|
|Rosemary growing wild|
|I LOVE op shopping|
|Getting veggies ready to roast|