We've had the curtains closed most days and the cooling on when needed. Cold drinks of water with lots of ice blocks have helped us stay hydrated and a little cooler. Housework was done before we went to work or well after tea time to avoid working up a sweat. I'm counting down the weeks and days until the weather changes and we see some Autumn weather.
Here's what we managed to get done to save money -
* Bought four trays of beef mince on sale at Tasman Meats for $5.99 kg. This is the cheapest mince has been in quite a while. Each tray was portioned into 250 g meal sizes and frozen.
* Dropped into Coles after church on Sunday just as the meat manager had finished marking down lots of meat. We came away with trays of beef skewers at 50% off, pork chops at 505 off ( for Darren ) and Oyster blade steak at 40% off ( for slow cooker stews ). Usually the manager does the markdowns first thing in the morning but was running late that day. We were very grateful to be there at the right time.
* Donated a few bags of clothes and household bits and pieces to Savers and received a couple of discount stamps for future shopping.
* Used lots of recycled bread bags as bin liners in the bathrooms and kitchen.
* Fed the compost bin and worm farm with kitchen scraps.
* Cleaned the kettle with citric acid.
* Hung the washing outside on the line or clotheshorse. There was one humid day so a few items went into the dryer to prevent them from smelling. This happens when dark clothes take too long to dry in humid weather.
* Saved drink bottle water and rinse water into a big icecream container in the kitchen sink. This was poured onto the fruit trees. I also saved the shower warm up water and washing machine rinse water to reuse.
* Sold one dozen eggs.
* Gratefully received a plastic tub of material from an anonymous giver. Thankyou so much for your kindness.
* Bought a new skirt from Best And Less on their clearance racks for $5. I've noticed some department stores starting to clear out their Summer stock. A great time to get a bargain.
* Used our electric pedestal fans on some days when it was either humid or not quite hot enough to put the cooling on. Electric fans cost just a few cents an hour to run. This is quite thrifty compared to air conditioning and a little cheaper than our evap cooling.
* Darren and I took my parents up to Ballarat for a day trip last Saturday to give Dad's car a good run ( he's still not driving ). We took a thermos for cuppas, morning tea and lunch to save some money. We did buy afternoon tea at Beechworth Bakery as a treat before heading home
|From the garden|
|$5 bargain skirt|
|New lounge suite ( plus another chair not in pic ).|
|Lining the bin with bread bags|