Saturday, 17 October 2020

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 17th October 2020

This week has come and gone quite quickly.  We've enjoyed good weather,  lots of rain for the garden and lots of cups of tea out on the deck together.  Darren and I love to sit outside and watch the clouds go by and dream of the day when we can go for trips in the car.  In the last 3 months I haven't driven more than 1.5 km away from home.  Lockdown has saved us a small fortune in petrol money.

Here's what else we've been up to - 

*  Froze 1 doz eggs.  We were given some eggs plus we have one laying chicken at the moment.  We can't eat the eggs quick enough so I froze them in lots of 1,  2 and 3 for future lemon butter making,  breakfasts and  general baking.

*  Darren picked beetroot,  all our  sugar snap peas and snow peas.  The plants have now been pulled out and we'll be planting different veggies in the next few days.

*  Darren made a big pot of soup with the last of the bok choy from the garden.

*  I bought a couple of solar garden lights from NQR.  We bring them in at night to use in the lounge room instead of turning a lamp on.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Knitted 2 dish cloths using cotton I had on hand.

*  Baked cranberry hootycreek biscuits and white choc / macadamia nut biscuits using dough from the freezer.

*  Blanched and froze 5 heads of broccoli given to us for free.  In the next few days we'll be picking our own broccoli.

*  Made dried bread crumbs from saved frozen bread crusts.  When needed they will be turned into seasoned bread crumbs.

*  Darren did some research on one of our car insurances due for renewal and was able to save over $300 by switching to a ' drive less pay less' policy.

*  I did my monthly grocery shopping.  This time I shopped at Woolworths to make the most of the 10% discount they offer for having an insurance with them.  I saved over $7 for buying my usual generic basic ingredients.

*  Gratefully received 3 bags of glass jars from a friend.  I will be keeping some that match the jars I already have in the pantry.  Jessica will be using some for her pantry and the rest will be passed on to friends who need them.

*  Darren gratefully received half a cubic metre of top soil from a family member who couldn't use it.  The soil was used to top up our veggie garden beds. 

*  Darren dug up some daisy seedlings that are multiplying in a new garden bed.  He's re potted them and when they are bigger we will be planting them in another garden bed to fill in the gaps.

Here are a few photos of our garden produce we picked this week -

Sugar snap peas still in the pod

Sugar snap peas ready to eat ( and freeze )

Snow peas

Have you been picking anything from your garden ?

What was on your frugal list this week ?


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