Saturday, 17 March 2018

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 17th March 2018

My week has been a little quieter so I've taken the time to potter around my home and straighten things up.  I've also taken some time to rest which is a rarity for me. Engagement party plans are coming along and plates,  serviettes  and decorations have been purchased or sourced from around our home.

Here's my frugal list for the week -

*  Bought a big bottle of Dynamo laundry liquid at 1/2 price then made up a couple of bottles of diluted laundry liquid.  I use two capfuls of liquid to 450 mls of water.

*  Dried all the washing on the line and clothes horses.

*  Diluted a bottle of vinegar with water at a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.  This is only good for cleaning purposes.

*  Filled up my car when petrol dropped to $1.23 per litre.  I generally only need to fill up every three weeks.

*  Picked white roses from the garden for the kitchen and bathroom.

*  Due to the mild weather we didn't use the cooling or heating this week.  We just kept the doors open to get a fresh breeze.

*  Picked and froze raspberries from our garden.

*  Megan was able to source for free a wishing well and 67 glass jars with lids.  The glass jars can be used as wedding favours and the wishing well will be used at the wedding.

*  Received a refund in the mail for Listerine pocketpaks that were faulty.  The refund will more than cover replacements.  It's certainly worth letting companies know when their products fail.

*  Dug into my glass jar stash and found enough glass jars of the same style and shape to use as candle holders at Jessica and Eugene's engagement party.

*  Fed the compost bin with tea bags and kitchen scraps.

*  Froze all leftovers for future meals.

*  Put a few little hotel bottles of shampoo,  conditioner and shower gel in the shower to use up as part of the ' Use It Up ' challenge.

*  Gratefully received lots of bread bags.  With Coles phasing out single use plastic bags in a few months,  the bread bags will come in handy for kitchen rubbish as well as lining the bathroom bins.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

In the garden

Dinner one night

Fresh baked bread.

What was on your frugal list this week ?


  1. I love when you can use what you already have for a party. It sounds like it will be wonderful.
    My husband and I went away for a long weekend(F-M) for our 25th anniversary. We stayed at my sister's time share that she rarely uses. It had a full kitchen so we did 2 meals a day in and one out. Since we rarely eat out it was a nice treat. We did bring home leftovers that we ate too. We did lots of activities that were included with the resort. Hot tubs, ping pong, air hockey, walks. We watched several movies that they had that we hadn't seen yet. We also went to a farm that is currently making maple syrup. We got a free tour and had lots of free samples. We did purchase some to bring home. When we got home we did all of our usual stuff.

    1. It sounds like a wonderful weekend away Marybeth. How exciting to see maple syrup being made and to sample it. Great activities on offer too.

  2. I filled up when petrol came down too, Wendy. Sunshine has returned here after lots of rain and so clothes now out on the line rather than on the clothes racks. Other frugal things:
    * bought some light denim fabric on sale to sew a new skirt
    * paid health insurance in full before April 1 to avoid the coming price rise
    * potted up salvia cuttings which I hope will grow to fill in area of garden
    * all meals made here at home, choc-chip muffins for morning teas
    * family friends coming tonight for a shared meal at our place rather than
    going out. (baked chicken marylands + large platter fried rice)
    * watched dvd I got as xmas gift rather than going to the movies
    * cast on another washcloth to give as gift
    Think that's about it! Have a lovely weekend. Meg:)

    1. I love seeing your frugal list Meg. It's always a well rounded one. I hope the shared meal went well. What did you serve for dessert ?

  3. On Tuesday I went to my favorite Produce market and was rewarded for my trip by finding 50 pounds of potatoes for $10! They were the final ingredient I needed to dehydrate to put into my Beef and Barley Stew convenience jar! I made a dozen of these jars!

    At the same time, I bought a 5 pound bag of chopped onions which I repackaged into 6 quart freeezer bags to use later. My produce ladies gave me 1/2 bushel of cilantro “for my chickens” which they are indeed loving! They also gave me 5 baskets of raspberries and 1 of blueberries. I gave the overripe blueberries and 1 basket of raspberries to my hens but the other 4 baskets of raspberries were lovely and I made them into 2 jars of jam! I now have 22-1/2 dozen eggs from my girls in my basement fridge! It’s time to let my friends know I’m willing to sell a few dozen again!
    They also gave me (2) 25 pound boxes of tomatoes that were ripe but would go bad within a few days if not processed quickly! Since they were free, I put 25 pounds at a time into my big 18 quart electric roaster and let them cook down into tomato paste. From the 50 pounds, I was able to can 33 jars of tomato paste!
    Dave has been feeling awful this week with a cold and respiratory infection so he has been happy to use the 2 ply flannel Kleenex’es that I made earlier- even the pink floral ones because they are so much gentler on a sore red nose! I took 15 minutes last night and found a single cut out pajama pant piece in a child size that someone gave me because they didn’t have enough of the fabric to cut out the other leg piece. I cut out and edge stitched 6 more masculine flannel Kleenex!

    I got a rain check a couple weeks ago for boneless whole ham for $1.19/lb rather than $3.47/pound but when I’ve gone back 3 times they were out of stock. Tuesday when I stopped over there, I spoke with the manager but hadn’t heard back. I called the store today and explained to the assistant manager (her boss was gone on vacation) what had been happening , she walked over to the meat dept while I was still on the line and discovered that they had a case full of the hams! She put 3 of them behind the meat counter with my name and the sale price on them! I drove over and the meat manager was so sweet! He apologized and said that for the inconvenience they had marked this 3 hams (10 pounds each!) down to 99 cents/pound! I had a $5 off your order coupon with me and so the hams which would have been over $100 were purchased for $24!! I am quite pleased!,
    So, all in all, this has been a very good week!!

    1. WOW !!! What a wonderful bargain on the ham. It sounds like you are well stocked up in that department. What will you use it in ?

      You have been truly blessed with abundance this week. Raspberry jam is my favourite of all jams and I make it slightly tart to enhance the flavour.

      I'll have a look at your pins.

  4. Hi Wendy, that was a good week! It was a great find on the wishing well!
    I worked on my use it up challenge. I am using up little bottles of shampoo and conditioners. Also bits and pieces from the freezer. Today I am working on putting some things to use i.e. some nice bottles... I am making my own dish washing liquid and bubble bath and will fill these up from now on.
    I LOVE mild weather and not needing to use either the cooler or heater. I hope to have a lot of it as power is through the roof.
    This weekend I am working on sour dough starter to make gf bread. If I can do this it will be a big saver and gift as well as my Mum eats gluten free and all this stuff is expensive.
    Have a lovely weekend! Love

    1. Those little bottles seem to multiply. I'm surprised at how much shampoo is in them.

      Have a great week Annabel xoxo

  5. Your meals look amazing! I sounds like all your plans for the wedding are coming along nicely. Each thing you can check off must be a load off your mind:)

    1. Yes we are getting there with wedding plans. Now we are researching video and photos. Gosh, they cost the earth these days.

  6. Would you share a recipe for your bread? Or have you already? I didn’t see it in the recipes section. Love reading your frugal tasks, makes me think about everything I have done or could do.

    1. The bread recipe is in the recipe section under baking and called wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

      I hope you can post your frugal tasks next week. Please write them down and share with us.

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  8. Hi Wendy,

    We save money by picking and using self sown tomatoes, using up what was in the fridge and freezer meals. Sold a dozen eggs. 4 free loads of mulch were delivered, collected 5 free plants from a local nursery using a shop a docket. Made 6 containers of chicken stock. I received a refund for overcharged pumpkin. Love reading what you and your followers achieve each week. Robynne


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