Saturday 9 June 2018

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 9th June 2018

This week I took some time to recover from all the preparations for Jessica's 21st birthday party.  Then it was back to work as usual,  cleaning my own home and stockpiling some great bargains.  Here's my frugal list for the week -

*  Served homemade yummies of slices,  scones with my jam,  sandwiches,  mini quiches and sausage rolls at Jessica's high tea birthday party.

*  Made a paper doily bunting for the party using supplies I already had on hand

*  Ate leftovers from the party for dinner that night.

*  Made This And That Pasta Dish using bits and pieces from the fridge.  An almost free meal for three people.

*  Stocked up on tinned soups to use in casseroles.  I now have enough for the next 2 - 3 years.  They are on sale in Coles for $1 a tin until next Tuesday..

*  Dried all the washing on the line.  We've had some great weather in Melbourne this week.  Considering it's Winter,  I feel blessed to have sunshine on my wash days.

*  Took snacks and lunch with me when I was at cleaning jobs.  When I have food in my tummy I can resist the takeaway option.

*  Used the shower warm up water to water our mango plants.

* Fed lots of weeds,  grass and bread to the chickens.

*  Combined all my errands and supermarket visits when I was travelling home from cleaning jobs.

*  Jessica bought plain vanilla cakes from the supermarket and turned them into a beautiful birthday cake for her party.  I think she did a fabulous job.

*  Used containers for all leftovers instead of using cling wrap.

*  Gratefully received lots of muffins leftover from Jessica's work.  I cut them in half and froze them in recycled bread bags.

Jessica's birthday cake

The birthday girl.

Some of the party food.

My family

This week's stockpile item.

A radio interview I taped last month went to air recently.  If you didn't see the link on my Facebook pages,  here it is

How did you save money this week ?


  1. High Tea how wonderful!
    Her cake looks professional!!
    Im home from work with a sick child so Ive ironed and caught up while he slept. Making more lemon slice today and putting on a pot of soup.
    I use soup for Hedgehogs, the kids love it. Small meatballs with grated veggies (and oats to stretch) placed in a baking dish, sprinkle with rice then pour over a tin of cream soup mixed with a tin of milk, bake and enjoy with salad or veg.
    Enjoy your week

  2. That cake is so beautiful! Beautiful cake for a beautiful young lady.

  3. Many congratulations to your lovely daughter on her 21st birthday. What a gorgeous cake.

  4. Jessica's Birthday high tea sounds wonderful. She looked so happy as she looked over the table.
    That's a super deal on the soup. I think I will be off to Coles tomorrow to pick some up for the store cupboard. Thank you for the tip off.

  5. Wow that cake is so pretty. What a clever girl. Hope she had a wonderful birthday and celebration. Lisa xo

  6. Wow I love the Birthday cake! This week I stocked up on Ovaltine wasn't much else interested me. I made soup and cooked most meals from scratch. I cashed in some survey points for Coles Myer vouchers and Chemist warehouse vouchers. Im earning over a hundred dollars a month presently which is nice. Did some early Christmas shopping and was surprised when I got 20% off my purchase. Took advantage of free delivery and ordered 30 strawberry plants, 3 rhubarb plants and some bulbs for the garden. Planning on getting some raspberry canes and perhaps a gooseberry plant. Working hard on getting the garden ready for spring when I can. I hate having depression its a bitch. Have a lovely long weekend everyone Leanne

  7. Jessicas cake looks absolutely beautiful Wendy. Congratulations to her! So much nicer to do something classy like a high tea too. That looks so elegant. I did lots of cooking of things like bone broth and corned meat while it's inexpensive. I got creative with some gift making too. It seems that no sooner do I make them, and they're off to a new home. It must save us thousands, literally. Great week for you. Love, Mimi xxx

  8. What a lovely family photo - you all have such bright eyes.

  9. Happy birthday to your daughter! Her cake looks amazing.

    Your frugal lists are always something I enjoy reading on the weekends (I'm a little bit late to reading it after the long weekend).

    My frugal tasks include:

    Baking anzac biscuits to take as morning tea for work (using your recipe of course. Love it by the way!)

    Cooking all meals at home and taking leftovers to work next day. Need to start making slightly larger amounts so I can freeze some as well.

    Went camping for the long weekend and only needed to buy some milk and bread to take with us as I took everything else from home. Our camping trip was free as we camp in state forest (no entry fees either) only need to cover fuel but my partner has a fuel card through work so we don't have to pay if we use his.

    Picked parsley from the few herbs I have growing on my kitchen windowsill.

    Dried all washing on portable clotheslines in the house (our dryer died so we can't use it anyway)

    Only used our fireplace to warm most of the house and a fan heater in the bedroom only to take the chill out of the air. The wood for the fire came from a neighbour.

    My list isn't big but that's because I can't always remember them so I need to start writing them down until it become more of a habit.

    I've been reading your blog on and off since the beginning and its inspired me to finally start my own. I haven't started it yet, but I'll link to it next time.

    Hope you had a lovely weekend with my your family
    Sian x


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