Saturday 2 February 2019

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 2nd February 2019

The hot weather continues in Melbourne but thankfully we've had a couple of milder days so we can get things done around the home.  Our new lounge suite arrived yesterday.  The outdoor deck is finished ( just a few touch ups to do ) and finally our home is back to it's normal tidy self.

The frugal tasks I've listed below are from the last two weeks and in order as I completed them.

*  Made a double batch of Anzac biscuit dough.  I baked enough biscuits for Megan's birthday afternoon tea and the rest of the dough was frozen for future baking.

*  Made a bottle of Miracle Spray for Megan and Kurt and another two bottles for myself.  I use this fabulous cleaner at most of my cleaning jobs as well as around my home.

*  Made 2 litres of foaming hand wash for Megan and Kurt to refill their hand wash pumps around their home.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Cleaned the washing machine with Epsom salts and hot water.  It's amazing how much gunk comes out of the outlet hose.  I try to do this twice a year to keep the machine in tip top condition.

*  Mended a top with loose threads and a pair of trousers.

*  Jessica and a friend made a double batch of chocolate brownies.  We ate some and the rest went into the freezer for Megan's baby shower.

*  Sold two jars of plum jam and two dozen eggs to a cleaning client.

*  Did extra cleaning work for a client.

*  Gratefully received little tomatoes from my Dad's veggie garden.

*  Gratefully received quite a few department store gift bags from a friend.  I'll be making them over so they can be reused for gift giving.

*  When the hot weather arrived,  I cooked enough baked potatoes,  boiled eggs and pasta salad for a couple of days of eating.  They were served with a salad.

*  Made two litres of foaming hand wash to store under the kitchen sink.  I also filled up all spare refill bottles.  I should have enough made for the next six months.

*  While I was making the foaming hand wash I found an empty vinegar bottle so I  made another two litres of double strength Miracle Spray.

*  Sold a bottle of Miracle Spray to a cleaning client.

*  Made pita chips for snacking.

*  Picked a few tomatoes and a handful of raspberries.  .

Anzac biscuits for morning teas

Tomatoes from the garden

Completed deck.  

Lots of future meals outside.

What frugal tasks did you complete this week ?


  1. Your new deck looks fabulous Wendy, you'll enjoy it so much.
    Can you tell me how much Epsom Salts you put in the machine to clean it?
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Cheers Cheryl

  2. Wow!! The deck is just gorgeous. What a beautiful outdoor space you have now!

  3. Great list as always Wendy.
    The deck looks fantastic. Having an outdoor dining area is a blessing in this heat. It's getting very humid here in Qld and we like sitting outside too.
    Do you have a secret to your Anzac bikkies? For some reason mine don't work out? I'm wondering if I shouldn't use margarine and go back to butter? Is that only a teaspoon of mix per biscuit? Yours look like professional Anzac biscuits!!
    I had a good week and stuck to my food budget. I shopped at Aldi and Woolies. My woolies docket was $38.15 and the savings were $38.14. I love getting some good half price specials! Apart from bills I haven't spent any money. We have quite a few back to school and sport costs, so it's vital we keep on budget. Have a lovely week and keep cool. Rachel:)

  4. Wendy you had a fantastic week and making all of your own cleaning products saves a fortune over buying the commercial branded ones. How exciting about your new lounge suite arriving :).

    Our savings last week added up to $267.45 :).

    It was fortunately a bit cooler here this week which was a relief but we did go swimming in our rain water tank pool often to cool us off none the less.

    Finances -
    - Paid another extra small payment off our mortgage which will save loan time and interest.

    Using up what we have -
    - We repaired a rain water tank filter with a piece of aluminium flyscreen off a window that had a large hole in it and there was just enough so we didn't have to buy any.
    - Used paint we already had to paint 2 window sills, a beam holding pipework leading to the rain water tanks which had no paint on it, a window surround and window and a step leading to the outhouse toilet which took around 2 hours to put on two coats of paint. This saved us $70 over hiring a painter to do it for us.
    - I also collected peeling paint chips from the rain water tank shed to match up the paint to repaint it when we save the funds shortly.

    General frugalities -
    - DH cut my hair and I cut his saving around $100 over getting our hair cut in a hairdressing salon or barber.
    - Saved grey water from our washing machine and hand washing water and shower warm up water and dish rinsing water to water fruit, herb and ornamental pot plants.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made a quadruple 2.8 kg batch of honey, almond, sultana, honey and oat granola with a splash of vanilla extract to last a few weeks saving $47.45 over buying the equivalent quality in the supermarkets.

    Home organisation -
    - Moved all fuels, tilling machine, palm frond and branch shredder from the metal 2 door shed into the 3 bay leanto garage as it is more ventilated in there.
    - Moved all garden pots, compost bins, garden hand tools and brooms under the tank stand shed. This will give us a dedicated gardening shed to work from.
    - DH assembled 2 x 4 shelf metal garage shelving to put into the double bay metal shed to store tool boxes and other items in there on.

    In the gardens -
    - I trimmed a hedge growing over the side of the garden path.
    - DH cleaned out the gutters on the patio and home with the blower vac and a gutter cleaning tool taking around an hour saving us around $50 over hiring a general handyman to do it for us.

    Have a fantastic week ahead everyone :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

  5. Your deck is beautiful! I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

  6. Wow, love the deck, you should get lots of use from it when the weather isn't so hot.

  7. Hi Wendy, Liz here from WA. Your deck looks fantastic, what a lovely addition to your home.
    This week I started paid employment as a Community Support Worker, caring for the elderly and disabled in there homes to allow them to live independently. I haven't worked for 8 years as a stay at home mum, but really enjoyed my first few days. Quite different to nursing in a hospital but a lovely change. I intend to save all my income to fund my sons education after he finishes at school in 2 years time.
    So my frugal tasks this week -
    took home grown salad and hard boiled eggs with the addition of a small tub of tuna for my lunches. They kept well in my small esky along with my water bottles. I only spent $4 on a café coffee to be social otherwise no money spent.
    Made a batch of home made washing powder.
    Cleaned with miracle spray.
    Harvested lots of veggies from the garden, sweet corn, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, capsicum, lettuce and chilli's. Pumpkins are growing nicely.
    Made a batch of Bread and Butter Cucumbers, grated excess zucchini for the freezer and blanched beans for the freezer too.
    Gratefully received avocado's from my neighbour!
    Sold 3 sheep cut up to friends for $100 each, and hubby is cutting one up for our freezer at the moment.
    I was given a bucket of apples from another neighbour which turned out lovely dried in the dehydrator.
    Have a great week everyone!

  8. Wow Wendy

    How good does that deck look. I bet it will get used lots.

    Love Anzac biscuits but just found a recipe for an Anzac slice that I am going to do for DD8's lunchbox.

    In the past week I have made lots of things to go into her lunchbox

    *sausage rolls

    *gingernut cookies


    *Cupcakes (to go to class freezer for when there are birthdays)

    *Chicken nuggets
    *Banana Muffins

    At the moment in the oven I Tania from Out Back post Coffee & Date loaf and it smells wonderful

    Your week seems like it was a very productive one also.

    Take Care

    Aly xxx

  9. Your deck looks wonderful. I like the railing. It must be nice to have the house back in order and with lovely new furniture.
    Could you please tell me how you clean your washing machine with Epsom salts i.e. water level and quantity? Much appreciated thank you.

    1. Use 1/3 box of Epsom salts Pour into your washing machine and put it on the long hot cycle.

  10. Your deck looks inviting and magnificent.

    This week my mother has had surgery in her mouth. So the days have passed by slowly and she is healing slowly.

  11. To hot for me! I washed a couple of loads of washing and I dried them inside on the clothes horse. We ate salads with vegies from our garden and hard boiled eggs. I put the water from the eggs on our pot plants. Went thru a few drawers and tossed out a lot. Amazing how many dead pens I found. Grated up a lot of old soaps and scraps putting them into the soap powder. Didn't buy anything we didn't need and started another bag for donating to savers. Able to bank $40 of saved money from buying discounted meat and vegies and other discounts I got. Put several things into my stockpile and met my savings goal for the month. A great month for me. hoping everyone had a lovely weekend. Leanne.

  12. The deck came out beautiful. When the weather cools down for you, I sure you will use it lots.

  13. Wendy, the deck is lovely. It will be a real joy. Eating al fresco adds so much enjoyment. Thanks again for your renovating and workable kitchen posts, have been a huge help to me at the moment while I am setting up my own 'temporary kitchen'.



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