Saturday, 9 March 2019

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 9th March 2019

This week has been quite a busy one.  I've had four days of work,  a couple of visitors in the house for two days and trying to stay on tops of the cleaning and meals.  Here's what else I managed to do -

Made one kilo of yoghurt using two tablespoons of natural yoghurt as a starter.  We've been having it with stewed rhubarb as a delicious dessert.

*  Gratefully received lots of little tomatoes from a friend.

*  Sold one dozen eggs.

*  Made a double batch of scones.  Some were taken to church for morning tea and the rest were frozen for our own eating.

*  Made 6 jars of jam from the white peaches I was given 1 1/2 weeks ago.  I had to wait until they were ripe enough to cook up.

*  Cleaned the dishwasher using bi carb and vinegar and ran it on a long hot cycle.

*  Stockpiled lots of choc bits for baking.  They are 1/2 price in Coles at $1.97 this week until next Wednesday.  Mostly I use the white choc bits when baking cranberry hootycreek biscuits.  The milk choc bits are using for choc chip biscuit and muffins.

*  Made a batch of dried gravy mix using plain flour,  beef stock powder and a few other seasonings.

*  Made dried seasoned bread crumbs from scratch.

*  Redeemed another $10 worth of points onto our Flybuys card.  We use this money to buy groceries when we go on holidays.

*  Gratefully received some card making supplies and magnetic strips ( from an old fridge door ) from a friend.

*  Saved and recycled household water as per usual.

*  Picked up a pretty single bed doona cover at Savers for $6.99.  I'm not sure what I'll make from it.  Maybe aprons,  decorated hand towels,  jam jar hats and produce bags.

A stockpile worthy price

Op shop doona cover

The reverse side of the doona cover

What was on your frugal list this week ?


  1. You did well Wendy and the gifted peaches are wonderful, the doona cover will have a lot of fabric in it to make lots of things out of, and stocking lots of choc chips is what we do here too as we make so much out of them. Homemade fudge made from choc chips and homemade condensed milk is our favourite rare treat indulgences :) .

    Our Vicky challenge added up to $213.79 in savings last week :).

    Blessings -
    - A few different friends gave us a watermelon, honey due melon, flake, nectarines and 2 dozen eggs.
    - Our neighbour who doesn't use her grey water said we could use her's to water our paddock fruit and mulberry trees with. We connected our spare grey water hose to it to reach the trees.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made all meals from scratch.
    - Made 3 loaves of bread in the bread making machine saving $10.47 on buying it at local small country town prices.

    Finances and eBay listings -

    - Listed 67 items on eBay on a free listing promotion saving $110.55 on usual listing fees.
    - DH and I had a few catch up meetings on our finances to better fine tune things and keep each other abreast of what is going on.

    Purchases -
    - On special from 2 country supermarkets we purchased on special a 1kg bega cheese, 1.07kg of champagne leg ham, 4 x 500g butter blend, 6 burrito kits, 2 x samboy chips & 2 x french fries, 2 x clix biscuits & 6 kg of beef sausages saving $51.54 over buying them in our larger supermarket in town.
    - Bought a pair of heavy duty side cutters for $9.50 on eBay saving $40.45 over buying them in our local hardware store.
    - Purchased 2 rolls of thread tape and a sprinkler connection from the irrigation store saving $3.78 over purchasing them at the hardware store.

    In the gardens -
    - Did more work on the grapeyard vineyard enclosure we are taking down due to termite damage in the upright posts and whipper snipped and removed the remaining tie wire.

    Water Preservation -
    - Used grey water from our washing machine and grey water pumped from both our's and the neighbour's grey water tank to water paddock fruit trees, ornamental potted flowers and household lawns.
    - Used dish rinsing and shower warm up water to water potted fruit trees and herbs.

    Have a great week ahead everyone :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

  2. I am constantly reminding my mother that we have a lot of food stored in the cupboards and freezers. I want to lower the food stash. I have been avoiding the shops like the plague. Otherwise it is just our usual habits: books from the library and the web, hanging the washing, nurturing the fruit trees and passion fruit vine, trying to do as much as I can. The big one is that I truly wanted to go to a class to learn how to do a certain form of patch work in the shape of a cushion. That would have cost $65. I a home right now instead.

  3. Hi Wendy,
    I have been following your blog for a few months now but haven't left a comment yet.
    Thank you for so many great frugal ideas.
    I really like the paint swatch bookmarks -what a cute idea. I'm going to show your post to my sister who is a primary school teacher and suggest that her year 4 students make them for Mothers' Day gifts.
    I love the pretty fabric of the op shop doona cover and what a bargain for $7. I have picked up very cheap woollen fabric at Savers to sew into shaggy quilts. They are perfect for winter and using them saves putting the heater on until it is really cold. I also buy thick cotton tablecloths and use them to make tea towels.
    Does your yoghurt turn out nice and thick with just 2 tbs of natural yoghurt as the starter. I have some sachets of yoghurt mix that I bought at clearance prices but would like to use your method once I have used them up.
    Cheers, Maria from Adelaide.

  4. Hi Wendy
    Made your delicious meat pie and apple roses this week boy were they good. Made quiches dried out bread for crumbs and bought half price goods to stock up. I am continuing each day to write on my calendar how i have saved money each day. one night i gave myself a manicure and received lovely comments on my nails. Using trial samples of a new face cream lovely but to pricey for my budget when i looked at purchasing some. Using teabags twice as i like weak tea, works out well. Pulling out a jumper from years ago and knitting hot water bottle covers. Added a small serve of left over baked beans to spag boll and nobody noticed. Using up, saving money and having fun! Have a lovely week Leanne...


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