Saturday 15 June 2019

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 15th June 2019

Here is my frugal list for the week -

*  Cleaned ( descaled ) the kettle using citric acid and water.

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

*  Made a pot of chunky chicken and veggie soup using homemade stock from the freezer.

*  Bought a couple of pairs of jeans and a scarf from Savers and used a 20% discount stamp.  I always save the 205 off stamp for bigger purchases to maximise the savings.

*  Made a bread pudding in the slow cooker using our chicken's eggs,  bread crusts and a little jar of jam from a hotel breakfast.  It was a delicious dessert that was almost free.

*  Took snacks and lunches to my cleaning jobs to save money ( and to eat healthier ).

*  Gratefully received a bag of lemons from a friend.

*  Made another pot of chicken stock from a store bought cooked chicken.  The stock has been frozen for future soup making.

*  We had our annual family outing to the football at the MCG on Monday ( AFL ).  To save money we took snacks and water bottles with us.  I did buy a bucket of chips for my lunch which cost $4.50.

*  Made a double batch of cranberry hootycreek biscuit dough.  From that dough I made 1 1/2 dozen biscuits for morning teas and the rest of the dough was frozen into logs for future baking.

Chunky chicken soup for dinner

Cranberry hootycreek biscuits

Luka at his first AFL ( football ) game.

Making bread pudding in the slow cooker.

How did you save time,  money or energy this week ?



  1. Debby in Kansas, USA15 June 2019 at 06:54

    Wendy, that meal looks delicious! And Luka looks cute enough to nibble on, as well!!

    I took advantage of a rare June week of cool mornings (60s) and did some cooking and baking for the freezer. I always feels so good when it's full of emergency meals and quick things to prepare for the times when life sends you a mini ha ha!!

    I cleaned my dishwasher last week! Same cleaning items, but I also scrubbed the edge with a toothbrush. Smelled wonderful when I was all done.
    I also emptied out some kitchen drawers and re-organized/cleaned them.

    I put up all my Americana decorations for the summer. We have so many patriotic holidays in summer so I love all the red, white, and blue! Today is flag day, in fact, so our flag is out. I hung a garland across the fireplace mantle with some red stars that are actually Cmas ornaments I found for 90% off after the holidays! I have a vintage tablecloth from a church rummage sale that I put on the table, & my mom's rw & b doilies here and there. There were also a few things that I just don't love anymore so I took them to my quilting group and they disappeared into new homes.

    It was a good and productive week. I'm hoping that I can finally get some tomatoes planted. We've had so much rain that they would've rotted in those puddles.

  2. This week I have tried to be as frugal as possible. I have returned our bottles and can and have more than enough money to pay for a cake for a family party. I have managed two non spend days. I filled the car with petrol below $1.20. I returned some stuff that had cost over$100. I really wasn't happy with the items.

  3. Luka looks adorable.....Sharlene

  4. Wendy Luka looks so warm and cosy and content on your lap at the MCG and how cute is the beanie and him too. Your baking and cooking looks deliciously winter warmish and comforting :).

    Our Vicky challenge added up to $97.85 in savings last week :).

    In the kitchen -
    - Made all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Made 2 x 1.45 kg homemade apple pies saving $18.55 over buying equivalent supermarket variety ones.
    - Made a double batch of chocolate chip & coconut biscuits saving $15.34 and a single batch of white sauce/pudding premix saving another $25.30 over buying it in pre-prepared packets in the supermarkets.

    Listings and finances -
    - Listed 10 items on eBay on a free listing promotion saving $16.50 on usual listing fees.
    - Claimed meal and travel allowances by sending away forms to DVA on all DH's medical appointments for the last year. This will go a long way to topping up our fuel budget for some time without money coming out of our normal budget.
    - Purchased a 48 pk roll of Emporia toilet paper from Aldi on super special saving $22.16 over purchasing the same brand in Woolworths.

    In the gardens -
    - Finished digging our fence post holes with our post hole auger for our kangaroo garden enclosure. It took 2 goes first one got us down to 40 cm and then the second session got the holes down to 60 cm after soaking the soil with water. Not an easy task and I might add since then we have muscles on our muscles too and been sore all week :0. Post hole augers are definitely not easy on the body in really hard soil like we have here.

    Hope everyone has got everything they wanted to do accomplished last week :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

  5. Gosh, that soup looks really nice. Can’t beat a nice soup.

  6. Hello!
    Baby Luka is gorgeous!
    I had many jars of chicken stock in the freezer until my son had flu and I used them all making soup! My mother calls it Jewish Penicillin. I'll start again this week as being prepared is everything.

  7. Luka is so cute in his little boots!!
    We are going up to 90 F in Pennsylvania today. Enjoy your week. Thank you for your blog, it has really helped me and keeps me motivated.
    Barb USA

  8. Luka looks very cute! I can't remember the last time I had a bread and butter pudding, must put that on the list! Here's my frugal list:

    * gratefully received lots and lots of dishwasher tablets for free
    * made a roasted veg salad with last veg in the crispers + a dressing of last plain yoghurt, teaspoon of mustard and teaspoon of honey. It was yum!
    * made big pot of pea and ham soup and froze portions.
    * made up birthday gift for friend from my present cupboard
    * mended pocket on my son's school shirt and patched hubby's collar myself
    * filled up with petrol when price came down and haven't needed to since
    * eating spinach from the garden in breakfast omelettes, also making porridge for cheap and warm breakfasts.
    * shopped at aldi last week, using up meat in freezer so didn't go to butchery
    * made parmesan bread chips to use up two wraps languishing in bread basket; also made breadcrumbs from odds and ends frozen in freezer
    * using hot water bottles in beds now nights are cold

    Hope you have a good week, Wendy.

  9. How gorgeous Luka is! Another Collingwood fan! Love his little outfit! xxx


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