I've tried to be frugal when time and energy has allowed me to be. We did get takeaway once or twice when we got tired of frozen leftovers in the freezer. Some days I was on the go from sun up until sun down and Darren was quite happy to get fish and chips to make life a little easier ( no dishes to wash ).
Here's my frugal list of things I remembered to write down -
* Saved Luka's bath water and bucketed it into the washing machine.
* Made up two bottles of diluted Dynamo laundry liquid.
* Saved the washing machine final rinse water and poured it into the machine for the next load.
* Refilled the foaming hand wash pumps around the house with diluted shower gel.
* Made a couple of batches of chicken stock in the slow cooker when a cooked chicken came into our home via the girls or shopping day.
* Picked bunches of iceberg roses from our garden to brighten up our home. There's no point in buying flowers that wilt within a couple of days when we can pick flowers for free that last longer.
* I was a very good girl this Christmas season and didn't buy any decorations for our tree. This would be the first time in 24 years of marriage. I love Christmas and all the festivities, but we don't need any decorations and they just didn't appeal to me. They all seemed cheap and tacky this year.
* Made 2 batches of lemon butter to have on my toast each morning. I ran out of homemade jam a couple of months ago and don't like buying it ( I don't like the taste ). I have plenty of lemon juice in the freezer and we still have one chicken laying so the lemon butter is quite cheap to make.
* Picked silverbeet as much as possible to have with many meals as our green vegetable.
* Used a 20% off discount coupon to buy a doona cover for Luka for about $6. It's an Elmo doona cover in very good condtion and will be a bright addition to his bedroom when he goes into a big boy's bed late next year.
* Darren picked the last of the hot pink roses from our garden for my bedside table. We could smell their scent all throughout the house.
* Made choc chip biscuits for afternoon tea snacks.
* Gave Megan a haircut.
* Picked strawberries from the garden to have with icecream a couple of night after dinner.
* Made a big batch of sausage rolls using sausage mince I bought for $1.99 kg earlier this year.
* Printed off a few photos to frame for Christmas presents. The frames came from op shops for $1.
* Made a large batch of spag bol sauce. We ate some for dinner that night and froze the rest into serves for two. This became our ' go to meal ' on busy days.
* Used wrapping paper I already had to design this year's Christmas cards.
* Froze leftovers of Massaman beef curry, lamb and veg soup and chicken and veg soup.
* Cooked up the last of a hoarded leg of lamb ( from last Spring ). After having it for dinner, I froze the leftover meat into portions for two. The bone went into the pot and I made lamb and veg soup. That leg of lamb gave us a total of 22 serves of meat.
* Gratefully received a bag of peacharines from my Mum and Dad. They are super juicy and delicious.
* Gratefully received lots of rubber craft stamps from a friend.
* Kept the heater and cooler off as much as possible. The windows and doors were flung open wide on the milder Spring / Summer days.
* Gratefully received a couple of tubs of margarine. We don't usually use margarine but it is a cheaper option to use in mashed potato when we can't taste any difference to butter
* Made ANZAC biscuits using dough from the freezer.
* Made a whole orange cake using oranges I froze from last Winter. I divided the batter into two cakes. One was to eat fresh and the other was frozen for future eating.
|Other pink roses from our garden ( not the hot pink ones )|
|Christmas card I made using wrapping paper as the background mat.|
|Lots of sausage rolls|
|Lamb and veg soup|
|Whole orange cake|
|A card I made for Kurt's 21st birthday.|