Being frugal does not mean being stingy. Both Darren and I try to be wise with what we have and what we use. Now that the weather is much cooler, keeping warm without blowing the budget is our priority.
Here's how we saved money this week -
* Picked the first of many broccoli heads we have growing in the garden. I should be picking another one next week.
* Gratefully received a bag of feijoas from a friend. She moved to Geelong last year and found strange looking fruit under one of the trees in her backyard. After messaging Darren to find out what they were and how to eat them, she dropped of the bag on Mother's Day as a treat. So delicious.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Enjoyed an afternoon tea at our place for my extended family. So much nicer, cheaper and quieter than going to a restaurant. My antique cups and saucers came out for use and the men were really good sports sipping their tea oh so daintily.
* Picked white roses and yellow chrysanthemums from our garden to place in vases around our home for Mother's Day prettiness.
* Fed the compost bin with kitchen scraps and garden clippings. Darren is so proud of all the compost he makes. For many years we bought mushroom compost every couple of years to top up our veggie garden beds. Now that we make our own we save about $40 - $50 a year and it's better quality.
* Baked ANZAC biscuits and scones for the Mother's Day afternoon tea. I also used my homemade plum jam on the scones.
* Ate meals from the freezer a few nights as well as fried rice which fed us two nights. Fried rice is a super cheap meal to make and doesn't need too much meat ( if at all ). I add about 100 grams of roast chicken finely chopped and it seems to go a long way.
* With the cooler weather I've been drying the washing on clotheshorses over the ducted heating vents. One clotheshorse is in the main bathroom over the vent with the door closed. The washing dries in less than 24 hours.
* Now that we use the ducted heater often, the two spare bedrooms, laundry, toilet and alcove area to the laundry is closed off. This prevents unused areas being heated and reduces our heating bill.
* Gratefully received lots of bread bags. We reuse them as the second layer when freezing meat. We also use then as bin liners and to cover bowls in the fridge.
* Stuck to the two light rule at night but mostly only had one light on.
* Used blankets to keep warm in our chairs when watching tv at night. Our ducted heating turns off at 9pm. With blankets close by we are not tempted to turn the heater back on.
|Getting out the pretties for Mother's Day|
|Getting ready for afternoon tea|
|Almost ready to pick|
|Sunshine from the garden|
|Mother's Day flowers|
|Sleeping over at Nana and Poppy's|
How have you saved money this week ?