Saturday, 28 August 2021

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 28th August 2021

 We've tried to keep busy each day as lockdown continues.  We've now spent 210 days in lockdown since March last year.  Thankfully Darren and I love being at home but it sure would be nice to go for a drive somewhere.

Unfortunately we had to cancel another big holiday we were due to go on this week.  It was meant to be a replacement holiday for the cancelled Cook Island holiday for our 25th wedding anniversary from last year.  It's getting really hard to plan anything at the moment.  Oh well,  the world will have a big grand reopening sometime and we'll enjoy it even more.

Here's what we got up to this week - 

*  Planted more potatoes from our pantry that were sprouting.  I also planted lettuce seeds and over 50 dwarf bean seeds.  I'm outside every day checking to see if any have broken through the soil.  Any day now.

*  Sewed and sold a few face masks as requested by Facebook readers.

*  Made 2 pots of soup.  One was made from chicken stock I'd frozen earlier this year.  The other pot of soup was made from pumpkin given to us and a cauliflower from our garden.  I added a couple of potatoes and soup mix and it made a delicious soup.  I've frozen a few serves to eat on cold days.

*  Baked four loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Picked cauliflower,  silverbeet and spinach from the garden.

*  Sold another bundle of handmade men's greeting cards.

*  Sanded a couple of timber chopping boards.  They were starting to get a little rough so a sanding was needed.  I rubbed them with vegetable oil to finish off.  They look like new again.

*  Saved the washing machine rinse water and shower warm up water.  All of it was poured back into the washing machine.

*  Darren attached a new chicken feeder to the chicken coop.  It's been working well and it looks like the native birds are not eating the feed.  A big saving for us.

*  Bought a 1 kilo bag of seed potatoes from Aldi for $7.99.  This is $2 cheaper than other places we've seen them.  I don't usually buy seed potatoes after not having much success with them.  These ones are Dutch Cream ( our favourite ).  If we don't get a good harvest from them then we'll stick to planting potatoes from my pantry.

*  Turned the heater down just a little on the milder days.

*  Restored two pieces of furniture.  I'll have a big reveal next week.

*  Darren baked biscuits using dough from the freezer.  He also baked some gluten free cup cakes for a friend.

My chicken shaped chopping board.

Face mask order for kiddies

Seed potattoes

Plum tree blossoms.

How have you saved money this week ?

Have you had success planting seed potatoes ?



  1. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all Wendy.
    Wow 210 days is a very long time in the space of 18 months. I hope Victoria is able to come out of this very soon. I feel for the parents home schooling their children. Your children's masks are super cute.
    Take care. Rachel :)

  2. I hadn't thought of refurbishing the wooden cutting boards, this is something that I will be doing asap. Beside improving the look it must make it easier to clean. Cheers

  3. Hello!
    I have had great success with seeds from Aldi and their potting mix is good, too. I have three large pots of ranunculus blooming at the moment. The corms came from Aldi. I soaked them overnight which I've never done before and I have a bumper crop of gorgeous flowers.
    CV-19 has changed our lives. I admire your pragmatic attitude! Keep safe and well.

  4. You have a good attitude Wendy. You have endured so much. I love your chicken chopping board! Well done on the beautiful cards and masks! xxx


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