It has been a very busy and tiring week in the Gower Abundant Cottage. Darren started a new job Saturday last week. His job is in health and he been working at different locations in our area. At the moment we are walking by faith because Darren doesn't know when the next shift is available until the day before. Still, we are blessed he's had over 40 hours of work this week and the pay rate has been exceptional.
While Darren is taking every shift he can, I've been cleaning some of the homes we usually do together. I've been keeping our housework up to date and trying to spend a little time in the garden each day. I'm gradually recovering from the chest infection I caught 3 weeks ago. Darren has now caught a cough but is soldering on.
We did treat ourselves to a dinner out on Monday night after Darren had worked a long shift and we both hadn't been well. Other than that treat, nothing has changed in our tight budget. I still cook and bake from scratch, still grow and freeze garden produce and everything is as thrifty as can be.
When we weren't working, here's how we saved money -
* We found cheap vegetable and flower seedlings at Bunnings on their clearance table.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Baked shortbreads for our afternoon teas. I also pulled out a few small whole orange cakes from the freezer to eat. These were really handy on busy days.
* Darren took a packed lunch for every day of work except the first day. He wasn't sure what facilities would be available in a tea / staff room but he knew shops would be available for lunch. He did take snacks etc on that first day. His lunches have to be quick and easy to eat / prepare so he's been taking rolls, a homemade pie, fruit, my baking and a bottle of water.
* I bought 2 x 5 kilo bags of Basmati rice on a half price sale for $10 each. As soon as I have room in the freezer I'll be freezing it to make sure any bugs that might be in there will not survive. I usually freeze it for at least 3 - 4 days.
* Fed the compost bin with kitchen scraps each day.
* Picked pretty little iceberg roses for our kitchen.
* Saved the shower warm up water, washing machine water and kitchen waste water to reuse around our home and garden where we safely can do so.
* Turned off as many appliances as possible over night. This includes one of our landline phones, tv / dvd player and doorbell.
* Picked raspberries ( they are slowing down ), green beans, a few tomatoes, corn and lots of pears.
|Roses from our garden|
|Lots of pears from our tree,|