We've had a busy week of work, helping my Mum with her garden, rearranging the laundry for a couple of new purchases ( photos below ), a trip to the football, food shopping, church, hosting an afternoon tea, general housework a sleepover for the grandsons and running errands.
Here's how we managed to save money even when we had a crazy busy week -
* Dried most of the washing over the ducted heating vents.
* I 'needed' to get another Lego mat for our grandsons to play with. Sharing one just wasn't working. After doing some online research, Kmart seemed to have the cheapest price. So I went to my local store but found they were completely out of stock. As I was looking through the toy section, I came across Kmart's brand of mats. They were much cheaper at $13 for a pack of 5 compared to the Lego brand at $10 each. The boys loved the different colors and they are compatible with the Lego bricks.
* Darren and I went to the football last Saturday with Luka and his Dad Kurt. We took all our snacks and water bottles and only bought lunch. If the weather had been a bit warmer than the 12 degrees Celsius that day, we would have packed salad rolls for lunch.
* I baked ANZAC biscuits and choc chip biscuits using homemade dough from the freezer. We took some to the football, some were for a family afternoon tea the next day and the rest were for our lunch boxes during the week.
* I saved the shower warm up water and drink bottle water and Darren used it for the pot plants outside.
* I did my monthly grocery shop on Monday and used the 10% off Everyday Rewards offer to save extra money.
* Our laying chicken got a bit excited about the sun and slightly warmer weather we've had lately. Over the last week and a bit she's decided to lay again and we've collected 6 eggs.
* I turned the heater down to 19 degrees Celsius most days and when the sun was shining through the windows I turned it off completely.
* We had family over for dinner on Sunday and I cooked a 1/2 leg of lamb. The next day I made a big pot of veggie soup and used the last of the lamb meat. This soup gave us 14 serves and the dinner gave us 4 serves. In total we got 18 serves / meals with the meat costing just over $12. That's 66 cents for each meal that included meat.
* Darren fed the compost bin every couple of days with kitchen scraps.
* I fed bread crusts, weeds, leftover watermelon and veggies to the chickens. No food is wasted in our home. It all has a purpose.
* Portioned out and froze any leftover gravy from the roast lamb dinner.
* Recently we bought a new washer and dryer which we stacked on top of each other. This means I no longer have the same spot to put the ironing. I needed a basket to place it in, then stack it at the very top of the dryer. I was about to go out and buy a new one, but remembered I had a wicker basket in my shed that I was trying to sell on Marketplace. It was our cat's first bed when she came to us as a kitten. Now it's been repurposed in the laundry.
* I used a $20 Concierge Rewards voucher from The Good Guys store to get a 4.2 litre of Omo laundry detergent for $17 ( full price is $37 ). This works out cheaper than any branded laundry liquid even on sale in the supermarkets.
* I dug up a few potatoes and the last carrot from our garden.
|Our potato patch.|
|In the garden|
|In the garden.|
|Luka and Bryson watching the new washing machine|
|Bryson is thrilled to 'help' Nanny.|
|The colors included.|
|I dug up our last carrot.|