Saturday, 13 May 2023

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 13th May 2023

Both Darren and I have spent some time in the garden this week.  Autumn can be quite busy for us as we prune the shrubs and plant our Winter veggie garden.  We try to get the sheds organised and cleaned so that when the cold,  wet weather hits,  we can get things out of our sheds with ease.

Here's how we saved money this week -

*  Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

*  Picked feijoas from our garden every couple of days.  The fruit is starting to slow down but I'm still enjoying every single one of them.  Feijoa season is quite short,  lasting generally from April to early May.

*  Saved the washing machine and shower warm up water.

*  Baked a chocolate cake using extremely basic ingredients.  I'll be sharing the recipe shortly.

*  Darren planted more seed potatoes in one of our garden beds.

*  Dried all washing on a clothes horse over a ducted heating vent.

*  Picked up a couple of  ' reduced to clear ' items in the Mother's Day section at Coles.  I'll be putting them in my present cupboard.

*  Made a green chicken curry using a sachet given to us.  From 2 chicken fillets I got 8 serves of the curry.  Most of it went into the freezer.

*  We received blessings of bread,  bread bags,  TVP ( textured vegetable protein ),  mushrooms and cooked rice.

*  Fed the chickens bread crusts,  grass clippings and dinner plate scrapings.   

*  Fed the compost bins with kitchen scraps.

*  Darren picked up a couple of meat bargains in Coles.  He was in the right place at the right time.

*  Picked lots of Chrysanthemums from our garden.

Darren's meat bargain

From our garden

In Mum's garden.

How did you save time,  money or energy this week ?


  1. Hi Wendy, thank you for sharing, Your posts are very inspiring . Darren’s shopping was a fantastic score. Sadly we only ever see a few dollars taken off meat, but something is better than nothing. We continued our frugal journey, by taking lunches to school and work, cooked all meals from scratch. I was able to fill my petrol tank at $1.71 per litre, yesterday. That is very good for our area. We spent $121.00 on food this week. I’m really pleased with this as our food bill had increased dramatically. We had homemade pizzas last night and tried to remember the last time we had takeaway. We couldn’t remember and don’t miss it at all. Have a lovely week ahead :)
    Happy Mothers Day

    1. Well done on the pizzas Rachel. They are better than takeaway.
      It's not very often we find a good meat deal. Like you, our local supermarket usually discounts meat by $1. Not a good deal t all.

  2. Drooling over the lamb chops. Here in the States it's so expensive. We usually have a roast at Christmas and Easter. It's a pricey splurge here sadly :(

    1. Donna, lamb is a bit expensive at the moment but the price is dropping a little. Legs of lamb are on sale this week for $9.99kg. Lamb chops are $12.99 - $14.99kg

  3. Best wishes to you and your family for Mother's Day! I have been given beautiful flowers this week ,both picked from a neighbors garden and from family. Have been eating frozen home cooking and 'bottom of the fridge meals,soup and fried rice and have avoided shopping this week.Had a laugh at the 'security ' sticker on the meat. It's become so expensive it will need a guard on the meat isle soon 😂

    1. Don't laugh. Many people in these times are so desperate they have resorted to stealing meat to survive. I saw a man pulled over by security a few weeks ago with a tray of meat and sausages up his shirt..

  4. Hi Wendy, great work on stretching those meals. Darren sure snagged a bargain there. All your flowers and Mums are glorious. Love to see all you do and save each week.
    Best wishes, Lorraine

  5. Chemist near my work has very reduced to clear make up $1.99 for 3 items and some were labeled $14,99 each ! So I got a few to put in my present stockpile which will likely go to my daughter ! Found few months worth of school snacks for $20 at my local iga clearance trolly that full prices was over $100.
    Rite time rite place sometimes .


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