Saturday 4 November 2023

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 4th November 2023

 Thankyou to everyone for your kind words regarding last week's post.  All is good in our world right now and we've had calmness and normality for over 2 weeks - YAY  !!!

Although we are a little late,  we've started preparing our vegetable garden beds for Spring planting.  We still have silverbeet growing in abundance and we pick it regularly for our own meals as well as giving the chickens a treat. 

Here's a list of what we've been up to over the last few weeks ( or months ).

*  I made a batch of coconut, olive and rice bran oil soap from scratch.  The ' batter ' was divided in half to make natural soap.  The other half became colored / fragranced soap.  I've already sold 4 soaps to a friend and many will be given as presents at Christmas. 

*  Dug up well over 5 kilos of ' free ' potatoes from our garden.  The starter potatoes were sprouting supermarket potatoes we planted wrist deep in a raised bed.  Others just popped up unannounced.

*  Picked silverbeet,  sugar snap peas and cauliflower from our garden to provide veggies for our meals.

*  Made enough air freshener / room fragrance to last the next 12 - 18 months.

*  Baked wholemeal bread rolls for Darren's work lunches.

*  Dug up 6 small raspberry plants that I will be selling in a couple of weeks.  

*  Sold a couple of unwanted items on Marketplace.

*  I've knitted quite a few cotton dishcloths over the last few months as a way of relaxing.  Most will be for use in my kitchen and some will be given as presents.

*  Picked flowers from our garden on numerous occasions.  The colors we have growing are just gorgeous and really do brighten my day.

*  Found quite a few gifts and craft items at Savers ' op shop '..  I always use a 20% discount coupon when buying to help lower the cost even further.  Op shop prices have more than doubled over the last couple of years so it really pays to donate and receive a discount coupon.

*  Made a big bottle of vanilla extract.  It's now in the pantry ' brewing ' and will be ready to use in a couple of months.

*  Made brown sugar from scratch.

*  Gratefully received lots of gift bags and some glass jars ( for jam making ) from a few people.

*  Baked wholemeal bread with extra goodness.

Homemade air freshener

Handmade soap

Natural handmade soap

From our garden

The latest potato haul

Huge potatoes

Getting ready for Spring planting

Picked sugar snap peas

Knitted dish cloths

Luka still loves the free entertainment


How have you saved money this week ?

Are you Spring planting or getting ready for Winter ?


  1. What recipe do you use for the air freshener? Thanks!

    1. There is a recipe in the thrifty living section with a HOME section . This time round I used essential oils and just added 10 drops.

  2. Great to see you back on the blog and I do love your flowers. Never thought a washing machine/dryer would entertain someone so much🤣🤣

  3. Those soaps are beautiful, my kids loved the look of the wave ones. They will make wonderful gifts

    1. Thankyou. It's a new mould and I was impressed with how they turned out.

    2. Your soaps look beautiful do your cloths and flowers.

  4. I was offered free Alpaca poo, bliss. I had to collect it but it was FREE!! My vegetable garden has never looked so great. The silverbeet is enormous but slowly going to seed, the chooks are happy. The peas and beans are shooting and I am picking broad beans. The self sown lettuces are nearly finished so I will be purchasing one next shop. At least they are a reasonable price unlike bananas - $6 a kilo. No, my husband will be going without this week!!


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