Sunday 9 June 2024

This Week's Frugal Tasks Saturday 8th June 2024

It's been one of those weeks where I haven't done a lot frugal - wise.  Yes the housework has been done,  I've been to work,  done a little gardening and cooked and baked.  

Many of the frugal things I do are just second nature and I don't think twice about them.  I save a little water here and there,  use up leftovers,  turn the lights off when I leave the room and reuse anything I can.

Here is my very short frugal list for the week -

*  I made 2 batches of muesli bars.  One had chopped nuts in it and the other had more cereals and fruit.  Both turned out beautifully and we are both enjoying them.

*  I juiced and zested the last of the free lemons.  Both the zest and juice has been frozen for future cooking,  baking and cordial making.

*  I mended 2 more pairs of Darren's favourite character socks.  I'm trying to keep them going for as long as possible because Luka and Bryson love to see Poppy wearing them.

*  I dried some flowers from an arrangement Darren took home from a charity event.  If they dry nicely the plan it to put them in a vase / jug with some artificial flowers I already have on display.

*  I cleaned the kettle with citric acid.  I also cleaned my clients kettles too.  

*  I cleaned the dishwasher filters and gave the dishwasher a good cleanout on a long hot cycle with vinegar and bi carb.

*  I made up a bottle of surface spray using cooled boiled water and dishwashing liquid.  I use this to clean my whole kitchen and the bathrooms.

*  I cleaned both the ovens using magic erasers and dishwashing liquid.  

*  I gratefully received more free lemons.

*  I picked silverbeet from our garden for a couple of meals.

Lots of pantry staples

Growing potatoes in Winter

Homemade muesli bars

Our mandirins will be ready to pick soon.

How have you saved money this week ?


  1. I love your pantry jars Wendy they look so nice. I was just given some lemons too I am so thrilled. Citrus is so good. The muesli bars look great too! xxx

  2. You can clean your kettles with the lemons after you have squeezed them.

  3. Chris. I have used up freezer meals, pumpkin soup mostly. I cooked my famous bucket soup made with lots of veggies and herbs from our garden along with a ham hock from the freezer. I froze 3 containers of these for when I’m away so hubby is fed. I brought gourmet pies that were 40% off for one night and frozen another packet. I planted a garden with cuttings to fill it where we just put a new native. I brought the few things I needed to make blueberry and lemon muffins from our produce. Freezing these to keep hubby fed while I’m on holiday. Picked and froze the last of my basil. Picked lemons for my family and friends and dug out a garden full of excess strawberry plants and gave them away

  4. I am going to try your muesli bar recipe tomorrow, Wendy. I think they'll be great for lunchboxes. I got some free lemons too through our Buy Nothing group. I will have to squeeze these and freeze juice for later use. Also:
    * picked silverbeet and spring onion from garden and made an impossible pie
    * picked homegrown pineapple (very small), chopped and added to pizza
    * made choc chip and oat bars
    * heated up some roast veg I had frozen to add to a zucchini slice I'd made for dinner one night
    * got a few things on special at supermarket
    * filled up car before price leapt here
    * turned lights, TV, microwave, toaster and wash machine off at powerpoint
    when not in use; I do this routinely.
    * watched show for free on ABC iview and read book from library.
    Have a lovely week!

  5. Wendy,
    I just found your web page. Looks like you and I have a lot in common. I have always grown a garden and canned and frozen vegetables and fruits. I am 85 years old and can't do as much as I once did. My son-in-law built 3 raised beds for me and I love them. My daughter has taken over the big garden so I get to have fun with my little garden. I will follow you to see how frugal you are. God bless you and your family.


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