Some of the ways I saved money this week include:
I finished painting the living room! (except for the window frame as Andy is doing a repair there, then I can do that too)
I made all the lunches and meals.
All the things from the op shop were washed up and put to use. I have gifts, new tops, a new cardigan and Andy has a new jumper and two pairs of good trousers.
Some of the ways I built up the nest include:
I planted Oregano and Capsicums.
Painting in the living room plus I re painted my dining room chairs. They look really nice!
I cleaned out the fridge top to bottom, washed all the compartments and drawers etc. Also I added shelves to my fridge. I might be the last person to realise this but you can add useful shelves! As long as air circulates freely you can add stands and shelves!
First I added an under shelf basket. You can get these from cheap stores, IKEA etc. Mine cost $3.
This gives me so much room and less stacking of things! The bottom line is if you can see things better you waste much less.
The shelf liners are IKEA placements, not new just washed and put back. These plastic placemats can be cut to line any size although mine fitted just right!
Next I put a wire stand on the top shelf.
Feeling smug with success I applied this to my cluttered kitchen island storage space where things are always stacked and ready to topple.
I just added wire stands and made myself two extra shelves...
Plate stacking shelves and all kinds of tiered shelves are available really cheaply now. IKEA has so many and the $2 and cheap stores. As the week has gone on both the fridge and island shelves have worked really well!
I also added an under shelf basket to a laundry cupboard. No more stacking things! It is awesome!
Some ways I got ahead:
More went into my gift cupboard.
I added several things to my storage and pantry including batteries and honey.
My flannelette is torn up into super large disposable hankies plus cleaning cloths.
For my 100 Day Challenge this is what I wrote down:
(I did ok but didn't paint everyday!)
Day 27. Saturday.
Cleaned the kitchen island shelves, added wire shelves, re arranged and sorted.
Day 28. Sunday.
Cleaned out fridge plus underneath and behind. Added shelves and re arranged.
Day 29. Monday.
Sorted a laundry cupboard and added under shelf storage.
Day 30. Tuesday.
Cleaned skirting boards in lounge room.
Painting... painted skirting boards and painted dining chairs.
Day 31. Wednesday.
Cleaned the dishwasher inside and out.
Day 32. Thursday.
Cleaned all the mirrors in the house to sparkle.
This brings me to today! Today is the only sunny day of the week! I have sheets on the line! I might get some painting done this afternoon. Notice I am non committal... I am not sure yet!
How was your week? How did you build up your nest?
If you are participating in a challenge how did you do with that?
Truly, I always say it, but a little bit each day or even every week gets you there! Things just add up!
I think in terms of saving money, getting ahead, building up my pantry and gift cupboard, building up emergency supplies and back ups, doing something to make things work better, run smoother... and pre emptive strikes where you just know something is coming up and if you can get in early then it will go better!
There are good times when we can get ahead. Make hay while the sun shines!
I have a special and extra post in about a week. I just found a whole series of ways to save money, fill the pantry shelves and make gifts that are new to me. This is exciting as just when you think you are doing pretty well and you find some huge savings then it is pretty exciting!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx