Here we are in the middle of November. That sounds so close to Christmas to me! It has me making lots of lists and trying to be organized.
These are some of the ways we saved money or got ahead this week:
Andy was offered some extra work and that will take up a few weekends. But he is very pleased. It is a great help.
I bought sugar and baking supplies on specials getting ready for christmas baking and also fruit season.
Andy's workmate offered us large rolls of plastic wrap (Gladwrap). When I saw them I was amazed, they are huge! This is them and in front I put my regular sized packet to show the difference...
Without taking into account the fact that it is so much wider and just going by the length this much from the supermarket would cost $180. Yep $180 of plastic wrap is mine. It will last a long time! That will be a saving about once a month or so. (for years!)
I earned 500 fly buy points with my voucher and a $30 shop. (towards my next free groceries)
I got some presents wrapped. I am doing a little bit most evenings so I get ahead...
I collected some post box and packs to recycle for free posting packaging of Christmas parcels.
This week I colored my hair, trimmed it and gave myself a pedicure, painted my nails.
Mum gave me some lovely foundation.
I checked the catalogues and this paid off too. Also Wendy posts the weekly specials for the Australian girls on her blog My Abundant Life so I check that each week.
Andy had built the range hood. My job is the painting. It is going to LOOK like stainless steel. I went to a local paint specialist and they wanted $140 something dollars for stainless steel paint. I would still need undercoat. Then the clincher... it was a non washable paint. The man could see by my facial expression that I couldn't get to the door fast enough by now. He said "yeh, that's kind of not very practical is it?" No it's not! So I went to the local hardware store and got undercoat, a stainless steel spray paint and the brushes I need all for under $50. So I saved at least a hundred dollars right there. Now to do it..
I made progress on my Use it up Freezer Challenge which saved money and making room for after Christmas specials and fruit.
The garden was largely watered by household water, I made all meals and lunches.
Some ways I feathered the nest and made things nice (and other stuff) ...
Mum gave me a beautiful flowering pale pink orchid plant.
The chickies have grown. They went outside and are outside full time now. Even this was entertaining. Their coop has a wooden floor. At first they didn't think they wanted to go on the grass. Grass just does not look TRUSTWORTHY. Anyone can see that. Eventually they went on the grass but only for a few seconds then they would dash back into the coop. Later they got used to it then if there was a puff of breeze that ruffled their feathers this made them all run back into the coop.
I can see these are TOUGH chickens.
Now we are good with grass and breeze and even crumbs. So the beginning of eating kitchen scraps has taken off too. Also the are learning to come when you call them.
Some goods were added to the pantry and cellar, toilet paper, water, toothpaste and pasta.
The house is looking a bit like Christmas even though we do not put up the tree and decorate until December... but the cooking and the gifts are around and it is FEELING like Christmas which is a nice atmosphere.
I was planning to show some lovely pictures sent in of what everyone is making for Christmas presents.
It is beautiful to see and many are from materials on hand so that is wonderful too. I have decided to make that a special post on Monday. Even my very youngest reader Emma has been busy and sent in photos!
If you have been making things for gifts (or even Christmas decor or cooking) and would like to show me and/ or allow them to be on the blog would you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to see and you might also inspire others.
I hope you had a good week! How did you save money, get ahead or build up your home? Some weeks are bigger than others but every little thing adds up! xxx