Having a break and thinking about what I DID achieve is going to be good for me.
Some of the ways I saved money this week include:
I am sticking to my A4 envelope presents in the post rule! I also went to the post office and found out how thick they can be before they go up in price and will normally try to keep to that. I also found out if you are on a pension or concession card in Aust. You can apply for a discounted rate for stamps and get a book of five free stamps. I thought I would mention that. Just google Australia Post Concession Stamps.
The A4 envelope rule will save me a lot and I need to do it. I know I won't be able to stick to it all the time but I will try to mostly! However A4 envelopes are horrible! At Officeworks I found I can get them in plain white rather than the awful organge/brown ones AND some colours. They had no pink but they did have pale blue! Then I decided if that is as good as it gets I am going to improve them myself. I want mail to look nice and it is meant to be a lovely thing to receive! So I am decorating my envelopes. Some things you can buy are just gorgeous but many are not! I always wonder why are sewing machines white? Why can't you get pink or other colours? Same with washing machines. And the same with envelopes!
Anyway I feel better about my parcel size restriction now I have pretty envelopes.
Lucy gave me a Hydrangea to add to the garden. It is one I have never seen before. The flower heads are giant size and each individual flower is massive at least several times bigger than a normal petal...
Next I have been picking peaches! The tree in the back lane is producing and I have picked some everyday. I have about 22 kilos now. (about double and a bit is pounds). They are not quite ripe. I needed to pick them as the birds are eating them.
Over the next days I will be cutting them up to use fresh. I won't need to buy fruit at all. And I am planning to make my use it up fruit cake plus peach crumble, peach pies... and so on! This year the peaches are small but they taste good.
I finished a couple of craft projects that have sat around. These are wash cloths and they will go nicely with my soaps once I get that made!
In the Christmas challenge I should have said lets finish any unfinished projects so we can use them as gifts. I am glad I have these done and in the present cupboard now.
I did the usual things, made all the dinners, packed work lunches, used water from the washing machine and bath on the garden etc.
I planted up heads of parsley seeds as a lot of my parsley has gone to seed. Last time I did this I ended up with hundreds of seedlings. I filled pots I have sitting around and hopefully they will make nice gifts down the track.
Some of the ways I built up the home:
I have the laundry ready to paint. It is going to look much brighter and fresher than it does now. I am painting it light yellow. My plan is to start over the weekend. I can't wait to see fresh new walls. The paint is the free paint I found and I am tinting it myself. So a near free repainted laundry.
This week I started rotating my pantry stockpile. To keep everything fresh and useable and not waste anything I need to be rotating as part of normal life.
Some of the ways I got ahead:
I added some bargains to my present cupboard.
I have the next two birthdays presents wrapped and ready (we have a lot of January birthdays in our family!)
Also for dealing with the peaches I know I have pie plates, sugar, pastry, jars etc already.
I hope you had a good week! I feel I had a good week if I kept on top of things and did a few extra things or got ahead in some way and I did!
How did you save money and build up your home? All your efforts to look after your family and home are so important. Little things add up too. Many things are little moments in time that are priceless. I had one that was rubbing Harpers tummy and feet. She goes all dreamy and droopy if you do that. Then if you tickle her she laughs and giggles. Just that made it a good week!
I need to write down some savings so I am ready for Monday and The Vicky Challenge!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx