It has been an interesting week. The mood here in South Australia is not very good. I am mentioning this because this combined with what some of my US friends are telling me and several friends who's husbands lost their jobs in the last few weeks... is building a theme. Job losses. And not just job losses but the diminishing hope of finding another one.
Our third largest town is Whyalla. It is an outback town built on the steel industry. Right now it faces ruin and thousands of people face losing their homes and livelihoods. You cannot sell your house and move if no one will buy it! And no one will as who would move to a town with no jobs?
Over 7000 direct jobs are threatened by a company going broke, plus another couple thousand contractors then every job they support from the train drivers, the shops, the school and too many to even think about!
I thought how this morning I could't think straight to write because of how many friends live in towns that this has happened to (or is happening to) or who have lost jobs as they are somehow down the chain from one of these events.
All year last year we did a week by week of building up our pantries. Of getting ahead as much as we can. Keep going. Get ahead when times are good or even when times are ok.
I follow many blogs and benefit from the encouragement. A Working Pantry. Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, The Prudent Homemaker and the blogs I have listed on the right hand side of my page are all greatly helpful to me.
I have a wander around and try to find new information too. Except it is not always helpful. Yesterday I did this and found a page that looked good until I started reading. An example of their saving money ideas was this:
When travelling first class and there is a group of you it may be cheaper to hire a private jet.
I am not even joking. This was how to save money. I have a feeling they are not experiencing hard times.
I would need a box of tissues to deal with the tears of laughter streaming down my face except I don't feel like laughing!
From now on in Feather your Nest Fridays I am going to include pantry building to keep reminding us to be prepared.
So this week I saved money by:
I did more painting. Indoor window frames mainly and some preparation of outdoor window frames.
Andy caught more fish! This time he ended up with a couple of kilos of fish fillets. (Salmon)
I packaged up my soaps that I made earlier this year. I know that packaging is important to how I feel about giving what I have made as gifts. Anyway I am really happy as I like how they look and have so much added to my gift cupboard!
I loved soap making and will do it again next year. It was like when we make biscuits. All the perfect ones blame gifts and the imperfect ones are for us!
We did the usual things, ate at home, I sent packed lunches to work etc.
We were blessed with rain which was great for the garden.
I got ahead by adding some pizza bases to the freezer.
I added to my pantry. First of all it needed re stocking of a few things I had used up. Then I added long life milk, tomato soup and baked beans.
How was your week? I hope you found ways to build up your nest! Lots of small things add up!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx