My Vicky Challenge for last week:
I made the usual work lunches and coffees saving $100.
Hilde gave me heaps of beautiful lemons.
They are way bigger than the ones in the stores and very juicy. In the store they are currently 98c each. So my lemons are worth around $85!
My mission now is to make them into wonderful things and this will increase their value several more times!
I made 18 individual containers of chicken soup. Single serves of "homemade soup" are around $5 each in the supermarket. Less the cost of ingredients this saved $75
I made quiches for dinner and spares. I am counting $25 on those.
I made a heap up as mini ones for lunch boxes.
I love discoveries like this!
I sewed a heap of flannelette hankies and tore up a heap as well to be "disposables" for sickness. I estimate even if I only count the hemmed ones I saved $96.
The cardigans from the op shop.... one was Sportscraft silk and cotton. It is really gorgeous. I know I saved well over $100 there.
Also I mended a sheet, I extended it's life a lot at least!
I wrote $680 into my savings book.
My savings thoughts for today are about having plan A, plan B and maybe plan C! Vicky always says how this or that happened and her plan A went west so she went on to plan B. And usually it turns out she got a whole lot of plan B accomplished!
How often is it that our plans fall to pieces due to weather, illness or something!? It can be really frustrating when we have worked out our plan of attack and it comes to a grinding halt.
Being flexible and going on with something else can be just as good and beneficial.
Doing nothing because the first plan didn't work out is just a waste and infuriating!
Mostly I try and have a plan B. If the weather was suitable I planned to do a lot of pruning, washing and drying, filling the green bins etc this weekend. Plan B was in all likelihood the weather would be terrible and I would sew and cook. Either would be good.
But the sun shone all weekend! I was up and down a ladder pruning our rose arbor, finishing the pruning of the standard roses, I pruned my giant Mop Top tree, filled green bins, dried all the linen in the sun and generally soaked up as much winter sun as possible.
Did I mention I slept well last night!?
This winter has been one big plan B for me. I planned to be painting. It was an unrealistic plan anyway as you are not meant to paint in cold temperatures. And outside painting would be out due to wind and rain. Otherwise my arm injury meant I had to go to Plan B. So over winter I have worked on stocking the freezer, building up the pantry and present cupboards, cleaning and organising inside. At least all these things will be in good order when I get back to painting in spring. Overall I will still get everything done that I planned for the year. Just with different timing!
Another area I love a plan B is shopping. I do not specifically menu plan ahead of time as I do not know what the best specials will be. So I keep an idea of what to make and then shop for the best buys. It might be that I want to make soup and have pumpkin soup in mind. But I will get there are see pumpkins are quite expensive and so will go with plan B which is whatever vegetable is on the best special!
You have to be flexible or you miss out on the best deals.
How do you use plan B to still get things done? It can really help to have a list of things to do on Plan B days. Wash the woollens, sort the photos or various things that can be hard to get to.
Plan B might be substituting an ingredient. Changing major plans. Holidaying at home. Sometimes plan B turns out better than you would have imagined!
The key I learned from Vicky is to be happy and get on with plan B rather than spend the day upset at the demise of plan A. Having a plan B in mind seems to stop you feeling upset when things go wrong.
A productive day is a productive day!
Now I hope to have a good week and get lots done. Over the weekend we decided to join Costco. We weren't sure but there is something Andy needs for his business that is so much cheaper at Costco the membership will have paid for itself in this one item. So now to make the most of it for the next year!
Any good tips on Costco would be really helpful!
How did you save and earn last week?
I hope the new week will be a great one for you. xxx