The good thing is that Andy got four days design work and he has mainly been working on that and he is expecting more of the same next week. So he has work and it is just that the days routine is different as he is home.
Another good thing is we have had good soaking rain. On a really dry garden this is beautiful. More is meant to be coming so I sat my houseplants outside for a drink of rainwater and a good wash and dusting. Nothing does house plants more good than rain!
Easter was lovely. Harper loved her kangaroo family. But I think it was the wrapping that made the big impression as she kept saying "wow, wow, wow!" which was so cute!
Andy found me the prefect Easter card...
So... some of the ways I saved money this week included:
My Aldi shop. I continue to realise they sell things I didn't realise they sell! Each time it turns out to be another saving. I have made my shopping trip day Wednesday to coincide with the special buys. I even love it as an outing! I am both saving money and getting more groceries which builds up my pantry. In fact you could look at it as building up your pantry for free.
I did a lot of sewing. I got my machine out and aimed to do something every day from a mounting pile of mending and alterations. I thought it would take forever but doing a bit everyday got me there in four days.
I made 4 large heat packs from some lovely soft polar fleece type fabric.
Then I took in several really nice tops that were always too big and I never wore. This added new tops to my wardrobe.
I took in three skirts and now they are added to my wardrobe.
I had several beautiful scarves and pashminas in lovely colours that feel gorgeous, fine and soft. But they were not worn as they swamped me. I carefully cut them down and turned them into infinity scarves...
Now I will live in them in cold weather! They feel so luxurious! I got two out of each pashmina. I love them!
My sourdough came out and I made four pizzas.
I made the boys fishing picnic.
With on hand and frozen ingredients I made a crock pot batch of chicken soup. This gave me lunches during the week and I thought would help me get better. I have a motto to always have the ingredients to make this. I always have onions, parsley, dry beans, pasta, bay leaves etc. I keep chicken, garlic (as a back up) and chopped celery in the freezer always. There are usually carrots in the crisper.... it all goes into the crockpot and I can have soup for dinner. I can add some rolls from sourdough pretty fast too. Very handy.
My Mum gave us a lamb roast. This was a beautiful dinner and I made fresh mint sauce from the garden mint to go with it. Yum!
I recycled gorgeous paper I was given with an Easter present. It was sparkly! I was never throwing that away!
My honey gingerbread biscuits were my Easter gifts. I know Harper scoffed a fair few of these! I made several dozen. We had some, some went on the fishing trip, some were packed up in tins and given away. They are so easy and nice and everyone loves them. Children included. I get honey from the farm which is a bonus!
I wrote $390 in my savings book for my Vicky Challenge.
How was your week? How did you save and build up your home?
Have a good and relaxing weekend! xxx