I saved money and got ahead (caught up) in a few ways:
I altered some more scarves. Nanna Chel asked me about this. I just find most way too big and they drown me! I have cut them in half lengthwise, sewn them together in a loop and hemmed the raw edge. Then I fold them in half with two twists in the middle. (like a figure eight with two twists) Then I wear them!
Lately I have made adjustments to a lot of clothes and accessories and it has expanded my wardrobe heaps for free.
This week I tried something else with my sour dough starter. We have curries and butter chicken often in winter and we love Naan bread. It is quite expensive in Woolies as it is sold in packs of two for over $4. I read up on how it is made and noticed the recipe is pretty much just bread with yoghurt in it. So I went ahead and made my sour dough sponge, then my usual bread recipe (which I use for bread, scrolls, pizza etc) and I added three heaps tablespoons of yoghurt. I kneaded this and it became very smooth and silky... it took some extra flour.
You let it rise as usual. Then you roll out portions very flat and fry them in a little olive oil in the frypan. Like a pancake! They puff up and there you have Naan bread!
It was delicious! Also hot from the frypan it was so good! I had two lots of dough going and divided each lot into 12. So I had 24 Naan breads. When I looked up the price for my Vicky Challenge I saw this just saved me $50. I froze it in bags of two.
I will never buy it again. It is literally child's play to make. Why didn't I think of this before? In a way the sour dough starter has saved me money in new ways every week since I've had it.
I am working on a tutorial for anyone interested in sour dough. It is very handy as you never have to buy yeast again, you always have your own fresh yeast growing!
I made Butter Chicken and raita from mint in the garden.
My soup of the week was broccoli. I use chicken stock as my base. This was because broccoli was on the best special.
This week I finally printed a lot of photos, especially of Harper and Scarlett. I do not trust digital ways to save photos. Did you know Memory sticks have a life of about five years for photos? After that they deteriorate. Don't get me started on "the cloud" etc!
I then wanted some nice frames. I looked in a shop that had giftware and so on. I did find something nice but I needed quite a few so shopped around. The one I liked was $30.
Then I headed off to the cheap shop. I found some I love! Eight frames came in at $24! What a saving that was!
Aldi had towels in special buys. I got four bath sheets to go in our new bathroom for under $40. This is well under half price I expected to pay.
I made a big slab of chocolate cake which became lunches and the fishing day picnic.
I packed Andy's lunch from Wednesday to today, plus coffee. He took a pack to tea bags and things to work as they have a kettle and that is all. Everyone there sends out for lunch. I even sent a cup, spoon, tea towel... everything! I will get him to find out what everyone pays for lunch. At the last place it was over $20 a day. Hello! That's $100 a week on lunches!
I wrote up my Vicky challenge and it came to a much healthier $544.
I got ahead/caught up with all the Naan bread in the freezer and some portions of soup as well.
We made a heap of progress on the bathroom. I can't wait to show before and after photos. Before was bad. During has been a shocker! After is looking good! We have a floor going in next week and Saturday week the bath and everything should go back in.
How was your week? I hope you found ways to build up your nest and get ahead. Taking opportunities as they come, even small ones, really adds up.
If you are doing the Vicky challenge how much did you save by doing things yourself?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx