Some of the ways I feathered the nest and saved money include:
On the weekend I was tired and wasn't sure I felt like cooking and Chloe was coming to dinner. I decided to just do it anyway and made a nice meal and made up Golden Syrup Pudding. Being winter here it is time I made this! It is so easy and everyone was happy!
During the week I made three potato bakes (one to give away) as I had a lot of potatoes that needed using up.
I had ordered handles for our bathroom cabinet online after finding I could get a box of ten on Ebay for the same price of two nearby. The eight spare are going to be a lovely craft project! The two we used look beautiful!
Since the large amount of hot water that flooded my cupboard I had to start again. This was one way to wash a cupboard out. So I organised my under the sink area all clean and fresh.
On that note, we had another insurance guy out and this guy agreed with the first guy. Now we are waiting on a third guy. This is not moving fast but the verdict is sounding good. Soon I get to pick out new floors!
A beautiful brand of hair colour was on sale in one of the cheap shops! (At a savings of $10 per box) I grabbed eight packs. Instant savings of $80.
While I was there I got big packs of magic erasers. I LOVE these. They are $4.95 in the supermarket. You can clean anything, they are amazing. The other day I was cleaning the outside of my crockpot. I scrubbed and scrubbed. (stuff had boiled over and baked on...) Finally I just dampened a magic eraser and used that. Within a minute it looked brand new.
Anyway the cheap store had packs that were giant slices that you cut up yourself to whatever size you want. I bought six packs and got four from each. Compared to the supermarket I saved $95!
Now I have a big supply!
I pruned the rose arbour. I did it over three days and it's done!
I cooked a corned beef for Andy.
And made tuna mornay for an easy dinner.
Yesterday I went to K Mark and got ten bottles of shower gel for 50c each. I am so pleased! Following a stockpilers Facebook page tipped me off about this.
There is a K Mark close to Lucy's house. The check out girl said "that will be $5" and looked amazed.
Recently I have found following the catalogues, stockpiling groups, specific stores, the wholesale butcher etc. on social media has been a really big help. You get tipped off about some fantastic specials. I am still adding more as I think of things to sign up to.
I went to an op shop and found a lovely nightie for Kath in the nursing home ($3) plus another that is a fine silky cotton. I thought it might be a Liberty print as it feels exactly like it. It is a large size and it has given me a couple of meters of gorgeous fabric.
I also found two cup, saucer and plate sets that are Royal Doulton for $5 each.
Lately I had broken a couple of cups. This is the way to have beautiful cups and saucers! Very happy!
We need to pack up all the cupboards in the kitchen, lounge and dining room ready for all the furniture to be moved and the floors to come up. Each day I have worked on this and treated it as organising and spring cleaning. It's a pretty big job. But the whole back of the house will be spring cleaned before actual spring!
Andy had no paid work this week and it is the first week this has happened. He got on with work in the yard and things that need doing so he was busy the whole time. However this is unsettling.
Also I noticed the the price of fruit, veggies and meat has just gone up and up. There are very few good specials. And we have been told electricity is going up AGAIN by 18% this time... and that so is water. So when you look at it that is both basic foods and basic utilities....
I have decided to go further afield at least once a fortnight as I know two fruit and veggie shops that have amazing bargains. They are just further away.... but I can incorporate a couple of good op shops in this trip.
The same applies to a wholesale butchers that is very good. We might make it once a fortnight there as well. Last year they had lamb shanks for $1 each. I hope that is true this year! (They have a weekly email of specials so I signed up to that).
We had beautiful sunny days and cold nights all week until rain today. It was really lovely.
I added to the pantry as I have spaces since I did a lot of rotating.
I wrote $495 into my savings book.
How did you go this week? I hope you found lots of ways to build up your home, save and get ahead.
Have a good weekend! xxx