I had been reading Laine's Letters especially everything about how she shops and how she makes food go further in her household. Then we had Laine's latest tips on how she saves. Somehow all this had me prepare my lists more carefully and plan my day more carefully as well.
It ended up being the most fantastic day. Certainly one of the biggest saving shopping trips ever!
I also had coffee with my friend Hilde and she showed me her favourite op shops (thrift stores) and this was great fun! Boy did I make some good new discoveries!
After our shopping we went to her house and picked lemons! I came home with three buckets full and over the weekend I began working my way through them!
Just like before when I had Bay Leaves all around the house (like Cookie had roses all around her house!) now I have lemons everywhere. They are in bowls and baskets where every I look!
In the middle of winter beautiful lemons are bright and cheerful and smell good!
The first thing I made was a batch of lemon butter.
This is very quick and easy to make and has so many uses!
I filled pie shells and made deserts and a pie to give away.
I had the pie shells on hand as I knew I was coming into lemons! But this is the last time I am buying them. This weekend my project is to master sweet pie cases!
As I use lemons I save the peel and am making a big batch of lemon vinegar for cleaning products.... this will get added to tomorrow...
The plan is to make lemon cleaning cloths and lemon miracle cleaner.
Now back to the shopping day! We went into a lot of shops and got the best deals and then moved on. I ended up with deals that will last me a long time. One place was a discount grocery shop (for South Australians this was Rite Price) and I bought my hair colour for a price of 99c each. Normally they are over $18. Usually I would wait until they are on sale for about $12. A while back I got some at $5 and stocked up and was thrilled. But 99c? I couldn't believe it. I got 20! (that's a savings of over $300 there alone!)
I found huge bags of Broccoli for $2.
I got a pack of 12 Italian tinned tomatoes at 79c a tin. This is rare here!
The op shopping was amazing too. On my first stop I got a fine blue/grey cardigan that is pretty much my perfect find and have worn it basically ever since.
I bought 12 waterford crystal glasses. I am mad on crystal and I checked the price in the city and they are $150 for 6 at David Jones. I paid $3.
Then I found a King sized quilt and quilt cover. The quilt is Sheridan brand and was $15. I knew these were about $300 new. And the cover was Morgan and Finch which is a good brand too. It is hard to take a photo of but it is my idea of gorgeous!
I spent the weekend getting this all soaked, washed and dried then on to the bed! I love it!
Harper ended up with a beautiful velvet dress for $5.
I got a Royal Albert coffee cup! ($1)
And I got yards and yards of sewing material in the form of a Queen sized quilt cover and two pillowcases ($5)
I have joined in with Patsy on a sewing challenge (at A Working Pantry) and this is going to become a tablecloth, napkins and hankies. (handkerchiefs)
Also a large heavy bread tin for $2.
It was so much fun and I was amazed. With all of this (and the lemons) Hilde's sister sent me home with homemade apple strudel. What a day!
During the week Andy trimmed the hedge.
I made three trays of chicken enchiladas.
I also made 36 large sausage rolls. ONE sausage roll is $3.80 in the shops.
So it was a really good week! I am thrilled!
It was a week of new discoveries, learning, getting ahead and home building!
I need to add up my Vicky Challenge but I know it will be amazing! I am running a bit late with things as we have had another insurance man here this morning to give another quote on our floors. We just keep going with the next step!
This weekend I will be making more things with lemons! I also fill ice cube trays with lemon juice and freeze them for times when I don't have any fresh ones.
How was your week? How did you build up your home or save?
Take every opportunity to get ahead and remember little bits really add up!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx