I made a good plan on Sunday as I find doing this always helps my week and the last few I have not done that as I usually would. That was first. Then I hit the ground running on Monday.
This did help my week. I arranged to go to see Hilde and shop the fruit and veggie shops and op shops near her. This day of travelling further afield to shop always pays off. The verse that says "she is like a merchant ship bringing home food from far away places" comes to my mind even when I do a short trip like this! For half an hours travel the savings are enormous.
Hilde and I had tea and exchanged recipes and plans! We are both making Mimi's Limoncello recipe. I am set with my lemons which we picked from her tree...
This is the lemon tree. It is hard to show that it is huge!
The roof you can see on the right behind it is a really high roof as the house is on stilts!
We also picked herbs. This is Hilde's parsley she has these everywhere as they have self seeded and come up in cracks...
I came home with herbs plus Thyme plants.
In the local shops I bought hair products and colour at my usual amazing prices i.e. my hair colour for 33c a box (vs $19 each locally) and heaps of veggies. I loaded up the car with Queensland Blue pumpkins, sweet potatoes, baby cucumbers for 99c a kilo (2.2 lb) and everything I need for lots of soup.
In the op shops I found six crystal glasses for $7.50 which was good as recently I broke a couple.
I always admire how Rosanne stocks up on household supplies in the thrift stores. I have a list of things that I think are good to stock up on and one thing is sewing cottons. These are surprisingly expensive here now.
I found these...
They were all real cotton (not polyester) and each bag was 4 for $1. Almost all of them were new full reels.
This is what I ended up with all 25c each...
Forty one reels all up! I have never been so well stocked up!
Also I have been adding first aid books to each first aid kit. I have one in Andy's van, one in my car. I need another first aid book for the house. I gave the girls each one for their own kits. I do this because everyone relies on the internet for instructions assuming it will always be available and the power will always be on. I found two very good home remedy books to add to my household medical cabinet for $3 each.
Having seen Rosanne's medical cabinet and followed her thrift shopping I was thinking she would be happy seeing these! Thank you Rosanne for your encouragement!
I also found in a new looking black box... a beautiful black Bible with gilt edges. In perfect condition. What a find! I just love it.
From that trip I also have a huge cauliflower that is becoming cauliflower cheese tonight.
It was a wonderful day!
At home I had some other bargains including large Brie cheeses for $1.50.
My Flybuy points and vouchers came in the mail. This is kind of the closest thing we get to coupons here. I went online to redeem my points to dollars I can use in Coles.
It turned out that I have $50 to spend! I will turn that into at least $100 with half price items and specials. So I am really pleased and I then sat and stuck my weekly vouchers into my diary for the next few months.
I realised I have not been counting Andy's work lunches in my savings. For a while he was working at home. Now he works in the city in the mornings and at home from about mid afternoon and I am packing lunches again. This saves $100 a week but he assures me most of the guys at work spend all over the $20 a day that I count.
I made a big curry in the crockpot and made a raita from Mum's mint and homemade yoghurt.
This gave us two dinners plus a meal to put in the freezer. It was so delicious!
I need to add this all up for my Vicky Challenge. Andy already added his up to be $440. That is pretty darn good!
Today I am heading to Coles where I might convert my voucher to pantry goods if I see great deals... I have heard they are clearing many brands of shampoo and conditioner... I decided I better check this out.
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your nest, get ahead or save?
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx