We saved money by:
I made a giant pot of Broccoli soup as Broccoli was on a big special.
I had a big cook up and made masses of spaghetti sauce, pasta bakes and lasagnes.
I gave one to Lucy and we cut it up into individual serve sizes and froze several dinners worth for her. This is so handy to have.
Andy had been needing drawers for his office. He looked in Officeworks and what he wanted started at over $100. On Tuesday he arrived home with perfect drawers that I thought he had bought but they were a road side find! So thats a saving!
I made all the work lunches.
We had a dripping tap and a leak where the water goes into the washing machine... Andy fixed both of those.
I used Coles vouchers to accumulate a lot of points towards a gift card. Also I learned to check each docket and this led to another 500 points. (Thanks Kaye!)
I shopped at Aldi. This was fantastic. I stocked up on basics that are much cheaper there. Also I added to my gift cupboard. They had gorgeous kitchen wares in Chloe's kitchen colours. Some was enamelware. Having bought some for Dad in a kitchen wares store I knew what amazing bargains they were. I was over the moon.
I treated myself to some pink enamelware. I got pie dishes and a baking tray.
Aldi had Caviar Power skin care on special. I had heard a lot about this. British magazines tested it and it beat very very expensive brands by miles. And I also had a personal recommendation that it is simply divine. And it was marked down!
Skin care can be very expensive and over the years I have tried so much! Because the girls were in the beauty industry I have been able to try some beautiful brands. Eventually I discovered a few things and these days I buy Loreal and Olay mostly. They are excellent and a fraction of the cost of the beauty department brands (and yet the same ingredients) So I decided to try this Caviar.
There is a mask, serum, scrub, foundation, day cream and night cream. All together this was 1/4 the price of one item that it compares to in the department store.
Well, it is the nicest thing I have ever tried! I just love it. And it only is in store once a year. Yesterday four people complimented me and one was super sleuth Lucy. She asked what had I done different? I looked much better apparently. You can rely on daughters I tell you!
I am totally hooked on this. I thought I would mention it as skin care can be a ridiculous expense. Like hair care and hair dressing these things can amount to thousands a year and do for lots of women. I know I save over $2000 a year on my hair. And more on doing my nails and pedicures etc. And something massive staying away from cosmetic counters. But now this! It is just beautiful and totally agrees with my skin. Very happy! Love Aldi!
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I gave myself a hair cut and deep conditioning treatment.
I built up the home, feathered my nest and got ahead by:
Adding meals to the freezer.
Helping the girls with meals.
Making little outfits for Harper and pretty socks.
I added to the pantry with a little battery operated radio for $5 that I found on a mark down table. A battery operated radio is an absolute necessity in a crisis if the power is out. That is how you know what is going on and what to do. This is a spare for us.
Also I added to my plastic tubs several items including powdered milk.
I hope you had a very good week! How did you save money and build up your home?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx