Andy had work in bits and pieces all week and as we all know bits and pieces all add up!
This week was my first week of an experiment in travelling further afield for fruit and veggies. The prices of these have been through the roof and getting worse. The other day I bought ONE tomato to give you an idea. So this week I headed off to a fruit and veggie shop that I know of and have had success at before, it is just a bit out of the way.
Well, it was worth it! Overall things were about half the price they have been locally. But some things were about quarter price!
Everything was fresh and lovely and there was a man out the front playing the harmonica! It had atmosphere!
These cauliflowers were HUGE. Our local cauliflowers have been $7. These were twice the size and $2.99 to give you an idea of the difference.
So I did a big fruit and veggie shop and then I got my meat from Aldi.
This really only added half an hour to my shopping day. I came home with so much more having spent so much less!
Next week I am trying a different location. Then I will compare...
Where you live are there this wild variation in prices in different areas?
I ended up making a menu plan to use the things that need using first and it gave me a ten day plan of great abundance! So pleased!
Otherwise some of the ways I saved this week included:
I made two focaccia breads. I have chives in the garden which Andy loves yet I seldom use them! So I cut chives and sprinkled all over one and added cheese.
The other one I used up some left over sun dried tomato....
They were yum straight from the oven and with our meals during the week.
I made a chicken curry and picked mint from Mum's garden for raita which gave us another two meals. To go with this I made another batch of Naan Bread. This is so nice fresh out of the frying pan this is really good with a curry!
I got 16 large pieces so the freezer is re stocked with naan bread. These are $1.75 each in the supermarket.
I was given a few free lemons.
Also yesterday I washed the windows. All this sunshine showed up how dirty they were so I washed them and it looks so nice. It is like you get twice the sunlight in the house with clean windows! Beautiful!
I added a ruffled curtain to the bathroom and an op shop crystal vase of pink roses.
I added powdered milk to my food storage.
I wrote $174 in my Vicky Challenge book.
So that is my week so far! It will be so interesting to compare prices in another area next week. And these are just shops I know about... I need to find out about places I don't even know about yet!
How did you build up your home, save money or get ahead this week?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx