But first.... Kelsey is right slap bang in the path of Hurricane Harvey. I saw this last night and thought it is heading towards her and it looks a shocker. Now I have heard from her this morning. She says yes they are right in the way and it is coming in Friday afternoon or so. She says she has followed us on our preparedness steps and is so glad she did! But she is home with a small baby so this makes it even more worrying. Please pray for her family and everyone in Texas.
Many of my savings this week came from one of my further afield shopping trips. I headed south to see Hilde as it had been her birthday. Of course we went op shopping and to the discount grocery store and the fruit and vegetable market.
Some of my finds were a huge book of roses which I will use for card making and note book covers and so on...
It has pages and pages of gorgeous images.
And a pantry book full of beautiful pictures and amazing information so I spent $2 on that...
I also found a lovely top and a cardigan, jars for my herbs, a pasta cutter gadget and a beautiful big basket for $3. Very soft flannelette pieces in baby prints. One is covered in little pink lambs. This will become little hankies for Harper and Scarlett. Also a large thermo for $3.
At the discount grocery shop I came out with an eight kilo pice of beef! (something like 17 lbs I think) I had seen these bulk pieces there before and I compared around and the meat was one third even of Aldi prices. I also got 4 kilos of potatoes for 50c a kilo (cheapest I have seen) and tomatoes as well.
Of course coming home from Hilde's I also had lemons and she had potted up some herbs for me so I have marjoram, mint and oregano new little plants.
It was a fantastic day! Andy's eyes nearly fell out of his head when he saw the beef and he carried it in for me.
I have to say this is just like old times when I did day trips in the country to regional towns to shop and save. It is so worth it. Very often I notice the first one or two items have covered my fuel costs. The rest is all savings.
I also found that the fruit and veggie shops there sell cases so I hope next time to get a whole case of tomatoes and be able to make pasta sauce etc.
At home I pretended to be a butcher and cut that beef rump into steaks and casserole meat. So now it is portioned out. And steak is for dinner tonight!
I made a Lemon Yoghurt Cake. Each week I am trying something different using yoghurt. Sooner or later this will be a post as if you start making your own yoghurt you will be amazed how much money it saves. This was a really nice cake.
Also I made baby food with a lamb shank and veggies, a corned beef in the slow cooker, baked apples as I had apples that needed using up. These just go into the slow cooker also. I made peanut butter biscuits for Harper. She is mad on peanut butter and these have one cup of pb, half a cup of sugar and one egg. Thats it. The recipe said a cup of sugar and I just halved it.
She loved them! When she sees the tin she says "More bisc" 😊
I juiced lemons and as my ice cube trays are all full this time I did a bottle of juice to freeze.
The jars are from my op shop day.
On the side of the road I found a large potted Agave plant. Chloe needs plants for her garden so she will get that.
I cut Andy's hair. Cut the rug as we say.
Lucy gave me some fabric which is perfect to make next years hot packs. It is a very thick plush velour.
I picked big bunches pf parsley which is hanging upside down to dry. Tonight I am picking more herbs to dry.
And I found my herbs and spices cabinet! It was in a second hand store. I have a space that is 20 x 20 inches and any height. I found this...
The top already has little shelves that wrap around and Andy will add some more for me...
These will suit my little herb jars! Then there is a slide in, slide out, work space in the middle (where I can mix up my mixes and recipes) and the bottom has larger shelves...
It was a huge bargain and they still gave ma a discount for cash. Of course next time you see it there will be pretty linings and it will looking a lot different (and cleaned up!) but how perfect and suitable and it fits my space like it was custom made!
I am still adding up my Vicky Challenge but it has been a great week of savings.
I hope you also had a very good week. How did you save, get ahead, build up your home?
Have a wonderful weekend. I am getting in early for spring and re doing my herb pots with fresh soil and moving some that need a new spot to grow.
On Monday we have the start of a series on menu planning with Laine. xxx