10 April 2016

The Week that Was 10th April 2016

I have lots of down time on my hands at the moment so I've been crocheting sets of coasters to add to the present box. I've used up scraps of cotton yarn leftover from other projects so they're virtually free gifts.

Collected cold water from showers and kitchen; used to water plants and wash floors.

Cooked all meals from scratch (or used freezer meals).

Ordered a gift online after shopping around and saved $30.

Hung washing on clothesline to dry.

Stayed home most days so used less than 1/4 tank of petrol for the week.

My favourite body butter has been discontinued from the Body Shop range. I get this as part of my

Christmas and Mother's Day gifts each year and I love it. I was able to get a gift pack of the body wash, butter and hand cream for 40% off. Then I checked the Body Shop website and was able to order enough shower gel and moisturiser for the next year or so with free postage, again at 40% off.

Pellegrino's had sweet potato for 49ckg (22c/lb), eggplant for 99c/kg (45c/lb) and washed potatoes for 29c/kg (13c/lb). This has made two large vegetable moussaka, four large potato and sweet potato bakes, enough steamed sweet potato for 10 batches of Sweet Potato Chocolate Cup Cakes and left enough to use as veggies this week. The extra meals have gone into the freezer. I also bought a bag of Turkish rolls for $3 to make roasted vegetable rolls using the eggplant, sweet potato and mushrooms (for lunches, they freeze well), kiwi fruit and bananas and a big bag of mushrooms off the throw-out trolley ($3). I spent a grand total of $17.30 on this shopping trip.

The boys helped me transplant mini cabbage, mini cauliflower and broccoli seedlings this week. That will be the total of my winter garden this year, I'm just not able to keep up with it at the moment. Thank goodness for excess produce in the freezer to see us through winter.

What have you done to save money, time and energy this week?


  1. I'm having a no spend month. I'm using all my stuff from the freezer or pantry to cook. But today there was a stall at a framers gate. He was selling small pumpkins for a dollar or some for fifty cents. And some kale for two dollars. So for four dollars I have three pumpkins and a buff of kale to add to my stores and I've already had some of the kale tonight's I didn't think it was be a big deal to spend the four dollars lol

    1. Well food is essential and those were great buys. Pumpkins keep really well too so you don't have to worry about using them straight away. Lots of pumpkin soup, muffins, bread and scones coming your way perhaps :)

  2. Rebecca FinlaysonMonday, April 11, 2016

    I love the coasters!! Just beautiful. I really need to learn how to crochet.
    I'm due to have a baby in 10 weeks so have been stocking up on specials in the baby aisle. One thing I haven't bought is disposable nursing pads....they are so expensive for what they are. So I did a little research and found I can easily make my own. So far I have found enough cotton fabric and flannel to make 12 sets of washable nursing pads. I have cut them all into circles and sewn them together. Cost $0. Very happy mummy to be!!

    1. Congratulations Rebecca! Crochet it very easy to learn, it just looks so complicated and lacy. You Tube is a wonder for easy step-by-step instructions, ideal for beginners and your local library should have some learn to crochet books you can borrow. Perhaps you could start with something simple like a granny square baby rug for your little one.

  3. Hi Cath, what Body Shop shower gel and body butter has been discontinued ?

    1. They've discontinued quite a few, but the one I love is the Satsuma/Clementine. There are quite a few on sale at the moment both instore and online too so I was able to stock up and I've bought some to add to the present box for a couple of birthdays and Christmas stockings.


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