26 June 2016

The Week that Was

Wonder of wonders, today is Sunday and I'm actually posting my week that was.

The days go so quickly I really need to write down the things I do to save money, time and energy each day, or even as I do them!

Persevered with a particular card I want to make for a special birthday - here's the sixth incarnation.

3D baby grand piano card
I've saved the shower water and used it in the washing machine or to mop the floors or to water the indoor plants.

We've cooked all our meals from scratch, using ingredients we had in the pantry, fridge or freezer.

Gave AJ a discount docket for petrol and my Flybuys card so he could fill his car at the cheaper price and get me the points - I have enough for $60 in Coles vouchers, now I'm just waiting until they actually have something on sale worth stocking up.

Gave Wayne a big kiss and hug for the beautiful roses he bought me "just because".

A few weeks ago I broke my favourite vase, so I'm re-purposing a green Ball jar as a vase for these beautiful roses Wayne brought me on Thursday
Continued with the double batch cooking to stock freezer meals. This week I added ravioli pasta bake, curried chicken and quiche to the freezer.

Made a batch of pies for tea last night - they weren't on the meal plan but were requested. 500g mince, 1 onion, some sliced mushrooms and gravy made 14 pies for a cost of $7.20 or 51 cents each.

Used my membership card at the chemist and save 15% on the cost of my medication.

Returned an item to Coles for a refund because I found it cheaper at another store in the same Centre (saving $8!). The woman was a little perturbed that I'd found it cheaper but I was able to show her the docket as I'd already bought it.

Downloaded 23 free ebooks for my kindle from hundredzeroes.com.

Really enjoyed talking to two lovely women in Aldi. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I hope you say hello next time we bump into each other.

What did you do to save money, time and energy this week?


  1. Wow that card is gorgeous Cath!

    Sounds like you had a good week, I cant believe the price of your pies to make. Wish I had more room in my freezer to make some meals ahead. I recently defrosted and cleaned out our freezers and it hasn't taken much time to fill them up again.

    I think a lot of people get caught thinking that prices should be cheaper in the bigger stores like Coles and Woolworths, but sometimes it does pay to shop around, just as you did. The lady probably couldn't believe you actually took it back for a refund lol!

    I am getting back on track since returning home. Meal planning and budgeting are back in place. Hubby is planning a two month trip to Western Australia next April, so I need to pull the purse strings in tightly and start putting money away for that :)

    Have a lovely rest of the week,

    1. Thank you Tania! I have an order for one from a friend's daughter so I'll be making another one.

      Pies are really cheap if you make the filling yourself. I cheat for pies and use Aldi pastry sheets. I get two pies from one sheet, so 25c for pastry per pie. Then I either use leftovers or a simple savoury mince filling (mince, onion, garlic, herbs, gravy). Sometimes I just use baked beans with a teaspoon of taco seasoning or some grated cheese, the kids love these and they are so easy to do for a quick lunch.

      Our two big trips were cheap holidays compared to what other people do; the biggest expense was fuel. In 2014 we paid $2.86 a litre for fuel in Bamaga - that was one expensive fill up! Last year fuel prices had dropped.

      The most expensive caravan park was Alice Springs - I almost choked at the price of a powered camp site and we only stayed one night to use the laundry.

      We look for free camping spots; we usually find them and if there is anyone else there we get to meet new friends.

      We are in the middle of planning our annual November trip (budgeted and paid for already) and I can't wait. This weekend we're heading off to Ballarat for the Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill, I can't wait. I'm hoping to get some nighttime photos - I need the practice :)

      It's nice to have you home and I'm so glad you had a fantastic holiday.


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