D had to shell out money for a new pair of glasses this week. I am always soooo glad I have good eyesight because glasses are ridiculously expensive here in New Zealand – at least several hundred dollars a pair. D bought a pair locally a few months ago and got the cheapest pair he possibly could, as locally sourced pairs are much more expensive than on the net. They promptly broke a few days later, thanks to some rough-housing with Sausage. A little glue fixed them, but when Chip re-broke them last week it was time for a new pair.
D has learnt the hard way to always go for quality when it comes to high-use items like glasses. If he’d opted for a more expensive pair they might have withstood some rough-housing, and saved us paying over the odds for a replacement pair.
On a bright note I took part in a ‘Mamabake’ session, which was so much fun. The premise is that a bunch of friends get together to swap baking or prepare a meal that can be chucked in the slow cooker. You prepare enough to cover a family of four times the number of people taking part. Vegetable prep goes by swiftly with a cuppa and a good chat! We had a great time and went home with several meals that we can whip out when we’re having ‘one of those days’ and that we didn’t have to cook! Win-win, that’s for sure.
Other frugal things have been harvesting some tangelos and the last of our apples, and getting a huge box of clothes for the children from a friend. My tots are pretty sorted for the year ahead, I doubt I will need to buy them much at all for quite some time.
I had a big clean out of clothes and donated some, while others are (still) waiting for me to sell them online. I baked up a storm, although my banana-cake-that-took-three-times-as-long-as-it-should-to-bake had me stopping for a packet of cookies as the cake was intended for sharing at a friend’s house. Entertainment-wise we have kept close to home or visited friends, although Sausage has started a gym class this week. However, we have plenty of money in the ‘kids’ line of our budget thanks to not having to buy them clothes and other kid-related items so the new class is not a problem.
So the usual wins and losses that life brings this week.