Last week I wrote about all the things we are doing, or intend to do to tighten our belts while our income is a bit lower than usual (due to D starting a new business).
D and I set to that belt-tightening with great gusto, so here’s an update on how we are going.
- Become a one-car family. We’ve put our People Mover up for sale and are hoping we get a decent price for it.
- Buy a bike trailer. We’re waiting for the car to sell before we do this.
- Wean our son off soy formula and onto soy milk. This is going really well. Chip is happily taking bottles of half-formula, half soy milk. We’ll up the milk over the next few days.
- Be more diligent about using cloth nappies and wipes. This is going REALLY well. I cut up cloths and put them in a jar with a couple of squirts of cetaphil and some water. It works like a charm. The dirty cloths go into another glass jar. I chose glass jars as they are easily cleaned and sterilised in our dishwasher. We’ve been really diligent with using cloth nappies, although I wish I could find some that my son doesn’t wet through immediately when he does a wee. One day I changed his clothes four times!
- Shop our pantry. Done. You can see it here. I absolutely recommend doing this. For me, there was something about seeing what I had as a list, that got me thinking ‘Oh, I can make x, and combine y and z together…’
- Use up all the fruit and veg from our garden. This is going well, and if we get some decent weather I will be putting in another big veggie garden soon. We are incredibly fortunate to own a place with many established fruit trees, and my sandwich garden has a good crop of broccoli, onions, lettuce and leeks that are ready for munching.
- Say no to any unnecessary entertainment. This is the only category that we have not done well in this week. My wonderful cousin is visiting from Oamaru (and a shout out to the ones left at home, we miss you soooo much!), so I have had such a good time hanging out with her this week. We’ve had few treats as a result, but quite frankly this is why we are on a Dollar Diet – so we can have some treats when special people come to town.
- Make our own cleaning products. See cloth wipes above.
- Sell off our unwanted items. I haven’t listed my things yet, but plan to this coming week. But I have sorted through everything and have made sure clothes are ironed etc for photos.
- Do our own DIY as much as possible. D and his side-kick J finished off putting a gate to close off our backyard from the front. It looks great.
Not a bad effort. Next week our entertainment budget will go back to zero. It is school holidays here, so we don’t have our usual playgroups to go to, but I do have several things lined up for my tots to do, and plenty of time spent playing and mooching around doing nothing.