Now I’ve finished a piece of work that was sucking most of my spare brain-power, I have more time again to devote to my blog and all things frugal. This week I was stuck indoors with sick kids. I thought we’d escaped the worst of what winter has thrown our way, but no, my tots seem to be catching everything just as the weather is warming up.
This week’s frugal happenings:
- Made two batches of tortillas which I used for enchiladas and burritos. Tortillas are seriously easy to make (it’s the cooking them that’s the time-consuming bit), and once you’ve had home made tortillas, you’ll never buy commercial ones again. For the enchiladas I made the sauce from scratch too. Yum!
- Found a mint-condition Tinkerbell summer dress from Disney at a secondhand clothing store, which will make a perfect gift for my friend’s daughter who is turning 5 soon. She is really into long, swishy dresses and this one fits the bill nicely. The wrapping paper and card are, as usual, handmade by my tots.
- Stayed home most of the week. This has been a self-enforced embargo on going out as my children came down with conjuctivitis. It is doing the rounds here at the moment and is ridiculously contagious. Anyway, saving my town from more pink eye saves me money on petrol and saves me from the temptation to spend.
- Stocked up on basics that were on sale at the supermarket. It’s not often I come away from a supermarket these days, saying ‘Wow! Great bargains today,’ but this happened to be a week where many of our regular groceries were heavily discounted. Items like canned corn and tomatoes were 75c each, toothbrushes were 58c etc so I stocked up on as much as I could and still came in quite a bit under budget.
- D won some headphones in a competition he entered quite randomly. He already has a great pair so he sold them on for $130. Apparently there’s quite a demand for decent gaming headphones, and the buyer was very happy with his purchase.
- Purchased at $60 meat pack from one of our local butchers, which I’ve then divided up into 14 meals (some of which include our whanau* night, when we feed 5 adults and 4 children). As we eat several vegetarian meals a week, I won’t have to buy meat for three or four weeks. For NZ prices, this pack was a great deal, working out at just over $4 per meal.
- D’s tax return finally showed up! That is now salted away with other savings to help with our moving costs. As we are moving islands (which requires taking our household goods and cars on a ferry), our moving costs will be in the thousands.
- I made a batch of gluten-free date scones with baking mix left over from my 100th failed attempt to go gluten-free. We have a GF family at my church, so I thought I’d surprise them with something nice for morning tea after the service.
- Gave a bagful of grapefruit to friends. I am not making grapefruit marmalade this year as we are likely to be moving soon and I am trying to take as little as possible with us. I am really going to miss all the free fruit our garden provides us with!
- We had several meatless meals, including baked potatoes, which D reckons are the best foodstuff ever invented.
Lest you think I am some sort of saint, I did splurge on some unwarranted things this week. After several days inside my MIL offered to take both my tots for the afternoon. I was so thrilled, I went to a cafe because I felt like I needed to celebrate! It was wonderful to spend time without being whined at, or having to wipe snot or eye gunk. I also went to a Tupperware party (for a friend’s birthday) where I came face to face with an old friend, their children’s tea party set. My brother and I had one growing up which we LOVED. I remember holding many, many tea parties in our shed. The tea set wasn’t too expensive (I don’t usually buy Tupperware as I think it is outrageously overpriced) and I plan to stash it away to give to the kids as a joint present at Christmas. So there you are, suckered in by nostalgia!
* whanau: (noun) extended family, family group, a familiar term of address to a number of people – the primary economic unit of traditional Māori society. In the modern context the term is sometimes used to include friends who may not have any kinship ties to other members.