This week was a very good week in our frugal Tawhero household.
A couple of bitterly cold mornings found me digging out our winter clothes, which then in turn sparked me to go through ALL my clothes. I tossed some, ruefully packed some away that don’t fit because I’ve put on weight (gah!), and generally gave everything a good once-over. I realised I had a serious ‘hole’ in my wardrobe – namely a decent pair of jeans that fit properly – so I toddled off to buy a pair. I didn’t find anything second-hand, but I managed to get a great pair at one of our local stores and my loyalty card gave me 30% off. I’m not quite sure how that happened as I hardly ever buy from that store, but I’ll take it!
The weird thing is, it’s like sorting out my wardrobe has given me a new lease on life. It galvanised me into action, and I was a busy beaver most of the week, especially where saving a buck or two was concerned.
I woke up with a migraine on Wednesday (yay) and generally felt nauseous and yuck for almost the whole day. I’d postponed whanau night, which then left me with the dilemma of having to cook. It was very tempting to get a takeaway, especially as D wasn’t around that night, but I said to myself ‘nay young Angela, you’re on a Dollar Diet. Gird your loins, girl.’ [I really do talk to myself like that, I swear.] I rifled through our freezer and was grateful that I almost always have a few heat and eat-type meals in stock. Crumbed fish, I thank thee.
I was ruthless about eating at home and using up what we had. When we ran out of bread on Friday (and it was too late to make some), I didn’t nip out to the shops to buy a loaf. I whipped up a tuna pasta salad instead, easy-peasy. I finally found a use for the tin of applesauce that had been sitting in our cupboard for ages (turns out your two-and-a-half-year-old will just love it and basically just eat that for his dinner). Two bananas and half a pear that were starting to turn got baked into banana bread. Slightly-manky-looking veg got thrown into a shepherd’s pie.
I’d bought two packets of malt biscuits (they were on special) as a treat for my children. They turned up their nose at them because they like a different brand. Toddlers! No amount of persuasion worked and now I was stuck with two packets of biscuits that I wouldn’t eat myself (too sugary). I did however have whanau night, our minister’s ordination (such a big deal, yahoo!), and my FIL and S-MIL come to visit, all within days of each other. So I made my family’s fudge cake recipe that has been lovingly handed down from generation to generation. Okay, so from my auntie to my brother and I…
Anyhow, it was a brilliant choice. Fudge cake keeps well for several days, everyone loves it, and you can eke it out if you cut it into bite-sized squares. One batch did all three occasions.
The kids and I had a grand outing this week, which barely cost us a cent. My mother very generously paid for the tots and I to go to a Peppa Pig stage show over in Palmerston North. It was so. much. fun. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, me or the kids? Bing bong boo, I say! The tots behaved beautifully – even though it was Chip’s first-time at a show. Chip was obsessed with Daddy Pig, screaming with delight every time the porcine father appeared on stage. It isn’t the sort of thing our budget normally allows, and I was very grateful to my mum for treating us.
We topped the day off with a trip to their favourite place in Palmy North, Te Manawa. Te Manawa is a wonderful, free museum that is pretty much paradise to my children. It is an incredible yes space, with so much that children can play with, sit on, create with and touch.
The weekend found us with two sick tots on our hands. Sausage with a cold and Chip with a vomiting bug. Such is the reality of life with two small children. My MIL offered to watch them for a bit on Sunday afternoon. I leapt at the chance to actually leave the house! (Hello world, I missed you.) D and I went to the library, and then bought a drink and muffin each at a cafe, where we sat and read our books in blissful, sickness-free peace. A lovely date!
What frugal wins did you have this week? Chime in below