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August / September Goals & Planning Ahead

July 31st, 2006 at 08:18 am

~ Have my credit card at Zero balance by end of the each month.
~ Come under budget. (But for Car it’s to come out of Bill A/C.)
~ Deposit into the online account.
~ Lodge my tax claim before middle of August
~ Pay All Due Bills on pension days.
~ Have my car service and rust proofing installed ($600.00 plus service.)
~ Chiro visit (one every 4 weeks)
~ Doctor Visit & 2 Hearing visits for August & September (paying the difference on hearing aid)
~ Known outings too budget for in August / September (Trip to the Annual Show, Lunch 3, Dinners 2.)
~ Live off my Bulk Food Assets
~ Make up another eight meals OAMC. Out of Bulk Food Assets.
~ Downsizing storage and clean these areas

June / July Goals & Planning Update.

July 31st, 2006 at 08:15 am

I did it, all most!

~ Have my credit card at Zero balance by end of the month. ~~~~ done.
~ Come under budget. (But for Car it’s to come out of Bill A/C.) ~~~ done
~ Open online account. ~~~~ Done
~ Pay All Due Bills on pension days. ~~~~ Done
~ Have my car service and rust proofing installed ($600.00 plus service.) ~~~ booked in August
~ Have my termite inspection & pest control done (estimate $180) (Had termites a few years ago) annual check. ~~~~ to-morrow
~ Chiro visit (one every 4 weeks) ~~~ done
~ Doctor Visit & Hearing Test for June.~~~ done
~ Five known outings to budget for in June. (Morning Tea, Lunch, Picnic, 2 Dinners.) ~~~ Done
~ Live off my Bulk Food Assets.~~~ done but bought some meat.
~ Make up another eight meals OAMC. Out of Bulk Food Assets. ~~~ done
~ Downsizing living areas and clean these areas ~~~ done
~ Visit by a relative in July. ~ came & gone

It looked like rain and it was forecast for showers today!

July 31st, 2006 at 08:08 am

So I got into the mowing, that I have been putting off for a few weeks now! It done!!!!

While I was at it, I watered the back garden and did two loads of washing plus hand washing and hung it all under my house. Where did I find the energy from, I don’t know, so all my large projects for this week are now done!

This afternoon I had a nap for an hour or so! Now I am working on the computer until Dinner time!

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Avocado Salad with Crackers & Herb Cottage Cheese Chocolate Cake Coffee
DINNER Pumpkin & Lentil Stew with Garlic Focaccia Bread

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $186.70

Buying Batteries.

July 30th, 2006 at 07:52 am

Out of cat food that they will eat. So it’s off to supermarket to get some for them as well batteries that I have run out of. I used the car, as I had to go to one down the hill to get them. I saved $11.86 on the batteries that I bought by buying a larger size pack. Special was on 4 pack AA$4.98 ($1.25ea) regular price $6.96 ($1.74ea) and I bought another brand and saved money. 16 for $15.98 (99c ea.) regular price $17.98 ($1.24 ea.) It does pay to have a calculator with you.

I have got rechargeable batteries but they are very old and only last a few hours before I need to replace them.

Watched TV for 5 hours tonight. Tonight watched Big Brother the last Sunday show (It finish’s to-morrow) then watch CSI which I don’t do most nights.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Crackers Muesli Bar Coffee
DINNER Honey Mustard Chicken with Vegetables and Rice, Fruit, Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $43.67
Today’s Savings - $ 11.86
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $182.80
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3804.22

Shopping for my friend

July 29th, 2006 at 07:51 am

Filling DF-M prescriptions at the chemist is one of my tasks that I do for her.

I dropped by the 2nd hand book store and bought 2 more cookbooks to read today. Saving $15.00 here.

Went to Hungry Jack’s for coffee and cone but as the Ice cream machine was out of order so I just got my coffee for FREE, saving $2.45 (Senior Card Discount)

Then it was off to the supermarket as I was bored and bought two packets of small cakes (16 cakes in all) at supermarket markdown, saving $6.00 on them.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Crackers with Avocado & Herbs Fruit Coffee
DINNER Roast Turkey and Steam Vegetables Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $26.95
Today’s Savings - $ 23.45
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $179.70
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3792.36

Cooking Minestrone

July 28th, 2006 at 07:59 am

Quite day cooking vegetable soup and working on my computer.

MINESTRONE (Vegetarian version)
This is Italian peasant dish with rustic style.

375g dried haricot beans or Italian Soup Mix (see instruction below.)
2 tsp. crushed garlic (jar.)
1 large onion
4 carrots
4 stalks celery
1/2 small cabbage
1 x 410g diced tomatoes
250g green beans
125g frozen peas
125g small macaroni or other pasta
2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley or basil
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan
8 cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock (Massel)
Salt & pepper to taste

Soak dried haricot beans or Italian Soup Mix overnight. Drain. Simmer beans in 4 cups water for 2 hours. (Italian Soup Mix, simmer for 1 1/4 hours see instruction below)
Saute in olive oil, cut onion into eighths and crushed garlic until golden.
Add stock simmer gently with finely sliced carrots and celery.
Slice cabbage, and green beans into large pieces (rustic style).
Add all vegetables, except peas; bring to the boil then cover and reduce heat until soup barely simmering. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
20 minutes before serving add peas and macaroni, bring to the boil and then simmer until macaroni is tender.
Just before serving, stir in fresh chopped parsley or basil and little olive oil.
Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan.
Serve 6-8

As I am cooking for one person and freezing most of this soup.
I UNDERCOOK by about 10 minute after the pasta is put in.
Rapid Cool - FREEZE HERE after removing the portion for tonight meal and any that will used next day.
Fully cook single portion in the microwave. 3 minutes if warm and 4 to 5 minutes when thawed.
Garnish with Grated Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.

Note: This soup needs to be THAW IN REFRIGERATOR then adding extra liquid and seasoning if desired. (I in mine put 1/2 cup water, extra tomato paste and extra garlic or dash of Tabasco sauce. Stirring just a bit. Microwave as above.)

Serves 6-8 (portion 1 1/2 cups)
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total cooking time: 1 3/4 - 3 3/4 hours.

Cooking - Italian Soup Mix.
Rinse soup mix before soaking. Soak soup mix for 6-8 hours (overnight if convenient) before cooking. As I have found that the bean soup mix need extra cooking, boiling for 15 minutes and change of water to stop wind. I now cook the bean first, until changing the water when the scum is to be removed. Then return bean soup mix to the stockpot using 4 cups of boiling water bring back to the boil and simmer for approx. 1 hour.

Tips: Any amount of soaking will reduce times.
Soups may be frozen for up to six months.

BREAKFAST Muesli & milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Apple Coffee
DINNER Poach Fish & Salad Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $175.25

Not getting a discount on a bill.

July 27th, 2006 at 06:44 am

I had to go for a long walk back to the hospital today, as my DF-M was charged the wrong amount on her prescription bill from the hospital. No pension discount on it. What a difference which her family would have just paid it! The charge was $45.60 but with the discount only $14.10 for just reading the bill seeing that her pension number wasn’t on it! Saving $31.50 for her.

While I was out I bought a fruit loaf markdown to $1.50 saving $1.95

I got to water my front garden this morning too!

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Pasta with Pasta Sauce & Tuna Fruit Coffee
DINNER Omelette with Cheese Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $3.45
Today’s Savings - $ 1.95
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $172.35
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3768.91

Driving my friend around.

July 26th, 2006 at 11:50 am

Driving DF-M to the doctor for check up on her asthma and then doing some grocery shopping as this first time in two months she has been able too! We had free coffee at Hungry Jacks as we were near there today too! Thanks to our senior cards. Saving $4.90

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Leftover Lunch from ‘two for one deal’ - Free
DINNER French Onion Chicken with Toast

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $170.55

First massage

July 25th, 2006 at 07:59 am

I had my first massage today, even had a gift certificate of $25.00 off plus medical rebate $15.00 off, still had to pay $30.00. I don’t think I can afford this too often on my budget at $55.00 a time after rebate. It was good but not that good that I would use food budget to pay for it.

I did some shopping while I was in the city today. I bought 3 DVD old classical movies for $12.00, RRP is $10.00 each. Saving $18.00. VHS x 6 pack (RRP each $2.99) saving $7.99

I got some sausages on markdown, saving $2.00. Lunch was ‘two for one deal’ saving $10.15 on food. Paid my quarterly Rates & Water Bill costing $298.95 saving $215.50 using my senior pension card discount rate. Still no smoke detector that I am looking for.

I put gas in my car after I came home on the bus today. It was 121.9c per litre with shopper docket of 6c off. I paid $33.35 saving $3.55

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH lunch out*
DINNER Fish Cakes Salad Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $688.84*
Today’s Savings - $297.10
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $169.75
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3766.96

Early trip to the airport with Morning Tea in the park on way home.

July 24th, 2006 at 07:55 am

It’s time to go back home for my niece, so up early and off to the airport before the sunrise this morning. She paid for me to park the car, so my spending today just gas and that I had paid for. Her plane left on time about hour after sunrise. It was good to see her after such a long time!

When I left the airport I didn’t go home, but went to a friend’s townhouse until it was time to go off for us to meeting up for morning tea in near by park with a group friends on northside. By lunchtime we were all ready to go home after a long chat. I think I was sleepy on the way home driving so I will not do this too often as 60km around trip, and starting out so early too! But I was just 10 minutes away from my morning tea group and 60 minutes away from home to go home and come back with the cost a fuel these days in two hours. No spending day for me as I was given parking money fee.

Monday Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $1.95
BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Macaroni & Cheese Apple Coffee
DINNER Devilled Sausages with Garlic Focaccia Bread Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $168.00

So much a like

July 23rd, 2006 at 08:21 am

As we needed to stay up so that DS & DIL could call in then they arrived home from trip up north for the weekend. (Visiting around 11pm at night.)

It’s Girl’s night on my computer and packing up a large owl, I gave her to take home. It’s funny that both of us have a collection of owls and never had any idea that the other collected them.

We are the same in liking old things so I know that some old family treasures may be heading her way in the future.

It’s funny that many a niece in our family takes after and look like their auntie than they own parents. Even when they a raised in another state or country. Many a times in the past when you put all cousins in the same room with they mothers and aunts, a stranger will always get it wrong when ask to pick mothers and daughters.

Cooking Turkey

July 23rd, 2006 at 08:18 am

I planned to cook from my stockpile so I put out a frozen Breast Turkey that I bought at Christmas, I planned to roast it in the microwave. It didn’t have the instructions for microwave on the box. So just did it like I roast a chicken in the microwave and it worked too! 10 minutes on high and then 10 minutes at 75% power for every 500g (650 watt) so as it was a 1000g Turkey Breast it was just a 30 minutes to cook in the end in roasting bag on roasting rack.. I had steamed vegetables to go with it.

The thing I bought today was fruit & vegetables, saving $3.00 on supermarket prices.

I pick up my niece, in the late afternoon when arrived home to cook the turkey breast. Very much enjoyed and I will have another few meals off it too!

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Apple Coffee
DINNER Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Steam Vegetables

Today’s Full price Tally $5.80
Today’s Savings - $3.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $166.05
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3469.86

Just Driving Around

July 22nd, 2006 at 09:02 am

Took my niece to work today very early this morning, dropped her luggage off at the motel that she will stay the night at then drove her to work around the corner 1km away. I will pick her up tomorrow afternoon at same motel. Joys of being the driver. I live about 15 minutes away but 45 minutes away if it was a weekday, cost of taxi to & from my place is expensive. No public transport at that time of the morning on weekends. (1½ hours trip if using public transport each way, anyway)

When I got home later in that day. My DF-M came home from hospital in the afternoon. When we checked her medicine, I found that chemist at the hospital gave her the wrong thing, so it was off to local chemist to see what could be done. It does pay to take all the items with you, as they had given her the wrong pressure pack for asthma. Which I had to drive too a different chemist before it closed for the weekend to get right one. Two hours to fix it up too! What a runaround!
In the end I just made it to supermarket to buy milk for DF-M before it closed too!

I never spent any money (cash) all day of my own money.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Coffee Apple
DINNER French Onion Chicken, Muesli Bar Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $161.65

Interstate visitor

July 21st, 2006 at 10:01 am

Today is day that my visitor arrive from interstate, my niece who I have not seen for 6 years and it’s 15 years since she has been up this way too! Very short stay as she is working on this trip. But at least I will have her here for two nights out of the three that she is here! My DS picked her up at the airport and bought her to my place.

Tonight, we went to the city to meet my DIL to say hello as DS & DIL flying out for the weekend too! We went shopping in the city as it late night shopping here tonight. (Only one night per week.) Bought some items for her family, as she will not be able to go shopping again before she goes home on Monday. Dinner we had at Sizzlers, lovely meal of Steak & Prawns with Salad Bar along with dessert & drinks.

I got a bargain in Red whiteboard markers when we went looking for boy’s beanies. Pack of 12 box @ $1.99 down from $14.99 someone had marked them wrong. Should have been $7.99, the whole stand too! Saving $13.00, I was able to give a few away and still save money this time.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Pumpkin & Lentil Stew, Avocado w’ Dried Herbs on Crackers Coffee
DINNER dining out*

Today’s Full price Tally $45.94*
Today’s Savings - $36.95
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $159.85
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3466.86

In the last 28 days I have

July 20th, 2006 at 08:41 am

Gone shopping or bought something. 17 times

Went to the city by bus 3 times

Drove my car only. 8 times

Had food bought or had for free away from home. 5 times

And had 11 No Spending Days

Lets see what next 28 days tallies will be.

12th week’s Summary of $$$ Stretching challenge

July 20th, 2006 at 08:38 am

Challenge at 12th week.
Kitty’s Real Spending Total $2533.63
+ 2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3427.84
= Full Price (RRP) Income Challenge $5961.47

Opening CC Balance $261
Kitty’s Opening Balance Rollover $292.97 ($141 .00 Bill A/C)
$$$Money in - $1080
= Total Income Balance. $1372.97
Bills Total $345
Other Spending & Groceries $418.24
$$$ Money out = $763.24
Cash $135.45
Cash Banked in other A/C’s $265
Kitty’s Rollover Balance $209.18 ($40 Bill A/C)
CC Balance $0

Hearing test today

July 20th, 2006 at 08:30 am

I got to get an hearing aid as I am going deaf in my left ear and losing my hearing in right if don’t get that left hearing aid soon! I am luck that our government is subsidize it, I will only pay for the extras that will make wearing it easier I hope! I thought that something was wrong when I slept though the siege a few weeks back. I had to pay a $50.00 deposit today but will get it in about five weeks time. I will include my savings on my hearing aid when I pay for it.

I bought 2 new books but markdown, saving $17.90. Lunch out costing $2.50 ‘two for one deal’ with free coffee, saving $4.95. Multi -Trip Bus Ticket using my senior card yet again, so saving $10.40

I did some housework before I went to the city today. So I am on track to have my house up to scratch for my visitors.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH lunch out*
DINNER Macaroni & Cheese, Paddle Pop Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $106.15*
Today’s Savings - $33.25
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $158.60
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3427.84

No spending day

July 19th, 2006 at 07:48 am

Visited my friend in hospital and I never went near the shops so it’s no spending today.

Tiding up my computer room so someone can sleep in it. As I am having visitors this Week-end.

I normally use the bed as a filing area so it has to be made again into a sleeping area for a few days. Not much of a problem, just moving the things around a some what!

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Coffee apple
DINNER Steak (free) & Onions Tomato Egg Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $157.25

Just visiting today

July 18th, 2006 at 09:10 am

I walked down to the hospital today to see DF-M.

I just visited her then walked back home it's around 2.5km trip. I never went near the shopping centre across the road!

MUESLI BARS (NO-BAKING)

1/4 cup LSA mix or crushed nuts
1 1/2 cup toasted or non toasted Muesli
3 cups rice bubbles
1 cup coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 stick (125g) butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup crunchy peanut paste

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a small pan combine butter, honey, raw sugar and peanut paste
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes without stirring.
Stir honey & butter mixture into dry ingredients, combine well.
Press mixture into a slab pan and refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting into squares.
Turn out on to a chopping board and cut into squares or slices.

Notes: Bars are best kept in the refrigerator.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Coffee Apple
DINNER Chilli Con Carne & Toast Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $153.25

Hospital visit

July 17th, 2006 at 07:33 am

DF-M is hospital with Asthma and will be there for a few days. I walk down to the hospital to visit her today. After I visit her when over to the shopping centre and got some markdown breads and some items to make some home-made Muesli bars that I plan to make soon!

BREAKFAST Muesli with Milk, Toast & Jam, Coffee
LUNCH Cracker with Chutney & Avocado Coffee
DINNER Scramble Eggs with Herbs, Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $15.62
Today’s Savings - $ 6.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $151.55
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3396.66

Charity Garage Sale

July 16th, 2006 at 04:31 am

Well it’s the local charity a few streets up from my home. Once a year they have ‘Fete & Garage Sale’ so I spent $21.00 there today. Other than this garage sale you don’t see or hear them at all. As it’s a closed-in day care centre for adults.

What I got for my $21.00 donation.
21 Cookbooks, History, Craft & Garden Books RRP $120.00 cost $1.10
Toaster oven almost new RRP $70.00 cost $5.00
Clariol Heat Rollers RRP $45.00 cost $2.00
5 Cookware dishes RRP $ 50.00 cost $3.00
2 folding chairs RRP $24.00 cost $4.00
Tupperware RRP $10.00 cost $1.00
Large Drink Ice Block for picnic & freezer RRP $ 6.50 cost 50c
250ml shower gel $10.00 cost 50c
3 CDs (1Classical Music & 2 Wiggles CD) RRP $60.00 cost $1.50
2 Garden Pots RRP $20.00 cost $1.00
Odd & Ends, & Kitchen Items RRP $ 15.00 cost 40c
Coffee & Muffins $1.00

BREAKFAST – 2 Boiled Eggs Toast & Jam Coffee
LUNCH – Corn & Chicken Soup & Toast Grapes Coffee
DINNER Fillet Steak, Egg, Onion & Tomatoes Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $430.50
Today’s Savings - $ 409.50
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $150.20
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $3390.66

Picking up a parcel

July 15th, 2006 at 11:08 am

While we were at the doctor’s yesterday. The parcel post arrived for DF-M. I was told that it was very large and heavy this morning and now we have to go to the post office to get it, as she has to sign for it. So that is our task today at the moment she is a little better but not much. Boy! It was big and heavy full of cooking ware from a party she went too when she was with her daughter in Sydney last month. I used a trolley so I didn’t have to carry it very far. She bought some meat on the way home. I got some fillet steak for my trouble. I spent no money today.

BREAKFAST - Oatmeal with Current & Milk, Toast & Jam, Coffee
LUNCH - Pumpkin & Lentil Stew Apple, Coffee
DINNER – Poach Fish & Salad Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $148.40

Driving around

July 14th, 2006 at 06:57 pm

As I am the driver for my friend M when her family are not available to take her anywhere. So today she is sick and medication that doctor gave her on Monday is not working. We went back to the doctor’s again! X-rays & blood test were taken and new medication given. We went the Hungry Jacks on the way back to the doctor’s for a fix of coffee then home. She’s not good. Saving $2.45

Later in the day I went for a walk and paid my phone bill and bought some avocados and some bread for my friend. Avocados were on special too! 4 for $2.00 or 69c at Woolworths next door were $1.25 each. Saving $3.00 here.

BREAKFAST - Oatmeal with Current & Milk, Toast & Jam Coffee
LUNCH – Egg Salad with Crackers & Cheese with Chutney, Coffee mandarin
DINNER - Steak & Onions Tomato baked beans Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $44.49
Today’s Savings - $5.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $145.45
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2981.16

Quite Day

July 13th, 2006 at 06:42 am

Other than doing some washing & watering the garden. I worked on the computer, reading & writing up some articles for most of the day!

After viewing TV program the other night saying that eggs are good for you. I have decided to up the number of eggs that I eat by two per week.

BREAKFAST - Muesli & Milk Toast & Jam Coffee
LUNCH – Soup with Toast Mandarin Coffee
DINNER - Omelette with Cheese Coffee

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $141.75

Lowest day for Gas

July 12th, 2006 at 09:53 am

My tank needed some more gas put into it so as its at lowest today I will buy it now!

Needed to go to the bank today, so I made a trip of it while I was out.

Also got my next few week’s supply of cat litter while I had the car out too!

By buying gas today I am saving around 16c litre, as while I am writing this up gas is back up to that level and rising.

BREAKFAST - Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH - Pumpkin & Lentil Stew, Mandarin Coffee
DINNER – Devilled Sausages with Garlic Focaccia Bread Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $79.87
Today’s Savings - $ 17.62
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $ 140.15
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2976.16

A trip to the doctor’s

July 11th, 2006 at 09:58 am

I took my DF-M to the doctors today. She has Asthma so she needed to be checked.
We stop of the supermarket on the way back.
Bought only some biscuits today.

BREAKFAST - Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH – Cracker Cheese Chutney Apple Coffee
DINNER - Pumpkin & Lentil Stew

Today’s Full price Tally $ 1.80c
Today’s Savings - $ .90c
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $ 138.15
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $ 2958.54

Banked my coins

July 10th, 2006 at 09:33 am

Today I cashed the coins at fruit shop as they are always looking for charges.
While I was buying my 2 week’s supply of fruit & vegetables.

When I next went online I transferred $35.00 over into my online line account.
I put cash into my coin purse, so now I don’t need to take money out of my everyday account for spending.

Still looking for one missing tax paper. Will phone to see if I can get a copy if I don’t find it by the end of the month.

BREAKFAST - Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee
LUNCH - Corn Beef Salad Mandarin Coffee
DINNER - French Onion Chicken with Toast Coffee

Today’s Full price Tally $9.95
Today’s Savings - $0
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $136.65
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2957.64

Looking at My Finances

July 9th, 2006 at 09:05 am

I didn’t do much today at all.
Counted coins so that I could cash them.
Balance finances for Tax, as end of financial year was June 30.
Now too find the missing papers that I don’t remember getting.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants, 2 Toast & Jam Coffee
LUNCH Soup and toast apple coffee
DINNER Omelette with Sweet Baked Beans Coffee.

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $134.95

Restocking my cupboard

July 8th, 2006 at 07:16 pm

Restocking my basic groceries that I was low on today.

Groceries that were on special and some bulk items that I needed so that I need not shop for the week and canned pet food enough for a few weeks I hope!

BREAKFAST - Muesli & Milk Coffee 40c
LUNCH -– Soup & Toast Coffee Mandarin 45c
DINNER – Poach Fish & Salad Coffee $2.50

Today’s Full price Tally $39.65
Today’s Savings - $6.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $133.30
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2957.64

Returned Broken Coffee Grinder

July 7th, 2006 at 11:35 am

Today, I drop off some books that bought for a friend.

While in that area I return a broken coffee grinder that I bought for a refund as it had a 2 year warranty on it. This was the second time that I have return this model in 12 months so I ask for cash refund of $15.00 this time and got it too!

It was suggested that I get some health tablets called Macu-Vision by Blackmores to Preserves Eye Health. Expensive as I bought 90 tablets bottle as this one was on special so I saved $6.20

As it was past late past lunchtime, I bought before I drove home 2 sushi rolls & green tea $4.90. As I needed energy boost! It's low-GI meal!

Drop by Aldi on the way out of the shopping centre for some cereal that I use for my own Muesli mix.

BREAKFAST -– Oatmeal with Current & Milk Coffee 45c
LUNCH – Macaroni & Cheese Coffee 65c
DINNER – Pumpkin & Lentil Stew Paddle Pop Coffee 80c

Today’s Full price Tally $38.83
Today’s Savings - $6.20
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $129.95
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2951.64


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