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Archive for July, 2007

Lunch out with ex-work friends today.

July 25th, 2007 at 09:51 am

In the city today, paid my credit card off again in full and paid another bill too!

We went to the Sizzlerís again, just having the salad bar & drinks today $11.95 as they have put the price up again. Saving $2.80 with my senior card. Even though I went to five other places to buy things on my list not one had them anything I wanted so I just walked out again.

Lucky I did as when I left this morning, I was having trouble with hot water system, it over 13 year old so it a replacement job. The thermostat is gone I think, and the $200 to fix it for around 2 years is not worth it. As it only will cost about $600 Ė700 to replace it for next 10 years plus. Life span is around 10-15 years for an electric hot water system. It not economical for me, to buy solar hot water system at $4000 and only $1000 rebate with about same life span.

Why I know it needs to be replace is for the last few weeks it been just eating the kWh big time. I have been reading the meter every few days, have use 68 kWh since Saturday, and had NO hot water when I went to shower this morning and I used so little hot water in that time too! It took over 20 minutes to fill the tank until it overflowed, then I read it and check the meter box was on too! When I came home this afternoon I read it again I had use 13 kWh in 7 hours which means that thermostat is not turn off when hot and all I am getting is the laundry full of steam instead. I rang the energy company and found when the next power reading is and as I am 100kWh over now and still 4 weeks to ago before next reading. I spoke to a plumber, we will buy one and replace it on Saturday. In the meantime the power tariff that is on 24/7 used only 12 kWh in all this time since Saturday with 2 large refrigerators & chest freezer as well all the lights, TVís & computer etc. So another Major project expense this week, lucky I bank that $1000 rebate a few weeks ago.

Todayís Senior Card Savings - $2.80
Add to total $20 Challenge $87.50

Well Iím back on deck again!

July 22nd, 2007 at 08:26 am

I was having a bit of time out from writing here. I will try to come back a bit more from now on.

I went to Aldi on Friday and bought a pasta machine, so now I can some fresh pasta along with rolled oats & powdered milk as I do make my own cereal and yoghurt & mix my own skim milk. All these have a shelf life of more than 12 months and I have put the cereal in the freezer for now. Prices are going up here big time. I went to the fruit shop today to buy tomatoes but the cheapest were $3.99 kg and they were not that good, so I decided to buy avocados instead they were 6 for $2.00.

First rebate back!

July 10th, 2007 at 09:57 am

Just got my first water tank rebate back! I open my online account to check if my debit had been taken out and found that my first rebate of $1000 has been debit credit to my account. I quickly transferred it to my ING account so that I wonít spend it and save it for one of my major project later this year like a new computer as my computer is very outdate now and 8 years old but still working very slowly and canít be upgraded anymore.

Water Tanks

July 8th, 2007 at 05:41 pm

I have been very busy this week so
Here a link to pictures of water tanks. More to be found on the links too!

Pictures & information on water tanks

Mine is a round one 3250L and not pictured here as itís a Bushmans one. But you will get an idea want it looks like from these.
I will try and update later in the week.

Shopping again & menu

July 1st, 2007 at 09:01 am

I went shopping this weekend, and bought heaps of fruit & vegetables as the Granny Smiths Apples, brown onions, sweet potatoes were only 79c kg. So I bought a lot of them as I have dehydrator with 10 trays so I will be over next few days, I took over 3 hours to cut and lay out seven trays today. I had to cut them up very finely for what I need them for, as I am making seasoning mixers. I have to do the onions on they own but the others can be done together. I also bought celery, peppers, & kiwi fruit. I will do the apples & kiwi fruit together then get around to them. Dried apple slices are 250g for $2.99. Before I went shopping, I went to Hungry Jackís and got a free coffee and single cone 40c, with my senior card. Saving $2.45 here.

Weekly Main Meal Menu
Sunday ~ Ham Omelette with Tomato Salsa
Monday ~ Chilli Con Care & Corn Chips
Tuesday ~ Chicken Schnitzel with Tomato Salsa & Steamed Vegetables.
Wednesday ~ Pea & Ham Soup & Toast
Thursday ~ Spaghetti Bolognese
Friday ~ Poached Fish with Steamed Vegetables
Saturday ~ Thai Satay Chicken with Steamed Rice & Green tea

Adding Coins $20 challenge -$12.50
Todayís Senior Card Savings - $2.45
Add to total $20 Challenge $84.70
My Spending today $35.56
Any Savings today $12.45