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Hi everyone I'm still around and safe from the flooding here.

March 9th, 2022 at 09:33 pm

It's been a while since I last posted here.

I have had my 3 shots of Covid 19 vaccines, and so far not got it.  Even we now can not wear a mask now, I still do so as I will end up in hositpal if I do.  As my health is going down hill these days. 

 It's looks like I will not be getting a new bathroom any time soon.  As I was waiting for some new buildings slow down around here but now my city went under again and many houses need more tradies so a long wait of more than a year or so.  As I live up high on a hill over looking a valley and can't see our river from where I live.    This about 5th flood I have live through, I can remember walking through flood water as an 8 years old to get home from school.  Not a good idea now with these flood water is moving so fast. 

I feel very sorry for the people of Ukraine it's a worry for all of us in the world.  We all will have take it on chin and help where we can even if it paying more for Gas and other things we do and eat. 

Covid 19 and other things

May 3rd, 2021 at 11:19 pm

I have had my first AZ jab and 2nd one on June 29.

Everyone here over 50 is getting AZ covid 19 jab. If you don't want that one you will get another one at the end year after all the 18 - 49 have got theirs, I think that what will happen.

I have been in hospital for TIA  (mini stroke) for a week at end of March, we were in lockdown then for few days.  One of hospital near here had Covid19 in its ward twice.  The hospital that I was at was a private one and no covid19 there but everyone was wearing masks.  No visitors at all for anyone but the dying and carers. 

I have now sold my car and will go by taxi or bus from now on.  I needed to buy a new car and I'm likely to lose my yearly medical cerf. for driver's licence that I need here for over 75's. 

When i bought this car I said when I not replace it, it time. 

One way of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g dollars further than before.

December 10th, 2020 at 10:04 pm

Paying bills advance and getting discounts for doing so!

Far, I have paid my Chiro for the next 12 visits with a saving 10% off per year than paying it monthly as well as getting a pensioner discount of 10% and I also get my medical fund rebate on top of that amount.    Normal price is around $66.00 per visit.   With all discounts and doing this way I’m only paying $20.50 per visit in the end around 30% of each visit.  I average 13 visits per year.

Just paid for another 10 visits for Diabetic Exercise Group Classes at $135.00, they have just increased their prices by $15.00 for 2021. But as I have bought it this year that will go into next years as well for at least 6 classes.  My medical fund rebate is $12.00 per class for 25 classes per year.   Plus, I get 8 free Diabetic classes per year as well from Medicare that’s sign off by my doctor.  Which means I will just pay price of $15.00 per class for only around 7 classes per year. As I do other things on some class days that I can’t make too!

Next major bill is medical fund which is in the thousands but will get my 35% loading back this year as I just finished my 10 years of paying extra because I am over 30 years when I joined the hospital fund (Gov. rule, it’s their tax rebate).  Which will mean a saving around $1826 for the year in 2021

With interest in the banks at the moment at a record low just above zero, it does pay to find ways of stretching your dollars where you can.

Strategy - Don’t spend your forward and refunds bill money on trivia, it’s being put aside for a purpose, it also makes next year’s bills easier to find and keeps you stress free.

Still Living Lean on a Pension

November 29th, 2020 at 07:05 am

2021 will be Living Lean year as I can and being on age pension.  My goal and challenge are Living Lean on a Pension.

I have no other extra income other than my pension, so I have to be as crafty as possible to make it my dollars s-t-r-e-t-c-h further than before. 

I do have a little amount put aside for rainy day. Which I use when I need to and pay this rainy day account back out of my saving I can find in my frugal living challenge and any saving I can make on getting low bills which of late are increasing instead.

I will try cut back on my food, entertainment areas and personal allowance.   I do better with challenges by focusing on certain areas than trying to do it over all challenge in all areas at once.

I will try to reduce my spending on what spend in the supermarket and on treats in personal allowance areas to start with.

Supermarket Spend Challenge - Try to spend less than half over the next few months. Review at end of March 2021

Normal amount allowed = $560.00 - Target $280 over 16 weeks starting on Friday next week. 

Note all my budgeting periods are 28 days in length.

Personal Allowance and Entertainment will try cut by 30% for now and go lower if I can do so.


So my motto will stand for another year or two.

Its real hard to come up with $1000 but it’s easy to find 1000 ways to save a dollar or two!

So let’s go and find those 1000 ways to save a dollar challenge and see what’s amount is at the end of 12 months.

Just replaced my stove again!

November 29th, 2020 at 07:00 am

I had to buy a new stand alone Stove this week, not because it was not working, just because the clock was not working and could not be fix for less than half the price of new stove and installed. I already had an electrician to check it out at $160 fee just to come out. It was 14 years old.  I will never buy a digital clock one again. Manual from now on.

I used it last night and cooked a roast chicken and roast vegetables.  Now for some baking soon!

Just letting you know that i'm Ok here.

September 6th, 2020 at 08:21 pm

I have been staying low and keeping myself busy here, limiting who and where I am go. I can't visit my son and DIL as they have gone off for a holiday within our state as our borders are closed for at least until almost Christmas or at least until after the next State election in late October.

We have some cases here but our State open so we can move around and holiday within our state.

You are having a bad time over in US with Covid 19, I hope this Virus is over soon!

On the budget front I'm still doing my budget and paying my bills on time.

Until next time

Dropping in to say Hello again

June 5th, 2020 at 07:32 pm

All is well here, we can now travel around our state but by car as there is no planes to take you anywhere. If is a flight it's been already booked out.

Our tourist towns are haven't much things going to see as only 20 people can go into or go at a time.

As for Covid 19, we are down to 3 active cases now!
I have had one test so far, but I could have had it in early March, when they weren't testing for local cases over overseas case. I had everything else but no cold or sore throat. I was off colour for over 42 days.

As I have diabetes-2 and heart condition. I'm stay home as much of possible.

Just visiting today

June 7th, 2017 at 08:47 am

I am still around but at the moment coming on here very often.

Just popped in to say hello!

All is well here, and back to feeding the cat next door for a month. Family is off to Sweden and England. Lucky them!

Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2016 at 05:31 am

Merry Christmas everyone just dropping to say hello I hope post more often in 2017.


July 13th, 2016 at 09:33 am

Hi everyone
Just quick drop in again.
On the computer front that one I bought in February was a Lemon and was replaced when it ATE the DVD disk and end up in the back of the computer it was too risky to leave there for the warranty to run out. And it was just 3 months old.

It was replaced at no cost with a better one which turns out is a touch screen and double Gigabyte etc. But costed money to download all the programs as there was only Widow 10 on it with the amount data that was download that month. I only can have Mobile Broadband which is expensive here. Now I have a better deal with IP. So in the end I did win for now!

Strategy - Know what you are in title too!

Quick drop in

February 28th, 2016 at 08:56 pm

I have been doing a lot around here but not online as much as before.

Spending my savings on eye operations and new computer as my last one died on me. I am still trying to learn to use Window 10 was having major problems with it. Like not working with major error.

I will update later when I can see better.

Have a great leap year day for 29th February.

Summary of 2015 Daily Living Allowance

January 5th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

This doesn't count any fixed bills or planned budget spending only items that I could if need to cut back on at any time.
Eating out - $547.89 - over $92.89
Groceries - $1394.95 - under $230.05
Non-food - $48.30 - under $146.70
Clothes - $241.23 - under $213.77
Grooming-$190.86 - under $4.14
Gas -$113.91 - under $146.09
HH items -$285.34 - under $234.66
Fares-$95 -under $100.00
Entertainments -$285.45 - over $90.45
Garden -$116.36 - under $78.64
Gifts -$278.70 - under $111.30
Donations -$134.80 - over $69.80
Medical -$1001.88 - over $91.88
Misc. - $125.00 -under $4.00
Personal -$930.11 - under $239.89
Totals -$5789.78 - under $1361.22

Because I have kept up with my excel budget I am still able to still post my annual summary.

Medical is only amounts not budgetted for or gap between my medical benefit and the outlay plus any other medical outlay not in budget.
Donations to medical / cancer and red cross appeals plus odd donations here and there.
Entertainment I have been buying some DVD's online and other outings over the year.
Eating out - My social life has picked up and venues are more expensive these days.

I will need to cut my expenses somewhat for 2016, as I am having some operations and the out pocket is in the 1000's I have save most of this money but will need to be replaced in the future to build my finances back to a healthy level again.

No Spending Days 167

All credit cards are up to dates and all bills paid.

Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

I'm back again for another year.

January 4th, 2016 at 09:51 pm

It's a long time since I last posted on here, a lot of things have been happening here, the last of hail storm damage has been done. It took almost 12 months to finish.

The cost would have been around $40,000 Au, all up if not more.

I will need to update my spending on monthly daily living allowance at least a summary of the last six months.

I will work on it in the next few days.

Then start on this year's new challenge.

Strategy - Put in writing what you are worried about and see the figures then work out an action plan.

5th Monthly Financial Summery for 2015

June 29th, 2015 at 08:44 am

Here is my summery for May

I have updated my Excel finally so here are the figures for last month; I have been quite busy here.

This for period of 28 days each as I work on 28 day cycles, my dates may be out to calendar months so here are the figures that will bring it up to date as its very near the end of next 28 day cycle.

Reviewing my monthly daily living allowance

Review for May budget.
These are the categories for this challenge.

Items === Approx. Budget===Spent

Eating out===$35=====$27.40
Groceries===$125=== =$167.59
Clothes ====$35=====$95.00
Grooming===$20 ====$35.95
HH items===$40======$1.50
Fares== ====$15
Entrainments== $15
Garden =====$15
Gifts & Donations ==$35====$57.50
Medical & Diabetes Expenses ===$70====$118.30
Misc ======$10========$121.00
Personal Allowance =$90 ===$90.99

Note only one amount is a No Spend

No Spending Days 13 of 28 days

Budgeted for this period $550 spent $715.23 over by $165.23 on general spending.

This is because I have paid deposit of $121.00 for Awing for one of my windows with another two being paid by my insurance company. I also had a medical bill out pocket of $118.30 from skin specialist. Taking out these two items of $286.30 I still am under in my spending $428.93.

Personal allowance covers health drinks, lotto, books, stamps, craft and hobby supplies.

Eating out including meals out with family and friends, we all go Dutch.

My credit cards are still paid in full each month; it was $335.00 this period.

Grocery allotment $125 for each period it was over by $42.59 this period.

Strategy - Track your daily spending down to the cent by writing it down daily.

Roof Replacement Update

June 26th, 2015 at 08:36 pm

Is on its way after a long wait of almost 7 months since the storm hit. When you have over 70,000 roofs to be replaced and limit number of tradesmen to do it all and still build new houses it a big ask.

Owing to our cyclone codes here it has to be done to that standard and all jobs have to the latest codes.

My house had asbestos roof at one stage and all that rubbish was left in the roof and not removed so it wasn't up to days code standard so I had a bit of wait for them go ahead with the job after they put up all scaffolding as they had get it reviewed by the insurance company for the extra cost.

They are now back and putting on the new roof and hope to be finish it soon. A lot of the houses around here have scaffolding up and work men working on them.