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Dinner with family

April 5th, 2007 at 10:59 am

I had a very quite day working around the house doing odd jobs. This evening I meet up with my DS & DIL and we went out to dinner at the new shopping centre around here. We ended up at a restaurant, I had crumbed Nile Perch & Salad with water. This cost almost half my weekly grocery budget $21.95 with a discount $5.00 off. I had an ice cream cone later in the evening for 50c, yes at the golden arches. Later I bought a loaf of Italian bread for $1.49 save $1.50 here.

BREAKFAST Frittata with Ham Steak & Marinated Peppers
LUNCH Grilled Cheese with Mustard Toasted Slices Fruit Coffee
DINNER dinner out*

Todayís Full price Tally $25.44
Todayís Savings - $ 6.50
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $10511.87

Day 10 Ė Hanging Security Doors

March 25th, 2007 at 09:40 am

Hanging the security doors & final touch up on white paint was what got done today. So the security doors are at lock up stage. Now making and adding the flyscreen when all the painting is dry. Fixing another small problem that came up and buying the screws for the flyscreen. Costing all up $25.50 Only a few more days and all will be back to normal.

I was given some Roasted Peppers still hot and charred to make into charred grilled roasted peppers this will be enough for a week as garnishes with my meals. I do like getting these little treats that my neighbors send my way.

BREAKFAST Ham steak & Egg with Baked Beans Coffee
LUNCH Chicken & Tomato Sandwich Coffee
DINNER Ham Steak & Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Peppers & Grilled Tomatoes.

My major project door spending to date. $1533.64

Todayís Full price Tally $25.50
Todayís Savings - $ 0.00
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $10426.57

Buying bulk olive oil

February 26th, 2007 at 08:11 am

I did go shopping today to buy some olive oil for DF-M family in the country. 4x 4L cans of olive oil which was the cheapest that brand it has been for a while & I did get them some staff discount off it also, $116.00 worth of oil in fact. I bought only some groceries, game steak to try and very tender too! Cream Cheese spread 2x $2.49 Ė5% off = $4.73, saving $1.79 here & generic brand ice cream & some 2nd hand books $3.50 saving $12.00 on them. I did pretty well for shopping someone else in not getting to tempted to shop. 2 of the 3 items were on my list.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Crackers & Marinated Feta Cheese with Marinated Peppers Fruit Coffee
DINNER Savoury Mince on Toast. Fruit Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $28.75
Todayís Savings - $13.79
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9986.14

Simple Green

February 19th, 2007 at 10:14 am

After reading about this Simple Green all purpose cleaner for so long. I did finally find it at Bunnings Warehouse, our large hardware chain in their cleaning supply aisle it was just by chance as I donít normal go down that aisle. I did buy some to try also this will make up to 5 gallons. I went on to their

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Simple Green website to find what I can do with it as well! I didnít go the Bunnings to buy this item but for those rubbish bins that I went for a few weeks ago. I got one for myself and two for DF-M who this trip to the hardware store was for. It always cost me money to go to the hardware store. And I am being so good of late too, on cutting out the small stuff.

BREAKFAST Baked Beans on Toast Coffee
LUNCH Crackers with Hummus & Herbs Fruit Coffee
DINNER Pumpkin & Lentil Stew with Garlic Focaccia Bread

Todayís Full price Tally $19.96
Todayís Savings - $ 0.00
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9963.51

Off Shopping again.

February 2nd, 2007 at 08:58 am

Taking DF-M to the butchers and the bank again today. I didn't buy anything when I was with her today but I got given 250g Ham off the bone. I donít think I can stop her but then I am on 24/7 call when she is at home. After I went to the post office I bought some stamps there and then on to my bank for a cheque for her as I do get free oneís with my account& banked some charges as well! I did do some shopping while I was there. Asian Stir-Fry Vegetables on RRP $3.96 markdown $1.99 saving $1.97. A fresh chicken $9.22 markdown $4.60 saving $4.62. I bought some sauce mix that buy one get another one free so 4 sauces @ $1.37 saving $2.74.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Tuna and Cranberry Sauce Roll Apple Coffee
DINNER Beans Rissoles & Salad Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $ 30.71
Todayís Savings - $13.99
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9629.66

Shopping but not buying, just a bill.

January 25th, 2007 at 08:54 am

Today is DF-M Grocery Shopping day and Iím the driver. So it was off to the bank and chemist when down to the shopping centre and I just paid my Rate bill. Pensioner & Homeowner Discounts on rates bill $209.77. I got given some cherries when she bought some for herself, as she has a set shopping plan and there is no way of change her mind when it made up to buy or do something. I try not to buy anything when Iím on this shopping trip as when I do, most times it get add to her shopping tally. Madding and it not the checkout staffs fault. No lunch today as we had frozen food this time.

Todayís Full price Tally $505.97
Todayís Savings - $215.12
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9519.03

No spending day

January 18th, 2007 at 10:34 am

Working around house doing chores. Itís washing day and water my garden with the recycle water. While I was at it, did the path edges in the backyard so I am ready to mow the lawn. Today I finish my ironing and only have to do the stuff that comes off the line today.

Bulk Stationery Buying and Other Bargains

January 12th, 2007 at 08:35 am

As needed to pay my phone bill $44.15 today. So I drove my car down to that shopping centre that I pay my bills. I could have walked but the supermarket did have a stationary special of display books that I wished to purchase in bulk, 24x 48c each instead $1.99 each. So I saved $36.24 here. Along with a loaf of multi- bread & tomatoes. After I went up to the local supermarket and I walked this time just for exercise. I bought 2x Yakut light drink 5pks markdown 99c instead of $3.88 ea. Which I froze Saving $ 5.78, Cos lettuce marked down 60c saving $1.68 some Christmas paper bowls 78c saving $1.70 and loaf of Raisin Bread $1.98 saving 70c so I had a good day with my bargains. Saving all up $46.10

Other than shopping, all I did today was working on the ironing pile. It will get done soon I still have another week to go when I have put MY deadline for it to be done. I am doing my own ironing as well!

Todayís Full price Tally $107.03
Todayís Savings - $46.10
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9139.55

Three projects for today.

December 29th, 2006 at 09:57 am

I had two projects today but got a third one as well. I work better if I think in projects than just job tasks. So I make a goal to do so many projects each week as on some days I am doing too much of other things to do any. At the start of the day my goals were to do the washing & uninstall & reload the Anti-virus program with a new key code.

Finishing my neighborís washing so that itís all done before New Year. See Painting Brick Walls in December 2006 archives about this project. Next challenge is to Iron it all before the son arrives back in three weeks. I do get Pin Money for doing it. See Pin Money for odd jobs in April 2006 archives.

Today is the day that I must update my anti-virus on my computer. Itís one job do I get very nervous about doing. I will keep putting it off until the last minute. Itís due around the New Year but I like to upgrade when I know that the IT help staff are working if I have a problem, they are there to help on the spot. This year I did need them twice before it came good. As I was to use a special programs & files this time. But in the end all is well for another year. Next year in 2007 budget will have in it a NEW Computer and programs figured into it. So I better get saving more money. If I am to pay cash for it or finance it myself with my credit card if have too! Itís cheaper for me to pay annual fee with my credit card than to take out a loan. As I do paid it off FAST. My water tank payment is the problem that I canít buy anything for the moment. As it will eat into my emergency fund if I do.

I had to go shopping for my DF-M again. To get Milk & bread and a new mop which was broken. Having said that I was able to take home the broken mop and try to fix it for her. The mop head had come off but being a new Micro-fibre design @ $20.00 too! It was difficult to fix, I was able to work how the mop was put together and as she had all the parts and hammer I was able to fix it for now. Even if she use it just to clean the rubbish bins in the future. I will not try to fix it again.

I did buy something in the way of shopping while shopping for her. I bought three items and saved $4.60 today.

Todayís Full price Tally $13.66
Todayís Savings - $ 4.60
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8792.15

Painting brick walls

December 19th, 2006 at 09:25 am

Early this morning 4.30am in fact, I started painting my part of the garage walls. The first coat is now done and another coat of paint later. Itís starting to look good.

DF-D & family flew out this morning for London with Christmas in Paris is planned. I got the job of finishing off any washing left behind and doing the ironing before their son returns in a month. DF-D and her husband are staying until March, her husband is taking a year off work to travel and working from home with rethinking his lifestyle. I donít have to water her garden as someone else is doing that and feeding and walking the animals.

I did my washing today as well! I have five loads of washing of DF-D to do over next few weeks.