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Buying Avon Bargains for Christmas Gifts

June 30th, 2006 at 01:19 am

I visited my friend who is Avon Rep. as I ordered things, out of the special Clearance Avon catalogue, which was the 2nd order. Luck would have it; I got some Christmas gifts for family & friends saving $26.00 on gifts. A house watch saving $20.00 on the watch. So out of 4 items that I ordered I got 3 for potluck ordering that not bad! Costing $34.50 save $46.00 on RRP.

Only other shopping, I did today was for the cats so $4.20 out of they budget.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk with LSA Prunes Coffee 70c
LUNCH Chilli Tuna Salad & Crackers Apple Coffee 80c
DINNER Poach Fish & Salad Mandarin Coffee $2.50

Todayís Full price Tally $84.70
Todayís Savings - $46.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $114.95
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2917.83

I did it!

June 29th, 2006 at 04:45 am

Today I went to the shopping centre to pick up something at newsagent, which in fact they didnít get in, so I walk down that far for nothing. Anyway I just walk in one doorway and out the other, walking past the supermarket without buying a thing. Smile Smile Smile

Spent most of my day working on the computer just read mostly. Must get some housework done. Frown

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants, 2 Toast & Jam Coffee 45c
LUNCH Vegetable Soup with Toast Coffee 40c
DINNER French Onion Chicken & Toast 1.00

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $110.95

Home-made Vegetable Soup

June 28th, 2006 at 03:10 am

1 large clove of garlic, crushed
1 large brown onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 large carrots, sliced
2-3 large pumpkin wedges, cubed
2 stick celery, sliced
1 parsnip, sliced
1 turnip, cubed
6 - 8 cups vegetable stock
2 x 400g (15oz) cans diced tomatoes
1/2 cup green lentils
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon Canola or olive oil
Black pepper or chilli powder
2 x 400g (15oz)can of red kidney beans, strained or any other beans at hand, strained
250 grams (4oz) frozen peas

Melt the oil in a large pot. When it's hot, add the crushed garlic and potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, celery, turnip, parsnip, and onion. Stir for around three minutes.
Add diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, lentils, bay leaves and black pepper or chilli powder.
Bring to the boil and then gently simmer until the vegetables are just cooked.
Add the kidney beans and peas.
Bring to the boil again and then remove from the heat.
Discard the bay leaves.
Can be frozen.
Thaw & reheat single serve in the microwave (650W) for 3 - 4 minutes.
Note: You can add any other vegetables of your choice, if you don't eat or don't have at hand for any of the above.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants, 2 Toast & Jam Coffee 45c
LUNCH Vegetable Soup with Toast Coffee 40c
DINNER Fish Cakes & Salad Mandarin Coffee $1.00

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $109.10

More Books

June 27th, 2006 at 11:20 am

I dropped into to 2nd Hand Bookshop & found two more Cookbooks with some information that didnít have, so thatís another $2.00 for books. Value around $20.00.

If I ever tried to sell them on E-bay I will have some fun. Postage puts me off doing it. I will have a look into that one! As I have a lot of Books that I could sell!

BREAKFAST Chilli Baked Beans, Bacon & Egg with Grilled Tomato Coffee $1.45
LUNCH Vegetable Soup with Toast Coffee 40c
DINNER Chilli Con Carne on Toast Mandarin Coffee $1.20

Todayís Full price Tally $ 20.00
Todayís Savings - $18.00
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $107.25
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2871.83

Long walk

June 26th, 2006 at 04:37 am

I walked up to the next shopping centre from my nearest one, around to 2km away. Then walked back to Hungry Jackís. I bought a Hamburger $1.90 & got a free coffee with my senior card saving $2.45.

Shopped at the local supermarket as a habit I think, and found that they were no longer going to stocking my ĎSpicy Italianí by McCormick, as it was on a clearance for $1.55 each, so like a good little hoarder that I am I bought the lot! Four bottles, best before dates were good too, two bottles had Dec 2007 and the other two had Dec 2008. Saving around $4.12 on the lot. Bought also a markdown to 99c Soup Pack of Vegetable too! So Soup is on the menu this menu, saving $1.45 here.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants, 2 Toast & Jam Coffee 45c
LUNCH Dine Out *
DINNER Fish Cakes and Salad Mandarin Coffee 80c

Todayís Full price Tally $16.92*
Todayís Savings - $8.02
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $104.20
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2853.83

Sunday at Home

June 25th, 2006 at 02:17 am

I was thinking of going to the Circus this morning, it would cost about $10.00 plus to go, it was at the local school today. It was a proper circus too!

But I decided to have luxury bath instead. Using what I have in my storage from my gifts of the past years. So it was FREE!

I saved the water so that I can reuse it on the front garden to-morrow then I will water my garden.
I will need to bale it out some time today when it cools down a bit! I will need to put into my buckets and my Tuff tub that I have got for Grey water. Oh what fun this is! Itís a learning curb for us all! I will mostly likely fair the best as I am now at next step to next level. Trying to find other ways to save water. Without going to too much expense, like spending a lot of money on rain water tank and new front loader washing machine, even with rebates it would set me back too much expense wise. If the washing machine breaks down then I will look into it. I am talking thousands dollars here! All to save $2.00 on my water bill. I do have the lowest water bill around here as it is now! Unless I buy a water tank 5000L one at that and new AAAAA washing machine I canít get my water bill lower.

Now its time to work on tiding up the house for visitors. I will try to put notes in this blog, how I am going on that front. Itís very slow going!

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants 2 Toast & Jam Coffee 45c
LUNCH Slices of Toast with Mustard Spread, Melted Cheese & Topped Paprika Coffee 50c
DINNER Steak Pork, Egg, Tomatoes, & Grilled Onions Dinner $1.80

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $102.95

Grey Water

June 24th, 2006 at 01:51 am

I had a go at my new system with all my buckets and water holding rubbish bins etc for my grey water.

Some ideas worked but others were not as successful as I hoped! I need to empty my rubbish bins before I washed so I watered the back yard with them.

Saving the soapy water to put back in the washing machine and having enough buckets to do this task. 10 buckets and 2 large rubbish bins were not enough.

As for the recycle water hose that I bought, I need some way to fix it to my washing machine waste hose and be able to remove it also! I used up 2 ideas as far with very little success.

I am still learning on this one so itís back to the drawing broad. MMMM!

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants Coffee 2 Toast & Jam, Coffee 60c
LUNCH Crackers with Cheese & Chutney, Mandarin Coffee 65c
DINNER Omelette with Sweet Chilli Sauce Apple Coffee. 65c

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $100.20

Paid my CC today.

June 23rd, 2006 at 04:41 am

I drove to another shopping centre today! That has a K-mart & Big W as well, the bank that I wish to go to pay my credit card off. I did it, I even paid the full balance including the direct debit which was only due today and the CC bill is due at the end of the month. I am back to $0 yet again on CC for past 25 months.

K-mart is having a 15% off sale this week. I check it out for photo Ėelectric fire alarm no luck but I did buy a fire blanket for my kitchen and few more items, also. I went check out Big ĖW but they were still out of stock too! I walked out without buy anything there and past all the clothes sales that was on too! I did have lunch at McDonalds had a Chicken Roll and Diet Coke. $5.95* the Medium Coke was free.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Currants 2 Toast & Jam Coffee 35c
LUNCH Lunch Out *
DINNER Creamed Sweet Corn on Toast Coffee 50c

Todayís Full price Tally $36.10*
Todayís Savings - $3.93
Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $98.30
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2445.81

In the last 28 days I have

June 22nd, 2006 at 03:21 pm

Gone shopping or bought something. 15 times

Went to the city by bus 2 times

Drove my car only. 9 times

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

And had 13 No Spending Days.

Lets see what next 28 days tallies will be.

8th weekís Summary of $$$ Stretching Challenge

June 22nd, 2006 at 03:14 pm

Challenge at 8th week.
Kittyís Real Spending Total $2075.39
+ 2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $2826.02
= Full Price (RRP) Income Challenge $4901.41

8th weekís Summary of $$$ Stretching Challenge
Opening CC Balance $0
Bank Fees & Interest $0
Kittyís Opening Balance Rollover $340 ($161 Bill A/C)
$$$Money in - $1001
= Total Income Balance. $1341
Bills Total $791.58 Ė ($261 cc) = $530.58
Other Spending & Groceries $260.87
$$$ Money out = $1244.42
Cash $96.50
Cash Banked in other A/Cs $160
Kittyís Rollover Balance $292.97 ($141 .00 Bill A/C)
CC Balance $261.00

My Storage Areas

June 22nd, 2006 at 01:33 am

Today task was to make room in my storage area downstairs to make room for more STUFF that needs to be move out of upstairs.

As I have the habit of re-buying the same items again and again if donít keep them. I no longer part with them only move them into storage. I do have the storage too!

My aim is to put this goal into practice. Goal: To just leave out what projects & topic, I am working on this week, all other projects are to be returned to itís own storage area. MMMMM!

I do work on a value system, so I donít keep everything. If I can replace it at little cost & no longer need it now then it goes in the bin or given away. But if it cost a bit of money to replace it in the future then I will keep it. I have been known to go back too projects years later.

With this plan, I will be able to keep my house in some form of order, even itís not just tidy as a picture perfect house.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal & Milk with LSA Pancakes & Maple Syrup with Whipped Cream 80c
LUNCH Crackers with Chutney, Home-cooked Corn Beef & Salad Coffee $1.00
DINNER Devilled Sausages Orange $1.00

Bulk Food Replacement Fund - $97.45