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Full day out with medical visits

November 30th, 2006 at 01:36 am

This morning I had appointment with skin specialist. For my skin tone and hair coloring with freckles I should be a candidate for skin cancer. I just donít tan, I just go red then blister and go back to white again. Luckily, I did get badly burnt as a child that would not go out in the sun again when itís hot. I was a very stubborn child where getting burnt was concern. This has saved me from having any skin cancer, just may be. I only had a new sore on my hand which was zapped by the skin specialist just in case. I am to go back in 4 years if I am not worried by any charges in my skin. Our state has the one of worse rates of skin cancer in the world. So that little visit cost $110.00 and refund $64.30. But a lot of peace of mind here.

Less than hour later, I had a appointment in the same street with optician for new glasses. I have a new one pair of glasses each year, as this is part of medical fund rebates, use it or lose it policy. So each 12 months, I can get a new pair of glasses and have my eyes tested. As I have four pairs of glasses which I use over the year. Sunglasses clear street glasses, computer glasses and old pair of clear glasses that I use around the house. I am getting computer glasses this time, as the charge in my eye test was there and I am mixing up them with my clear street glasses when driving too! They have a similar frame. Costing $265 all up, rebate $245, I will be out of pocket $20.00.

I went looking for some more hair dye at the same store that I bought the last lot at. $23.98 cost saving $36.00. I bought a few groceries items saving $3.60 and a DVD movie pack for $4.99 saving $10.00.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Rice Crackers Coffee
DINNER Fillet Steak, Egg, Onion & Tomatoes Coffee
SNACK Pancakes with Maple Syrup Whipped Cream

Todayís Full price Tally $461.45
Todayís Savings - $358.90
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8129.44

Visit to the garden waste dump.

November 29th, 2006 at 12:53 am

Well my handyman friend came today with his truck and to load all the green garden waste on to his truck. Give this man a pair of secateurs and he cut away too much. He got into a vine that was growing over the side fence taking with it over thirty yearís growth with it. Now you can see the tree that was getting covered, if does grow again. I think so as it still has a lot of fresh branches there. It was a Calliandra haematocephala (common names powder puff or fairy duster or red pompom flower) that can grow up to over 5 metres (15 feet.).

All garden waste was put on the truck, then we were off to the garden waste dump as our council does give each household some vouchers for dumping fees, after you have used them up you have to paid a dumping fees. One voucher for every 100kg, I used 3 vouchers today or pay $12.50 dumping fee.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Apple Coffee
DINNER Spaghetti Bolognese Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $ 12.50
Todayís Savings - $ 12.50
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $7770.54

New keys

November 28th, 2006 at 12:31 am

Early this morning I got all the ironing done, using my ironing press which does saves time as I can do this part of my ironing in less than hour. Thatís 21 days worth of washing too! I am saving energy by doing it this way too! This is another strategy that I use

Itís our shopping day today, so I have paid my power bill too! Saving $30.00 on my senior discount rebate. Bought some seasonal fruit today, green grapes and apricots. Both on special so I saved some money but still expensive saving $4.60 here. Soft drink cans were on special where we shopped today. 24 x 29c = $6.96 (RRP $1.25 each cold, saving $23.04. Groceries & Pet food were total $30.96 saving $14.20 overall.

I fill my gas tank up as well, surprise a few months ago now I wrote that I won a gas voucher for $20.00. I had spent some of it when I got it and thought I had spent most of it. I found it in my wallet this morning so used it, with gas at $1.04.9 to $1.25 litre around here. I was able with a 4c discount off docket and my voucher card, along with the lowest price day of the week get $23.87 worth of gas for $7.00. I still had $15.83 on my FREE gas voucher card.

As I got a new lock for my front door, and I have multi key sets. I will need to go and get new keys for each set. I better spend money on this than paid for a locksmith to let me in my house, because I have the wrong set with me. Costing $14.00 $$$ Another Strategy

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Macaroni & Cheese Apple Coffee
DINNER Lamb chop Egg, Onion & Tomatoes Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $302.98
Todayís Savings - $ 88.59
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $7758.04

Free doorknob & lock

November 27th, 2006 at 01:18 am

Today I spent time with my son this afternoon while he did mow his lawn and cleaned his swimming pool. All I did was sitting on a chair and played with his two dogs. I did buy a vanilla slice for afternoon tea.

This evening my friend arrived with an old doorknob & lock for my front door, which is plying up. He got this one to work and itís over 30 year old too! Saving $30.00 for new one. Now I need to buy some more keys.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Coffee Apple Coffee
DINNER 2 Egg Cheese Omelette and Pasta Sauce & Grilled Peppers Coffee
SNACK Vanilla Slice

Todayís Full price Tally $ 31.40
Todayís Savings - $ 30.00
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $ 7669.45

Picnic in the park

November 26th, 2006 at 12:25 am

I went for a drive across the river to other side of the city. To meet up with some new friends that only meet on a local Internet forum here. We are trying to get a few of us to meet up, having a friendly back up and frugal outings a few times per year. We had a lovable picnic and talk about what to offer on that site. As we donít know the numbers that are coming we all take only food for ourselves and maybe a small plate of home baked goodies. As I was making a tuna pasta salad and had a bit of three beans salad leftover so I mixed two together. It was nice change of two salads in one in dish.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Tuna Pasta & Bean Salad Apple Coffee
DINNER Roast Chicken with Vegetables Fruit, Coffee

Walk by the river

November 25th, 2006 at 12:17 am

Today I thought that I should do some more walking as well drive my car a bit more. So drove down to the river, which is a bit far to walk too! I drove over a few suburbs away, as itís a bit flatter to walk on the pathways. There is a lot of walking and bikeways around the place. As my walk was very early this morning itís no spend day!

BREAKFAST Baked Beans on Toast Coffee
LUNCH Crackers & Blue Vein Cheese Apple Coffee
DINNER Fillet Steak, Egg, Onion & Tomatoes Coffee

Cardamom plant out

November 24th, 2006 at 01:21 am

My friend arrived this evening while I cooked dinner he got to the plant with the pick. Within ten minutes it was out. It would take a lot longer if I didnít cut the top off it in the first place. As this plant does have a lot of dead plant matter in its foliage. This I was removing while I was cutting off the leaves. Itís lucky that I have outside light in that area. When he has free time between jobs next week he will come a take it all to the garden waste dump.

Our council dump has a number of sections and one is for general waste and another for garden green waste, which they recycle for our parklands and road strip gardens that our local council looks after at the moment.

They have just found a underground water supply in one of our suburbs now, this one is being tap to supply water for these gardens and road work dust spraying. This will save millions of kilolitres potable water (drinking tap water) from being used.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Ham Salad Fruit Coffee
DINNER Poach Fish & Salad Coffee

Help with water tank project

November 23rd, 2006 at 12:51 am

My handyman friend arrived this afternoon. He got a pick to the cardamom plant and finding it had a shallow root system but very matted. It will come out without much trouble. When he finishes work in a day or two he said he would come work on it for me. I am not that strong to take it out that way!

In all the years that I have had this plant in the garden I have saved the seeds for cooking.

Itís a large plant and it takes four years of growth before it will go into flower and make seeds. Then that part of the plant died with new growth is growing up all the time. I have cut away some that new growth and save it to give away. I will not be putting back in my garden as in ten years time I will not have the strength to do this again and replant again. My age is against me there!

BREAKFAST Baked Beans on Toast Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Apple Coffee
DINNER Mushrooms & Chicken with Vegetables Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $19.08
Todayís Savings - $4.00
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $7639.45

Buying Bulk Hair Dye

November 22nd, 2006 at 01:48 am

A trip the city by bus today as itís the day for my visit to the Chiro. Refund of $19.40 on my Chiro. Paid my Credit card off so itís back to zero again.

While I was in the city, I visited a discount store to have a look at their hair dyes as I am down to my last two containers. Now is the time to start looking for replacement stock as last lot was bought over two years ago so I needed to increase my bottom line by $2.00. On my first stop I found what I am looking for, in the right color range in these discontinue line red tones are one of few regular colors available which make my job easy, as I am natural redhead. The last time I bought some I got it between $4.50 to $4.99 so adding my new bottom line increase, any thing under $7.00 will be a bargain. I got 4 x $5.99 normal (RRP) price $14.95 each saving $36.00. When I go to the city again I will look if they have more left and buy a few more. I went to the Hungry Jackís today and got a free coffee with my senior card, saving $2.45

BREAKFAST Baked Beans on Toast Coffee
LUNCH Cream Cheese & Tomato Apple Coffee
DINNER Fillet Steak, Egg, Onion & Tomatoes Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $62.25
Todayís Savings - $ 57.85
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $7635.45

Water tank project

November 21st, 2006 at 02:18 am

Itís another no spending day, as I am still doing another bit of cutting back on the Cardamom plant. Itís had work on your knees cutting the stalks lower yet again. I have them down to six inches now. I have used some of my recycle water to wet the ground so I can start digging the plant out in couple of days or so. Hopeful!

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Grilled Cheese with Mustard Toasted Slices Apple Coffee
DINNER Roast Chicken with Vegetables Fruit, Coffee

Getting ready for the water tank

November 20th, 2006 at 12:41 pm

My project this week is to get ready for that water tank. Itís only weekís away from being delivered anytime after the 1st December in the time frame they gave me! With a two days notice of arrival.

Where the tank is going has a Cardamom plant growing for the past 10 years and is well matted in. This was in flower when I ordered the tank. I am looking at area 10 x 2 feet in the ground and 6 feet in height. No way can I get it out in two days with my energy levels of 1Ĺ hours at a time per day. Today plan is to cut off the top of it. Working for about 1Ĺ hours early this morning I got this done before it got to hot in that area. 5.00 to 6.30am is the best time for me or at night if someone else is doing it. If no one comes to help it will take about 10-15 hours for me to do, I would think or pay someone to do it for me. Goal here is have it finished by 1st December or earlier. To pay someone to remove this plant would be costly as it has be remove by hand. Savings here are great to do it for free. Well a little bit at a time will do it.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Soup & Toast Apple Coffee
DINNER Spaghetti Bolognese Coffee