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Another spending spree

December 31st, 2006 at 01:25 am

I wanted to go the Hardware store here, to get some bird netting for my persimmon tree. I need to make it larger as the tree has grow bigger now, the one I got is to small so I will need to add more netting to it. 4m @$2.76 =$11.04. I got some recycle bags with three bags in each. RRP $3.96 x 3 $11.88 I paid $1.00 each =$3.00 saving $8.94. Also bought a 60L rubbish bin it was not on the docket when I got home. So saved $10.00 here. I saved $18.94 at hardware store.

I went off too the supermarket on the way home. I had a look the Christmas special there. Not much but some Christmas bags. I bought Grapes, which were on special costing $2.78 and only one item at full price for $1.11.

8 small @ 49c & 4 medium Christmas Bags @ 79c each. $1.00 off each so I saved $13.00 here Christmas Cake $3.49 …saving $3.50
Calendar 99c saving $1.00
Frypan $7.99 … saving $4.90
4 x Easyo Slimmer Yoghurt $1.33 each …saving $3.42
Le Rice $1.40 …saving $1.39
Complete Family Salad $1.10 …saving $1.18
Sweet Corn $1.30 ….saving $ $1.15
Sponge cake $2.00 …saving $1.98

Total cost $34.40 but saving $31.52 on RRP before Christmas.

Today’s Full price Tally $116.32
Today’s Savings - $ 50.46
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8842.61

Gardening stage one

December 30th, 2006 at 12:07 am

Today is working in my front garden, first stage. As I don’t have a lot of energy no job or project is completed in the same day, if it take more than 2 –3 hours to do. I can do a few tasks in one day but not a lot. Gardening is one that needs to be done in stages. Weeding and mulching my front garden will take more then a few hours.

So today is the stage one. Pulling out all the Italian parsley that has gone to seed and save some seed heads. I put all this green mulch into my compost bed. Rake off all the dry leaves and rubbish from the beds as they have eight large scrubs, which do drop leaves and when I don’t feel like weeding these beds, I put all the leaves on top to kept in all the moisture. This is a drought garden in that most of all the plants that grow in this area grow quite well with minimum of watering and grey recycle water at that. As I am not much of a gardener I only weed these beds once or twice a year and only too put on cane sugar mulch, along with digging and fertilizer the soil beforehand which will be stage two of this project next week. I will save all the recycle water so I can water to soften the soil so it can be dug up. We are coming into the hottest time of the year from January to April and it should be wettest time too! If the rain fail at this time of year we will not get much rain before next summer. So I plan to add more mulch on this area as it breaks down too! I will have to think of name of the plants that are left in these beds and post when write about stage two.

Three projects for today.

December 29th, 2006 at 01:57 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 neighbor’s washing so that it’s 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. It’s one job do I get very nervous about doing. I will keep putting it off until the last minute. It’s 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! It’s 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 can’t 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.

Today’s Full price Tally $13.66
Today’s Savings - $ 4.60
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8792.15

Finding a Wrong Price

December 28th, 2006 at 12:55 am

Drove my car over to a shopping centre so that I could do some shopping there today, as I need to use a gift voucher I was given by a friend before the end of year.

It was for $10.00 at a chemist shop on non-medical lines. This gift voucher is a good one, in that you buy what you would like and then have taken $10.00 off the price of items bought. So as I needed some new batteries for my personal organizer even I could them cheaper else where but they would be the cost of the gift voucher @$9.90, there I got them for FREE, I bought just one other line that I would like to try too! So all up I spend $4.85 at the chemist. Saving $13.90 on the lines that I bought as the other was on a special discount price too! $$$ Another Strategy

I drop into the grocery store next door. Only bought four items that I wanted Italian herbs, @ $2.69, changed twice but found by the operator and cancelled out. Coconut @ $1.79, 4 rolls of Christmas wrap 50% off @ $3.58 saving $3.58 here. Some Fruit & Nut Mix @ $3.97 on special only but I was changed $6.99 full price on Thursday when the special had been going since Tuesday. So I got that item for FREE with a full refund. How can you get two mistakes in such a small order?

Today’s Full price Tally $37.38
Today’s Savings - $ 24.47
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8787.55

Another trip to the city

December 27th, 2006 at 12:45 pm

I had to go into the city again today to visit my doctor. While there, I went shopping for a small gift for a friend’s birthday today. I got some biscuits and food items to make up into small hamper. A good time to do this at this time of the year. I also pick up gift vouchers for another friend’s birthday over New Year. She likes to shop in one shopping centre near where she works. So I got her smallest amounts gift vouchers that were possible as this centre has a change policy on they gift vouchers. So if you had a $50.00 voucher were to buy sometime for $35.95 you forfeit the rest of voucher, so I buy $10.00 ones. $$$ Another Strategy

While I was in the city I got my medical refund $19.40, and bought some groceries and fresh fruit & vegetables costing $19.34 on the way home.

I also bought more 2nd books for $3.00 value RRP $15.95

Today’s Full price Tally $78.29
Today’s Savings - $ 35.35
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8750.17

Spending Spree

December 26th, 2006 at 01:41 am

Well it’s Boxing Day here. I did look at the sale catalogues that arrived this week-end. Only item that I needed and as I was given gift card for that store, I decided to go and buy a Teflon frypan that was 50% off. (RRP $44.49 at another store.) Saving $25.88 as I get a staff discount on top.

After I went to look at the supermarket where I get staff discount also, all Christmas line were 50% off also. I did run-a-muck here. The items that were on special were items that I could use as gifts or as extra Christmas gift along with the frypan. I found the packs of Bows that I was looking for 3x, saving $3.06, gifts tags 2x saving $2.34, Door decoration 1x saving $$3.50.

Mixed Gift packs for next year x3 saving $14.81 and mixed Food gift packs $13.86.

At the next store I only bought another food gift pack saving $6.50 here.

When I went to the other supermarket in the shopping centre, and got some lunch for bananas 4x a luxury here but the price is now only $3.98 kg, 3 months ago it was $15.98kg. Walking around looking if they had put their Christmas lines on special too! Which they hadn’t I found some frozen Turkey Thigh Roll @ 50% of, last one left too! Saving $3.65 here. I will cook it for my birthday next month. I only spent $67.55 for the day including what was bought on my gift card. Saving a grand total $73.60 on the day.

As it was raining when I left the shopping centre, so I had to wash down my car later in the day. Well, I can wash my car in a litre of water and still have half of that water left to put on my garden when I am finished, I am using thick micro-cloths, one is a glove and other is thick flat square one and glass micro-cloth. I do dust the car down first if it’s not being rained on like today. It was over 20mm of rain. $$$Another Strategy

Today’s Full price Tally $141.15
Today’s Savings $ 73.60
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8714.82

My Aussie Christmas Day

December 25th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

It started out late last night with phone call from my son, about party ice. Would I get some and how much room I had in my freezers, his view is that it should empty so that he can use it.

So early this morning at dawn, I drove up to the garage, which sells Party Ice and bought 3 x 4kg bags and found some room in my freezer for them. By the time we were ready to use them, they would have been sold out. That done I went about my routine of empty the bath water so that I could have a shower and wash my hair. I save my bath & washing water for recycling on the garden. Ironing my two Christmas T-shirts for today.

Early this morning one of my neighbors came over with plate of Greek goodies for me before he went off to church.

I went to DF-M place for coffee & toast, and exchange Christmas gifts with my adopted family as her youngest daughter’s children are age 6 to 10, three beautiful little girls have come to visit her for Christmas. (Over the years I have always adopted a young family to give small gifts too!) Each year I buy a small gift each for Christmas. Just something to occupy them while they are visiting, their Nona (grandmother). It has been coloured pencils and pencil case and some exercise books each for a number of years now. Next year, I will buy them some thing different. Maybe, those cross-stitches craft sets and floss, I bought not long ago. MMM! Made some Rum Balls for their parents and gave them in some large mugs that I bought last Christmas and never used. For my friend I gave her a toilette set & beautiful angel trinket dish.

After visiting there, I drove down to a friend place to exchange gift with her. I only give my friend a personal small gift. I have a Christmas breakfast each year with her family and I am there when the family exchanges gifts too! With four children, and partners along with all her grandchildren and at times family friends. She does this so the families can spend the day with the partners’ families and all children are in the same place at the same time. It’s nice to just sit and watch this activity each year. With 17 of us for Christmas breakfast, we had BBQ Rissoles, Sausages, Bacon, Grilled Onions & Tomatoes, Scramble Eggs and Fried Egg with Toast, along with Grapes, Cherries, Peaches & Nectarines, Nuts & Candy. This is all before 10am. $$$ Another Strategy

I came home to rest for a few hours and have a light lunch with my cats. I could have gone out for Lunch and made a pig of myself. But I needed to rest before driving out again as I was late in getting home to-night, I didn’t want to go to sleep at the wheel on the trip home.

Later in afternoon I drove up with the party ice and my gifts to my son’s house for Christmas Evening Dinner with his wife’s family. We had a swim in their pool, and found time to exchange gifts too! I got my DVD of DA Vinci Code, double set. Along with another new Cookbook AWW Red Cover $70.00 value, among other things. For dinner we had roast turkey with cranberry sauce, baked ham and two salads along with summer desserts. Eight sat down for dinner here.

So I was not alone for Christmas, as 33 other people had across my path today from two to eighty year old.

Merry Christmas.

Today’s Full price Tally $15. 00
Today’s Savings - $ 0.00
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8641.22

Merry Christmas - Caroled out

December 24th, 2006 at 02:42 am


I went to the Christmas Eve Vigil Church Service to-night, which was a Festival of Carol service and naively play acted by young children cute! The whole service was sung, now I am watching ‘Carol by Candlelight’ on TV, and the top act Delta Goodman for the night opened the show too! Hi-5are on now! It's little kids group like the Wiggles.

I had done all my shopping long before today but had to wrap it this morning and make should that I had everyone covered. The only different this year is I never up any decoration this year other than what I had out. Which was a Christmas tree candle stick that I put in my window and the new item that I bought this year a Christmas snow train set.

So a Merry Christmas everyone.

A Bulk Grocery Shop

December 23rd, 2006 at 12:51 am

Today I went off in the car to do some shopping at local grocery store that I go too rarely. They were a Fruit & Vegetable chain at one time taken over by a grocery chain but not one regular top five grocery groups here. They had can of soft drink that I drink going for less than 50% off per can a good buy around here. (We don’t have coupons here.) A few other items were on special so I stocked up on them too! Some were just to try unknown brands or different brand to normally used, Baked beans, Lasagne, Juice & boxed chocolate snacks

Drinks can x 36 @ 25c …..saving $11.16
#Can Chickpea x 4 @ .69 ..saving $1.20
Lasagne Kit x1 @ $1.59 …saving $2.66
Crushed Pineapple x 2 @ .69 …saving $1.78
#Can Asparagus x 2 @ $1.59 …saving $2.00
Baked Beans x 1 @ .69 ….saving .60
Juice 2L x2 @$1.69 ….….saving $2.58
Tomato Paste x 1 @ 99c…. saving .60
Jam x 1 @ 99c ……………saving $1.56
Chocolate x 1 @$1.99 ……saving $1.26
#Boxed chocolate snack pack x 1 @ $2.99… saving $2.50

95% were brand items. Non-brand items #

On the canned drinks, I saved $11.16 and saving $16.74 on other items. Total savings $27.90

Today’s Full price Tally $57.80
Today’s Savings - $ 27.90
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8641.22

Friend’s Funeral

December 22nd, 2006 at 01:04 am

I drove to the funeral, which was about 20 minutes away. I went early and went to local shopping centre while I was waiting to go to the funeral. As my friend loved our instant scratchy which is a gambling tickets that you scratch off the puzzles to win a prize. I bought one for $1 and won $4 so bought another one with half the prize money and won another $3.00. So I came out on top this time!

There were about 30 people at the funeral, family and friends. A quite service but very fitting for her, as she was a very quite and reserved person. She is now at rest.

Today’s Full price Tally $2.00
Today’s Savings - $5.00
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8613.32

Walk to the Shops

December 21st, 2006 at 12:52 am

I needed to buy the paper as my friend funeral notice is in it. While I was up the street I had my hair cut, saving $10.00. Bought some groceries saving $4.30 here. I picked up some more cookbooks, saving $15.50. I started balancing my budget for year, as now is the time to work out over next weeks my budget for next year.

Today’s Full price Tally $60.55
Today’s Savings - $ 29.80
2006 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $8608.32