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Buying Gas & Lunch Out

February 28th, 2007 at 08:19 am

Today I filled my gas tank, as the price was right for a change and I had a voucher for 6c off a litre also. Saving $1.73 but last Sundayís price was $1.10L but today I got it for around 93.9L. not bad.

While I was out I took myself off to Hungry Jackís and had a chicken baguette and ice cream cone along with 2 free cappuccino @$2.90 each (senior discount). Saving $5.80*

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Lunch out*
DINNER Omelette and Mild Chilli Salsa Apple Coffee

Todayís Full price Tally $29.53
Todayís Savings - $ 7.53
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9993.67

My online books arrived today!

February 27th, 2007 at 09:41 am

I order some online cookbooks a week ago and they arrived today. As I donít like using credit card online at all. I was bitten once. I only deal with a company that I can post a cheque/check too! I may pay a little more but my money is safe and I have peace of mind. The books that I bought were More with Less Cookbook by Doris Longacre & Frozen Assets Cookbook by Debi Taylor- Hough and they are very interesting to read. The money I spent was my birthday gift for my last birthday. I entered these in This "Mirror Image Challenge and balancing my budget" Post.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Crackers & Cream Cheese Coffee
DINNER Pumpkin & Lentil Stew with Garlic Focaccia Bread

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

My Special Blend of Muesli Recipe

February 25th, 2007 at 08:48 am

I make a special blend of Muesli, which I found on a list of ingredient on packet a few years ago now! I only use a half a cup at a time. I did say that I would post recipe here.

It is quite expensive, as you had to buy it online. 500g of it was about $7.00AU and plus postage. I was given a sample of it. I took one look at the ingredients and went to the supermarket and found the main ingredients available there. I do buy all the stuff in bulk and on special if possible and kept it only for this cereal with NO NIBBLES. Living alone does help. I do pad it out with rolled oats, which the cheapest item. I have included my costing at the time in 2005 but the prices have gone up since then.

'Copycat of A High Protein Muesli'

4 cups (375g) Rolled Oats - generic
2 cups (120g) Vogel's Soy & Linseed Ultra Bran or All Bran (if you can't buy other.)
1 cup (110g) Oat bran - generic or very fine Oat bran from health food bulk store.
1/2 cup each of 70g of Sultanas, 40g of each Chopped Small Dried Apples & Dried Apricots (Best cut with kitchen scissors)1/2 cup (70g) of each Almond, Pepitas (Hulled Green Pumpkin Seeds), & Sunflower Kernels, all grounded if not you digesting nuts & seeds.

Mix well and store in airtight container.
All the above goes into Cereal Container including a 1/2 cup measuring cup.
1 serve = (1/2 Cup) 40-50g serves ~ 2 to 4 tablespoons Muesli with soymilk, almond milk and rice milk or oat milk, skim milk or protein powder.
You may add some chunk of fresh fruit if desired.
You may add one dessertspoon LSA and one teaspoon lecithin if desired.
Serves 18 per batch 900g

900g + @ $5.50 (reg: 500g @$7.25 + postage) this costing was in 2005 prices have gone up since then.

(Ratio 3:2:1)

2 cups linseeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw almonds

Grind all the above finely in a coffee grinder. Blend together.
Keep in the Freezer the bulk supply, and just keep out in the refrigerator enough for a few days, it's only takes a few minutes to thaw from the freezer as it's doesn't freeze solid.

Sprinkle it on your cereal, yoghurt, in bake goods, fruit salad or top of Hummus on Kavli Crispbread or bread.

Shopping list & Costing
Vogel's Soy & Linseed Ultra Bran 425g = 6 cups = 3 batches -(120g @ $1.14)
750g Rolled Oats Coles = 6- 8 cups (380g) @99c kg = 2 batches -(750g @. 99c)
Oat bran Coles 375g = 3 cups = 3 batches-(110g @ 40c)
Dried apples 200g = 5 batches-.(40g @ 50c)
Dried apricots 200g Coles or bulk Action = 5 batches-.(70g @ 53c)
Sultanas 1000g Farmland = 14 batches - (40g @ 40c)
Nuts and seeds can be bought loose
or in packs with enough for 3 - 6 batches
Pepitas 200g / 500g Mellow Yellow = 2 1/2 / 7 batches-(70g @ $1.15)
*Sunflower Seeds 500g Mellow Yellow = 7 batches-.. (70g @ 45c)
*Almonds 750g bulk = 10 batches- .(70g @ $1.05)
Pricing was done (2nd March 2005) Approx.1000g == Total $6.12

Note: The above list only would work if solely used for the above recipe. Allowing approx.12 - 20 dollars for first shopping stock up, then buying as required. Allowing, that the *extra almonds and sunflower seeds are bought a long with the shopping for the LSA mixture.
*Including the extra batches.
I have used Aldi Muesli at time as extra or filling. Mostly when I needed a little change.

BREAKFAST 2 Boiled Eggs Toast & Jam
LUNCH Turkish Bread with Hummus Lettuce Ham Marinated Feta with Marinated Peppers
DINNER Curry Ground Beef & Rice with Sambal

Self-taught Learning

February 24th, 2007 at 09:06 am

Today was a no spending day here. I just worked around the house doing different task like putting things away.

Saving money wise. I was putting thing the right place so that when I needed them, I would save both time & money. I may be repeating myself sorry if I do. I have a right place and hold it places in house. When the hold it places becomes full then De-clutter that area. If I no longer need it or it out of date then itís trashed. If it has a home then it will put there.

Some things are for projects that I am working on, and then when that project is finished then all papers is recycled. I just keep the finish project and the files on my computer. Even at my age after sixty years of learning. I still want to learn new things and ask questions. I have done this all my life, as I am self-taught in many things, I just learn what I wish to know and leave other things to if I need know that I will learn it. I start this the day I finished my schooling as I started full time work at 15. I did kept notebooks when working on things I needed to remember if I didnít use that often. If I ever found a problem and was told the answer, I would put in my notebook for that job. I became very good at minimizing instructions of which buttons to use on these ordering machines. The order sections used (these machines) and were hand held. Using visual ideas to put into a notebook & read in quick reference. Boxed word if it was the keypad and Capitals if it was found on the screen with normal words in the text as instruction. Just enough info to get to where you wanted to go. After a while you just looked at the Boxed words or the Capital words only as I had put them in the right order to work them. A little like a flow chart in early computer planning. When we had to learn to use early computer cash registers I did this often as some things only came up now and then. When I started in retail, all cash registers were manual some you had turn a handle or pull buttons down to the price to ring up too!

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

Shopping at IGA

February 23rd, 2007 at 09:27 am

IGA is one of our independent store chains for Groceries here. When they have some specials on I will make the effort to drive over to buy the specials that are not available that week if I need too! This week no one had dry pet food for sale at the price I wished to pay for it but IGA, as a dollar in my pocket is better than their competitors. Well I think so anyway! So I got 2 bags of more expensive brand Cat Food for they treats. 3 boxes of Friskies Dry Cat Food all @ $2.99 each, saving $3.80 on cat food here. Can fruit was the lowest for a while so I bought 4 cans of can fruit @$1.99 saving $3.28 on them. I had a treat myself of Christmas chocolates for 99c saving $1.76 As I eat sunflower seeds in my cereal Iím able to buy these in bulk at this store and not in packets. So I had a good morning and itís rained on the way home so I was able to wash my car also with rainwater!

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Mixed Salad & Hummus on Crackers Fruit Coffee
DINNER Pasta with Pasta Sauce & Tuna

Todayís Full price Tally $35.19
Todayís Savings - $8.84
2007 Total $-t-r-e-t-c-h Savings Tally $9972.35


February 22nd, 2007 at 10:18 am

Over the last few weeks I have been trying different, economical basic items in my quest to fine more ideas to use to keep my budget low if I need too! One of them was using Sago or Tapioca. I did find few recipes in old cookbook 'Off the Beaten Track' printed in 1916 and it's one those very early booklets with those WW1 soldier advertisements in it too!

So here a two of the recipes found.

Raisin Sago

2 tbsp. sago
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. raisin
4 tbsp. stale breadcrumbs
1/2 pint (10oz) milk
pinch salt

Wash sago and put to soak in milk for thirty minutes.
Add raisins, sugar, breadcrumbs and salt.
Mix thoroughly, turn into well-buttered mould and steam on hour.
Serve with cream or boiled custard.

Lemon Sago

2 tbsp. sago
2 tbsp. golden syrup
2 tsp. treacle
1 lemon
1 pint (20oz) water.

Wash sago; place in saucepan and pour over scant pint of water.
Cook till clear, remove from fire. (heat)
Add the grated rind and juice of juice of lemon, golden syrup and treacle; when cool, turn into glass dish.
Serve with cream or boiled custard.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Salad & light Cream Cheese on Crackers Apple Coffee
DINNER 2 Egg Cheese Omelette and Pasta Sauce & Grilled Peppers

A Little Bit of Housework with Simple Green

February 21st, 2007 at 11:31 am

Found time to try that Simple Green around the house. Cleaning to kitchen benches & bathroom and washing the floors. I got on my hands & knees to clean the bathroom floor and area that my cats eat in. The other areas I just washed as normal. I will do more later in the week.

I finished my ironing today so I am now up to date.

I went to DF-M for lunch because she was having a BBQ, when she cooks meat it always too much for two let alone for one. It was excellent meal and I didnít need eat very much tonight.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Marinated Fillet Steak, Marinated Peppers, Green Salad - FREE
DINNER Crackers with Hummus Fruit Coffee


February 20th, 2007 at 09:17 am

My son & his wife arrived home this morning from oversea. They had a good trip and I was sent some very good pictures of they holiday via email as they had access to a computer while they were away.

So much, so that I needed to delete some of the emails, that I was keeping in my inbox folders.

So much for technology I will need to upgrade my computer very soon, as often when I am going on to some web sites now my computer just freeze up. I do think they have upgraded their websites, and that people running the early versions now are have problems. I do know that I canít run the latest versions of some programs on my computer, as my RAMS are not high enough.

BREAKFAST Muesli & Milk Coffee
LUNCH Crackers with Cream Cheese & Herbs Fruit Coffee
DINNER Chilli Con Carne with Corn Chips Coffee

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