Here's my frugal list for the week -
* Jessica bought a couple of ( as new ) dresses from our local super sized op shop. I took up the hem on one as she wanted it a little above the knee.
* Accepted some glass jars from a friend. Some will be used to make jam for presents. The larger ones will be used to layer ingredients to make a baking item and also given as presents.
* Made lunchbox chocolate chip muffins. We ate a few fresh and froze the rest for school and work lunchboxes.
* Made brown sugar with the food proccessor.
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread.
* Used up the last of a tube of lipstick. I've been using cotton tips to get the last of it out which gave me another three week's worth. I've also ordered two more lipsticks from Avon at half price.
* Made yoghurt from scratch.
* Picked more broccoli florets and used some in a stew. I also picked some silverbeet and added it to a tuna pasta bake. I chopped it up finely so the girls couldn't pick it out.
* Made dried seasoned bread crumbs from scratch. I use these to coat salmon patties and chicken drumsticks ( cheats KFC ).
* Made gravy powder in bulk.
* Cut broccoli stalks with my Nicer Dicer and froze them into meal portions for stews, soups and casseroles.
* Saved the shower water as usual and poured it into the washing machine..
* Cooked all meals and snacks from scratch.
* Had the heater off for a few days as the weather is warming.
* Cut up some old socks to use as garden ties.
* Scraped out the peanut butter and Vegemite jars.
* Froze five single serves of leftovers from meals.When I get a good stash I add freezer meals to the menu. Everyone picks their own and I count it as a free meal. No cooking and no cost.
* We had a lovely dinner at home on Father's Day. I cooked a leg of lamb with roast vegetables. Megan made a lemon meringue pie. Total cost of the dinner was $10. A fraction of the cost of a restaurant meal. The leg of lamb was $15 but we made it do for two meals.
|Mixed lettuce from our garden.|
|Hemming Jessica's dress.|
|Princess our cat watching over the chickens|
|Lots of wind to dry the washing for free.|
|Free garden ties made from old socks|
|Scraping out the peanut butter jar|
|Megan's lemon meringue pie|
|My piece of pie|
|Leftovers ready for the freezer|
Are you picking anything from your gardens ? Did you pick up any bargains at the shops ?
Welcome to the new readers. Would you like to share your frugal list ?