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Week 32

August 14th, 2019 at 08:55 pm

Grocery = $81.84, a bit over than what I wanted it to be. Everything is going up in prices.

Birthday Present = I finally bought myself a birthday gift – 4 months later ($145).

Shopping = ($111.00) I had to throw away my old stock pot and had been looking to get a small frying pan. I also had to get rid of my old pasta marker, it broke late last year.

Gardening and Cooking = I did a little bit of gardening but the weather has been not that great but I’ve been doing a little bit every day. We made a big batch of dumplings (almost 100).

Til debt do us part = I been watching this old Canadian show online. It's amazing how people end up in debt. Interestingly it seems that majority of the people that participated in that show are mainly middle class. Most of them have a very decent income, which made it easier for them to get loans and credit cards and ultimately into consumer debts.

Week 31 – Got a New Dishwasher

August 5th, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Grocery = $52.40 – a lot more reasonable.

Dishwasher = so we went ahead and got the new dishwasher from Aldi. The price actually went down $20 from the week before. And DH spent another $29.90 to get some plumbing items to be able to hook it up. So in total it was $308.90, with a 3-year warranty.
I looked up our last dishwasher purchase and it was 9 years ago (I blogged about back in Aug 2010). That one cost us $595, we got it on sale with a great discount and the original price was $1,200. That one cost us $66.44 per year. An equivalent of 4.6 years for this new one but also there are some benefits because it uses cold water, it is more efficient in both water and electric usage and it has a delayed timer which means we can set it to wash the dishes during off-peak time.

Lunch out = we went out for lunch for a friend’s birthday. We spent $100 for gift and $52 for food.

Stovetop espresso maker = got one on sale down from $45 to $18. This was an item we have in our “to get for the right price” list.

July 2019

August 5th, 2019 at 12:10 am

Total = $1,298.89

Grocery = $296.17, this is right on our monthly budget but we were meant to spend a lot less because we have gone over in the last few months.


*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
Low spend month means more money into savings 
*Save $3K for Holiday money. N/A
*Save $5K for "The Challenge"

Entertainment = this is under budget so I’m putting $10 into the challenge.
NSD = in July we had 14 NSDs, so another $42 into the challenge.
Also DH made some money trading so $200 into this challenge.

Other –

*Read 200 books.
87. The Secret Runners of New York - Matthew Reilly (2 Jul) - Audio
88. Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport (3 Jul)
89. Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty (7 Jul) - Audio
90. Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty (15 Jul) - Audio
91. Lab Rats - Dan Lyons (19 Jul)
92. The Last Summer of Ada Bloom - Martine Murray (21 Jul) - Audio
93. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker (23 Jul)
94. A Year with Less - Cait Flanders (25 Jul)
95. Hearthbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach (27 Jul) - Audio
96. The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (29 Jul)
97. Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak (31 Jul) - Audio

*Continue Learning Spanish.
I’ve lost motivation 

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
Waking up early, no problem but working out and meditating big problem.

*Blogging once per week.
Still going

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
Have been doing some little projects outside

*Continue Decluttering.
We took a bag to the charity place.

*Learn to Draw
Not really into this at the moment.

Week 30 – Broken Dishwasher

July 30th, 2019 at 06:53 pm

Grocery = ($91.78) our grocery was higher than what I wanted it to be, it was because we bought things that was on sale, eg chicken that was 75% off. Just couldn’t say no to it. DH also decided to get a big bag of coffee beans even though we have a lot of instant coffee, to be fair it is so much nicer. Luckily, we are still just under our monthly budget but I still need to claw back those high grocery bills last month and the month before. Maybe we will do better in August. The pantry and freezer are fairly full now.

Dishwasher = so now the dishwasher is not working. So we are currently doing dishes by hand. We looked at couple of stores on the weekend and also saw that Aldi have them on sale at the moment. So far we are leaning towards the Aldi brand, the price is unbeatable. Currently the so called brand-named appliances have been pretty disappointing. The Aldi is $300 with 3-years warranty. It might be worth taking a “risk” on it.

Garden = DH and I made 2 benches for our potted orchids and also half-way to making a bench for sitting. We already had materials (mainly cut-offs) at hand so no new cost so far.

Week 29

July 23rd, 2019 at 12:31 am

Grocery = $126.65
Bought two weeks’ worth of groceries on Saturday, they were mainly fresh produced because last weekend we didn’t get much that the fridge was almost empty of vegetables. We only had half a head of broccoli, half a fennel and few carrots. We found some great deals so we bought a lot.
23 bananas – 10 are still greenish so we can have them next week.
3 avocados
1 small papaya
13 bokchoy
4 massive Portobello mushrooms
3 heads of broccoli
4 capsicums (3 green, 1 red)
2 coconuts
3 cucumbers
1 bunch of kale
1 celery
1 whole cauliflower
1 bag of carrots
1 kg of potatoes
3 sweet potatoes
1 big bag of beans (over a kilo)

Also got –
A block of parmesan
Black tea (it was half price and I was due to get some next couple of weeks)
French baguette
2 doz eggs
2 lt milk
Bottle of rice wine
Can of water chestnuts
1 bag of fresh noodles
Pork that was on sale
½ kilo of chicken liver
5 Canned ham (50% off, good to take camping and to keep some in the pantry)
A couple of frozen pizza that was on sale and we want to try out.
To add into our breakfast - chia seeds, dried mango, dried cranberry, nuts and other seeds.

I’ve done some pre-cooking in the last two days to make sure these food don’t get wasted, already few meals in the fridge and freezer.

Repairs – DH had to replace the exhaust fan in our toilet room. It was an easy fix and it only cost $19.98.

Last night’s dinner

July 18th, 2019 at 05:30 pm

Last night I made pork chops, fried rice with lots of vegies (couple of cups), also made roasted sweet potatoes, potatoes and onions (3 cups), and 2 cups of greens salad all from the garden.

I got more greens leaves (kale, spinach, swede chards, land crest, parsley and beet leaves) and made a simple salad of olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon juice. We got a lot of lemons from our tree at the moment.

My breakfast was leftover pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup and sliced bananas. DH is doing fasting today.

Dinner and Breakfast

July 17th, 2019 at 04:57 pm

Last night we made salmon with sweet potato and pumpkin fries (about a cup) and we also steamed some vegetables- a cup of pumpkin, a cup of carrots, a cup of peas, a cup of broccoli and a handful of greens from the garden. Also we had a small salad of mainly lettuce because it needed to be eaten. Also had about half a cup of steamed rice each.

For breakfast DH made pumpkin pancakes using the buttermilk from yesterday. I steamed the leftover pumpkin last night. There wasn’t much left and since the streamer was already it was just convenient.

The weather is warmer today, great for my plants.


July 16th, 2019 at 07:21 pm

Kitchen - We got half a bottle of cream in the fridge that will most likely go off in a couple of days, I've got no use for cream at the moment so I made butter. I just used a glass bottle with lid and got a good arm workout. It took me about 15 minutes. I think I will make some pancakes out of the buttermilk for breakfast tomorrow.

Garden - Just planted some seed of dill, coriander, Asian greens and wild rockets. I'm not sure how they will go but they are in my mini greenhouse. Everything are growing very slow at the moment which is to be expected in winter, not as much sun but we are getting a lot of rain which is great. They are mainly surviving though, no problem with frost. The only thing that died because of frost were my sweet potatoes, just the wrong time of the year for them. I'm trying to grow some slips again but no luck yet.

Week 28

July 14th, 2019 at 08:02 pm

Our weekend was cold and wet. DH went grocery shopping just to get what is necessary for the week.

Grocery = $27.45

Week 27

July 8th, 2019 at 12:04 am

Grocery = $50.29, the biggest purchase was the 1 kilo of honey.

Lunch out = $31.50, it has been a while since we went out to a restaurant, we have just been getting takeaways.

June 2019

July 4th, 2019 at 12:26 am

Total = $2,314.13
A quarter of it went to groceries = $580.98, but I’m okay with it. I’m anticipating that this lower in July.
Entertainment was low = $50.70


*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
50% done
*Save $3K for Holiday money.
*Save $5K for "The Challenge"
$33 for NSDs

Other –

*Read 200 books.
67 Bored and Brilliant - Manoush Zomorodi (1 Jun)
68 The Dark Place - Sam Millar (3 Jun) - Audio
69 Six Months Later - Natalie D. Richards (4 Jun)
70 Remote - Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (5 Jun)
71 Dead of Winter - Sam Millar (6 Jun) - Audio
72 The Joyful Frugalista - Serina Bird (6 Jun)
73 Past Darkness - Sam Millar (8 Jun) - Audio
74 The House Across the Street - Lesley Pearse (10 Jun)
75 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (12 Jun)
76 Long Road to Mercy - David Baldacci (13 Jun) - Audio
77 The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth (14 Jun)
78 Cari Mora - Thomas Harris (15 Jun) - Audio
79 Under the Midnight Sky - Anna Romer (16 Jun) - Audio
80 The Inquiry - Will Caine (18 Jun)
81 Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert (20 Jun)
82 Thornwood House - Anna Romer (21 Jun) - Audio
83 The Family Next Door - Sally Hepworth (24 Jun) - Audio
84 A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (26 Jun)
85 The Secrets of Midwives - Sally Hepworth (27 Jun) - Audio
86 The Self-Employment Survival Guide - Jeanne Yocum (30 Jun) – Audio

*Continue Learning Spanish.
I failed at this.

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
Only mainly doing meditation and walking at the moment.

*Blogging once per week.

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
Been doing a lot of work on the vegetable garden

*Continue Decluttering.
Cleaned the freezer/fridge and the pantry

*Learn to Draw
This has been forgotten.

Week 25/ Week 26(?) – I lost count

June 30th, 2019 at 10:29 pm

It rained all day on Saturday so all I did was some cleaning and cooking. On Sunday we went grocery shopping and we also went to the library to borrow Game of Thrones. Apart from that we didn’t do much because of the weather.

Grocery = $27.10, we didn’t need much since we been buying a lot of stuff lately.

Week 24

June 26th, 2019 at 06:23 pm

Our fridge/freezer was making weird noises and there was some solid ice formed at the bottom of the freezer. So DH spent some time on the weekend cleaning and defrosting the freezer part of the fridge. Apparently at the bottom from the outside of it was full of dust. When we were away on holiday couple of months ago our power was out for couple of days. We thought we might need a new one when for couple of weeks it wasn’t working properly but it seems that is just needed good cleaning. At least 3 – 4 times a year I would always pull the fridge out to clean the back and the part of the floor where it stand but I never thought I need to vacuum the bottom of the fridge itself. DH said there’s some coils at the bottom that was really covered of dust. Now I know and will clean it regularly.

Grocery = another big spend ($186.00 even) but the pantry and freezer is now very full. So for the next 2-3 months we should not need to buy much food. I am currently re-organising the pantry and taking stock of what we got.