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Week 23

June 17th, 2019 at 09:19 pm



We spent most of our weekend in the garden again; the weather was fairly warm for winter. We trimmed a tree and built another small raised bed. I think I will plant strawberries in it, so right now I’m trying to grow strawberries from seeds. I planted some late last month (I had a packet of seeds, I think I bought them last year) and they are finally showing some life, a couple of leaves so far. Yesterday I planted some more strawberry seeds, these seeds I collected from strawberries we bought from a farmers market during summer. They were the best strawberries I’ve ever tasted so I made sure to collect some of its seeds. I’m hopeful they will grow

Grocery = $127.10

Greenhouse = $30 – bought a greenhouse from Aldi, it was on sale $10 off.

Electric = received a cheque for $80.69

Update on rubbish bin = Compost bin cost $164.50 and the saving for downsizing our rubbish bin is $88 per year.

WEEK 22

June 11th, 2019 at 09:53 pm



Grocery =$128.83, we stocked up on coffee and meat, there were some good sales. I have a feeling that inflation is going up further so I'm buy thing on sale while prices are good.

Water Bill – for the quarter it is $205.67

Electric Bill – we have now accumulated $80.69 credit, I believe they will be sending us a cheque before the end of the month (which is end of our financial year) they seemed to do this at end of financial year.

Gardening – We had a 3- day weekend here (for Queen’s birthday holiday), the weather was fairly nice so DH and I spent a bit of time gardening. We built two more raised bed. We have been experimenting on making compost at home. We did one that we started few months ago, it is now ready and have used it for the new raised beds. There were so many worms in it, they were loving it in there.
Also, last week DH bought a new compost bin, it is supposed to be really good that it is actually recommended by our council and they are actually giving us (I think) $50-$60 if we register it and buy it online through this specific company. I have to ask DH for actual numbers but I think he mentioned that they sell them at our local hardware store for $220 but I think we only paid $165 for it. While he ordered this new compost bin he also asked our council to swap our general bin to a smaller size, which cost cheaper (again I don’t remember the amount – I’ll update, when I get actual amounts). Since we have been composting everything that is compostable we hardly have anything to throw out in the general rubbish bin. The new bin is so small it looks like a kid’s toy.

May 2019

June 5th, 2019 at 12:07 am



Total = $2084.81

Grocery = $451.07 – after a very low spend month on groceries in April month we had to buy a lot in May.

Entertainment = $154.53 – just a bit over than the monthly budget.


Financials-

*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
We are almost half way there.

*Save $3K for Holiday money.
N/A really but we did get the tollway charged for our holiday trip in this month and that was $26.64

*Save $5K for "The Challenge"
We had another 10 NSD, so I put in $30 into this Challenge. Also put in $100 from stock trading profit for the month.

Other –

*Read 200 books.
46. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (1 May) - Audio
47. A Zero Waste Life - Anita Vandyke (2 May) - Audio
48. Here and Gone - Haylen Beck (5 May)
49. How to Fail - Elizabeth Day (7 May)
50. Without Fail - Lee Child (8 May) - Audio
51. The Suspect - Fiona Barton (11 May)
52. Persuader - Lee Child (13 May) - Audio
53. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (15 May)
54. The Enemy - Lee Child (16 May) - Audio
55. The Minimalist Home (16 May)
56. The Adulterer's Wife - Leigh Russell (17 May) - Audio
57. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames (18 May)
58. Hunter - Jack Heath (19 May) - Audio
59. The Giver - Lois Lowry (21 May)
60. The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon (21 May) - Audio
61. Catching Teller Crow - Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (22 May) - Audio
62. Bookends - Jane Green (23 May)
63. Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout (23 May) - Audio
64. The First Lady - Brendan DuBois & James Patterson (25 May)
65. The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein (27 May) - Audio
66. Bloodstorm - Sam Millar (29 May) - Audio

*Continue Learning Spanish.
Still doing a little bit every day need to do a bit more.

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
Failed miserably at this.

*Blogging once per week.
Okay, I guess.

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
Been doing some but it has been raining a lot in the last 2 weeks.

*Continue Decluttering.
Doing a little bit

*Learn to Draw
This has been neglected.

WEEK 21

May 28th, 2019 at 11:57 pm



Grocery = $64.87

Lunch out = We went out for lunch on Saturday with some friends, it cost us $41. And I gave away 4 pumpkins.

Garden = We went to a nursery and bought some small fruit trees, some other plants and garden supplies - $124.47

Week 20

May 21st, 2019 at 07:29 pm



Grocery = $132.10 – everything is getting very expensive. We bought another 25 kilo bag of rice (that was $38).
It is time to plant some more vegetables in the garden. Speaking of the garden, we just harvest all the pumpkin on the weekend and all up we produced 3 dozen, although 3 of them were small just under a kilo. At least that is something we won’t need to buy for the rest of the year. And we have extra that we can give away to some friends.

I’m finally starting to get into my routine again. I’m so much more productive when I follow a schedule. I’m doing a bit more work in the garden. I’m getting ready to plant some winter crops (kale, snow peas, peas, beetroot). Now that we got rid of the pumpkin, we need to clean up that area and finish the cementing of the border.

We eat healthier too when I’m organise. And I have more time for reading and working out.

Week 18 & 19

May 14th, 2019 at 05:19 pm



Grocery - $81.00 (wk 18) & $173.10 (wk 19). We are low on everything, when we got home from our holiday the fridge and freezer were both empty. So this weekend we stocked up on everything. We also had to get laundry products and cleaning products.

I’m still not feeling too good, when we went shopping I felt sick after a while of walking around.

APRIL 2019

May 7th, 2019 at 07:47 pm


Total = $2042.47
We have been a way on holiday. Got back a week ago and I have not been feeling well. I have had no motivation to do anything. This is going to be short.

Grocery = $118.53
Holiday Expense = $1257.72 (an average of $80 per day)

Financials-

*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
We’ve put in around $14K so far.

*Save $3K for Holiday money.
Spent over 30% and have $1742.28 for the rest of the year.

*Save $5K for "The Challenge"
I’ve had no time to deal with this at the moment, I’ve decided to skip this for this month.

Other –

*Read 200 books.
38. Playing with Fire - Scott Rieckens (2 Apr)
39. The Road to the Future - Glimps East Forward (3 Apr)
40. The Memory - Lucy Dawson (4 Apr) - Audio
41. Storm Boy - Colin Thiele ( 5 Apr)
42. The Ones you Trust - Caroline Overington (7 Apr) - Audio
43. How to be an Adult in Relationships - David Richo (8 Apr) - Audio
44. The Plotters - Kim Un-su (9 Apr) - Audio
45. Echo Burning - Lee Child (10 Apr) – Audio

*Continue Learning Spanish.
Yes, everyday.

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
No chance.

*Blogging once per week.
Failed

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
The garden is a mess a moment and I really need to start planting for winter.

*Continue Decluttering.
I did some before we left and I’ve brought out our winter clothes and have discarded some that I will never wear again.

*Learn to Draw
Failed

Week 14

April 8th, 2019 at 11:49 pm



Groceries = $94.40 bought extra for an upcoming camping trip.
Other than grocery shopping we didn’t spend on anything else all weekend. We spend the weekend getting our camper trailer ready and clean out the garage a bit. I also did some tidying up in the garden and cleaning the car interior.

March 2019

April 2nd, 2019 at 07:34 pm


March total = $2,779.75

Groceries - $276.35 (under)
Utilities - $330.49
Internet – DH prepaid our internet again for $780.
Car repair and service - $382.26
Entertainment - $136.89 (under but just)
Clothes - $114.45, DH bought new running shoes and I bought some clothes.

Financials-

*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
We are 25% done, so we are tracking well so far.

*Save $3K for Holiday money.
N/A

*Save $5K for "The Challenge"
March NSDs were 10 days, so $30 into the challenge. Nothing more this month. Total so far for this challenge is $394.00

Other –

*Read 200 books.

22. Your Brain at Work - David Rock (1 Mar)
23. Crazy House - James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet (3 Mar) - Audio
24. Everyone Can Write - Howard Gelman (5 Mar)
25. Tripwire - Lee Child (8 Mar) - Audio
26. The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks (10 Mar)
27. Healing with Iodine - Dr. Mark Sircus (13 Mar)
28. The Flower Girls - Alice Clark-Platts (13 Mar) - Audio
29. Peak Performance - Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness (17 Mar)
30. Handwiring Happiness - Rick Hanson (17 Mar) - Audio
31. Top Dog - Jens Lapidus (19 Mar) - Audio
32. Now You See Her - Heidi Perks (23 Mar)
34. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (27 Mar)
35. Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari (29 Mar)
36. The Break - Katherena Vermette (30 Mar) - Audio
37. Long Lost - Harlan Coben (31 Mar)

*Continue Learning Spanish.
Yes

* Wake-up early workout and or meditate 5 times a week.
Yes!

*Blogging once per week.
Yes

*Continue Garden/Landscaping.
Some

*Continue Decluttering.
Very little

*Learn to Draw
Need to do some.

Week 13

March 31st, 2019 at 09:50 pm



Grocery - For the week was $58.35.

Filters - Got new water filters for $42.26 in total.

Movie - we had couple of movie passes for the Gold Class also it came with food voucher. We watched “Us” and end up spending $4.50 for extra drink.

Another relaxing weekend.

Week 12

March 24th, 2019 at 08:48 pm



We had another quiet weekend.

Grocery = $68.15

Clothes = I actually went and bought some new clothes, $34.45.

Eating out = $27.80

Week 11

March 18th, 2019 at 06:04 pm



We had beautiful weather on the weekend. We had a picnic and went for long walks.

Grocery = $55.60
Fuel = $41.55
Eating out = $43.70


This didn't work yesterday.

Car Repairs

March 15th, 2019 at 09:20 pm

I wrote this two days ago but couldn't log on.

Good news, it wasn’t as bad as it sounded. They found the fault in the power steering pressure switch so they replaced with a new one. Also the intake pipe needed to be repaired and put in some oil. They also did the usual service since it would have been due next month anyway. All up it cost $382.26, overall not as bad as we expected it to be.