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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.

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.