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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.