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Butter

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

Financials-

*Put as much money we possibly can into Investments (at least $40K).
50% done
*Save $3K for Holiday money.
N/A
*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.
Okay

*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.

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.