Okay, lets get the really, really NOT frugal thing over with first. I did an Introduction to Permaculture at Northy Street City Farm, on the weekend (not the un-frugal thing) and on the Sunday they have Queensland's largest organic open air market in their car park. I thought I would have a really quick look through the fruit and veg before the course started.
Now, this market is huge and I only got a glimpse of it, it looked really interesting and I am sure there would have been more than the one fruit and veggie market to maybe compare prices. Anyway I knew I wanted some red paw paws, as the ones we have been buying for the last two week at ALDI have been woeful (going off before they even ripen, so, going off, but still green = YUK)
I quickly selected 2 smallish Red Paw Paws and 5 Mandarins (I was so excited to see the puffy skin variety as these are usually super sweet and juicy) all the time being jostled along by people carrying armloads, baskets and shopping trollies full of beautiful fresh produce.
There were probably 5 checkouts with very quick and efficient attendants tallying up the fruit and veg for all the patrons, when it was my turn, the amount the lovely girl stated, almost made me fall over. "Thats $19.70" I said to her in my stupor "it's lucky I have just enough" I wasn't kidding, I only had a $20 note in my wallet. Now normally I don't carry any money, at all, but hubby had kindly put in $20.00 the day before as I was travelling into Brisbane both days for the course.
The price for the produce is clearly marked but I guess in my rush I didn't mentally tally up the produce. I felt like a complete idiot. Now I am not saying that organic produce isn't amazing, its just an amazing price. I understand that to produce a certified organic product costs big mega bucks, but I thought what I paid was outrageous. I don't know how people could afford to buy huge quantities of this organic fruit and veg, good on them if they can justify it, I can't. So there you have it, 1 un-frugal thing, now on with the Frugal stuff
|The Red Paw Paws had better be amazing, they are still ripening, the mandarins have been quite dry, which is so disappointing|
1. Line dried all the washing. The days are getting much shorter and the cold moist air is starting to come on about 4.30 to 5pm. So as long as the washing is off by then, I have very dry clothes
3. I participated in a 2 day Introduction to Permaculture at Northy Street City Farm. I think that sustainable gardening and being frugal go hand in hand. I so enjoyed this course and I learned so much. It was lead by Morag Gamble, she is living and breathing a Permaculture life and you can find her blog here. Morag has been involved with this garden (Northy Street City Farm) since its inception, 20 years ago.
So, tell me, what were you frugal or free accomplishments this week?