This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

Well, finally a much cooler change has breezed through and taken the stifling heat with it, I am hoping that is the end of our summer, I won't be sorry to see it go! We've even had a bit of rain which is a blessing. This past summer was particularly awful, with high temperatures and high humidity, although we are always a few degrees cooler, being on the coast, it was still the hottest summer I can remember for quite awhile.

With the heat settling down, I find myself feeling more motivated to get on with some big jobs that I have been putting off, such as clearing out, digging over and preparing the veggie pod for some new plantings and a really good tidy and clean up of outside. With two Aussie blokes in the house we seem to accumulate lots and lots of stuff, particularly fishing gear and storage for fishing gear. At the moment the outside looks like Tackle Land, in fact that's what I call the shed "Mark and Jake's Tackle Land". I am hoping that this weekend will see a big clean up and sort out.

Now on with what I have been up to on the frugal front-

1. Made the food stretch and used up all groceries before I went shopping again, we had a few items left over in the fridge and from camping and really wanted a clean slate before bringing in more food to the house. I get overwhelmed when there is too much food in the house, am I odd in feeling this way? I know plenty of people that feel completely the opposite.


2. Was gifted a big bag of magnificent passionfruit, it is the same variety as I grow, but mine isn't bearing at the moment, this variety of passionfruit is called Panama Gold and the pulp is super sweet.


3. Mixed the last of the worm castings into the veggie pod in preparation for new plantings, there must be heaps of seeds in the worm castings as there were lots of sprouted fruit and veggies seedlings in the mix, it will act as a green manure and improve the soil even more. The only remaining plants I have in the veggie pod now are 3 x Perennial Coriander or Mexican Coriander.


4. Packed my lunch every day

Yesterdays morning tea and lunch

5. Made sure all leftovers were eaten in a timely manner, I put any left overs front and centre in the fridge to make sure they are not overlooked. Love your leftovers

So that is my 5 frugal things, nothing amazing, just simple things that will save us money in the long and short term.

Has this cooler weather inspired you to have a bit of a tidy up? What is on your to-do list this weekend?

Have a lovely day
💗Fi

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15 comments

  1. Hi fiona. Its getting really cold here. The forecast is quite bad for the next week. I had planned to clean up the outside as we are having the foundations dug next week for our garden room.|I'me glad it's cooling down for you. I can't seem to get going when it's too hot either.

    Take care Donna xx

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    1. Have Donna,
      Where do you live that it is getting cold next week? Tasmania? And what is a garden room, is it for potting plants up like a conservatory? Sounds wonderful❤️Have a lovely day. Fi

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    2. Hi yes it's a conservatory as such.I am going to use it as my dining room. We live Manchester in the North of England. They have told us to get ready for -4 and some.
      I am making your Ginger Pineapple chicken for dinner it looks delicious. xx

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  2. I should be defrosting the freezer this weekend but I need to study for an exam so I think I'll have to put it off a bit.
    It's been a really good week financially - not because of frugality but just lovely good fortune. My husband had a small win on the Premium bonds which we reinvest for more savings, we received the money back from the pet insurance for our dogs ear operation and a reimbursement from our insurance company for overpayment on the car insurance. I won a free prize draw and received a pack of recipe cards with spices, flavour rubs and stock pots to make the recipes. What a great week.
    Glad its cooling down for you - I know how wearing very humid weather can be. We are forecast to have snow next week - what an amazingly varied planet we share.

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    1. Good morning Penny,
      What a good run of luck you have had, so lucky! My husbands Grandmother always said, don't worry about the housework, it won't run away. That freezer will still be there waiting for you when you've done your studying.
      It truly is an amazing and varied planet, we have just had 2 days of beautiful soaking rain, my garden is singing.
      Have a lovely day,
      Fi

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  3. The veggie patch is on my weekend list. Summer's plantings have finished and I've only left them in to shade the soil over the worst of the scorching days. I'll be out in the rain, clearing the patch, laying on some compost and perhaps a bit of blood and bone before a covering of new mulch. I'll let it sit then, to "cook" until I'm ready to plant out again. This rain is wonderful, it washes everything anew and stirs something in a gardener, I think, that has them itching to get outside! Enjoy your weekend, Fi. Meg:)

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    1. Good Morning Meg, I am just about to step outside to start a good tidy up, I am always fresher first thing in the morning, so intend to make a good go of it this weekend. My Nan loved good old blood and bone, I think she used in on everything and her garden was amazing. We got some amazing rain yesterday and last night, such a welcomed relief.
      Fi

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  4. I'm so happy for the cooler weather....the heat was just getting crazy.

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    1. Hi Kathy,
      Yes, I too am so grateful for the cooler change, summer was so hot and humid. Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  5. It's raining today is Tassie, I love it so much. So does the yard!

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    1. Hi F & D,
      I practically dance in the rain, anyone would think I was a farmer the way I go on about it, there is nothing like welcomed, overdue rain to make your day.
      Have a great one,
      Fi

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  6. Autumn is definitely giving summer a nudge, and it can't come soon enough in my opinion, I fully agree it's been one of the most humid summer's we've had in a while. I did a bit in the garden yesterday, and today we've had blessed soft steady rain falling from the sky. My timing couldn't have been better.

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Yeh for soft steady rain, such a blessing for the tanks and garden, it washes anew. Rain works miracles for the garden doesn't?
      Have a lovely day,
      Fi

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  7. Being frugal and using up some of my scrap material, making buntings and pot holders. After babysitting on Saturday afternoon, I hope to buy a kumquat tree ready to plant soon. By the way made your chorizo and sweet potato frittata, turned out lovely and good eaten cold for lunch the next day.

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    1. Hi Jana,
      So happy you tried the frittata recipe, it's such a winning combination of flavours. I am doing a bit of sewing at the moment too, I love the idea of bunting to use up some leftover scrap material, thanks for the inspiration.
      Have a lovely day,
      Fi

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