This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

Firstly, lets unpack what I said last week about my life being mundane, I never meant it in a bad way, I love my simple life and wouldn't have it any other way. A while ago, on another blog, I read a comment about frugal living being boring and a lot of sameness and that people often lose interest in blogs that continually post about frugality. I just didn't want to lose readers who were here for another reason. I didn't mean to insult anyone or indeed upset any readers. I am frugal and love a simple day at home, above all else. I hope that clears things up.

Right, now that that is over with, let me tell you about my week. Work=holy-cow-it-was-busy! And I got a virus-y thing with a sore throat, runny nose and body aches + yesterday morning I got one of my classic migraines which always messes me up for the day. I am truly lucky that I don't get much of a headache but I do get blurred vision and feel wonky and unco-ordinated for the rest of the day. I knew I couldn't take a sick day as it was just so busy, I really don't think I am super woman and I know that they would cope without me, but as we are coming into the Easter break AND I have Tuesday off as an ADO, I don't think any one would have believed me if I rang in sick. So off to work I went, I struggled through and now I can relax for the next few day. Love a long, long weekend!

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. Packed my lunch for work every day, it may not be gourmet but it is always kinda healthy and filling.

Chads Bread with a Twist with egg, lettuce and cucumber, peppermint tea plus my one piece of dark chocolate and a great book

2. Wrote up a list every day of jobs to get done around the house, how is that frugal? Being aware of my limited time and using it well, I believe, is also a fundamental part of being frugal.

3. Did some more de-cluttering and tidying next door (my late MIL's home) I am now doing about 3 x 30 minutes a week. Whats that saying "You can eat an elephant, just one mouthful at a time". Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I set a timer for 30 minutes, pick an area (I am now up to the kitchen) and methodically work away at sorting and cleaning for the whole 30 minutes. It's quite amazing how much you can get done in that time.

4. Menu planned and shopped only to the grocery list. My most favourite and ingrained frugal thing to do. It is a great place to start if you want to save money and prevent food waste in your home.

5. Bought some beautiful big bunches of parsley that were marked down to 50 cents a bunch from Coles on Tuesday arvo, I had run out of onions and garlic (for the Mexican Potatoes) whoops, so I went to Coles on the way home from work, to buy just those two items. I always have a look to see if any fresh produce is marked down, if I swing by and that day I was lucky. I will use the parsley in this recipe for Easter.

5 a. Made a fabulous Pea and Ham soup using the ham bone from Christmas (frozen for just this purpose) plus a small ham hock. I will post this, new to me, recipe soon, it is a corker.

Your turn, how did you save money this week?

Have a lovely day

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  1. This is exactly the kind of migraine I get. What works for me every time: one ibuprofen taken with one 120 mg pseudoephedrine (decongestant). These must be taken at the first symptoms of the migraine, just when you notice your vision getting wonky, for them to work. I literally travel with these pills in my purse so they are immediately there when it comes on. I believe it has something to do with constricting blood vessels. I hope it works for you. My son has the same migraines and the same success.

    1. Hi, thanks for the hot tip, I usually take just 2 paracetamol but I like the sound of your remedy. Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a lovely day. Fi

    2. I used to get very servers migraines and the neurologist told me to take 2 soluble aspirin to thin and get the blood flowing to the area where the pain was hitting and then after 1/2 an hour take the paracetamol to ease the pain. Of course the best thing then is to rest for the day but as you say that was not an option for you.

  2. Hi Fiona, your blog is fab just the way it is! Don't worry about offending anyone - if they don't like it, they don't have to read it. Have to say - just made your honey mustard chicken last week (made a double batch) - what an absolute winner! Will make this time and time again, it is so good. Husband was very impressed. Have a lovely, relaxing Easter weekend. Darlene from NZ

    1. Hi Darlene,
      Thanks for the rave review, it is such a yummy dish, isn’t 😊 I hope you have a wonderful Easter too. Fi

  3. Oh, that pea and ham soup looks divine! I must make some soon and pop in the freezer. It's a favourite that always brings back memories of my Mum making it for us. I did make pumpkin soup this week and portioned that up. The pumpkin I cut was just so gorgeous and had beautiful full flavour. Tonight it's freezer meals as I'm feeling very tired and so that's frugal too. And, I've just come back up from downstairs where I potted up some cuttings and planted out a few more seedlings. Tomorrow, I will be planting two different kinds of seed potatoes in grow bags. Love a long weekend too, isn't it just fantastic! Meg:)

  4. Don’t change a thing on your blog. I love the name and that’s what first brought me to check it out. To be frugal is so sensible and it certainly isn’t being stingy, just a good way to live. We never know what might happen in our lives and it’s good to know how to live on less and be self sufficient if we need to be. I’m sure 5 years before world war 2 people would not have thought there would be another war. Encouraging and sharing your recipes and ideas with others is such a blessing to your readers. As I’ve mentioned before, I often use your recipes and other hints you write about. I am older than you but because of your writing about meal planning I have started to do that too.
    Blessings Gail.

  5. I agree. You clearly put a lot of time into your blog and it’s great just the way it is

  6. Hi Fiona
    I have been cutting the fronts off greeting cards I have been sent to make scrap for shopping lists etc. I sometimes use them as postcards too.The backs get put in the paper recycling bin.
    Made chicken and vegetable soup from a carcass and used up veggies from the fridge.
    Found a brand new linen tea towel in the charity shop for 50 pence - I store these in my presents box and make up nice bundles for students going off to uni/ newly weds or my sisters in law who appreciate linen.
    Used craft materials from my stash to make Easter crafts with toddlers at the group I run.
    In anticipation of summer sunshine ( when?!) I researched costs of a new garden parasol and as luck would have it they were selling them in Lidl last week for £12.50 so I snapped one up.
    Used up the leftover marscapone from a whole orange cake to make a few fairy cakes today.
    Wishing you and all your readers a happy and relaxed Easter.


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