This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

Another week down and only 3 and a bit weeks to go until my "Beautiful Bordeaux"holiday with my darling sister. It still feels like a bit of a dream really, but I am starting to get very excited. I will have to go through my wardrobe soon and see what still fits, the weather and temperature in Bordeaux in May ranges from 10 C to 22 C with the average of 10 rainy days. So I think layers will be the way to go. I am not really a dress or skirt person preferring long trousers and tops, so I should be able to pull something together.

In saying that I am not really a dress person, I have now ordered 2 dresses from "Wish" and now I can only wish that they both arrive in time and they both fit! I spent a total of $54.00 on 2 dresses, both grey in colour and I am really hoping they arrive in time, or I will be hitting the OP shops for something nice to wear out to dinner. I have also been more careful with what I am eating or rather the quantity, so I am hoping that this being more mindful of portions will show on the scales.

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. Made a large Quinoa salad to take to work everyday for my lunch, I used ingredients all ready at home and it has been lovely to have a protein rich salad that is not only delicious but keeps me full till dinner. I will post this yummy recipe soon.

2. Cleaned the house with home made cleaners, I made another batch of this Miracle Spray yesterday afternoon. I find it cleans anything except glass and mirrors (it will cause streaking because of the eucalyptus oil) The glass spray bottle, on the left, is from a product I received when I used to subscribe to The Mighty Nest. It was a natural powdered cleaner that you mixed with water, it was okay, this Miracle Spray is better though. I simply re-filled the bottle when it was empty. I stopped the subscription as it was too expensive for the products I received.

3. Saved the shower warm up water to water some of the pot plants.

Remember the potted fig that I rescued? Look at it now and at the back is my Lemon Myrtle 

4. Hung all the washing on the line, there were just a few light showers of rain this week. I don't iron, full stop, I par dry items of clothing, that may wrinkle, in the drier for a few minutes then I hang them of hangers on my Aldi clothes airer to finish drying. No ironing needed.

5. Started making Kombucha from a gifted SCOBY that my lovely hairdresser gave me. This is the brew 2 days in, I will start tasting it on the 4th day.

Your turn, what did you do to save money this week?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-No Post Today
Two Years Ago-What we ate this week


  1. I love quinoa salads, Fi. I will be keeping an eye out for your recipe. On the frugal front here, it's our second week of school holidays and we've really not been anywhere that's cost any money.Staying home and finding contentment there requires no $. Having said that, I will have to do some grocery shopping today and my son is having a haircut so that will mean some spending. Have a great weekend. Not long til your amazing holiday now! Meg:)

  2. Hi Meg,
    Finding contentment at home, love it! That’s what it’s all about, isn’t? The quinoa salad is fabulous, and the dressing superb. I will post it on Monday. Have a lovely day. Fi

  3. I look forward to that Quinoa salad recipe, I'm a bit hopeless with salads, and I really want to diversify a bit.

    1. Hi Chery,
      It’s a really simple but really delicious salad, tune in Monday 😊have a lovely Friday. Fi

  4. You must be so excited counting down the days till your holiday.
    Frugal things this week -
    Turned leftover beef casserole into a soup which we had for dinner with cheese toasties
    Have received several catalogues through the post, looked at them,recycled and didn't buy
    Brought more daffodils into the house
    Spent a lovely time at the local garden centre looking a displays for planting ideas and came away without buying anything. Doesn't sound much but for me this is progress!
    I have been scouring the charity shops for a small box to hold bits and bobs on my bedside table and suddenly realised I have a stash of pretty chocolate boxes I keep for packaging up gifts - found the perfect size for zero cost.
    Hope you have a super weekend.

    1. Hi Penny,
      Love your frugal list❤️Have a lovely weekend, Fi

  5. Hi
    I feel part of the enjoyment of having a holiday is the anticipation. Although the temperature sounds cool for a Queenslander, its part of the appeal. I use roast pumpkin and capsicum in my quinoa salad- sometimes as a warm salad then next day cold. I had a big week in the kitchen- dehydrated pineapple, pear, apple; made chicken stock and beef stock; bottled a second round of ginger beer then froze the ginger starter; bottled my sauerkraut after 3 weeks of fermentation; beef cheeks and kidney in slow cooker, froze 2 portions and will make 2 small pies with some leftovers from dinner for lunch Sunday; smoked 4 chicken breasts and used the chicken stock from the basting with 1 breast, shallots and marked down bean sprouts for 4 portions of chicken soup; tomorrow I try making pastrami (corn meat from home kill) and cumquat (from orchard) jam and sourdough bread. I borrowed a smoker from friends. I have enjoyed cooking but now it will be time to eat from the freezers and spend time outside doing the gardens and finish painting the house now the rain has stopped. The joy of retirement. Erin

    1. Hi Erin,
      Wow that’s a lot of cooking, you’re amazing, I just love it. I can’t wait to retire and get more out of my days too. Where in the world are you? Have the loveliest of days, Fi


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