This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

I had a great week, full of frugal fun and finds. I went to the local Op shops on Saturday to have a browse at some clothes for my upcoming holiday. This is what I scored:

3 x 3/4 sleeved tops in various weights, 1 x cardigan, 3 x pairs skinny leg jeans/trousers, in total I paid $33 for these 7 items averaging $4.70 an item. 

Other frugal fun this week involved this-

1. My bike basket has seen better days. The plastic coating on the basket had cracked and the wire underneath was looking quite rusty. So I removed the cracked plastic coating, took to the basket with a wire brush to remove the surface rust and then sprayed it with "Killrust" paint in white. It now looks like brand new and as the spray paint was already at home there was no outlay of money

2. Struck a cutting off my Fiddle Leaf Fig, I grew this Fig from a tiny seedling that I "appropriated" from a place we stayed at a few years ago for our 29th Wedding Anniversary. It has grown into such a healthy, tall plant and I have always wanted a second one without paying a fortune for it. Here's hoping the cutting takes. 

I choose a good sized shoot, cut it with clean secateurs, dipped the cut end in some honey and then put it straight in some potting mix

3. Potted on a tiny Passionfruit seedling that came up in the gravel next to one of our Golden Cane gardens. It's worth a go, I might get another free Passionfruit vine to give away. I did the same thing a few years ago and now my sister has a passionfruit vine clambering up her fence for free. 

4. Froze down some left over tomato paste that the kids (not kids really, but no matter how old they are, they'll always be your kids) used when making homemade Pizzas for themselves last Friday. The individual ice cube holes, hold exactly 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, how great is that? Once frozen I just pop them out into a container, ready for when I need just a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste.

5. Made some Naan bread, using ingredients already at home, to have with a wonderful warming Mulligatawny soup, it is such a simple recipe and so super yummy, I made them two nights in a row! Both soup and Naan bread recipes coming soon.

What did you do this week to save money?

Have a lovely day,

Two Years Ago-What we ate this week


  1. I did the same freezing some home made tomato sauce/passata in ice cube trays and then once frozen I transfer them to a ziplock bag for pizza sauce.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Sorry for the slow reply, love the idea of freezing in portions, absolutely no waste❤️Fi

  2. Great clothing bargains for your trip to France, Fi. I think stripes can be very French! Love what you did with your bike basket too. Good as new! Meg:)

    1. Hi Meg, sorry for the late reply, love my stripes and love how the bike basket turned out❤️

  3. I also had a frugal week in the garden.
    I split up a congested pot of sisyrinchium and ophiopogum ( hope I've spelt that right!)and repotted them in separate pots.
    Split congested pots of dianthus and replanted them in the garden - they are caviar for rabbits but the bigger coarser clumps seem to be left alone.
    Split up a big clump of ' snowflakes' and replanted in a garden bed.
    My husband suggested we buy a new climbing rose to cover the end of the log shed but I remembered we had taken cuttings from a climber last year and they have taken so no need to purchase a new rose.
    My outdoor rotary dryer is broken so I 'bodged' a repair and can keep using it for a bit longer.
    I sewed a button back on one of my 'best' dresses and wore it last weekend. I am very fond of certain pieces of clothing - they fit and flatter so I rotate them according to the event, seasons and groups of friends. Old faithfuls!
    Your purchases look fab and very reasonable too.

    1. Hi Penny,
      Love your frugal list, so many great ideas especially dividing plants. Have a lovely day. Fi


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