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This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 27 March 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

It seems a bit trivial to do a post like this when the world is experiencing a pandemic but, as with my life, I will also try to keep this blog as "normal" as possible. My everyday life, so far, hasn't been affected, I still go to work everyday, I still make bread, yoghurt and muesli, I still pack my lunch everyday for work and make sure all leftovers are used up in a timely manner. We still menu plan and shop only to the list, we haven't bought any extra food and so far have been able to buy what we need.

That doesn't mean that me as a person hasn't been affected, I'm stressed, worried about what might be, I'm not sleeping well and seem to have a constant headache, this may be my new normal and I'm sure that every one is feeling the same way. We all just need to roll with the punches for the next little while, be adaptable and keep a level head.

On Saturday we plan to go to Simply Good to stock up on some bulk items, this is just our normal every 4 to 6 week visit, however I have a feeling a lot of what we plan to buy will be in short supply or completely sold out. I want to buy some bread flour, nuts, rolled oats, honey, spices, laundry liquid, dish washing liquid and hand wash, we'll just have to wait and see what the have in stock. We'll also pop into the Golden Circle Factory Outlet to see what they have that may come in handy. We only buy food that we like and use and try to buy good quality food as well. Again there may not be much left in this crazy time of over buying. We will practice social distancing, hand hygiene and will not tarry in the two shops for longer than we need to be there.

How has the shopping been in your area?

Now on with how we saved money this week-

1. Caught the warm up water in the shower to keep the figs out the front hydrated.

2. Made a wonderful soup out of a lack lustre butternut pumpkin, I roasted it along with some sweet potato to make this soup. We had it for lunch on Saturday, gave a big bowl of it along with some freshly made bread rolls to our daughter and her fiancé and had the rest for a couple of my work lunches with buttered toast.

3. Line dried the washing.

4. Menu planned and bought only to the list, at the moment we are eating one meat based dish a week, with fish, prawns and pulse based meals making up the rest.

5. Watered the garden using our tank water.

Your turn, how did you save money during this unique and somewhat stressful time?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-Thick and Creamy Vanilla Yoghurt in the Thermomix
Two Years Ago-Chads Bread with a Twist 
Three Years Ago-No Blog Post Today
Four Years Ago-Setting the Table


  1. If it is any relief to you, I went to Simply Good a couple of days ago to fill my whole pantry, as we have just moved interstate and were starting from scratch. Stock there is great! They were out of white bread flour (but had other types) and plain flour, but everything else was in stock. And they were meant to get flour in the next day. So I think you should be okay! Isn't it a great bulk food store? I missed it when we lived in Melbourne.

    All the best,

  2. Keeping things as normal as possible during these surreal times is my approach too, Fi. I am really not sure what the world will 'look like' once this crisis passes but, in the meantime, I'm just keeping on doing the things I normally do. This week, I was unwell (vertigo, so the world literally did spin out of control at times) and so freezer meals like soup came in very handy. Yesterday, I was able to be up and around a little bit so I went for a walk in the garden and picked frangipani flowers up off our lawn, watered our seedlings and completed six rows of knitting. Have a lovely day. MegXx

    1. Hope the vertigo passes soon Meg and you are back to normal.

    2. We are trying to keep to a routine too Fiona, I find if we spend a day doing nothing we get really disgruntled and don't sleep well.Better to keep on keeping on!
      We must all be saving some money on fuel for cars and the pollution levels in UK cities has dropped dramatically.
      Eating from the freezer and being careful to eat up what is 'oldest'.
      Enjoyed a quiz night with family and friends via computer, great to see their lovely faces and we all felt better for it
      Making all bread at the moment. I have some saved in the freezer along with soups so if we become ill the cooking will be easy as we recover.
      Reading books I have been meaning to read for ages.
      Sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and watching the birds, checking on the tadpoles in the pond, walking the dogs in the woods, crafting all cost nothing but are helping to keep spirits up.
      Hope you and all your readers are well.

  3. If it is any reassurance, I was at Simply Good earlier this week and they had plenty of everything! No white bakers flour of plain flour but they were due to get more the following day. It's a great bulk food store isn't it? I never found one comparable while I lived in Melbourne.

    All the best,

    P.S. Apologies if this comment is a duplicate, I tried to comment before but something weird happened and I wasn't sure if it worked.