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This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 3 April 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

My back is starting to feel better which is such a relief, I still have a few twinges now and then if I move in the wrong way, but I think it is 80% better. On another note I'm not sleeping well at all, first it was the pain in my back that kept waking me up, now it is the fact that I have run out of my bio-identical, hormone replacement therapy and it won't arrive until next week.

The compounding pharmacy I order it from has been inundated with orders and also Australia Post are super busy with everyone ordering products online. That will teach me to wait until I was just about out of my troches before ordering more.

Oh and one more thing, my hairdresser has decided to close her shop for the "next little while" I know, a hairdressing service is really not that important compared to other services but in the "next little while" combined with not sleeping, I will look like a zombie Yeti, no, it's true! My hair grows out and up...not down!!!

Right, Pity party is over, let me tell you how I saved money this week-

1. Soaked some limp lettuce in iced water to bring it back to life and give it some crunch.

2. Used a pastry brush to get the last of the Garam Marsala out of the TM bowl 

3 jars of golden Garam Marsala, here is the recipe I use

3. Made some Naan bread ( using a new recipe) to go with dinner one night to stretch it out. I will post the recipe if you like.

4. Made a couple of meat free recipes this week, I made a Roasted Sweet Potato Dhal and last night I made a Cheesy Macaroni Bake with Basil Pesto, Artichokes and Olives (definitely going to post the recipe for that one) 

Roasted Sweet Potato Dhal

A sneaky peek of the Cheesy Macaroni Bake with Basil Pesto, Artichokes and Olives (before it's cooked to golden oozy goodness)

5. Cleaned out the fridge and did an inventory of what need to be used up. A messy fridge will hide all kinds of neglected food if you're not careful

Your turn, how did you save money, time or food this week?

Have a lovely day, 

One Year Ago-No Blog Post Today 
Three Years Ago-Easy Banana Bread, Take 3
Four Years Ago-My Thai Sauce


  1. Glad your back is feeling better. My hairdresser was going to close for 2 weeks of Easter for the staff to have a break so they chose to shut down a week earlier than that to protect themselves and their customers. I brought my hair appointment forward by 1.5 weeks to the Tuesday of the War Cabinet meeting. The Tuesday time didn't really suit as it was in the middle of the kid school pickup however I got them to walk home that day. The offered Thursday appointment time was better however I knew the announcements would come the Tuesday night and I might not be able to get in and that's when they made the appointments 30 minutes for a few days. Regardless I think it was a sensible decision because it's a place where people come and go daily with new people every day. They are gutted having to shut but know it was the right thing to do all round. I also had my breast exam 2 weeks ago as scheduled and the results came back all good [thank goodness]. My sister had breast cancer so I go yearly and now the breast exams are on the no go list which I also understand you are in very close contact. Stay safe and have a good week.

  2. So glad that you're back is feeling better. I would really love a Thermomix one day, they look fantastic for so many different things. We've saved money by having lunches at home every day. Hubby likes something filling so I try to get creative using leftovers. My fridge is full and hectic too which I really DON'T like but at times like this, it is better than running to the supermarket every day. I checked our budget last night and paid ahead on some bills as well. Christina P.S Purchased an Easy-Yo awhile ago and about to make my first batch. I've got the Easy-Yo sachets. Not necessarily cheaper but better than a trip to the shops!

  3. Glad your back is feeling better, Fi. Back pain can be so debilitating! This week, I made some vanilla essence with a few vanilla beans that a friend gave to me. (I can't wait for it to be ready in a couple of months.) I also made a pasta sauce with 250g mince, loads of grated carrot and zucchini and tin toms and half a bottle of leftover passata. We had this for dinner two nights in a row, put one small serve in freezer and there is a little leftover to have on toast for brekkie tomorrow too. Meg:)

  4. Hi Meg, sorry for the very late reply, I really must try harder to respond I timely manner. Hope you have a lovely Good Friday and are safe and well at home. ❤️Fi