Food shopping on a budget

In our house, we go food shopping each week, mostly for the perishable items e.g. milk, then do a larger monthly (or sometimes bi-monthy shop) including frozen foods, toiletries and house hold items e.g. cleaning supplies. I’ve been trying to properly budget the amount we spend on food shopping each week. Here are some of the things I’ve been trying and that work for me (some are recycled from my budgeting post):- Don’t shop for food when your hungry! I find that most of impulse food shopping happens when I go to the shop hungry. Compare brands and check prices. […]

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Bake Ware Organisation – The “Supply” Cupboard

I made the decision to go through my bake ware cupboard(s) – I have one home to various moulds, pans, nozzles etc, my “tools” and one for the ingredients and a mass amount of sprinkles! – First: This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through it. Last time, I finished having a bag full of “tools” that I had never used for donating. But, even after doing that, my bake ware cupboard(s) still have a nasty habit of getting disorganised very quickly. Here’s what they looked like before I started :- How can I find what I’m looking for with […]

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Clothes shopping on a budget

When I decluttered and organised my wardrobe earlier this year I made a starter wardrobe list of items I wanted to buy. The items were to either fill in gaps in my wardrobe or to replace damaged items. I’m happy to say I’ve made a start on the list this month and it was easier than I thought it would be to stick to it. Typically I get caught up in impulse buying the “ooo so and so would love that for their birthday/Christmas/mothers day etc” type gifts. As I’m on a budget I stayed clear of full price where […]

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Saving Money Tips

Saving money is something I’ve always struggled with. I love a bargain and spent a lot of my wages in my teens on DVDs in the bargain bin at Woolworths… or Blockbuster (showing my age here! πŸ˜…). Since moving out of my parents house two years ago I’ve been cutting down on my expenses and saving money each month. Of course there are items that I have to pay for each month, the non negotiable outgoings such as rent, utilities, insurance, groceries etc but everything else I’m trying to cut back on. Saving Money – Where to start? Before I […]

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Restoring a vintage wicker shelving unit

This wicker shelving unit has been in my parents house for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure how old it is, but it was my Gran’s. It used to be in my parents living room, then when I moved out, made its way to my bedroom for storage. I’ve always liked it and was told take it or we’re binning it (!) – so I did. πŸ™‚ It was in good condition, but needed some TLC… and a clean lol. First I vacuumed it with a small bristle brush attachment, then went over the smaller nooks and […]

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Dining room chairs restoration

Remember the dining room chairs we reupholstered? We finally got around to re varnishing / staining them. πŸ™‚ First we removed the seats from both chairs and sanded them down with a hand sander, we focused on the legs, front, back and sides. The details (e.g. the 3 planks of the chair back) were sanded with sand paper, which very hard and time consuming. It started to rain while we were sanding which slowed down progress as we were working between showers – you can see some rain drops on the chairs in the photos. We opted not to sand […]

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