Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Day 18 More Pancakes And Panic

I've been having a little panic. Over a week to pay day and not much left in the kitty. I've gone over my receipts to look at what I've bought but am not sure how to lower the costs of what I've bought to cost less. When onions, simple old onions weight in at between $4 and $8 a kilo and carrots are up to $4 a kilo it gives my brain a big messing with when trying to keep the spending to a tiny minimum.

I do have savings and I save every fortnight. One account for my kid's university fund and one for savings sake. But I am loathe to dip into my savings and I won't dip into my kid's education fund either. I am a single parent and I have paid for everything for my kid for the last 14 years and I don't mind that. KF is my kid and that is my responsibility. But when the  kitty is low, I do sometimes feel frustration.

Anyway, first world problems, no one is starving....we've still got some supplies to keep us going. But it does give me pause for more thought than usual.

Anyway, I am sure it goes without saying that I did not spend anything today.


1.5 cup of oats (yes these are cheap thankfully)
1 banana
1 cup of milk or 1/2 water 1/2 milk or cheaper yet, 1 cup of water.

Blend up, cook in non-stick pan. Bellissimo.

Made about 8/9 five inch across pancakes, fed us both with a little honey.
Breakfast sorted.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Day 17 And Today I Felt A Twinge

17 days in and I got a twinge.

Of course I left the twinge right where it was and wondered how to get around it. You see I do affirmations each night and am an especial fan of Louise Hay. I got it into my head that I "needed" some of her affirmation card decks...I found them, free shipping and all for under $15.

I could get them and not tell anybody.

Yeah right. I knew there had to be a way to scratch the itch without it costing anything, after all I certainly don't NEED them.

Then I remembered, on Facebook Hay House post daily images, like the one above with the exact affirmations I wanted. So that's it, print one out as and when I need it.  Cut it out and magnet it to my whiteboard in the kitchen.

Sorted. No money has left the building for anything unnecessary.

Had to get some fresh foods today and spent $50 and also $2 on a non-stick bread tin. This was necessary as we have decided to make our own, hopefully healthier and cheaper gluten-free bread. I was overcharged (double) on some marked down tomatoes 🍅 and had to go back to the store once I checked the receipt. I got them for $3 instead of $6 once I marched back in and pointed out they hadn't applied the reduction.

I also wrote to head office of Woolworths as I have had enough. They market themselves as the 'fresh food people' (ha, bloody ha) yet in the last week I have had cucumber brown inside, potatoes black inside, onions mouldy inside and basil wet, soggy and swampy inside, IN THE LAST WEEK!!!!

I'd better get a response because I am sick of it. The word ombudsman is sitting in a little compartment in my brain right now.

KF also had a hair cut for $26...I am going to make mine last another three weeks at least...

Anyway, here is our tea....salad, home-made dressing and home-made kidney bean and carrot burgers. OMG! Bloody lovely.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Day 16 And My Friend Helped Me Create 6 Inches

Actually he helped me create more,  but here's a little example of the stuff that was rehomed.

I decided yesterday that since I don't have a DVD player anymore or a CD player come to that, that it was time to do a super cull. Needless to say my getting rid of 31 items this month has well and truly been surpassed. I'm onto about 500 things now.

I pulled out the DVDs I still own which lived in these folders as well as some cds and DVDs in their actual cases and went through them all. If I hadn't watched them within the last year they went to either the craft pile for work (to be remade into art pieces by my clients) if scratched, the bin, or if to someone else's taste, then bagged up and put in the car as giveaways.

Then it came to my favourite box sets that I don't watch anymore. The box sets in question I ummed about for a while, until I realised most of the episodes are on YouTube. So I texted my best mate and asked if he'd like them. He was overjoyed to say yes. I was overjoyed to give them to him, especially as he's cooking my lunch tomorrow. And another six inches of cupboard space is freed up and I feel good for making my mate happy.

On the spending front I had to buy petrol for the first time in two weeks, this cost me $30.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Day 15 And We Can Eat Pancakes

We don't do gluten in our house, which is yet another reason why our bread costs 5x more, because when we do eat bread it's gluten free. The cheapest loaf I can find (and might I add that it's a tiny, cute loaf...) is $4.99. So as a result of wheatless eating it's always fab when I can discover a way to have old favourites and not have the worry of wheat belly/mind/fog/joint ache as well.

Today's breakfast was's the recipe.

Each measure makes a few skinny largish pancakes...take one egg and whisk it smooth into which you add one broken up banana and whisk (or NutriBullet) until it resembles pancake mixture. Then pour into your pan into which you've melted some coconut oil and cook. I don't have a non-stick pan so I microwaved them and whilst anaemic looking, they tasted fab.

Serve with....whatever you like.

Bananas are currently $3.50 a kilo
The cheapest FR eggs are $4.69 for 12.

Usually I get my FR eggs free in return for giving all my food scraps to a work colleague for her chickens. But as I'm on holiday right now I am having to buy the eggs. I know we eat mostly vegan, but eggs do feature in our diet. So I can't call our diet totally vegan, because it isn't. I do know the eggs come from pampered foul though.

On the spending front I can say, with great pleasure that we spent NOTHING.

Below is our day's eating
Raw chia pudding and mango. Buddha plates (bowls weren't big enough) and some home-made potato chips using real potatoes and nutritional yeast. Yum flipping yum.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Day 14 And It's Got To Be Cheap

I'm guessing by now you know that I carry on a lot about the price of food. I will try to curb it I promise. And in place of the whinging, be proactive by sharing my frugal recipes. Now I have also said before that I am not a natural cook either. I sort of like the idea of it, but when push comes to cook, I sometimes need to drum up some fortitude.

Today I had to spend $47.63 but I must include that $18 of that money was for my barley powder that we drink for hydration on a morning and $5 was for my herbal deodorant, which, being herbal costs 5x more than anything else on the market. I guess I sound like I'm a bit of a Prima Donna, but I don't try to be, it's just that health is a real priority for me and I would rather not cut corners there, but cut corners and be cheap elsewhere.

Anyway, news to hand, I made some beautiful onion, canellini and rosemary soup yesterday. My kid was very complimentary about it too, ace thought I. Something healthy and nourishing to feed the teenage stomach beast. There was enough for lunch as leftovers too. I am unnaturally keen on leftovers, especially when I am at work.

Other than pre-cooking the onions and garlic in the oil first, I then chucked everything else in and cooked and stirred for about 20 minutes. Then I blended with the stick blender, after taking out the stem of the rosemary and the bay leaves. Bay leaves and rosemary came from the yard that was a bit of a boon.

Here's the recipe..
2 tins of home brand white beans
Slug of olive oil
4 cups sliced yellow or white onions (about 3 onions)
2 squished garlic cloves ( I used three)
1 stem of rosemary (I used two)
Add water until desired consistency and stock of choice
1 bay leaf
Squidge of sea salt
Squids of pepper

Anyway it was fab and tasty and I could feel it doing me good. 

Have a great day.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Day 13 And My Thoughts On Decluttering

A reader asked me the other day how to get others onboard in her home in relation to decluttering and minimising. I'm not sure how old the reader was but I think perhaps a heck of a lot younger than me as she referred to keeping her own room tidy and sorted.

Look, I don't have any earth shattering magic wand suggestions other than this. In my experience when one models the change they wish to see/have, others often, inadvertently come on board. Take KF, when younger I would nag and moan and carry on about tidying, clearing etc etc...and it fell on deaf, rather annoyed young ears. It made me grumpy and no one was happy. So I stopped.

I just did my thing and got on with it. Lo and behold KF began to come on board, often decluttering and donating more often than I could believe. The room of KF now, is a well curated, neat, everything that is needed sort of space. Dirty clothes in wash basket, windows open, bed made, possessions arranged and not a sign of OCD in sight.

Similarly, my office at work is totally minimised too. If I haven't used anything within one year, out it goes. Work colleagues have often remarked about how little I have and have then followed suit, with no prompting from me. Occasionally stuff builds up, I purge, I'm not perfect.

I know it's an overused saying, but I truly believe we should model the change we want to see in the world and others may follow...they might not. But it's not up to anyone to try and change anyone else, god knows I've tried and it doesn't work.

We can only change ourselves. The rest may or may not follow.

Today I spent $106.93... on four bags of shopping, nothing that wasn't needed, but everything at an obscene price. I had to go round to my mum's house to commiserate on the price of vegetables. She was suitably horrified after her own trip the the store earlier. Onions have gone up from $1:75 a kilo (daylight robbery)to $4.00 (murder).

Hello rice and beans.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Day 12 And How David Draiman Helped Me Lose My Fat Ass

Oh Gorgeous Man- Thank You

A couple of months back I had an unfortunate incident, which I won't go into because it was partly my fault and I still respect and care about the person I had the incident with and the incident is not the focus here. But during the unfortunate incident the person told me 'I was lazy and had a big fat ass'. Now that hurt.  Not because of the insult as such, but because deep down (or not so deep down) I knew they had a point. 

I was rather sedentary and had let myself fester. What I thought I looked like and what I actually looked like did not marry. I knew this and whilst it annoyed me I had been TOO LAZY and too unhappy at the time to change things. I'm not lazy about the house, but exercise-wise, I was a slob of mammoth proportions. I live in a beautiful area and I had ignored it. I had ignored the fact that I had gone up a size in jeans and ate stupid and unhealthy food. I was a mess.

But it took that insult to get me up off the aforementioned fat ass and change things.

I don't do gyms. Both financially speaking and both interest speaking. I find them dull as and I'm not forking out each month. What I do like is walking. I fricken' love it. Who knows why I had abandoned it, but I decided the time had come. 

Now to keep my interest and spur me on I have to thank my iPod. But more than that I have to thank the talented and lovely David Draiman above. I put the song below on constant repeat on my iPod and walked and walked and walked. I love this version of the song so much that I can listen to it repeatedly and I do. I have loads of other music but this is the one that tears my soul. If you haven't heard it, you must. Listen right to the end as the power in this song is part of the beauty. From the bottom of my heart David Draiman and Disturbed, I thank you. I thank you for the seven kilograms lost thus far, the others that I will let go of and the tightness of my ex-big fat ass.

Tim Minchin also gets an honourable mention for his CARDINAL PELL song which I do also listen to at times, when I panic I am going to get fed up of my fave song (as if).

As a PS I would like to add that the person who insulted me did say to me the other day how good I was looking, that they could tell I had been working on myself.

Oh and in terms of how much I spent today and on what I can happily say NOTHING, three days in a row! Love this year of wise-spending.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Day 11 And My Future Self

Home Made Hummus & Home Made Sweet Potato Chips
Something I do when I think I'm about to make a silly mistake, such as eating crap, not exercising or spending stupidly, is to ask myself how will this affect my future self?

See in my head I keep the image of how my future self looks, acts and lives. In this picture I am fit, surrounded by only exactly the right stuff and healthy. So if for example I was to eat a load of rubbish and not exercise that would detract from my future self. When I exercise and eat well, this contributes to the picture and reality of my future self. I am a work in progress and always working towards manifesting the continual best version of myself, with varying degrees of success.

I am not perfect, nowhere near. But what I hope and work for is to be a little bit better each day and as a result hopefully make choices to magnify this.

I hope I have explained this effectively.

What I will add is that today was yet ANOTHER day of no spending and an extra long walk. I wore sneakers today instead of my walking sandals and I think they must have had wings attached to them, because I just kept going and going. The walking sandals are nearing their sad and sorry demise, so I thought to alternate them with my sneakers as I am unnaturally attached to the sandals and don't want them to die, just yet.

Thank you for being here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Day 10 And Walking The Six

Howdy! I can't find it hard to walk six kilometres every day when these are some of the sights I pass as I do. Look at the wind blown grass in picture three, stunning. And the colour of the sky and field next to each other...makes it a great big pleasure of mine. Sometimes I dawdle when I walk. Other times I power walk, but not that often. I'm no walking saint. I have noticed my legs are improving shape-wise and my favourite pair of shorts are BAGGY! I wear a lot of boys clothes, well t-shirts mainly and I am thinking they're looking a little on the floppy side too. This is good news.

Well KF my walking partner has gone to camp for three days so I am all by myself. My heart aches for KF, but I know I'm being a sook. The house is usually quiet, so that's not so different. But I had breakfast for tea today (buckwheat cereal with cashew milk)  because I was being a slob!

I also moved things round in my villa a bit. I get bored and though I love everything I have, I find a quick rearranging session makes me feel like I've got a brand new living room.

I also spent NOTHING, but got a $28 rebate from my health fund and $22 interest in a bank account so that's nothing to sneeze at.

This year of only necessity spending so far (yes I know it's only been one week) is ace. I paid my choir bill and saved $60 extra UNSPENT dollars above my usual savings. Optimistic? I feel it, definitely.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Day 9 And NOT Paying For Medication

Wash And Reuse, There's Nothing Wrong With This Plastic Bag!
I woke up with what looks like conjunctivitis in my eyes. What feels like conjunctivitis in my eyes and is conjunctivitis in my eyes. Buggar, where's that come from? I've not been around many folks of late and I do wash my hands well...anyway no problem, but I'm not buying pharmaceuticals...

I have a huge problem with pharmaceuticals. Don't use them and don't place much trust in them (but that's a rant for another day). So what to do? Hop online and look for some natural remedies. It usually works. Settled on apple cider vinegar and warm water poultices to the eyes at intermittent times. Well, Lo and behold one hour later and the grittiness and redness has severely diminished. Several hours later almost back to normal apart from a little puffiness.

I love this. I am not a DR or medical person so don't take my advice as anything other than what I do for myself..but for me, it works and I can only ever speak for myself.

Did a fairly big shop today...and I have realised with all my documenting this far that it sounds like I spend a lot of money on food and in reality I do. But it's not that I buy a lot, it's the damn prices. For example a kilo of new potatoes was $8!! I didn't buy them, I trotted off muttering to myself. Avocados $2.50 each, bags of spinach $4 for 300g. We don't have any other supermarkets other than Coles and IGA and they're all much of a I have to accept that my food bill will be high, even when buying some (and I use this word loosely) reduced bargains. I guess it's a case of doing the best with what is available.

In a way I can see why some people buy the crap food. If pasta to feed four is 0.65c, then if you are on a modest income you are probably going to choose that. I am not rich by any means, but I won't compromise on mine and my kid's health with pasta and Twinkies everyday.

So I just need to stop moaning and make the best of what is available. I am grateful I can pay for it.

So total cost was $72.53... though it did include some washing liquid for $5...