Monday, December 28, 2009

Freezer Cooking Challenge

Decided that I am also going to do a challenge of making at least 1 meal a week where we have extra to feed the freezer for those nights where we can't be bothered to cook.

Think this week we might try porcupines or spaghetti bolognaise.

Savings Challenge

I have decided that we are going to try and implement 1 new savings tip each week for the next 12 months.

This week - I am going to buy foamies for our handwash etc. I have found a seller on ebay that sells 5 x 250ml foamies for $17.50 including postage.

Hoping that I'll use them for handwash, face cleanser, might ask hubby to try sorborlene in a foamie for shaving to see if that works.

You dilute the liquid soap (be it shampoo, handwash, facewash etc) 1 part to 4 parts water.

So I'm hoping in the long run it'll save a lot of money.

Homemade Christmas 2009

I decided that a mostly homemade christmas was in order this year due to both of us not working. It turned out great! I didn't have time to make gifts for everyone, but it sure saved a lot.

I made these gorgeous bunnies for the kids (who after pressing their tummies a few times, told me they were broken because they didn't do anything! though now they love them)

My sister is starting at uni next year, so I decided to make her a Little Mermaid folder cover which I am extremely pleased with.

I made a cob loaf dip (which was a massive hit!) and some royals bikkie xmas puddings and some mint slice reindeer. They were so easy, and look great.

I also got the kids to draw on fabric with fabric pens ($5 in Kmart - not permanent until they are ironed - great for kids), and made them into bookmarks for all the adults, and these were very much appreciated. Forgot to take photos of them though!!

I'm so glad that all my homemade gifts went well. It saved us a lot of money, and we have decided that next year we will be doing a homemade gift year.