This week has been a busy week in the ‘Thrift’ household for me. It has been a week of catching up with some of the jobs that I just haven’t had time to do over the last few months.
As I said previously, the last few months have been quite stressful for myself and Mr Thrift and unfortunately my usual routines have gone out of the window and leading up to Christmas, I felt exhausted. This has certainly had a knock-on effect, as I have noticed we have spent more and more money at the supermarket on products that I would usually make myself.
I bought washing powder for the first time in ages (and my goodness isn’t it expensive) and more dishwasher tablets than I would usually buy. I have also been buying vegetables that I would normally just go and dig up from my allotment over winter (cabbages, carrots, leeks, kale, brussells etc) and I have been buying bread and pizza’s to save time…..but this has all had an effect on the bank account and I’ve got to say we also started to get out of the routine of sitting down as a family for our meals.
“So onwards and upwards”…. it’s time for a change!
So I decided it was time for me to establish a new routine (as best I can at the moment) and start to go back to basics again.
I started this week by making my own laundry liquid. It took just 15 – 20 minutes to make and it will last me approximately 70 washes and last time I worked it out, it cost me just £1.75 to make (far cheaper than buying it). The recipe is here if you are interested in how I make it.
I then set about making some dishwasher liquid using the soap nuts I have in my cupboard. Again it is cheap and quick to make and it washes well. However, I do use a supermarket dishwasher tablet every third wash as I find this stops the grease from building up inside my dishwasher.
Again the recipe is here if you are interested in making it.
I then gave my food cupboards and pantry a really good clean and tidy and discovered that I have more things in them than I remembered:
I even found some Christmas cake that needs eating up , that I had completely forgotten about:
I also took stock of what I have left in my freezers too (this took quite some time as I have three large freezers). I found I still have a lot of fruit and vegetables still to be used up, which is good news.
I then looked at my stored crops and I found I still have a big pumpkin and lots of butternut squashes to use. As it’s January and they have been stored a while, I will need to think about using them up soon:
Outside in my vegetable storage boxes I also still have potatoes waiting to be used and a few apples are left too:
So I have discovered that we still have lots left to eat in my cupboards and storage.
I then decided it was time to keep organised and on top of things:
Firstly at the end of last week I started to hang my washing out in the morning on a regular basis again. It seldom completely dries outside in winter (unless it is windy), but it does partly dry which means I can usually just air it inside to finish it off. This saves money as I don’t need to use the tumble dryer so much.
An Organised Shopping List:
A long time ago I typed up a big list of products I regularly brought from the supermarket, so I could compare prices (this was before Mysupermarket.co.uk existed, which now does the hard work for you). I decided to update this list and print out a few copies to hang on my pantry door. This way I can quickly mark down which products I need to buy when I next go to the shops.
I then set about batch baking some chocolate brownies ready to freeze for my daughters lunchbox (it’s easy to just pop a frozen brownie in her lunchbox each morning and it will be defrosted by lunchtime):
I also made some rolls for the first time in ages and they tasted so delicious, they were eaten up really quickly.
Meals From Scratch:
This week I have finally started to cook my meals from scratch again. We have also started to have some nice puddings too (even though they were very quick to make, especially the microwave chocolate sponge) :
So all in all it has been a good, positive week for me at home.
Other bits and pieces:
After my blog post last week (Problems With Our Rescue Dog Judy), I had some lovely comments – thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.
Mrs Yub said something that stuck in my head:
“Your wee doggie has a different look in her eyes in the last picture from what she had in her first! I can see the difference. It’s a calmer, more confident look”
So I dug out a photograph which I took of Judy when she first arrived home with us in October from the RSPCA and compared it with a photograph I took this week. I can really see how much she has changed and how she looks so much better now, so thank you for pointing this out to me as I just hadn’t noticed this.
In the first photo she looks very thin……
….but I am glad to say that Mrs Yub you are right…I think she does look a lot happier and healthier in the photograph that I took this week:
Her training is still going well and I am starting to have some nice, longer walks with her now she isn’t reacting quite so badly at other dogs. However, the walk to and from the park is still hard with her as she is still so scared of the buses, motorbikes and lorries on the main road outside the park……but we are working on this slowly with lots of treats.
Finally I want to show you something my daughter made. It was her friend’s birthday and she wanted to give her something special, so she made her some cup cakes and iced them beautifully. She didn’t have a box to put them in so she used wrapping paper to decorate an empty sweet tub too:
I think it looked great and I would love to receive this birthday present. I was very proud of her!
Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back next Friday at my usual time.