So this last week was a busy one.
Here's how I saved even in a busy week. You can do it too. I know you can.
Shopped on Sunday afternoon when the supermarket was just about empty. Got 3 hot chickens for $4 each, ten minutes before closing. Also nabbed some other good bargains, on things I would have bought anyway. Our favourite single serve yoghurts were marked down to $1.40 for four in one particular flavour, for no reason that I could determine...discontinued perhaps. The chickens were shredded upon arriving home, and provided sandwich filling, meat for soup, topping for salads, and pizza topping for the rest of the week. Saving on bought meals on busy nights, at least $120.
I cleaned and repaired The Divas ballet shoes, saving on anxiety mostly as she had a new pair, but they weren't broken in. Still, I'll say saving on having a bootmaker perform the repairs, or buying special cleaning materials to do it, saved at least $40. They weren't perfect, but they looked better than they did before I started, and more importantly, The Diva was able to pirouette in them for her exam. Disaster averted.
I made tulle and diamante wristlets for gifts. The diamantes were sourced for just $1 after some recent flooding in my hometown, where a well known supplier, had their basement completely deluged. Call it right place at the right time for me. Saving of $100 on bought gifts.
I couldn't bake as the oven had to be replaced, but I made Salted Caramel Yoghurt parfaits to stem the complaining. They are just thick Greek Yoghurt, layered with soft brown sugar, and a teeny pinch of salt. I know, right. You want it to be harder. But it isn't. You make these several hours before you need them, and the brown sugar goes all fudgy and soft, and they're utterly delicious. Saving on bought treats...$50.
I bathed the dog. He didn't like it and neither did I. But it saved me $50 and him from scratching.
The Diva took lunches and after school activity snacks with her every day. That honestly saves $120...easily.
I cleaned my car...saving $65.
And I saw these clever little tubes in a local deli...
...which gave me an idea for a gift for a family member who is having a difficult time and who frequently just forgets to eat. All they have to do is add liquid, and simmer. The smell of the meal cooking will stimulate their appetite, and entice them to eat...hopefully. Aren't these cute? Saving my family member $50 in takeaway perhaps.
Total, not even trying this week as I was so busy....$595 saved on temptations that would have derailed me had I not been prepared.
How did you save this week?