Anyway I still go things done it just felt a bit more chaotic!
Thank you to everyone for Wednesday's photos and emails and also for all the replies to requests for patterns and methods. This is a help to everyone and very inspiring!
Some of the ways I saved money this week...
I made Bubble Bath for gifts and for myself. Mimi reminded me about it as I haven't made it in a while and she decorated lovely bottles to make Hollywood Bubble Bath.
It is beautiful and luxurious. Normally I use crystal decanters from op shops but they are all full of something! So these are the 50c bottles I got last week.
I did more painting and now the inside of the house is starting to show it. The hallway looks good, bright and fresh.
Mum gave me a Woolies gift card! I am using this to stock up.
I also made lovely gentle Wool Mix that I really like. I had none left and went to wash a winter cardigan. So I decided to make up a heap and will give some as gifts. This makes woollens smell beautiful and very soft. Soon it will be autumn so before then I will wash lots of woollens ready.
I have yet to decorate these jars, so far I just painted the lids white as they were all re used ..
You use a small spoonful which you dissolve with hot water in a jug. Then pour that into your bucket, tub to wash or you can pour it into your washing machine and use a gentle cycle (I would for blankets etc but I would hand wash jumpers etc)
This is the recipe, I double it and use about the whole box of flakes...
Place 4 cups of Lux soap flakes or grated yellow soap into a big bowl.
Add four cups boiling water and blend. I use stick blender.
When smooth add 1 cup methylated spirits
And 2 tablespoons eucalyptus oil.
Blend a bit more.
Pour into jars.
It sets overnight into a soap white soap.
Thats it! It is really good.
Mum was getting rid of some old jewellery and I salvaged thesis to make something...
I just realised the bracelets would be great around the tops of jars!
I added coffee and a few other things to our holiday basket. I add things on special for a couple of months before we go away. This saves a fortune on holidays!
Two birthday gifts are ready for birthdays later in the month.
Things that built up our home:
I painted our coffee table. It looks dingy to me so now it's freshly painted. Now it looks fresh and lovely!
I also painted a tiered wire stand I use to keep coffee and tea etc on plus a tray I use for the kettle. Both look much nicer!
This week Aldi opened in Adelaide! I have never shopped in an Aldi but am so excited. Several friends tell me how much they save shopping there. Helen reduced her grocery bill by half changing to Aldi. I did not go to the opening as I really dislike crowds but I have a wonderful introduction and chance to learn how to most benefit from it coming up. Cath from The Cheapskates Club is conducting and introduction evening at Hallett Cove Aldi and we will have the whole store to ourselves! it will be shut to everyone but us! We get tastings and a tour, can buy what we want and all kinds of insider tips. This is next Friday evening. If you are in South Australia and would like to come this is the link.
I will be learning as much as I can! I am pretty excited!
If you are an Aldi shopped please tell me what you like best and any tips at all.
During the week we had heaps of rain. Andy cleaning the gutters was a very good thing as many people had flooding. But it has done wonders for the garden.
How did you build up your home or save money this week? I hope February started well for you.
Have a lovely weekend! xxx