Friday, May 29

FrillyFrugalFriday: This is harder than I thought..



Maybe because I'm not menu planning?
Maybe because I'm factoring in a birthday party?

I'm still being frugal but my estimation of what we spend is wayyy off.
How I've been frugal this week:
1. Made birthday cake instead of buying one
2. Made mini-pizzas instead of buying them - even made the crusts...
3. Have continued to not use the dryer! (It's rained almost every day this week!)
4. Emailed birthday invitations rather than posting
5. Have investigated ways to make cuttings of existing herbs I use alot instead of re-buying them when they either get too woody or I use it all.

How we have sinned:
  • Too many little shops - we went to Woollies last weekend for a 'few things' didn't stick to my list and spent over $120!
  • Currently our grocery spend since 15th May is: 654.99 of which $53.29 is for Eloise's birthday party
I know I'll have to buy bread, bananas and diet coke (my only caffeine!) before the week is out but I don't want to spend more than $30 in this next week at all... let's see if I can meet that goal, birthday party and all before next Friday. And I resolve to start menu planning with what food I have left for the rest of the month and start looking at next month's menu plan too.
Give me your menu plan templates - how do you make these into shopping lists?
Purchases:
16/5 M&A Butchery - Monthly Red Meat and Chicken $ 93.40
16/5 Riverview - Fruit and Veg $66.40
17/5 Coles - $192.98
17/5 Aldi -$73.08
17/5 Woollies $61.44
22/5 Forestway - top up fruit and veg plus deli/snack items $35.56 ($8.50 of this could have been avoided!)
23/5 - Woolworths - top up shop $123.76
27/5 - Woolworths - Bicarb & Arborio Rice $8.37
E Birthday Tally
Party Games 4.85+4.20+1.99+1.49+2.69+2.49 =$16.22
Food 5+4.94+2.16+1.50+6+1.50+4+1.49+2.99 =$29.58
Card and Wrapping 4+3.49 = $7.49

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2 lovely comments:

Chantelle on May 29, 2009 at 8:15 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I need to be more frugal. At least you have your eye on it all. I ignore it, and pretend that I'm being thrifty. Hmm...

Ignorance is bliss!

sparsely kate on May 29, 2009 at 8:56 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hey you have a wonderful blog! I'll be back for sure...

and I so need to re-read this post especially. I am a shockingly bad spender, very frivolous and emotive and irresponsible. There are SO many ways I could be cutting back. I'm feeling a bit inspired now.


 

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