The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty;
but the thoughts of everyone who is hasty only to poverty.
|Peering through the rushes. A metaphor for having peered through "cobwebs" and now having clearer vision in these past few years as to excess financial and other waste I engaged in for so many years.
As tax times approaches and efforts abound in this household to pay down debt, I continue to look for ways to squeeze a dollar. The more I save, and the faster I pay down debt, the more I can give to the mission field. In some ways, it seems to me I really overspent the budget this week but in other ways I saved a lot of money and I need to remember that the things I bought this week are not things that I would buy every week or even every month. I don't do these kind of posts very often but now and then I like to take stock of my week's spending and see what I've managed to accomplish. It's a way of holding myself accountable by posting it here.
Thursday at the grocery store I saved:
- $1.10 on a spinach brioche (paid $1.10)
- $. 94 on 2 boxes of baking soda (paid $3.56)
- $3.50 on ready made meatloaf (paid $3.50. I had a meatloaf sandwich for dinner, an orange and a glass of milk and cup of tea. I wasn't up to cooking).
- $.51 on a can of cranberry jelly (paid $1.78. I will be making roasted turkey thigh, stuffing and cranberry sauce for dinner tonight).
- $5.42 on 2 boxes of beer battered fillets (paid $11.98 for 12 pieces. Much cheaper than fresh fish or canned).
- $.65 on dry yeast (paid $1.64 as I will make some home made bread soon).
- $2.00 on pane toscano (paid $1.99)
I also spent just over $30.00 the day before yesterday on fruits (bananas & lemons) and mostly veggies (snow peas, broccoli, purple yams, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, kale, baby bok choy and a few odds and ends. No real savings here as I simply look for the produce that is less expensive and try to limit the higher cost items if I need any.
Sunday I went to the drug store and spent $86.54 (tax was almost $7.00) on the purchase of 22 items all of which were on sale. This is a very steep bill I know. But as I said, all of the items were on sale and the savings was anywhere from 60 cents to $9.00 on each item so it was a hefty savings overall. Unfortunately, the way the bill is written, it doesn't help me reconstruct for you and list, the original prices and the savings on each item.
I probably won't need to get anything at the pharmacy again for quite some time except for maybe toilet paper if it goes on sale and my medications. I did get a $20.00 gift card back for gas at ESSO. I gave the card to my nephew who is saving for a return to university studies. My purchases at this store give me points toward future discounts on purchases. It will take me several more months by the look of things before I earn a $10.00 discount. Again, it doesn't pay to buy things just to earn the points, unless the store is holding a promotion to multiply your points. Sometimes they double points and once in a long while they give you 10x the points. This is a really great time to buy if you need the items because you quickly earn some money back on those things you need to buy.
Other frugal acts this week:
- bought the smallest popcorn and drink at the movie theatre and took my own orange and water in my handbag).
- saved energy (turned off computer each night, turned off all the lights when not in use, cut down on loads of laundry)
- cut up a natural coloured twill sofa cover. I'm going to repurpose it as cushion covers for a number of European pillows I have and use as cushions for the sofa.
|The cotton twill sofa slipcover after it was cut into pieces and washed. Buying this as fabric to cover cushions would cost me $22.00 per meter up the street. I've saved myself from having to buy any fabric and I have meters and meters of it now.
- did laundry with my home made laundry detergent.
- read a book I bought at the thrift store.
- worked on impulse control. It seems this week I've really had a lot of temptations for sweets and drinks. Every time I went out to buy food and necessities, I had an urge to stop at Starbucks and get a coffee and usually that means a treat also (approximate cost $5.50), stop at a local diner for dinner ($10.00 for a cheap dinner) or stop somewhere for a coke ($2.00) or a tea (anywhere from $2.50 -$5.00 depending on whether it was a regular tea or a fancy specialty tea). I resisted each and every time. This is great progress for me and I figure I saved myself from spending about $25.00
I'm not sure what my total savings are for the week. However, I can see that the new habits I started trying to form some time back, are now becoming second nature to me. I'm learning new habits and it feels good. I think these habits will stand me in good stead because food and other costs are only expected to go higher.
|Wishful thinking about spring flowers.
I wanted to make a mention of the late night news Thursday about the devastation in Japan as a result of a powerful Sendai earthquake (and now today there is breaking news that a quake 6.6 hit Nagano, Japan). Many other countries along the Pacific Rim were on high tsunami alert and even the coastal regions where I live were on tsunami advisory. I've heard from one blogger friend in Japan (see comment section) and thank God she is fine. I've also just read on the internet that the tsunami once it reached Hawaii was small. Thank you God!! Prayers and thoughts continue to be with all those affected. Love and hugs. xx