This week was pretty amazing in regards to our debt free progress. At the beginning of every month, I keep track of our debt totals for the month and type them into a word document. This month we paid off $4654! We had some "extra" money in a savings account and decided it would be put to better use on the mortgage. Even without the bonus $2000, $2654 is still a big amount compared to normal months, where the average extra payment is around $1500. I'm so pleased with this! We are now in the 60's and it feels great!
Some of my frugal tasks this week included:
-Received a gorgeous handmade notebook from a friend. I can't wait to write in it!
-Made some Jack Skellington felt ornaments to possibly sell on Etsy.
-Did some more online surveys and redeemed $50 in supermarket vouchers. I exchanged this for $50 cash I had in my grocery cash envelope. The cash will now go towards paying some of our debt.
-Redeemed $20 with another survey company. This one could only be redeemed for food vouchers at a local service station and didn't seem like good value for money. But rather than let them go to waste, I picked the best deal and we know have chocolate treats for a movie night.
-Got several items of free clothing from co-op. Also some free plums, zucchinis, apples and nectarines. I also shopped there and got 10kg of food for $15.
- Went grocery shopping at Coles and only needed to buy essentials like flour, sugar, milk, cheese etc. I spent just over $50 and about $20 of this was buying extras for my stockpile. I found eggs reduced to $1.80 a dozen.
-Met up with a friend in the city for coffee and lunch. I had budgeted money for this and even came home with $5 change!
- Bought theater tickets for a friend and I, to see High Fidelity the Musical on Friday night. I am a member and get the tickets for cheaper than retail prices. She paid for tickets to see Ross Noble on Saturday night.
-Picked some rocket and silverbeet salad greens from our garden.
-Opened the windows on cool days to let the breeze in.
-Cooked and froze plum compote with our free plums. Also baked a plum cake and Mr 9 learned how to make custard.
-Hubby and Mr 9 made a couple of batches of brownies.
- Watered our vegies with water left in drink bottles. My kids are notorious for half drinking a bottle of water and leaving the rest out, so I now save it in a jug and pour on our garden.
-Made a big dish of lentil pie for dinner, which we ate over a few nights and defrosted a zucchini slice for an easy meal with salad on a busy night.
|Zucchini slice and salad for dinner.|
|Free fruit from co-op.|
|My $15 shop from co-op.|
|Jack Skellington ornaments I made.|
|Earned $50 worth of Coles vouchers this week.|
|Treat vouchers for doing surveys.|
|The lovely notebook a friend made me.|
|Such a great show at my local community theater.|
|Plum cake and custard for dessert.|