Sunday, 4 September 2016

My Frugal Tasks 4/9/16

Frugal Father's Day gifts.

This week has been a super busy one in my house! My eldest son turned 15, it was also my stepsons girlfriend's birthday and then of course Fathers Day. Mr 10 has been really sick with tonsillitis so in between baking cakes and making gifts I've been snuggling on the couch with him.

Financially this week has been a great one. We found out due to an interest change our mortgage payments have gone down and thanks to buying things on sale, I saved over $200 on my sons birthday gifts. We set a budget of $100 for the kids birthdays, which when they are younger can buy a lot but teens, not so much! We gave him some cologne, a brand name jacket and a jumper which he was super happy with. It was so great to find all of those items on sale!
Thanks to in sourcing, this week we have saved over $800! I don't participate in the Vicky Challenge every week, but when I do I am always amazed at the savings.

So here are my frugal tasks for this week:

-Baked Mr 15's birthday cake. As requested it was a caramel cake. I made caramel icing, salted caramel sauce and some toffee shards to go on top. We have a tradition where the birthday person gets to choose what they want for dinner. He chose chicken, bacon and salad wraps with chips. These were really yummy and cost under $20 including drinks to make for the 5 of us. If we went out to eat this would have cost more than $100!

-Used my homemade bunting and decorations from our 'party box' to decorate the table for Mr 15. These get reused for everyone's birthdays! His gifts were wrapped with silver paper I bought in the post Christmas sales.

-Made another batch of garlic aioli and a jar of hot chocolate mix.

-Picked more kale, silverbeet and oranges from the garden and gave some to a friend who visited and also my parents in law.

-For my stepsons girlfriends birthday, I made a Harry Potter wand and hubby made a box for it to fit into. I also made her a chocolate frog in a box. We had most of the items on hand to make these, and I only had to buy the ribbon.  She is a huge Harry Potter fan and loved these!

-Used $22 worth of Chemist Warehouse vouchers I earned from completing online surveys. This meant our vitamins and prescriptions were free this week.

-Made hubby some chocolates and caramel nut popcorn for Fathers Day. We also gave him a toolbox which I bought ages ago from Kmart and stashed it away. The original price was $20, I paid only $1! He was so happy with this gift! Mr 10 made him a keyring at a Bunnings kids craft session and the teens both bought him chocolates.

-Cooked hubby a Fathers Day breakfast of bacon and eggs, clearly my boys miss bacon! I defrosted some orange juice we had to go with this too and also made spaghetti bolognaise and a chocolate cake  for dinner.

-Did the regular stuff like after boiling the kettle, storing the hot water in a thermos, hung clothes outside to dry and used my carpet sweeper and broom instead of vacuuming.

How was your week?

Mr 15 and the requested caramel cake.

Harry Potter wand, box and chocolate frog.

Cooked breakfast for Father's Day


  1. well done on all the savings! looks like everyone enjoyed their days too, great presents!
    thanx for sharing

    1. Hi Selina,
      Thanks for commenting :)It was a good but busy week! x

  2. Wow! You did really well! That caramel cake looks amazing and I am sure it was delicious as well. You are incredibly talented. :)

    1. Dear Debbie,
      Thank you so much! It was so yummy! I will definitely make it again but without all the extras. x

  3. That cake looks delicious, Mel! Is there any left?? Meg:)

  4. Hi Meg,
    Thank you! Nope it's all gone! x

  5. Gee you are a clever girl. Love the cake and Harry Potter stuff. Frog box looks authentic. Your presentation is awesome. Happy birthday Mr 15. Love your blog. Lisa

    1. Dear Lisa,
      Thankyou so much! The frog box was a free printable I found on Deviant Art, I used these in the past when we had a Harry Potter themed dinner night. x

  6. Mel I think I need to put in an order for the caramel cake YUMMO!!!!!!!!!

    1. Dear Jane,
      It was delicious and not to sickening. I will share the recipe here at some point. x

  7. Hi Mel,
    Wow you had an incredible week. You saved sooo much! The gifts are amazing. The cake wow! Just incredible. I think
    the cake would sell for a fortune.

    1. Dear Patti,
      Thank you, I love weeks like that! Cakes like that are very expensive here, yes! x

  8. What a good week Mel! That cake looked amazing to me. How cute is your son by the way!
    You got through several potential expensive occasions very well! I am so glad for you and hope you have another great week! xxx

    1. Dear Annabel,
      A good week for me indeed! I think my son is a looker, but I'm biased ;) x