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Making healthy and enjoyable meals for the family is a wonderful yet often undervalued skill.  You can save your family a fortune by making home made meals, not to mention the many other benefits of home cooking.  You don’t need to make a major production of cooking gourmet meals, just develop some good old fashioned skills which a couple of generations ago were common place and valued. By putting some thought into what your family will eat for the week, you can save all sorts of stress and money.  I find it good to have a quick look at my…

It is early spring here on the New South Wales south coast and the weather has been perfect for gardening.  We’ve spent several lovely hours in the garden pottering and just soaking up our lovely surrounds.  I was only marveling yesterday that at last the vision I had for a productive back yard has come to fruition.  From the humble beginnings of a two metre square vegetable patch “trial” we now have a productive and beautiful large vegetable garden.  That was a lovely realization that with perseverance and steady work we have achieved our dream of having a productive garden.…

All those little frugal tasks really do add up to great savings for your family.  The savings you make by being thoughtful on how you spend your time and money, can be used to enjoy a wonderful quality of life which would not be possible otherwise.  Probably the largest area of savings is that of grocery shopping.  The difference between, buying ingredients and cooking from scratch compared to buying processed foods for convenience sake can literally add up to thousands per year for a family.  That may mean the difference between being able to be a stay at home mum…

Do you ever get discouraged and wonder if your effort to be wise with your money is worth it? I would like to encourage you that it is, and that all those little bits of effort really do add up! Since financial stress is the number one cause for marriage breakdown, then being in control of your finances rather than being out of control, is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself and your family. Dave Ramsey has some wonderful suggestions for getting on the road to financial freedom. One of the most basic things you can do in…

I came across some lovely blogs recently which featured lists of frugal tasks done during the week. These simple lists were a great encouragement to me that every little bit of effort adds up to great savings. So I thought I might sometimes document some of the little frugal tasks I do in list form. Thanks girls for the great idea! You may also like to check out these lovely blogs: debt free, cashed up and laughing and my abundant life07. So … here are a few frugal things I did this past week: propagated some plants from cuttings divided…

Around this time of year we are bombarded with a million images of the “perfect Christmas”, for the most part these messages are designed to induce us to spend money, often on unnecessary stuff, which may end up becoming tomorrow’s clutter! I have tried to be really deliberate about my spending this year. I have set a budget for gifts and groceries and so far I have stuck with it. I have made some home-made gifts and have made a menu for my Christmas cooking and written shopping lists accordingly. I find that planning is one of my best allies…

I recently had a wonderful surprise when I discovered lots of little plums on one of our flowering plum trees.  I decided to pick them and see if I could make some jam.  There was a total of 1.1 kilos of plums which was a great bonus from a tree which isn’t supposed to produce fruit!  I found a great recipe for making plum jam from wild plums here.  This is the recipe I used, just changed it up for the quantity of plums available.  I am sure this recipe would work with shop bought plums too! Ingredients 1 kilo…

Where I live on the New South Wales south coast, today is the first day of spring. My garden is bursting with flowers, the trees are in blossom and the jasmine is absolutely gorgeous with masses of delicate flowers and an amazing scent which fills the air. We just live on a regular suburban block in a regional area, but to me it is paradise. Your garden, no matter what size it is, can really be a source of immense enjoyment and entertainment. That sounds strange coming from me, considering that about eight years ago I had never even got…

It seems that the task of looking after our homes is much maligned these days. In by-gone eras caring for a family and taking charge of the organisation of the home was a well respected vocation. In my experience we seem to undervalue this role today. The strange thing is, that in every other field of endeavour we celebrate hard work and diligence, but in this area, the common attitude is one of disdain. Looking back on the period of raising my children, I am so thankful that I had some more mature women in my life who encouraged me…

I have been noticing lately the frenetic pace that life seems to be going at for the vast majority of people. All the “time saving” devices seem to cause people to be able to juggle more and more and more into life. I use the term life loosely, because I really wonder how much of a life it really is? I am just wondering if we have lost the benefit of having some time to just contemplate, rather than having our minds racing continuously. If you are feeling tired or drained, maybe some down time doing some useful, but quieter…