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I have recently had very first hand experience of the benefits of living within your means.  Homestead hubby had an accident which put him in hospital for a major operation followed by a long recovery at home.  Fortunately, we had been listening to the Dave Ramsay Total Money Makeover on audio book several months before this and had saved an emergency fund as Dave suggests. Jill at the prairie homestead had mentioned Total Money Makeover in her blog and that was the catalyst for me to listen to the audio book.  I am so thankful for the tip as it…

I still find it amazing to see what a great variety and amount of food can be produced in a suburban back yard.  Today I gathered this lovely harvest of chillies, lemons, eggs and some lavender flowers and it is winter here on the NSW south coast!  The mandarin tree is loaded with fruit which will be ready in coming weeks and we are still picking spinach, broccoli, kale, endive, radish, oregano, celery and even have some tomatoes on some volunteer vines!  The tomatoes planted themselves and are growing well, they have quite large green fruit, so I have decided…

Last week I finally got around to doing a household job which I really dislike.  A young girl I know was asking if I had any odd jobs she could do to earn some pocket money, so I thought that was a great opportunity to get some help.  The job I got her to do was to wash the front doors of my kitchen cabinets.  That doesn’t sound too hard, but there is a routed pattern in the doors which is a bit of a pain to clean, so I tend to put it off until they look really yucky!…

Great results can be achieved with the simplest old-fashioned cleaning techniques. Baking soda and vinegar would have to be some of my favourite products to clean with. Recently I cleaned my kitchen sink with baking soda and vinegar and it came up beautifully. Just a sprinkle of baking soda, then a little white vinegar and a bit of a rub with a microfiber cloth,  followed by a rinse with water and there you have it! This is not only a thrifty way to clean but it reduces the toxic substances used in your home, so I am sure it is…

Probably one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill is to make sure that you use everything you buy, and not let things go to waste.  I recently had some left over cream in the fridge and decided to make a quick potato bake to make use of it. This made for a tasty but simple side dish, the prep probably only took about 10 minutes and the cream got used! In actual fact I only had about 200mls of cream so I substituted a little milk to make up the difference, and it turned out just…

Yesterday I had the privilege to just have a quiet day mainly in the garden and boy was it refreshing. I just pottered around and did a few odd jobs. Homestead hubby is recovering from an injury so we both pottered around getting a few outside jobs done, albeit quite slowly. We moved the woodpile ready for winter, moved some pot plants and generally tidied up some of the things, which were a bit behind in the yard.   A day out in the autumn sun was most enjoyable and it was very fulfilling to get some of those little jobs…

Making homemade cordial is a great skill to have, not only is it delicious but it is so easy to make.  This is a great way to use excess lemons, and a great way to store your harvest from backyard lemon trees. Not to mention it is great tasting and wonderfully natural!  I have just made the last batch from last years lemons, which I squeezed and froze to be used for cordial making throughout the year. The recipe calls for 3 cups of juice so I froze the juice in 3 cup quantities. I used Tupperware containers to freeze…

I have been making homemade laundry liquid for a few years now; I originally got the recipe from Down to Earth which is full of wonderful homemaking tips and ideas.  Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe a little so I’ll share my method with you.  This laundry liquid is a great money saver; you can make about nine litres for under $3. You only use about ½ cup per wash so nine litres will last a long time.  The process will take about 15 minutes per batch.  I keep all the equipment I need in a plastic tub in…

I have been using a homemade cleaning paste for several years now to clean bathroom surfaces and the kitchen sink.  It works just as well as the Enjo paste I used prior to this.  The Enjo paste was pretty expensive, so the savings are huge.  I got the original recipe from the Down to Earth website, but now I tend to just mix the ingredients in a fairly add hoc manner, to come up with a paste consistency.  You can make a batch of this in a matter of seconds. What you’ll need:  Glass jar 1 cup baking soda Enough…

I found myself in need of a doorstop recently and the thought came to me that I probably had everything I needed to make one on hand.  I went out to the garden shed and sure enough I found an old paver, I was looking for half a brick, but thought a whole paver would have to do.  I found a piece of old towel, which had recently been retired, after twenty years of service, a piece of left over fabric, pins, needle, thread and scissors and went to work.  Half an hour later, problem solved I had a lovely…