I'm trying so hard not to buy stuff we just don't need. I've even set myself a bit of a pact to not do much shopping at all, bar supermarket and petrol, during the uni term. I'm trying ever so hard to buy zero stationery and craft items and using what I have. I have had to buy one pair of school uniform trousers, which at $60 a pair I was pleasantly surprised at. Yes - that is pretty cheap in NZ. Our school uniforms for *one* child can cost anything from $200-800 at a free (haha!) state school. And a wee bit of school stationery. Schools start the new year from today - my two go back on Wednesday.
I'm quite a bore really - I get excited about collecting flybuy points (a rewards card system in NZ and Oz). And our local supermarket has a promotion at the moment where by spending $150 plus a week, you get a "free" lunchbox. I'm in! A very useful promotion! They have a different container over 3 weeks. I'm really in when they have a "save 40 cents per litre of petrol" by spending $200 a week. I only spent money on groceries last week (oh and ordered postage stamps by mail) and I'm hoping all I spend this week too is the $217 I spent at the supermarket this afternoon! My car was filled up with free vouchers from my credit card rewards. It all helps working towards my trying to live on what we've got mantra! We'll push the voluntary school fees *which could be hundreds of dollars* out as far as we can.
**oh** - I did pay university over $6000 in fees last week, but that's an investment for the future...
We picked a ton of plums at my parents. Most have gone into the freezer, but we've been eating some too. In this humid heat though, nothing is lasting long in the fruit bowl, so lots of fruit has to be kept in the fridge.
Today I made a plum cake - dirt easy and I'll be making it again next week. It was delicious with some icecream this afternoon and I'll probably have another slice later tonight!
It's a 10am start at university tomorrow, which is just perfect after a 3 day weekend!