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Challenges Week 14 & bits and pieces

April 19th, 2015 at 02:02 am

As always, the 52 week challenge debits got paid. I was a bit busy during the week so didn't get around to paying bills until just now (I usually do this Wed/Thursday).

This week's bill savings were $133.27, from the following places:
- business insurance $9.68
- my phone $55.45 (thank you $30 plan!)
- animal registrations $7.50 (our cat has a reduced fee to due to her age now- lower price for animals over 10 years old)
- train ticket savings $60.64

Other stuff that went on:

I went to the dentist for the first time in 4 years, due to a chip on one of my fillings. Amazingly, that was my only problem (I'm strict with brushing, flossing & mouthwash). So a clean, polish & filling patch up was $270. I'm pretty happy that there was only 10 minutes of physical pain and, while $270 sounds a lot, over 4 years it works out to $67.50 per year. Not bad.

We are starting to plan B's 40th, which is 4 months away, and saved our first $100 towards it. While we're not sure how many people will be there, we do want to pay for food and alcohol. (We're not sure what type as yet though, that is negotiable)

We had some friends over from dinner last night that we hadn't seen since January, so was a lovely catch-up. We decided to do a last BBQ of the season. All up $60, however we put leftover meat in the freezer and are eating salads again tonight.

Today I went for a swim first thing, then went to the shops and spent some of my birthday vouchers- I got a pair of winter pajamas for $20, and my friends got me a Rebel sport voucher worth $150, so I got a nice tracksuit worth $130. Was great spending money that wasn't my own for once! (or our own I should say)

Then we went "camping shopping" eg getting things for our camper trailer. Today we ended up replacing my broken chair. We got a good chair worth $140 for $70, which I was very happy with.... If you are sitting around a campfire all night, a good chair is something that is money well spent. This chair is fairly straight with padding, I think it's a bit better for your back.

Food shopping wasn't too too bad at $120, however I pretty much got the bare minimum. Tonight we are having steak & salad, tomorrow ham, cheese & mushroom omelette, Tuesday pork & vegies, Wednesday & Thursday meatballs with tomato risoni (new meal, however looks like I can stretch to 2 nights).

Time to cook tea & then catch on blogs. Hope y'all had a lovely weekend!

5 Responses to “Challenges Week 14 & bits and pieces”

  1. Amber Says:

    Wow way to go on the monthly bills, saving is awesome isn't? Smile
    After reading your post, I've decided to cut my cellphone bill, so today I'll be reviewing my plan. I'll also take a look at the cable bill. Thanks again.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I really need to get more vigilant about flossing - I'm good about brushing, but flossing comes and goes ...

  3. scottish girl Says:

    Nice savings Smile

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Awesome job on savings!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Amber- it's a great way to save because technically if you didn't find a cheaper alternative you'd still have to shell out more, so why not put the difference to somewhere useful (debt repayment, savings). Happy to share Smile

    FrugalTexan- I'm pretty regular with flossing at night, but hardly ever in the morning, so I'm not perfect there either!

    SG & Rob- thanks for your support guys Smile

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