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Oh no!

August 25th, 2009 at 06:37 am

I found 20 cents coming home from work. I got home and as I was pulling my front door key out of my pocket, the coin flew out and rolled down a crack in the path. Never mind, it'll be something for future archaeologists to get excited about.

Check points

August 17th, 2009 at 09:37 pm

I joined myopinions.co.nz to do surveys and got 150 points just for joining. I discovered I can transfer the points to my Smilecity account, so I transferred them and now I have almost 3000 points in my Smilecity account. Yay, I will be able to cash out a nz$30 check soon.

Lettuce consider

August 13th, 2009 at 08:20 pm

It's official, food prices are up 8% since last July, fruit and veg up 12 %. Oh the pain. TG I'm not feeding a family anymore, it must be so hard.

But I was surprised at the interview on the radio about it this morning. The reporter opted to quiz the spokesperson about the price of lettuce and tomatoes, complaing about how expensive they were. Doh! If you're hard up you don't buy lettuce, which has few calories. And you certainly don't buy them in winter - you buy the veges which are cheap then.

So here is a basic beating-the-winter-depression dish. Throw a generous spoonful of caraway seeds into oil. Add plenty of thinly sliced cabbage and carrot and cook until wilted. Add as much as you can afford of cooked black eyed beans and lots of tomato sauce. Pop the lid on and simmer until veges are cooked.

Slip up

August 13th, 2009 at 07:24 am

Not a good day. I slipped crossing the road and suffered minor damage to my knee and major damage to my jeans. I am debating whether I should put a patch on or splash out a whole $2 and get a new pair at the opp shop. I also need to buy a new pair of shoes as the soles are horribly worn - which is why I slipped in the first place. I have not calculated the cost of a bandaid.

Pumpkin head

August 13th, 2009 at 02:00 am

Okay, who was the wally that threw a perfectly good whole pumpkin onto the road and left it to be squashed by passing cars?

Wasting good food - grr. Drives me crazy.

Playing ketchup

August 11th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

OMG canned tomatoes up to nz$1.09 (store brand - the name brands are %1.59) What do I do? They're one of my staples.

Guess I will use less tomato and more onions.

Cutback

August 8th, 2009 at 05:46 am

So we are heading into spring and with the warmer weather, people are not buying as much wool. The word has come from head office that hours are to be cut back, so I will only be working Saturdays at the wool shop now. However we get a lot of tourists in summer and they like to buy New Zealand wool, so hours may pick up again. At least for the meantime, I will be able to go to creative writing classes again.

I have done my sums and will be able to still save $100 a month.

Charge of the plastic brigade

August 2nd, 2009 at 12:21 am

The supermarket down the road has a notice up. From Monday they are going to charge 5 cents a bag for plastic shopping bags. For the sake of the environment, of course - nothing to do with the bottom line.

Not that it makes any difference to me, I bring my own bag anyway. But I do wonder what the charity shops that ask people to give them their leftover bags will do.