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Not my day

April 30th, 2015 at 06:52 am

I burned the rice and despite much work with the baking soda the pot looks past salvaging. Also I tried my hand at sourdough breadmaking but it turnd out damp inside and not much risen. Si I gave in and bought more yeast.

What's the time, Mister Wolf?

April 24th, 2015 at 04:21 am

Yesterday I dropped my watch and it stopped working. As it originally cost me $20 from K Mart 5 years ago, I didn't cry over it. Today I bought another one.


April 17th, 2015 at 05:11 am

Thanks to walking my legs are in fairly good shape, but the upper half is very weak. I am determined to change that, so I have paid nz$16 for a pair of 2kg dumbells and am working out to a beginners routine with Bob Harper on You Tube. What? me pay for a gym? Well, maybe I will eventually - we shall see how I stick to it.

A dime at a time

April 1st, 2015 at 05:08 am

I happened to be at the other end of town today and while I was there I looked in their local supermarket. Prices are around .10 cents per item lower than mine, but i didn't want to carry a whole load of stuff home on the bus. I did buy 2 kilos of salt for $1.90 and put the saved dime in my change jar.

Fast payer

March 13th, 2015 at 11:29 pm

i got my plumber's bill for $106.44 and went online to pay it right away. I've never been the type to save up all my bills and have one marathon paying session once a month. I pay my bills as soon as I get them so I don't have to keep remembering the due date, and also so I know that the money left in my check account is all mine to spend.

Alas for plastic

March 1st, 2015 at 03:34 am

I was charged $7.70 on my checking a/c for Feb. It's all my fault for using my debit card for minor purchases. New Zealand was the first country where debit cards and ATMs were introduced, and we were encouraged by the banks to use them because it was free, whereas the fees for checks and over-the-counter transactions went up. Once we were all happily using them, a .30 cent per use fee was slapped on. I try to make one cash withdrawal for the week and make all my small purchases in cash, but last month I slipped up.

Some people still get free usage of debit cards, esp students and retirees. It bemuses me when I see them paying for a cup of coffee with the plastic. One time I was bemoaning my high bank fees. Quoth my dad, "I don;t have fees because I'm retired." Quoth DS, "I don't have them because I'm a student." No wonder my fees were so high - I was paying for both of them!

New shoes and a book

February 21st, 2015 at 05:51 am

I am in the third month of my spending fast, and today was the first time I have bought anything but food. My sneakers were worn out, so I bought a new pair at 50% off. I also went to the library book sale, where i got a book of knitting patterns. That was a want rather than a need, but i've wanted this particular book for a long time, and thanks to a small tear on one page, which doesn't hinder reading the instructions, it was mine for $2.

And that's the tooth

February 9th, 2015 at 06:37 am

Had to go to the dentist for a checkup today. Bye bye $136. But now i'm all set to keep my fangs in my head for another 6 months, and thoroughly resolved to avoid sugar.

The never ending demands

February 5th, 2015 at 06:08 am

of Work & Income for medical certificates continue. Paid $44 for one this morning. Also paid an electrician's bill of $51.58. OTOH I found .10 cents, and a friend called round to see the new house bringing a big bag of veggies from her garden.

Keeping healthy...

January 22nd, 2015 at 07:25 am

...costs money. I renewed a prescription today. $25 for the dr's scrawl on a piece of paper and $15 at the pharmacy.

Cheap and healthy

January 14th, 2015 at 02:04 am

The supermarket down the road from me quite often sells its less than perfect produce at reduced prices. Today I bought a bag of precut stir fry veges for $2. I would never pay full price for that, but it's a good way for me to get a variety of veges, since if I bought all the carrots, broccoli, cauli, onions, mushrooms and zucchini there is a chance they would spoil before I used it all.

Also today I found .10 cents.

Going postal

January 5th, 2015 at 06:05 am

I went to the Post Office today to get a change of address form. Alas! user pays now rules and I had to pay $NZ25 to get my mail redirected. Grr.

Swings and roundabouts

January 3rd, 2015 at 06:20 am

In: found .10 cents

Out: fruit $4.80


December 26th, 2014 at 05:32 am

The sales start today, so I avoided going into town as I knew I would be tempted to buy some bargains I don't need. Instead I went for a walk in the park. Unfortunately I came home by the supermarket and wound up buying 2 of my favorite Turkish bread rolls, even tho i have a fridge full of food at home. This makes me realise how much i have got into the habit of spending small amounts on impulse. I need to get back to budgeting and tracking expenses - and leaving my cash and debit card behind when I don't intend to spend.


December 22nd, 2014 at 04:58 am

One loaf of bread ($1), one avocado (.90), one apple (.60), one tomato (.50) and cheese ($3) = one full tummy


October 4th, 2012 at 05:10 am

I bought bread rolls, apples, cabbage, bell peppers, chard, celery and lunchmeat for $13.50. I won't be eating out this week.

Nice rice

September 30th, 2012 at 01:04 am

I took this week's $20 grocery money and bought 10 kg rice, 2 packets pasta and 2 cans fruit, all on special for $19.70. And I have left several cans beans and sardines, potatoes, carrot and 1 egg to help spread next weeks $20 out.

I now have enough rice to see me thru the New Year - good job I like it.

Creaky old body

September 18th, 2012 at 01:32 am

After months of enjoying better health and being able to take on more work, I woke up this morning with my knee on fire, so off to the dr for pain relief. $56 for visit and prescription. I should not resent this creaky old body of mine, but I'm looking forward to the day Jesus gives me a new improved model.

Net loss

September 10th, 2012 at 05:05 am

found 50 cents
spent $1 on a can of peaches

Delicate subject

September 9th, 2012 at 02:23 am

I was running low on toilet paper so went to the supermarket. The cheapest 2ply was $nz8.16 for 24 rolls and $3.99 for 12 rolls. So I bought 2 12packs. Yay! a saving of 18 cents.

I always get the giggles when buying tp because of the story a friend tells about his housemate who was so cheap he went down the road to use the public convenience rather than buy his own tp. And my own granddad put a brick in the tank to save water when he flushed. I have also met an Aussie who did this but he was from the outback where water is scarce.

How much debt?

September 7th, 2012 at 05:26 am

There was an item on the news this morning about borrowing by local councils. One observer reckons it's far too high. Councils used to use sinking funds for capital projects, now they borrow against these funds. A spokesman came on to defend the council saying they used very sophisticated methods to control the debt and some councils had lazy balance sheets - they actually needed more debt.

I'm just a simple soul (it was all those "sophisticated" borrowers that got us into this financial jam). I see only that if you borrow money, you have to pay it back. With interest, so that means you pay more, or rather the taxpayers do. My rates have gone up a lot since the sophisticates took over the council.

Yes I know, you'll save money in the long run because the return on assets is greater than the cost of borrowing. I'll believe next time i see a council project come in under budget. Somehow the cost always requires more borrowing than anticipated and up go the rates again. If these financial clever clogs want to play financial geniuses, they can do it with their own money, not public funds.

I'm grumpy, can you tell I just got my property tax bill?


September 14th, 2011 at 08:32 pm

left the heater on all night. No refunds due to carelessness.

Countdown begins

August 22nd, 2011 at 07:14 am

It is officially 10 days till spring. Today was a beautiful sunny day with warmth in the breeze., but there will be a frost tonite.

I checked this week's specials in Countdown - canned corn for $nz1.05 so I got 6 cans. Also baked beans and spaghetti for .69 cents, so will go back for those later. (Only $5.70 in the wallet until Wednesday, but I don't think I'll need to buy anything.)


August 21st, 2011 at 04:40 am

New World had a special on rolled oats this week - 60 cents off a 1.5 kg bag, so I bought 4. Should keep me going for a couple months. Marmite was also on special for $nz4.99 so I bought 2. I'll be bursting with energy after breakfast.

New jeans

August 18th, 2011 at 06:46 am

Having put on a little weight - erm, gone up a size, I am finding it harder to get fitting clothes in the charity shops. I was down to 4 pairs of trousers I can wear. So I went to Classic Clothing and bought 2 pairs of jeans @ $29.99 each. $10 off per pair. I should lose weight but if I do that my new clothes won't fit!

It's snowing

August 14th, 2011 at 05:00 am

and is predicted to go on for the next four days. This morning it was coming down in spurts so I got to church where the oldies were all talking about the Big Snow of 1939. I thought i would stop by the supermarket for some teabags - the place was chocka with people all stocking up. I got my teabags plus a big pumpkin and some cheese. Soup and scones tonite.

Doctor visit today

August 11th, 2010 at 06:30 am

Not because I was sick but he likes to see me when my prescriptions need renewing. nz$30 for the signature and $9 to the pharmacist. Happily all three medecines are subsidized. Then in the afternoon I was called in to work at the shop becuase someone else had gone home sick. So I earned the money back.

I'm weird

August 1st, 2010 at 07:20 am

They say never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. i was looking for dinner ingredients today and I had nz$4 to spend. I wound up with sardines, rice crackers, five bananas and .30 cents change. I justify it by saying I saved on electricity by not cooking.

No cooking tonight

June 29th, 2010 at 06:50 am

Almost at the end of the month and I still have money in my wallet, so I dined out. Twice even.

That is, I had coffee and a gooey muffin with a friend and I bought a helping of fries. Loaded with salt. Yummy. Total amount paid nz$6.60. We po' folks likes our little treats, even when we're bent on saving every penny. I'm looking forward to that nice rest home where people bring me food.

I am atoning tonight by finishing the last of the celery from the garden before it freezes.

Full of oats

June 25th, 2010 at 07:01 am

My only purchase today was a bag of oats for nz$2.29. Hmm, .50 cents more than last winter - I thought prices were supposed to go down in a recession.

As I picked out my store brand packet, I couldn't help noticing all the schlepped up oats at fancy prices, all full of dried fruit (and a lot of sugar) and all the granola/candy bars. Amazing what the healthful reputation of oats will do for the manufacturer's bottom line. Aha, they're all buying the stuff - that's why it's getting expensive. I thought competition was supposed to drive prices down.

Write on my tombstone: she pondered the nature of oats and capitalism.

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