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Day 246

February 18th, 2019 at 08:59 am

property taxes nzd354.49

I am starting to sort some of my older books, and those I'll probably never read, to donate to the Regent book sale in June. My goal is to fit them all into one bookcase in my living room. At the very least, get rid of one for every one the comes in (library book sale coming up soon.)

I am looking into a new way of saving money - when you save on a purchase at a sale or by using vouchers, etc, put the money saved into my change jar. I don't want to overdo it from my $20 a week or I will just wind up having to take more money from the bank and I don't see the logic in that - I transfer any money left in my checking to my EF. But I will make a game of trying to get as much as possible for a lower price and see how much I have left over.

Day 243

February 15th, 2019 at 08:37 am

Went to the dentist for a chackup, nzd135.00. Unfortunately she discovered a cavity which means I am up for more expense, But it's worth it. I want to hang onto my teeth for as long as possible - so better cut out sugar.

Day 241

February 13th, 2019 at 08:13 am

In: 289.17

oil 5.00
salt 2.00
knit group 1.00

I donated the rest of my mohair to the knit group in exchange for 2 balls of acrylic. Think it was a net loss, and I will definitely use what I got.

Day 237

February 9th, 2019 at 08:39 am

laundry powder 3.00

I use the concentrate and it lasts me for ages. The last box I bought was nearly a year ago - I do the washing twice a week.

Day 236

February 8th, 2019 at 08:33 am

bread 1.00
peanut butter 2.29
sultanas 1.99
tomatoes 1.20

Today at Artsenta I was given a bag of oats. After I've finished them I'm going to ask my doctor to check my cholesterol levels not that she's ever said there's cause for alarm, but I like to know the numbers.

Day 229

February 2nd, 2019 at 08:33 am

I am becoming a little bit shaky on my nzd20.00 a week for groceries. I spent $13.00 from my Play jar on fruit for tomorrow's bbq. I wiil try to stop myself borrowing from envelopes and jars in other categories.

I got 2 more free books today: the original Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Stevenson, and A Visitation of the Plague by Defoe. I don't generally read fiction but I make an exception for the classics.

Day 227

January 31st, 2019 at 08:35 am

It isn't as hot atm as it was in India but the humidity makes it harder to cope. I bought myself a new pair of sandals nzd45.00. The weather is predicted to turn cold and wet over the weekend. Hope it holds off as I've a bbq on Sunday.

Day 219

January 23rd, 2019 at 08:49 am

I'm back. India was wonderful, beautiful, maddening and challenging as always. Full of contrasts, ancient temples by modern highways, incredible riches next door to appalling squalor. I'm torn btween weeping over so much suffering, and rejoicing at the resilience of the human spirit. The children in the villages were very happy to see us and they loved the hats.

I had nzd400 left over which I put in my EF; halfway to my goal. For groceries I bought
bread 2.38
red peppers 2.81
bananas 3.29
tomatoes 1.76
carrots 1.45
broccoli 1.49
avocado 1.69
bread rolls 1.38

Day 216

December 29th, 2018 at 08:09 am

I went over my $20 food budget for the first time. I have no money left in my envelope and I spent nzd9.07 from my check account on groceries.

Day 211

December 24th, 2018 at 08:09 am

It's a Christmas miracle! I went to buy fresh veggies for tomorrow and the price hadn't shot way up, 1.99 for a lettuce, 2.99 per kilo for tomatoes and 2.49 for 3 avocadoes.

Day 208

December 21st, 2018 at 08:11 am

I could have sworn I paid the plumber's bill online last month but apparently not. I received a friendly reminder and can't find the transaction on my bank statement, so nzd67.28 out of my House maintenance account.

Day 207

December 20th, 2018 at 08:13 am

I don't often buy substitute meats as they are so expensive, but with Christmas coming up I shelled out nzd6.99 for some vegetarian sausages. With steamed cauli and carrots and fried potatoes, that will be my Christmas meal.

The feasting has already started, I went to a barbecue for lunch. My rule with the goodies is only one of each, so I had a small piece of cake, some tropical trail mix and lots of bread rolls and coleslaw. With cutting back on sugar this year I really noticed the sweetness in the salad dressing. Even the grapes were almost too sweet. So I won't be having dessert on Dec 25. I shall have crackers and hummus instead.

Day 206

December 19th, 2018 at 08:07 am

I am still having problems getting my visa. I was sent a request to fill out yet another form and pay a further nzd160.00. I still don't know if I'll get it before New Year, if it doesn't arrive before then I will have to cancel the trip. I keep repeating the Serenity Prayer to myself, which is useful when dealing with all things Indian.

Day 205

December 18th, 2018 at 08:19 am

I forgot to take a reusable bag to the supermarket today, so had to get a plastic one. They are doing away with single use bags from January 1, so I must remember in future or I will have to buy another one.

peanut butter 1.99
bread 1.00
broccoli .99
cauliflower .99
lettuce 1.99
mushrooms 2.37
avocadoes 2.49
tomatoes 1.35

Day 204

December 17th, 2018 at 08:25 am

I received my lastest power bill from Contact, which says I have a credit of nzd66.24, so nothing to pay this month. Not sure where that came from but I'll take it.

I bought some thermal underwear from Orphans Aid for nz5.00. Still in the packet! Never been worn! It pays to look for these things in the off season.

Day 201

December 14th, 2018 at 08:17 am

I have used up all the colored double knitting yarn in my stash. I have a load in neutral shades but it requires something to jazz it up a bit, so I bought a bag of green oddments in the thrift store for 50 cents.

Day 200

December 13th, 2018 at 08:24 am

I walked into town today and when I got there realised I'd forgotten my wallet with all my money and my bus card. So I had to walk back home in a fine Scottish mist. At least I stayed out of the thrift store since there was no point looking without any money. So frustrating to see a bargain and not be able to buy.

I booked my bus to Christchurch Airport, nzd44.00. Counting sleeps until the day of departure.