No sewing of the stash this week despite the best of intentions. Today was mostly about shopping which was a little different to our usual weekly shop which consists of going to a local fruit and vegetable stall and a few groceries from Aldi. We went a bit further afield – to Caloundra because I wanted to buy some more salmon. It is about 50km round trip so we generally try to make the most of it when we drive that far.
We collected our thoughts and made a list which looked like this:
Farmers’ Markets – fruit and vegetables
KMart – relacement gas canister for Soda Stream, coathangers and long-handled dustpan/brush
Fishmonger – salmon
Discount chemist – tablets and deodorant
After checking the pantry I decided that there was nothing we needed this week from Aldi so we set out on our expedition.
The fruit and vegetables were successfully bought then we headed to KMart. This was not quite as good. The gas canister was swapped with far less fuss than last time we wanted one. You can read about that event here. However, they did not have the type of coathangers that I wanted nor any long-handled dustpan and brush. In fact, the selection of household items was very ordinary and there were numerous empty shelves – I am not sure what the reason was.
Off to the fish shop for 4 pieces of salmon which makes 8 serves cost just under $40. While this is not spectacularly cheap it is a meal that we really enjoy and is better than paying $30 – $35 for a meal of salmon at a restaurant.
There is a Bunnings hardware across the road from the chemist so we tried for the dustpan and coathangers there. We struck gold with the dustpan but not the coathangers.
Here is the dustpan. It is the third one I have had in almost 35 years.
I bought it to replace this one which has now cracked near the base of the handle.
Finally, at the chemist I bought 2 bottles of calcium tablets because they were on special and I made sure they would be used by the expiry date. I won’t need to buy any more for about 20 months! GMan could not find the particular deodorant that he uses so we will look elsewhere.
I will keep looking for type of coathangers that I want as well as the deodorant. There is a Big W and Target in Brisbane near my office so I will try to check them out during the week.
Speaking of shopping and spending money, I have tallied up our spending for the first 4 months of the year. I will have all of the details for you tomorrow.