Category Archives: bargains

Live Cheaper – Grow Your Own Food and Free Spuds…….

Even in our very hot summer season it is possible to grow some of our own food although we need to pick early to avoid ripe vegetables being shrivelled up during the heat of the day with our harsh Australian sun.

Cleaned out one of my square-foot gardening raised beds & gave it a good turn over. Composted with old leaves,composted lawn clippings & ash from the fire & few handfuls of dynamic lifter.  Planted seeds from packets I had on hand as I did not want to spend any money on seedlings.  Also seeds I had saved from capsicums etc from supermarket.


I  scattered some flower seeds throughout & a week later lots of seedlings are poking their heads through the rich soil.


With all that effort I hope we get a few edible vegetables out of it to feed the family.


Free Spuds From Spudshed.

Spudshed in WA were giving away free potatoes this week so of course I made my way down there amongst the crowds & managed to snaffle a bag full of them.

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Cooked stuffed spuds can always be frozen for a quick dinner another night.

Markdowns For The Week.

Has been far too hot to use oven inside so have been leaning towards anything quick,one-pan cooking on hotplate or anything with salad.

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Only buying what we really need when I see markdowns as will need to save money ready for the huge power bill that will be arriving after having air-con on for last week or so.
Hope you are managing to stay cool in our hot summer.


Attempting to Cook A Turducken……..

Of course I only purchased the Turducken as it was half price markdown & would feed the crowd on Christmas Eve. Only just heard of them this year, they are advertised as ”

  • Woolworths Gold Turducken RRP $19.99/kg – an enticing hand rolled trio meat combination, infused to provide a succulent eating experience, complemented with a fig and Pistachio stuffing core, topped with a bacon lattice and garnished with fresh Rosemary for a unique premium roast.”
  • Turkey, duck & chicken rolled into one.
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Thawing it out today & will cook Wednesday morning, hopefully it will look as good as the above photo!

Abnormal Apples


Woolworths are selling “abnormal apples” & “peculiar pears” which they say what they lack in looks they make up in taste. These were grown in Manjimup Western Australia so happy to see they are close to home for me.
Such a good idea as there is so much food wastage from supermarkets only buying perfect fruit & veg and this way we get them a bit cheaper per kilo as well.

Couple of Good Markdowns for the Week.





Anyone else cooked a “Turducken” & how did it go?

Merry Christmas to you all & have a safe New Year.


Live Cheaper – Sign Up for Samples

Each week I usually receive at least one sample in the mail. Anything from shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant to protein bars. All come in handy at some point and it is also a way of trying a brand or product you would not normally buy. There are lots of sites for signing up for samples and the easiest way is to google “samples” and see what comes up in your country. is an Australian one & you sign up with your email & they will offer you different samples to register for.

This week have received in the mail one ladies razor & conditioner treatment.



Also at Better Pets & Gardens whilst picking up the cat food the cashier offered free samples of another brand for our cat to try that is a cheaper option – if he likes it!





Markdown produce found this week.





Sweet potatoes $1, mixed apples & pears $1.50, mushrooms $1.50 and mandarines $1.50 all from IGA markdown trolley.

Fresh green beans 50c & bag of potatoes $2 from Coles supermarket.

Op Shop – Half Price Linen Sale

Now and again even Op shops have sales & this week was 50% off all linen so as I only own two tablecloths I was looking for some large ones to use over Christmas & found two for $2 each.


Also a Dora lunchbox for $2


Reject shop had Lindt chocolate bars for 50c



Was given a bag of organic garlic from my neighbour who grows his own & a cucumber.



So a few bits & pieces that have not cost much or free all helps to keep money in my pocket. Hope you have found some nice bargains this week.


Cat Napping & Bargains for the Week.

Now I know the reason my seeds don’t all come up, snuck up on the big fat cat snoozing in the sun on top of recently planted capsicum seeds that I dried out from store bought capsicums.
He looked too comfortable to move him off.


I keep seeds out of most store bought vegetables and wait to see if they amount to anything when planted. Some do whereas others do not.


Bargains For The Week.

Free magazines from Op shop.


Two beautiful textured pillowcases from Op shop $2 each.


Not many food bargains this week but as apples in Perth are now over $6/kilo & bananas at $5.70/kilo I keep a look out for any markdown fruit. Eight mixed apples for $1 at IGA & big bag of mushrooms $2.




Also picked up from Gumtree some free Christmas decorations.


Not a great week for markdowns but if you are not there at right time to find them then not much you can do.
Hope you managed to get some nice cheap bargains this week.

Bargains I Found This Week.

I remember telling Mum to hurry up whenever we went shopping
20141025_095336as she felt the need to go down each and every aisle with her trolley even if she only wanted bread and milk it took forever. Well I may have to eat my words as this week our local Coles supermarket have been marking down random items this week so decided to look up each aisle for a change.

Found two beach soccer balls from $12.95 each marked down to $2 each so a Christmas pressie to put away for 2 boys we will see Christmas Eve.
Down the shampoo aisle they had marked down Dove shampoo and conditioner from $6.99 each to 64c


Our drains have been a bit smelly lately and bicarb and vinegar does not seem to be doing anything so spotted the drain unblocker bottles for $1 each marked down from $8.49 each.


Pizza from Woolworths $2.79 and coleslaw 89c so that was a quick dinner one night.


Op shop this morning found two beautiful red velvet and satin Disney princess Christmas stockings for $2 each will be perfect for our two beautiful little grandaughters.


For the bargain price of $1.50 found this 16 pair shoe holder which will help tidy up the mountain of shoes shoved in the bottom .of my wardrobe.

Have you found any good bargains this week?


Fruit & Veg Markdowns from the Weekend

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Our local IGA supermarket will price up bags of fruit and veg at markdown prices, depends what day you go as to what is available. Lots of bananas and potatoes but did not need any of those.


2 Litre mango juice – 99c
3 Bokchoy – 50c
10 Peaches – $2
4 Cucumbers – $1
5 Red apples – $2

The 2 litre mango juice I can freeze as in a few weeks weather will be hot and everyone will be looking for cold drinks and makes a change from water.
Bokchoy, cucumbers & apples we will share with lizards & peaches are still a bit firm but quite sweet.
They usually have huge bags of mushrooms for $2 that I like to buy but did not see any this week.



Our lemon scented gum tree (think it is that as has lemon citrus aroma after rain) has started shedding it’s bark in ribbons, it takes about a week to reveal it’s smooth layer underneath.

Found this interesting answer on why the do it: –

If by Gum trees you mean Eucalypts from Australia, they shed their bark as an adaptation to  being a fire-loving tree in a fire-prone environment. Many species shed their bark in long strips to encourage fire- these strips of bark draw the fire up into the canopy of the tree and start fires in the vicinity, killing competing trees and giving the Gum tree seedlings a better chance of a head start following the fire. Beneath their thick bark they have what are called Epicormic shoots which are like potential buds held in check by hormones secreted by the growing tips of the branches. When the branches get burned off the buds sprout. Eucalpypts usually require fire for germination and by having lots of dry bark (and flammable leaves) around the base of the tree is a great way to encourage fire. Gum trees love fire.


Also this: –

Each year there is an increment of living bark that results in the continual expanding girth of the tree. In all species the outermost layer dies each year. In about half of the species this dead layer completely sheds, exposing a new layer of living bark, and the process continues year after year. These are known as the smooth barks. The dead bark may be shed from these trees in large slabs, in ribbons, or in small flakes. Invariably the newly exposed living bark is relatively smooth and brightly coloured but this fades with weathering. Often the dead bark comes off in pieces at various times of the year such that the trunk is mottled depending on the amount of time the newly revealed patches of bark are exposed to weathering.

Kale – Super Food at a Super Price 94% Markdown


Not too fond of these overpriced pre-packaged leafy greens when a whole lettuce etc usually works out cheaper but at 24c at my local Coles supermarket I could not pass it by.

At 94% off it will feed the lizards plus we can blend in smoothies for extra boost of goodness or toss it in whatever I may be cooking or as a salad supplement. Also gives a nice fresh bite to tomato,cheese sandwich for work as well.

So an outlay of 24c it will get used up today & tomorrow and give the family a nutrient dense kick in one meal or another.


I do have some kale growing in my vegetable patch but has never done very well in that spot.

I started this blog as I wanted to show the prices I pay on markdown groceries, sometimes the savings to me are a little or sometimes a lot.
Not all items I purchase will make a full family meal but may supplement the family diet or used as a stockpile item for freezer or pantry.
Then again no matter how cheap an item is marked down if we do not eat it or use it then I do not buy it. Am only saving money if it is something I would usually purchase.