Saturday, 3 November 2012

Bill Doesn’t Live Here!!!!

Well it’s back to basics month here at Bumpalicious so here’s some helpful tips to save some $$$$

Once or twice a year sit down and add up your incoming money (wages) and your outgoing. Create a budget that’s flexible and still gives you freedom as there is nothing worse than earning your $$$ and not being able to treat yourself. Shop around the banks for an interest earning free account you can deposit your budgeting money into (comm bank has a great netbank saver, deposit and withdraw as much as you like with no penalties and still earn the same amount of interest each month).
Add an extra $10 to your budgeting money for any unexpected bill or bills that maybe higher than you expected.
Plan ahead
try paying for some of your insurances in full so you don’t have to worry about them until the next year.

Stick to your budget

Around your home

With the latest increase in power and gas due to the Carbon Emissions Tax we all need some tips (please share if you have any). My power and gas bill near doubled this year *gasp*.
  • Set a timer on your heater/aircon, I took an hour off morning and night with our gas heater = 14 hrs less per week that my heater was running.
  • If you’re not in the room turn things off
  • In summer keep your curtains drawn and block out the heat, open up when sea breeze starts or when temp cools down.
  • Only run full loads of washing or use your economy setting
  • Cook bulk meals and freeze reducing your gas/electricity usage also handy for the busy families. I find it helpful as I’m a fifo wife so makes meal time a breeze
  • Plan your trips in the car. If you go to town try and run all your errands so your not driving up and down
  • Buy in bulk or specials e.g. 2 for $6 you may not need it then but it will keep your supplies stocked
  • Find and alternative! I used to spend $300 on face creams and washes (yep you heard right) now all my face wash/creams cost me $40 for everything and last longer
  • Try and make things at home e.g. ice creams, cakes, muffins. The initial outlay might cost you but once you have everything it’s really cheap. Also serves well as morning tea at work.
  • Take your lunch to work and buy once a week or fortnight
  • Plan your meals so you’re only going to the shop for your necessities. Pull meat out for meals night before or do some prep so when you get home it’s all ready to go.
  • Wait for specials or look online, Gumtree and Buy and Sell’s normally have great stuff and in good condition.
  • Buy good quality the first time so you do not have to replace items over and over again (saves money in the long run)
  • Are there any extra bills in your home that you really don't need. E.g. Foxtel cost $107 a month but everything on there can be seen on digital chanels that would equal a saving of $1284 a year
  • Recycle, is there another use for empty containers &tubs in your home. Old coffee jars make great spice jars!

Cleaning Products

We all know how exspensive these items are!!! Toilet bowl cleaners, air freshners, bleach, bathroom scum remover, kitchen scum remmover, ajax, jasol, pine o clean, anti bacterial wipes and the list goes on........... When you read the back of the bottles you will actually find they all do the same thing and just because it says kitchen doesn't mean you can't use anywhere else.
I have 1 bottle of bleach and 1 packet of anti bacterial wipes in my house and yes it's still clean!!!!
Bleach kills everything!
Make your own cleaning products or airfreshners. Here is a guide to making your own oil diffuser anad an All Purpose Cleaner

Homemade oil diffusers                         

You will need:

  • A small, clean jar. A container with a wide base and a small opening works best, as they discourage evaporation.
  • Reeds. A lot of health stores and candle shops carry reeds. They are also available for purchase online.
  • Mineral oil. Available in grocery and drug stores. Mineral oil is less viscous than vegetable oil and is better at carrying the scent up the reeds.
  • Vodka. Plain, unflavored, nondiluted vodka. The vodka helps thin out the oil so that it will move more easily up the reeds.
  • Essential oil(s). A few suggested oil combinations are lavender and lemon, orange and cinnamon, and basil and peppermint.

How to assemble your oil diffuser:

  1. Pour one-quarter cup mineral oil and two tablespoons vodka into a measuring cup and stir well to combine the liquids.
  2. Add in one and one-half tablespoons of essential oil (the ratio should be about one part essential oil to four parts mineral oil and vodka).
  3. Stir well and pour the oil mixture into your container. Insert as many reeds as will fit into the opening.
  4. Flip the reeds every few days to optimize the scent diffusion.

Homemade air freshening spray

When your home needs a instant refresh, nothing is quicker and easier than a spritz of air freshener. Try making a couple of your own personalized sprays — I use a combination of lemon and basil oils for the spray used in the living areas of the home and lavender for the bedroom.

You will need:

  • A clean, empty spray bottle
  • Water
  • Vodka (unflavored and nondiluted)
  • Essential oil

How to make your air freshening spray:

  1. Pour one cup of water into a clean, reusable spray bottle.
  2. Add in two tablespoons of vodka and about 20 drops of essential oils (keep in mind that some essential oils are stronger than others, so start off conservatively when adding the oil).
  3. Screw on the top and shake well to combine the mixture.

Other ways to use essential oils around the home

  • In rice: Fill a small decorative jar or dish with plain white rice and add in a few drops of oil. Place the jar in whatever room you wish to fill with the fragrance. I use peppermint or lemon for the bathroom and lavender for the bedroom.
  • Pillows: Apply a few drops of lavender, or another calming essential oil, onto a paper tissue. Place the tissue inside your pillow case to help calm your senses as you drift off.
  • Clothes freshener: Dab cotton balls with essential oils and place in the corners of your drawers and closets. This tip not only helps with keeping clothes smelling fresh, but it also helps ward off moths!


For a solution that will wipe up messy spots, mix two cups of white vinegar with equal parts water (plus a little essential oil, like tea tree, rosemary or lavender, to add a fragrance, if you want one). To boost its cleaning power, warm it in the microwave in a glass container.


Who knew vinegar works wonders on clogged drains, too? Pour 1/2-cup of baking soda into the drain, and then follow that with a cup of vinegar. After about 30 minutes, flush the train with boiling water.
Even if you don't save thousands any kind of savings is better than none!

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