8 things I learned from the one rand experiment.


While researching the budget section of my blog, I came across the R1 family, a social experiment together with Sanlam. When I spoke to my mom and editor, she remembered that in 2014 Sanlam ran the R1 man experiment for the first time.   I watched the R1 man (name unknown) and the R1 family or S’bu, Londiwe and kids. It was an eye opener … Continue reading 8 things I learned from the one rand experiment.

Tomato and herb soup


This is a delicious tomato soup that I adapted from Woolies Babies recipe book “meals for babies and toddlers” . I bought the book in 1997 and have been making this ever since. As the kids have grown older I have added garlic to the soup and a little salt and even on occasion cream/Orley whip/Alpro Single. This soup is suitable for babies from 1 … Continue reading Tomato and herb soup

Sitting down to clean


This week I am tackling the cleaning of the lounge and dining room areas of the house. For most of the older South African homes, a small entrance hall leads from the front door into the lounge or dining room.  I would include this room in your cleaning schedule for the lounge and dining room. When looking at a cleaning schedule for your front rooms/entertainment … Continue reading Sitting down to clean

10 Things you need to know when drawing up a menu plan


I have been ‘meal-planning’ on and off for about 6 months, but only in the last 3 months have I been doing it properly. In that time, our food bill, with the help of online shopping, is down about 15%. The other bonus seems to be my nemesis, the ever shrinking waist bands of my skirts! I noticed this week that certain skirts which have … Continue reading 10 Things you need to know when drawing up a menu plan

Cleaning up your schedule or scheduling your clean up!


A lot of the decluttering blogs that I have read give cleaning schedules for your house and they are all American. In this country a lot of us either have full time domestic, or part time domestic help, very few people have no help at all. My question is this; if you have help do you think your house is actually clean? I mean, how … Continue reading Cleaning up your schedule or scheduling your clean up!

Things I learned while shopping!


Due to technical issues, I have had to post this blog unedited. Please forgive the grammatical errors. On a Facebook group I belong to, the topic of budgets came up and we started talking about the cost of groceries.  I have already worked out my budget, which we stick to pretty closely, but I wanted to try a different store. We average R1500 per month per … Continue reading Things I learned while shopping!