On Saturday I was privileged to be able to go to the first Cheapskate workshop held in Adelaide, South Australia. This was presented by Cath Armstrong from Debt Free, Cashed up and Laughing and Cheapskates.com.au and Wendy Gower, cheapskate blogger at My Abundant Life. Both these women are amazing cheapskaters and have appeared on A Current Affair.
Oh. what. a. fun. day.
It started nice and early at 9am and sadly finished way to soon at 4pm.
I was so enthralled by what I was hearing that I almost forgot to take photos (sorry Wendy I missed your segment). The media from Today Tonight turned up and put me a little of track. There will be a segment on their program this week sometime. I am going to be away, so may miss it...hopefully I will get to see it online.
Anyway, here is what I did manage to capture.
Cath demonstrated how to make homemade laundry powder. She is grating laundry soap on the zesting part of a grater. This makes really fine soap granules.
I have been making my own laundry soap for about eight years now. I used to make the liquid variety but switched to the powder this year as it is so much easier to make.
Just add three tablespoons per load or in my case, per wash as I have a twin-tub washing machine.
Cath has done the maths on the cost of this. The approximate cost is three cents a load, so for me it would cost $3.12 a year.
How good is that?
Cath continues grating as she explains the benefits of making our own (known as "MOOing") products to save heaps of money around the home.
Wendy lends a hand.
This was our classroom.
After the laundry powder demonstration, Cath and Wendy set about making Miracle Spray. This is brilliant stuff and can be used for just about any cleaning job in the home. It is so easy to make and saves so much money, as you only need the one cleaner for everything. I used some today to remove a stain on my clothes. It worked a treat!
In the afternoon, special guest, Annabel from The Bluebirds are Nesting gave a talk on using beauty treatments on a budget.
Annabel supplied us with a lovely handwritten leaflet with some special pampering recipes that I cant wait to try.
Photo time J
Annabel, Cath and Wendy.
And I managed to get in a photo too.
I so enjoyed the day!
Living in the country, I usually don't get to do anything like this. I was so nervous but I had no need to be, because I was put at ease within five minutes of being there.
Thank you Cath, Wendy and Annabel.