I am so excited to bring you this post! My first guest post and it is seriously amazing. In my last blog post I mentioned that I finally felt like I was on top of things before the baby arrives, that I had spent the last week getting my house in order and making life easier for when the baby arrives. Making sure your home is set up and stocking your home is a HUGE part of nesting, whether you want to nest for a new arrival or if you are newly creating your humble abode. I knew the perfect person to contact to help me get into the right frame of mind, as I watched in awe as she set up her home in true Domestic Goddess Style! I am positive this post will give you everything you need to have stockpiled in your home, in a way that will save you money. So enough babble from me, you get that enough on here – here is the post from an amazing person – she is a newlywed, entrepreneur, full time team leader, housewifey and so much more – Shakiera Angelucci!
I wanted to make sure that I was super organised to move into our home as I had plenty of notice.
With 8 months to plan my wedding and set up home I wanted to make sure everything was perfect!
I started by asking my Facebook friends what they believed were the necessities. I wanted to stock up on the essentials – Laundry, Bathroom, Kitchen, Medicine Cabinet etc
I would start my mission of stocking the cupboards with non perishable items, as I didn’t want the added stress of needing to outlay hundreds of dollars on groceries.
This way would not only allow me to get everything I needed, it also allowed me to save money as I was able to shop the bargains!
Each week I would scour the Woolies & Coles catalogues religiously, IGA and ALDI too. If it was on special, I bought it and ticked it off my list!
The Reject Shop are great for cleaning products, they get all the stock when a company decides to change its packaging and are so cheap.
By creating my stockpile I have been able to buy things when they are on sale again as opposed to buying essentials because I need them. This has saved me time and most importantly MONEY!
I have become quite the thrifty shopper and even have hubby checking the catalogues and pointing out things that we might need.
Over a period of 10-12 weeks I spent about $50 a week buying up everything I needed. I believe that shopping like this saved me $200-$300 and continues to save me money!
There were a few things that I bought in bulk as you always need them:
– Washing Liquid (Cold Power 800ML Power Shot $4 @ The Reject Shop), I think I bought about 13 – seems excessive but I was washing all of my new sheets, towels, tea towels etc and it didn’t last long!
– Paper Towel ( I love VIVA!!!!)
– Toilet Paper (Sorbent – Coles had a special for 24 rolls for $7.50! – so cheap….. I bought 3 packs of 24 rolls and got a rain check for another 3 )
– Dishwashing Liquid (I only use Morning Fresh – Woollies / Coles often have them half price)
– Tissues!!!! ( I buy the Sorbent Thick & Large – Coles $1.30 a box, ½ price and they have gorgeous boxes)
– Body Wash & Shampoo / Conditioner – I always like to have a spare bottle of both, nothing worse than running out!
– Sponges / Clothes – I bought a variety of different ones. For washing dishes my favourite are the Coles Brand green & yellow scourers, they don’t fall apart and soap up really well
For anyone that is setting up a new house or wants to stock up on the essentials but doesn’t know where to start, here is what I purchased to stock my cupboards:
– Washing Liquid
– Washing Powder
– Vanish / Napisan / White King powder
– Fabric Softener – prefer the Cuddly “Aroma Therapy – Energising” it makes everything smell fabulous
– Shampoo / Conditioner
– Body wash
– Soap Bars
– Liquid Hand Soap – my splurge is Grown – Sweet Orange, Cedarwood & Sage – available at David Jones , washing your hands with it is amazing and guests always make comment about how lovely it smells
– Cotton Buds / Cotton Wool / Make up remover pads
– Nail Polish Remover
– Talc Powder
– Deodorant – I like to keep 2 or 3 of each on hand
– Tooth Brushes (spares for guests)
– Tooth Paste / Floss / Mouth Wash – I got the Colgate Plax 250ml at Coles for $1 – hubby loves it, I also got a rain check so will get more when I run low.
– Sanitary items
– Baby Wipes / Wet Ones – I have sensitive skin and use the Curash Fragrance Free wipes to wipe my face each morning and night
– Bath Salts – I splurged and bought Witchery White Patchouli & Lavender – so relaxing!
– Toilet Paper
- Spray & Wipe
- Pine O Cleen Disinfectant wipes
- Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Sponges / Scourers / Clothes
- Paper Towel
- Jif / Cream Cleanser
- Domestos – My mother in law got me onto the Coles Brand “Domestic Cleaner” – great for cleaning drains. Pour it down sink and let sit overnight – your drain pipes will be sparkling white!
- Rubber gloves
- Aluminium Foil
- Foil Trays
- Cling Wrap
- Baking Paper
- Freezer Bags
- Zip Lock Bags
- Bi Carb Soda
- Pine O Cleen Spray
- Salt / Pepper / Vegeta
- Flour/ Sugar / Pasta / Rice / Noodles / Herbs / Biscuits etc – I waited until a few weeks before we moved in to get this stuff
- Olive Oil
- Alcohol & drinks – if you plan on having visitors then its always nice to be able to offer them something other than water or juice etc, we keep a bottle of vodka and scotch on hand and baileys in fridge. We also keep garage drinks fridge stocked with beer, vodka premix and variety of soft drinks as we like to entertain
- Tea / Coffee
- Passata / Canned tomatoes
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lip Balm
- Band Aids
- Saline Solution
- Orange Oil
- First Aid Kit
- Nail Clippers / Scissors / Nail File etc
General Cleaning Supplies:
- Dettol Bathroom Foam
- Harpic / White King toilet cleaner
- White King Bathroom Gel
- Glen 20
- Pine O Cleen – all I use with boiling water to mop my timber floor boards – I love the smell of freshly mopped floors after using this
- Electrostatic Dusting Cloths (Swiffer – BEST INVENTION EVER!!!! I Vacuum, then Swiffer then Mop) – I use Swiffer only between vacuuming – great for dusting
I then did a grocery shop for food and perishable food items the week we moved in. I know that I have likely missed something but you get the idea.
I love that Coles & Woolies now show you how much you saved on the bottom of your docket! I made this my mission whilst stocking up my cupboards and in one particular shop it showed a $70 saving. That’s 2 x mani / pedis for me :)
Don’t Forget to get a raincheck on catalogue items. Coles last for 12 months! I keep them in my purse and use them whenever I am running low. Woolies only last 4 weeks so don’t forget to use them. They can save you a heap.
I like to keep my freezer stocked with Bread, Soup , Pasta Sauce, Frozen veg, homemade sausage rolls and meatballs and hubby’s fav – Maxibon Icecreams!
I’d love to hear how you save money on your shopping!
What Cleaning products do you recommend ?
Shakiera Angelucci – Housewife!
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