Jan 5, 2017

Lovin' Life 5/1/2017: The Five Dollar Challenge and Other Things.

It's only day one post staycation and it's as if I never even went had those days off.  While it's been good to hit the ground running and I know that these crazy days will soon make way for more civilized working days, it's still been a rude shock after the blocks of leisurely days off I've had between work days over the last few weeks.

Deep breaths and time to pull on those big girl pants.  Or something like that.  I have a job I love and money in the bank.  Work does leave me drained some days but it's also rewarding and even fun working with the people that I do.  It just doesn't make for many pretty pictures.  So without further ado, let me devote the rest of this post to recent pretty pictures from the staycation that only ended yesterday.



I found a new cafe just outside of the main hub at Bondi Junction yesterday.  Brew Collective is a light and airy little space that brings a bit of the Balmain aesthetic across the bridge and over to the east.

Maxi - Metallicus, necklace - Hermes.

After spending most of my break dressed in variations of the denim shorts and a monochrome T shirt theme, I threw caution to the wind with this black Metalicus maxi dress which was accessorized by the aptly named 'Deva' horn and laquer necklace from my good friends at the house of H.


A moment or two of nostalgia was experienced by way of my latest Bonds Online order.  I had placed an order of baby essentials for a dear friend's baby gift and removing all those impossibly tiny onesies and singlets from their hangers before folding them up for wrapping brought back all sorts of happy memories of being firstly a naive and super keen and super organized first time mum to be and then a tired, foggy brained actual first time mum.  The cuddles my own onesie collection featured in, the endless loads of washing they found themselves in, the fun times I had trying to zip and button them while a very active baby was in them....  The days were so long but the years so short.

I'm also a pragmatist.  How could I not order myself a(nother) classic black and white striped T to qualify for free shipping on my order?


I know I've said previously that I'm not a new year resolution kind of person but that was before a friend inspired me by sharing her experience of the $5 challenge on Facebook recently.  The challenge is deceptively simple.  Over a fixed time period, simply collect every $5 bill that comes your way.  Resist the urge to count them up until the very end of your challenge.  At the end, simply deposit your bills into a savings account and possibly start all over again.  I wonder if I will find it as effortless as others have found for themselves.  Aren't $5 notes a bit hard not to miss?  Not as much as $10 or $20 perhaps but still a significant amount to sock away on a daily basis.  

Only time will tell.


The good times are still rolling over at SSG Manor 2.0. Both my aunties have now arrived safely so along with my mum, the three sisters have been catching up with late night chats and over mugs of tea.  They've also discovered that you can reheat slices of hot cross bun in a jaffle press.  It's less of a fire hazard than trying to relocate the same bits of bun that have a high chance of getting lost in the grip of a standard toaster's slots.

Are you joining the $5 challenge?

Have you toasted anything interesting in a jaffle press recently? 

19 comments:

  1. Love the $5 challenge idea...& love that necklace!

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    1. Plenty more great ideas from where that came from :-P

      SSG xxx

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  3. Having gone cash free towards the end of August 2016, I can actually name the amount of $5 bills I have handled since then. One. :) In five months. That was only because I took cash to the local market and I got some change from buying something. But while I was there, I discovered every vendor took eftpos. So now I don't take cash.

    Notes are not hard to miss at all but what is even easier to say goodbye to is coins, and a heavy purse. Now my crossbody purse is so small and light I can actually wear it all the time from leaving the house, even in the car I don't bother to take it off. I'm loving it because there is nothing worse than that feeling of where is my purse.

    I will have to get some hot X buns soonest!

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    1. I'm too much of a spendthrift to go cashless. It's all so easy with cards for me...

      SSG xxx

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  4. How long does the $5 challenge last? All year or for a set period? I think I'd want some return on my investment (;-)) before 2018!

    Love that necklace by the way!

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  5. I've seen the $5 challenge on FB and the WAD of bills the person had. It's tempting to do, but I'm not a particularly big spender so I leave my money in the bank - I try to keep to a fairly low weekly cash in hand budget so I need every fiver I own :)

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  6. Happy New Year. I would completely fail at the $5 challenge. I just don't carry much cash on me much these days but you've reminded me it is time to bank our container of 50 cent pieces.

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  7. Sounds like a fun time! I would fail at the $5 challenge because I never carry cash! But I think it is a great idea. Happy New Year and enjoy 2017! Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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  8. Happy New Year SSG! I've hit the ground running too. Time off is almost a distant memory :) I did the $5 challenge last year. I only started in about September and opened the tin in December to count up $450. I've purchased another tin so there's no cheating - once it goes in the slot, it can only come out when I use a can opener! Will be interesting to see how much I can save for the whole year :) #TeamLovinLife

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  9. I hadn't heard of the $5 Challenge so thanks for enlightening me! Sounds like a good idea :)

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  10. It's a shame I'm always looking for a $5 note as coffee money when I go walking in the morning, otherwise I could probably do this challenge! Maybe I should make it the $2 challenge! Happy New Year! #TeamLovinLife

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  11. I love the idea of reheating hot cross buns in a jaffle maker. Although I'm deeply disturbed they are already available to buy in stores!!!

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  12. I'm interested to see ow your $5 challenge goes SSG! :) I tend not to use cash too much - I still haven't got cash out since meaning to get it pre-hospital so that's been a month now I think? haha! It would be interesting to see how much I'd save that way as sometimes you get a bunch of $5 notes all at once!

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  13. Your photo stream is always lovely (work days or not). But yes, holiday pics always FEEL more exotic, don't they. Staycation or vacation, I guess it's the vibe of it all.
    I love that $5 challenge!!
    I don't carry a lot of cash, but I'd still like to see how much money I could come up with. That's fun!
    #TeamLovinLife

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  14. I may start the $5 challenge! Start this week and end March 17th. I'm going to Disney March 17th and coming back March 20th. I know its three days, but my daughter's spring break is a short one this (3 days instead of 5. The kids are out for St. Patrick's).

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  15. Your nostalgia over the baby clothes made me smile. I would feel exactly the same way. I loved having my little bubbas to nurse and fuss over but I wouldn't go back there for quids! Ha! Many fond (and not so fond) memories. Mostly fond.
    Sadly I don't have the need to carry a lot of cash on account of the fact that I work from home. So the $5 challenge wouldn't yield a great deal for me. I like the idea of it though. Good luck with it! x

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  16. I think that would be a tough challenge for me, because I love to hoard the big denominations and spend the $5's.

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