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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Funky Smelling Fruit in My Groceries

After the last grocery shopping over spend, I tried very hard to keep the costs down this week but still made some splurges. With dinner out Monday, using up food items in the fridge and freezer and using produce from the garden I was able to get my shopping done on $86.66.

My shopping included some nice deli cheese and salami for a picnic and also junky snacks to avoid those takeaway temptations as we had a week full of activities. It also included all my office lunch ingredients, fruit, snacks and juice.

And.... included was my biggest indulgence. My Special Birthday Treat for myself. The King of Fruits a Durian 2.5 kilos = $16.34 just for me... The Rambling Expat and Dolly dislike Durians, so all the more for me. Total Delicious Bliss.

Do you have Durian in your country, if you do, where are you from?
Have you ever eaten it? Love it? Hate it?
Do you think it smells funky?
Any other favourite fruit which costs the earth in your home town?
Please comment and feel free to ask me questions.


  1. You look so happy with your durian...lol. Happy Birthday!

    I never heard of durian. The most expensive fruit here is cherries--$4.99/lb I buy few of them, but I will NOT be denied. They don't stink...lol. My cherries come from the West coast of the US and New Zealand. Cheese? Rotted milk? LOL...true but never would express it that way. I like buttermilk, just milk put on the counter until it rots and clabbers. Some people think it is too gross to even discuss. I use powdered milk and a little starter to enhance and shorten the rot time. I suppose you have buttermilk in AU, also. BUT, you have $100 for two people and a little child? Just curious.

  2. Hope you don't mind me popping into your blog now and again. I'm fascinated about this fruit as I've never heard of it before. Does it taste anything like any other fruit I could relate it to. In the UK most of our fruit is imported and anything out of the ordinary is usually expensive.

  3. I do believe I was given some of this on a trip to Bali ...and it wasnt pleasant, but hey if you like it then it certainly is at treat!

  4. i tried it a couple of weeks ago but wasn't overly impressed with it. happy birthday to you!


  5. I've never tried it, i'm in south aussie. It looks interesting but makes me want it when i see you totally enjoying it. mmmmmm From Nixnax

  6. Aaaah, Durian, the fruit that smells like a freshly opened grave. I can remember travelling through South East Asia and reading signs banning the consumption of Durian within some hotels. It is one STINKY fruit. I never got over the smell enough to actually try it.

    One day.


  7. Love all your comments! Made me smile and laugh to myself. Yes it sure is a very stinky fruit. And I can't describe it as tasting like any other fruit. To me it's creamy and gorgeous and a real individual.

    South East Asia has many varieties and I think they are all pure heaven. You can also eat them green - in this case they are crunchier and have a nutty taste.

    The seeds can also be eaten - but I have not done so. I threw mine in the compost and only remembered I can boil and eat the seeds a couple of days latter.

    And yes my grocery shopping for 2 adults and a 4yr old is $100 a week. However my daughter eats 5 lunches a week at her Grandma's. This is doing well for our part of Australia and we are way below the average Australian weekly spending for food.


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