Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 25th, 2016

This past week has been my lowest ‘saving’ week thus far, but it’s still something!

I/we saved/earned $82.17 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  

Here’s how it breaks down:

Planted the following plants that I grew from seeds (I am averaging each plant at $1 per plant):  8 tomato plants. Saved:  $8

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $$6

Saved $16.17 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (4 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $40

Made four 12 x 12 inch design boards:  Saved $12

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $6,468.28, add this week’s amount ($82.17) and I/we have saved $6,550.45.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Sewing/Crafting Day: May 25th, 2016

I've wanted a design wall for a very long time, but we just don't have room for one in our home.  So, when I came across this post, I knew that I wanted to make some of these smaller design boards.  They are by no means a replacement for a design wall, but they will enable me to play around with quilt block designs without the pieces sliding around.

Following the instructions in the above mentioned post, I set to work ...



I started out with 2  inexpensive foam boards that were 20 x 30 inches each ...


and cut them into 12 x 12 inch squares (I saved the 'leftovers' for future projects)


I cut out pieces of cotton quilting batting (from scraps I had on hand) and glued them to each board (around all four sides) using a hot glue gun ...


Here are all 4 boards, trimmed and stacked waiting for the next step


I stitched up the edging and glued it on  ...  I was all set to complete all 4 of them yesterday, but let's just say that yesterday didn't go the way we had planned so, I still have 3 more to edge.


Take a closer look at the fabric I'm using for the edging ... it is perfect for the project and it came from my fabric stash!

I am excited about these design boards and am planning a quilting project so I can put them to use!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Pantry Items: May 23rd, 2016

With our reduced grocery budget this year we’re getting creative in ways to keep our pantry well-stocked while eating almost exclusively from it each day.  

Today, I ordered two more free to me, meaning no money out of my pocket, pantry related  items to add to my pantry and here’s how I did it.

A few days ago I redeemed the Bing points that I had earned and got a $10 Amazon gift card.  I added it to my account and left it alone.  I knew that I had some Amazon affiliate money coming ($16.98) and planned to combine the $10 with the affiliate money.  It came today and so I combined the two amounts and ordered the following …



Total for both items was $25.38 … cost to me $0. 

Where there is a will there is a way.  These are not huge amounts but every little bit helps when you’re building, using and maintaining a well-stocked pantry and I am so thankful to have these avenues open to me.

A big thank-you to all who shop Amazon through my affiliate links.  Your purchases make it possible for me to earn affiliate money.

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pantry Challenge #20 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

It has been a wet, rainy and for the most part a dreary week weather wise, but it didn’t stop the pantry building …


My to-do list from last time:

Make more turmeric capsulesDone!

Make vitamin c capsules.  Done!

Plant more tomatoes.  Done!  I finished planting all the tomato plants we grew from seeds in our greenhouse.

In Addition:

I started harvesting our spring green onions, cutting the blades half off and dehydrating them.  I will grind them up into powder and use as I would white onion powder.  (Of course, we are eating the other half of the onions.)

Planted okra, several varieties of peppers and more squash








I took $5 and added 4 bottles of Dawn dish washing liquid ($.97 each) and 2 tubes of toothpaste (after coupons we paid $.50 for each tube).  It is quite possible to significantly add to our pantries with as little as $5 per week.   


Yoo whoo?  Is anybody home?  These were the words we heard Saturday afternoon shortly after returning home from an outing.  I looked out the storm door and saw an older lady from church coming up the steps to our porch.  In her hand she was carrying this beautiful jar of flowers which she handed me as I greeted her.  She wanted to know if we wanted to go junking with her to her deceased brothers home place.  Of course, we said yes and off we went.  We came home with a #3 wash tub (in very good condition), canning jars, 4 x 6 picture frames which I needed, some corelle ware plates and saucers, 3 t-shirts, a milk crate, an old flat iron and the thing that thrilled my soul the most was 2 large round cheese boxes complete with their lids (in excellent condition).  I have been wanting the cheese boxes for several years!  You want to know the best part, none of these items cost us anything.   The dear lady gave all of it to us just to get it out of her and her family's way!  We consider ourselves to have been blessed! 

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Continue harvesting and dehydrating spring onions 

See what I can add to my pantry for $5

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally this week?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 19th, 2019

Come take a peek at what I/we've been able to earn by saving and being frugal this past week ...


I/we saved/earned $523.79 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

 I stitched up this cute pillowcase for my youngest granddaughter.  Saved $10

Made 100 turmeric capsules($.15/capsule after cost of supplies) Saved $15.00

Made 90 vitamin c capsules:  ($.15/capsule after cost of supplies) Saved $13.50

Made 3 quarts kefir milk:  Saved $2.04 per quart … total savings:  $6.12

Used a $25 Walmart gift card for groceries I earned through Swagbucks:  Saved: $25

Planted the following plants that I grew from seeds (I am averaging each plant at $1 per plant):  16 cockscone plants; 8 soapwort plants; 31 tomato plants; 16 rabbit tobacco plants:  Saved:  $71

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Completely emptied out one compost bin and added it to various raised beds and pots  ($4.99 per cubic foot x 10) :  Saved $49.99  (You can see some of it in the wheel barrow in the picture.)

Saved $110.18 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Used neither heat nor air conditioner 1 day this past week: Saved $13

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (10 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $100


Harvested and dried the following herbs:  lavender ($2.06/ounce): $2.06 and sage ($.97/ounce x 2): $1.94 … Saved $4

My husband replaced the switch on our well water pump:  Saved on labor … $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $5,969.49, add this week’s amount ($523.79) and I/we have saved $6,493.28.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn by being frugal and working with our hands!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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