Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 12/6/2016

Today has been a quiet day on our journey to Christmas ...

The only Christmas thing we did was ...

listen to Christmas music ...

Some days are just that simple and it is nice!

What did you do today on your journey to Christmas?

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

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Looking Forward Into 2017 With A Working Pantry ... Teaser #2

Another plan I have in the works is to do a year long work-a-long using my Food Preservation Log/Journal. 

Each week I would do a post updating you on how I filled out my log/journal for that week showing what I added to my pantry, in what form it was added, whether it was through home preservation or from the grocery store, etc.

At the end of the year it will be really nice to see all my hard work recorded.  It will also serve as a record of what and how much of each pantry item we added to our pantry. Good record keeping will help us be better stewards of our pantries.

So, does this sound like something that would be helpful to you?  If so, go print out your own Food Preservation Log/Journal HERE.  We'll start this the first week in January ... which is just 3 weeks away ... YIKES!!!!

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

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 12/5/2016

Remember those 3 stockings I stitched up yesterday, well, today I stitched up 3 more only this time I made them smaller ...



The top 3 are the ones I stitched up yesterday, the bottom 3 are the ones I stitched up today.  They are so cute ... even my husband ... out of the clear blue ... commented that they were cute!

I love Christmas fabrics and stitching up small holiday projects!  What would you do with these lined stockings?  Would you hang them or stuff them with goodies ... or both?

We also watched the Great Christmas Light Fight!  Love all those houses and their lights!

patsi

A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Looking Forward Into 2017 with A Working Pantry ... Teaser # 1

I'm already making plans for A Working Pantry for 2017.  I thought I would share one or two of my ideas each week until the first of the year ... as a teaser if you will ...

Here's the first one ... be sure and tell me what you think ... pretty please ...

A couple of times a year have a specialized class utilizing the A Working Pantry Facebook group. The A Working Pantry Facebook group is now closed and would be opened only for a specific period of time and the size of the group would be limited for each class.  Ample time would be given in advance to allow anyone who would like to participate in the event to have time to sign up.  When the class was over the group would once again be closed and all members of the class unsubscribed.

The classes would be free!

So, what do you think ... is this something you would be interested in?  Of course, I understand your interest would depend upon the class being offered but in general, is this something that interests you?

Your input is very important to me as I strive to make A Working Pantry more helpful in the coming year.

Thanks in advance!

patsi

A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

The Ways of My Household ... 12/5/2016

I am taking a little break from both of the series I’m doing, Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home and the One Month Preparedness series.    I will resume both after the holidays as there is still much to share in both series. 


The Countdown to Christmas series I’m doing seems to be very popular.  If you are reading along you will notice that we are not doing anything that costs a lot of money, we are mostly enjoying what we have around us or if I’m making something, using what we have on hand and just simply enjoying the simple things of the season.  (You can read about these little stockings in the latest entry of our Countdown to Christmas Series.)

Thank you for honoring me with your visits here at A Working Pantry!

Let’s see how the ‘Ways of My Household’ went this week …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

We were without running water in our house for two and a half days last week.  My husband spent about 16 hours working on our pump and well before he was able to fix it.  Saved:  $240

My husband also worked some more on the hearth.  Saved: $288

We saved $13.95 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.


We are eating heavily out of our pantry right now which means we aren’t spending much at the grocery store … yeah!!!!   

I’m already looking ahead to January and planning some things that I will be canning and adding to my pantry then.  Yes, adding to my pantry is a year round event at our house!

Speaking of January makes me think of the new year coming up and I’m already making notes and thinking about some goals I want to achieve for 2017.   Anybody else already thinking ahead to 2017?

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card from cashing in coke points.  A big ‘thank you’ to Vicky (of the Vicky Challenge) for giving me the ‘heads up’ on this ‘sale.’



I stitched up this little zippered pouch this week thinking it would be good for a child to keep some of their treasures in ... what do you think?  If I purchased it at the store it would cost at least $10 ... Saved:  $10  (I made it out of leftover scraps from previous sewing projects except for the zipper.  I buy zippers in bulk which means I can get them at a much better price then purchasing them individually.)

I’m on day 68 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.   I’ve been experimenting with different stitches this week and don’t really have a finished project to show.   The concept of doing a 100 day challenge has worked really well for me and I’ll definitely be doing more next year.  (I’ve already decided on what my next 100 Day Challenge will be … but you’ll have to wait until next year to find out!!!!) Thank you Annabel from over at The Bluebirds are Nesting for introducing me to this concept!


Not working outside my home … Saved $100

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In November we spent about $125, that’s a savings of $464.70

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $15,649.52 add this week’s amount ($1,126.65) and I/we have saved $16,776.17

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

A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

 https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.
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