(Our forsythia bushes are blooming!)
I decided to move the Vicky Challenge from our Pantry Challenge posts each week and give it its own post. It has taken on a life of its own and was making the Pantry Challenge posts too long. I am loving this challenge, it is keeping me motivated to look for ways to save and stretch our finances and in my opinion, that is a win, win situation!
Here’s what I did last week …
Saved $65.26 on the groceries we purchased by shopping sales.
Made homemade wood floor cleaner for my wet jet mop: saved $6.15
Saved $32.07 by home canning carrots and whole mushrooms (not together) instead of purchasing them at the store.
Baked 2 loaves of banana nut bread: Saved $5.18
Used our wood stove 5 days to heat the house and saved $13 per day on our power bill. (According to the research I did the average cost of heating a home the size of ours is approximately $400/month using electricity. I divided this amount by 30 (for the days in a month) and came up with $13.33 per day so I will count $13/day savings when we use wood heat.) Saved $65
Ordered two used books from Amazon. Savings $9.26 (Cost out of pocket was nothing as I used an Amazon gift card I earned from Swagbucks to pay for them.)
I canceled a monthly membership fee for an online food related site. I loved it, but we’re looking for ways to reduce our monthly outflow and this is one. Monthly membership fee $8.33 x 12 = $99.96 savings.
We made a cheesecake this week and saved $26 by doing it ourselves.
The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70. In January we spent $ 196.50, that’s a savings of $393.20.
Downloaded the following free kindle books from Amazon: Saved $30.94
The Tender Years by Jeanette Oke
I gave myself a free lesson/class on crocheting edgings on handkerchiefs by referring to this post. Savings to me: $35 (This is the rate for a crocheting class at fabric/craft stores in our area.)
I earned another $1.25 through Ibotta from the groceries we purchased this week.
I got paid for doing two Pinecone survey’s this week: $6
Total earned/saved this week in The Vicky Challenge … $775.27.
Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $771.07, add this week’s amount to that and I've earned/saved $1546.34 in January. I'm really enjoying seeing how much I save/earn from home.
How have you earned or saved money this week? I would love to hear what you’re doing.
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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