Look at the bluebird eggs that my husband came upon one day on our property! There were 5 in all. Aren’t they just marvelous! My husband didn’t disturb the nest but he did take this picture!
Several of the seeds I planted last week are coming up in the greenhouse: cucumber, basil, cocks cone, tomato, cayenne pepper and soapwort are all about ¼ inch high. Gardening season is here! (Some of these seeds date back to 2008 and they are still viable.)
My to-do list from last time:
Plant basil, cilantro and rosemary in my tiered planter. Didn’t get done! We’ve had a lot of rain this week and a lot of my outside ‘to-do’ list didn’t get done.
A friend asked if I would be interested in some of the flowers in her yard and of course I said yes, so, I need to go to her house this week and dig up some ‘starts’ to transplant to my house. She has some beautiful flowers and I am excited about this opportunity. This didn’t get done either due to the rain!
Finish my ‘free’ grocery shopping. Done! (I will be doing a full post on the ‘free’ shopping I was able to do and what I added to my pantry for the month of March that didn't cost me anything as soon as possible.)
Continue working on cleaning up the yard from winter debris. Worked a little more on this, but there is still much to be done!
Shop after Easter candy sales. I have used the after Christmas candy sale buys on numerous occasions for gift giving and baking and have depleted what I had purchased. It's time to restock! Done! I added jelly beans, peanut butter and chocolate shaped eggs, robin eggs, and Cadbury chocolate caramel filled eggs to my pantry … at half price! (I froze some and vacuum sealed the rest in quart jars.) You can see a picture further down in the post!
My husband surprised me with a ‘set amount I could spend’ trip to Michaels while we were in another town on a work related outing. I found several small giftable items for 70% off and have added them to my gift trunk.
I saved $456.18 this week in The Vicky Challenge! Here’s how it breaks down:
Ordered the fourth in this series of books, Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Volume IV, by Rita Van Amber . Used Amazon gift card and paid nothing out of pocket. Saved $23.76
Downloaded this free kindle book, Life Without Refrigeration by Susan Gregersen. Saved: $3.99
Purchased the book, You are Loved by Sally Clarkson, used and paid for it with an Amazon gift card. Saved $1.25 for the book plus $3.99 shipping. Total Saved: $5.24
Saved $54.84 using coupons and shopping sales ... this does not include things listed in this post!
Purchased gas while running errands in another town cheaper than what’s in our area: Saved $4.81
Purchased mostly chocolate candy at after Easter candy sale: Used $25 Walmart gift card earned from doing Swagbucks …. Saved $50 (Yes, I used it all on mostly chocolate!)
Saved $ 20.00 on the gift items I found at Michaels for 70% off.
I purchased scrapbooking paper for 40% off at Michaels. Saved: $6.60
Made 1 quart of yogurt: Saved $2.86
Make 2 quarts kefir milk: Saved $2.04 per quart … total savings: $4.08
Chickens laid two dozen eggs this week: Saved $2
Used neither heat nor air conditioning 2 days this week: Saved $26
My husband trimmed my hair for me: Saved $25 (This is the amount that a trim at a salon costs in our area.)
Worked on cleaning up yard from winter debris (5 hours x $10 per hour for labor): Saved $50
Gathered up a wheelbarrow of twigs to use for fire starting kindling in our wood stove next winter: Saved $20
Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $3,338.60 add this week’s amount ($456.18) and I've saved $3794.78. I'm really enjoying seeing how much I save/earn from home.
Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:
Plant basil, cilantro and rosemary in my tiered planter.
A friend asked if I would be interested in some of the flowers in her yard and of course I said yes, so, I need to go to her house this week and dig up some ‘starts’ to transplant to my house. She has some beautiful flowers and I am excited about this opportunity.
Can chicken from the freezer … maybe!
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally this week?
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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