Sunday, June 19, 2016

Zero Out-of-Pocket …

I recently order the book, The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.   I’ve been looking at this book for quite some time wanting to add it to the library part of my pantry and I finally did it.

Regular Price of book is $23.33 … cost to me $0!

How did I get it for $0?  I earned a $10 Amazon gift card from Bing and then received $17.51 from Amazon for affiliate earnings.  This gave me $27.51 so, I ordered the book!

I can’t wait to delve into it as it has been recommended by several people that garden that I highly respect plus the reviews on Amazon are really great for the book.

Another book along these same lines on my wish list is Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon.  I’m working towards earning enough Amazon gift card money to purchase it next.

Do you have gardening books similar to these that you would recommend?

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

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Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

We had VBS this week, but still managed to get a few pantry related things done!


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

My to-do list from last time:

I didn’t set any specific goals for my pantry due to having VBS. 

But, here are a few things I did get done:

I used the last of my celery seed but instead of tossing the glass container I washed it up, removed the label and repurposed it for housing another spice.

Saved $306.49 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Harvested 5 zucchinis. I chopped, dried and powdered some of these and added the powder to the vegetable powder jar I started for this year.  I use the vegetable powder in casseroles, meatloaf, burgers, soups and as a thickener.  Saved $2.95

I also shredded some to make these zucchini patties and this zucchini quiche.  I learned about both of these recipes from this site where there are other ideas on what to do with zucchini.

Finished harvesting the spring green onions.  I used the white parts in cooking and chopped, dried and turned into powder the green blades. Saved:  $2.76

Gratefully received half a bushel of cucumbers from a neighbor.  Saved $10

Made a gallon jar of refrigerator pickles using some of the cucumbers we were given.


Made 9 pints of sweet pickle relish using some of the cucumbers we were given.  This will be enough to last us until next summer when cucumbers are ready to be harvested again. Saved: $18.72

Saved the ribbon and box from this gift.

Started another bucket of comfrey tea for my plants.  This is great for giving plants a boost.

Harvested more lavender.  Saved $2.06

Harvested plantain to add to the plantain tincture I made HERE.

Added compost material to the compost bin.

Harvested a few (6) more peaches from our peach tree. Saved:  $3.54

Gratefully received a plastic grocery bag full of yellow squash.  We ate the squash throughout the week.  Saved:  $5

Added these matches to my pantry.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week: 
 Saved $6

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

Worked out row garden

Started cleaning out 3 raised beds and prepping for ‘fall’ planting.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($387.52) and I/we have saved $7,855.25.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

Harvest herbs

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quilt.

Finish stitching up a second toddler quilt top

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

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

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: June 18th, 2016

Hurricane season has officially started in our part of the country so my $5 or less pantry challenge purchase this week was made with that in mind ...

See what I got for less than $5 ...


... matches! 

 (You can order them from Amazon but they are less expensive at Walmart, which is where I purchased these.)

Each package of two was $2.44 which made the total purchase $4.88 before taxes!

Never think that small amounts of money can't be used to help stock your pantry!

What have you added to your pantry for $5 or less this week?

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

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pantry Challenge #23 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

Yesterday we were privileged to get to go with a group from church to visit the USS North Carolina Battleship.  The ship has been retired for several years and is now a tourist attraction … it is a massive ship!  Scattered throughout this post I’ll be sharing pictures that I snapped.  I hope you enjoy them!



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

My to-do list from last time:

Start harvesting zucchini … yes ma’am, we had the first fresh from the plant zucchini this week!  (7 zucchini @ $.59 each)  Saved $4.13
Finish harvesting spring onions … Didn’t get done!
Continue harvesting cucumbers ($.49 each)  Done!  I harvested 7 more cucumbers this past week. Saved $3.43
Plant a third planting of cucumbers.  Done!
Work out our ‘row’ garden. Didn’t get done!

Read and glean from this book, The Preppers Water Survival Guide:  Harvest, Treat and Store Your Most Vital Resource by Daisy Luther … This didn’t get done either!  (To see what else I’ve been reading this year, go HERE!)

 
In Addition:
I harvested our garlic.  I’ve left it to cure on the front porch for a few days, then I’ll bring it in and either use it or braid and hang it for future use.  Saved:  $36  (I estimate that I will have 3 braids of garlic once they are braided and the last time I purchased a braid of garlic I paid $12 for it.)

I made up a gallon of Miracle Spray for household cleaning purposes using ingredients I had on hand.  Saved $30.

Added compost material to compost bin.

Harvested raspberries and gave them to a neighbor.

Was given yellow squash fresh from a friend’s garden.  Saved: $3.00

I froze 24 more raspberry syrup cubes.  Saved:  $8

Started harvesting peaches from our peach trees.  Yum, they are good!

Got an order for 3 cakes (butter pound cake, carrot cake and 16 layer chocolate cake).  Charged $75 for the 3 cakes minus $5.68 for ingredients I didn’t have on hand … earned $69.32.

Saved $70.99 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Watched these free sewing shows on Youtube.  

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (2 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $20

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($250.87) and I/we have saved $7,718.60.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

We've got VBS this week so I'm not setting any specific goals for my pantry.  



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

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

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: June 11, 2016

We had a church fellowship in another town this morning and after it was over I popped in at the town's local JoAnn's Fabric store.  We don't have one near us so when I am where there is one, I try to stop in for a visit.

Look what I found ....


... for $1 each!  

I was so excited!  

I use a lot of thread and it seems that white is the one color I always run low on, but finding this sale enabled me to add to that area of my pantry.

What have you added to your pantry for $5 or less this week?

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

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Monday, June 6, 2016

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: June 6, 2016

Look what I added to my pantry today for $1.07!

Money is kind of tight this week and I really thought I wouldn't be able to add anything 'store bought' to my pantry but ... 


we were out running errands and stopped in at CVS since I had $2.50 in ECB's rolled over from last week.

They had Dawn dishwashing liquid on sale BOGO free which made them $.84 per bottle so, I purchased 4 bottles for $3.57 minus the $2.50 ECB, which meant I paid $1.07 (including taxes) for all 4 bottles.  

Pretty good for a week when you don't have any wiggle room in your budget for stocking the pantry!

Where there is a will, there is a way!

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

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Pantry Challenge #22 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!


Our elderberry bushes are in full bloom! They have the most beautiful bouquet of blooms.  Before long those beautiful blooms will turn into tiny elderberries and when they're grown and ripe I'll turn them into elderberry syrup!

This week the weather got hot in our area and I do mean hot!  This week our heat index numbers have been above 100 most days.  Needless to say, our outside activities were limited to early mornings!


Note:  I have added my Vicky Challenge Savings in at the appropriate places this week, I think it will be easier for me to keep up with this way.  

My to-do list from last time:

Start harvesting raspberries.  Done!  Harvested 2 quarts, (4.64 per pint); Saved: $18.56

CVS shopping.  Done!  I added 2 packages of toothpaste for $1 (including taxes).  Saved:  $6

Continue harvesting spring onions.  Done!  Harvested 50 onions, ($.92 per bunches of 10) Saved: $4.60

Harvest zucchini. It’s not quite ready!

Read and glean from this book, The Preppers Water Survival Guide:  Harvest, Treat and Store Your Most Vital Resource by Daisy LutherDidn’t get around to starting this.

In Addition:

I started harvesting cucumbers this week from one of our container gardening pots.  I harvested 11 good sized cucumbers ($1.30/lb). Saved:  $14.30

Added compost material to compost bin.

We needed some milk but instead of going to the grocery store to purchase it we shopped from our freezer instead. (When we find milk on sale, we purchase as much as our budget will allow and freeze it.)

My iron stopped working and try as we did, we couldn’t get it to working again so I set to work earning Swagbucks to cash in and purchase another one. (I use an iron quite a bit, so not having one is not an option.)  We have some friends who purchase storage units that have been put up for sale for non-payment. Unbeknownst to me, my husband asked if they had an iron they would be willing to sell to us … guess what … they had just gotten one in one of the storage units they had purchased and gave it to us free of charge!  (God’s provisions never cease to amaze me.)  Saved:  $17.99     

Ate all meals at home this week and cooked all of them from scratch.

Harvested 1 ounce of lavender ($2.06/ounce) ... Saved $2.06

Filled up five (5 gallon) jugs of water at a neighbor/friend’s house instead of taking them to a water filling station and paying to fill them.  Saved $9.25 plus $5 for the gas it would have taken to get to the water filling station.  Total Saved:  $13.25

Gratefully received 2 heads of cabbage from a neighbor … Saved $3.54

I received an order to bake a carrot cake this week.  I had everything on hand to bake it except the cream cheese and carrots which cost $2.32.   Earned:  $22.68

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Downloaded the following free Kindle books:  The Centurion’s Wife ( regular price $8.99) and Queen, Housewife and Mama on a Budget ($5.45)   ... Total Saved:  $14.44

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In May we spent $328.71, that’s a savings of $260.99.  (We were gifted with a monetary gift in May so we used a good part of it to add meat to our pantry.)

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,053.32, add this week’s amount ($414.41) and I/we have saved $7,467.73.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

Start harvesting zucchini

Finish harvesting spring onions

Continue harvesting cucumbers

Plant a third planting of cucumbers


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

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

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