Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pantry Challenge #3 ... 2016

It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we were running around in summer clothes and swinging on my new swing on the front porch, it is now much colder and tonight our temperatures are going down into the 20’s …. Brrrrrr!

I’m working away inside and thinking about my spring garden!

My to-do list from last time:

I’m continuing to work on this month’s marathon /preserving session

Can pinto beans

Can white beans

Make a batch of laundry powder (The last time I made it was in November 2013 … and it has lasted over 2 years!!!)   Done ... and I didn't have to purchase any of the ingredients needed to make it as they had all been purchased at various times in the past when I found them on sale!

Thaw frozen turkeys and can

Make and can broth from carcasses of turkeys after canning meat

In addition:

I ordered non GMO heirloom garden seeds using the money I’ve been earning and saving from doing Pinecone surveys.

I used a Michael's gift card I received for Christmas along with two 50% of one regular priced item coupons and scored some great deals. I got a cutting mat for $9.50 ... regular $18.99 (mine was completely worn out); a pair of nice embroidery scissors for $4.50 ... regular price $8.99 (my dear husband checked out with this item so we could use the second 50% off coupon); a seam ripper for $2.49 and 2 packages of washi tape on clearance for $.99 each ... regular price $4.99 each.  I’m making an emergency sewing kit to carry in my purse and the embroidery scissors and seam ripper will go in it.  I even had a little money left on my gift card when I left the store!

I stitched up 2 draft dodgers using a single recycled valance curtain.  This will go towards my Vicky Challenge savings.

I also cut the same valance down and made a smaller valance for a smaller window with what was left.  This also will go towards my Vicky Challenge savings.

Speaking of my Vicky Challenge savings, here’s how they break down for last week:

Saved $24 using coupons when shopping at Micheals

Saved $21 when buying seeds using money earned by doing PineCone Surveys.  (I count this as a savings because if I were working outside my home, I would not have time to do surveys and the cost would have had to come out of our income.)

Saved $32 by making 2 draft dodgers using a recycled valance curtain

Saved $11 by making a smaller valance curtain out of the rest of the original valance curtain fabric

Saved $160 using coupons on prescription medicines

Save $40 by using coupons and taking advantage of sales on groceries

Saved $160 by making 2 years of laundry detergent

I saved $448 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  That’s more income than I could earn in one week after taxes and these kinds of savings are tax free!

I needed an ice pack this week so I made one and while I was at it I also made a cover for it as well.  It would have cost me $10 to buy a gel ice pack at the store similar to what I made so that raises my Vicky Challenge total to $458!!!

Last week's Vicky Challenge savings were $109, add this week's amount to that and I've saved $567 thus far this month.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I save by 'working from home.'

I unsubscribed from several online sites that were offering to relieve me of my money on too many occasions with their great sales!

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks that will be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, am doing Pinecone surveys whenever I can and am working on earning points through Bing which I’ll also redeem for Amazon gift cards.  It all adds up over time and will be used to help keep our pantry stocked.

I took myself off to the library this week for book #3 in my attempt to read at least 25 books this year and checked out Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the Forgotten Man. (affliate link).  A good part of it is comprised of letters written by those who lived through The Great Depression, you can almost feel the desperation in their letters.

To see other books I’ve read thus far in 2016 go HERE.  

Here is something I didn’t do:

I had a real battle with myself this week over a book that was on my ‘want’ list that I found on a really great sale.  I finally walked away without the book, but it took some serious discussion with myself before I did.

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week/month:

I’m continuing to work on this month’s marathon /preserving session:

Can pinto beans

Can white beans

Thaw frozen turkeys and can

Make and can broth from carcasses of turkeys after canning meat

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

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

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