Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pantry Challenge #4 ... 2016

Here’s what I got done this week in spite of the ice, snow and cold temperatures we had ….

My to-do list from last time:

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

Can pinto beans ... Didn't get done!

Can white beans …  It’s seems I’m having ‘space’ issues in my pantry so I decided to vacuum seal these in quart jars until we empty some space out of our pantry by eating from it.  I added 3 quarts to my pantry.

Thaw frozen turkeys and can ... Didn't get done!

Make and can broth from carcasses of turkeys after canning meat ... Didn't get done!

In addition:

I washed and sterilized used snack baggies, quart ziplock baggies and gallon ziplock baggies using hot soapy water with a few drops of bleach added.  After they had drip dried I added them to a container set aside for their storage until ready for re-use.

I saved the cap from a Parmesan cheese container, washed it up and put it on a pint jar.  I’ll use it for my rug cleaner, I'll be able to sprinkle it onto the rugs straight from the jar.

I checked the onions in the onion bin and noticed one was starting to go bad.  I removed it from the bin, peeled it and put it in the refrigerator for use later in the week.  A couple of days later I checked them again and noticed that three more were trying to go bad.  I removed them from the bin, peeled them, chopped them with my handy dandy chopper (affiliate link), filled 9 snack baggies with a half of cup each, put the baggies in quart freezer bags and added them to my pantry. 

The only groceries we purchased this week were eggs, milk and soda.  We are doing well sticking to our lowered grocery budget for 2016.

I added some more soap slivers to my on-going liquid soap jar.

I strained up grease from cooking hog jowl and added it to an on-going jar in the refrigerator.

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks (affiliate link) that will be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, am doing Pinecone surveys whenever I can and am working on earning points through Bing (affiliate link) 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.

My son introduced me to Ibotta (affiliate link)  and I signed up for it. Between the $10 sign-up bonus and the money I earned from my purchases, I earned $11.25.  I’ll take it!   (My son also got a $5 bonus when I signed up and made my first qualifying grocery purchase.)

Book #4 in my attempt to read at least 25 books this year is More Hours in My Day by Emilie Barnes and Sheri Torelli (affliate link).   This book is chalked full of time-management and organizational tips.

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

I saved $204.07 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

Made a payment over the phone:  saved the price of a stamp … $.49

Was given a brand new, ‘hand-me-down,’ never worn blouse: added to my wardrobe without spending any money … saved $10

Filled up with gas when in an area where gasoline was cheaper:  saved $5

Used the rest of my Michael's gift card and a couple of 40% off coupons:  saved: $12

Made 3 sets of Christmas gift tags using items I had on hand … saved $15

Made an emergency sewing kit … saved $15

Purchased used books as opposed to new:  saved $61.95 ... they were all paid for with gift cards.

Downloaded two free books from Amazon for my kindle: saved$27.99

Gratefully received a package in the mail of 12 Scotch Freezer Tapes (affiliate link) from a friend in Tennessee, she had gotten a really good deal … I mean a really good deal on them … and shared with me: Savings to me … $4.72 x 12 = $56.64  (Thank you again Mrs. P)   

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $567, add this week’s amount to that and I've saved $771.07.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I save/earn from home.

Here’s something I didn’t do:

I didn't go anywhere or spend any money several days this week!

Here’s what I got done for the Christmas Challengethat I’m participating in:  

These items are now in my gift trunk awaiting gift giving season.

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

Vacuum seal dry pinto beans into jars

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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