Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pantry Challenge #12 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

I did good with my ‘to-do’ list this past week ….

My to-do list from last time:

Chop onions I purchased on sale and freeze them.  Done!  I added 36 snack baggies (1/2 cup onions in each) to the freezer part of my pantry.

Make another batch of crockpot yogurt.  Done!   I have had great success using the crockpot method of making yogurt!

Make vitamin c capsules … Done!

Make turmeric capsules … Done!

Start seeds in greenhouse.  Done!   I planted the following seeds:  tomato, cayenne pepper, stevia, cockscone, yarrow, soapwart and jalapeƱo pepper.

Pull together another hanging basket using what I have on hand.  Done!

Transplant baby aloe vera plants into their own pots.    Done!  I created 3 more pots!

Transplant lemon trees into bigger pots.  Done!  I am so happy that I was able to get them the winter!  They are now in the greenhouse where they will stay until the weather gets a bit warmer.

In addition:

I earned a $25 Walmart gift card through Swagbucks.

I earned $10 in Amazon gift cards through Bing

I completed two Pinecone Surveys this week.

I saved $268.35 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

Purchased gas while running errands in another town cheaper than what’s in our area: Saved $7.56

Made yogurt: Saved $5.72

Make 2 quarts kefir milk:  Saved $2.04 per quart … total savings:  $4.08

Chickens laid three dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Used neither heat nor air conditioning 1 day this week: Saved $13

Downloaded this kindle book for free, First Dawn by Judith Miller:  Saved $6.99   

Created 1 hanging basket using flowers I had on hand:  Saved $12

Made up a set of baby burp cloths for a future baby gift using what I had on hand:  Saved $8 … I’m counting these toward the ‘Gift Giving/Christmas Challenge’ that I’m participating in.

Stitched up a sixteen inch throw pillow cover using what I had on hand:  Saved $5

Pruned fruit trees and grapevines (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

Worked on cleaning up yard from winter debris (1 hour x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $10

My husband made 4 carpenter bee traps using items on hand.  These sell for$20 each so 4 x 20 equals $80 saved.   

Made 2 cheesecakes to take to two different events.  Saved $45

Earned $35 in gift cards.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $2836.90, add this week’s amount ($268.35) and I've saved $3,338.60.  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.

Finish my ‘free’ grocery shopping  (I will be doing a full post on the ‘free’ shopping I was able to do this month and what I added to my pantry as a result the first of April.)

Continue working on cleaning up the yard from winter debris.

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!

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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This post linked to:  The Art of Homemaking;  Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #45
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