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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pantry Challenge #13 ...2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

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!

In addition:
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 this Castile soap using Amazon gift card I earned through Bing.  Saved: 7.00  

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 

Was given a box of little girl’s shoes for my granddaughters.  This is just a small sample of what was in the box.  I’m averaging the cost of $10 per pair if I had purchased them at a consignment store. (There are 15 pairs in all.)  Savings:  $150.00.  (Aren’t these shoes just so cute … and they are in good to excellent condition! Feeling so blessed!)

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?

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

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