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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pantry Challenge #14 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

This week has been a week of weather extremes!  We’ve had some warm sunny days and then we’ve had some cooler days with freezing and below freezing temperatures at night.  Tonight we’re supposed to go below freezing again.  The plants, trees and bushes don’t know if it’s spring or winter, some were damaged by the freeze earlier in the week and I’m a bit concerned about tonight’s predicted below freezing temps as well.  I’ve brought everything inside that I can!

At any rate, life goes on and we do the best we can with what ‘mother nature’ hands us.  With that thought in mind let’s see what I was able to get done in my pantry this week!

My to-do list from last time:

Plant basil, cilantro and rosemary in my tiered planter.  I deliberately put this off until after the forecast freeze for tonight.

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.  I deliberately put this off too until after the forecast freeze for tonight.

Can chicken from the freezer … maybe!   Didn’t get done!  Has nothing to do with the weather, it just didn’t get done!

In addition:

I harvested plantain and made plantain tincture for stings and bug bites using apple cider vinegar and fresh plantain leaves.

I harvested nettles, dehydrated them and started a jar for 2016.

I made wool dryer balls using 100% wool yarn I purchased last year.

We went grocery shopping this week for some meats to add to our pantry and while out shopping I found a store that still had some Easter stuff on clearance and was able to add several things to my pantry for $5. You can read about it HERE.

I spent several hours working on our raised beds getting them ready for planting.  I have 7 raised beds to get ready and several more hours of labor before me.

I/we saved $916.40 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

Our vehicle needed more repairs and thankfully my husband was able to do it himself. We saved $36 on the parts and $340 on the labor.  Total Saved: $376

I made 2 wool dryer balls out of a skein of wool yarn I had on hand.  Saved: $6.48

Downloaded the Kindle book, Yoga by Thatcher D. Godwin, for free:  Saved $2.99 

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

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Used neither heat nor air conditioning 3 days this week: Saved $39

The little ‘mom and pop’ co-op where we purchase our animal feed has a program that earns you a free bag of feed after you purchase 8 bags.  This week we purchased one bag of dog food and picked up our ‘free’ bag as well.  Saved $24.75

Had 29 pictures developed at Sam’s Club for the sale price $.10 each; normal price was $.17 each.  Savings:   $2.03 

Saved $89.74 using coupons, shopping regular sales and clearance sales this week.

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (4 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $40

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70.  In March we spent $264.37, that’s a savings of $325.33. (Our grocery budget is $25/week.  If we have any extra money or gift cards that I’ve earned or been gifted we also use that to add to our grocery budget.)

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks that will be redeemed for a Walmart gift card, am doing Pinecone surveys whenever I can and am working on earning points through Bing which I’ll redeem for Amazon gift cards. At the end of the month I'll take what I've earned and do some more 'free' shopping!

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $3,794.78, add this week’s amount ($916.40) and I/we have saved $4711.18.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn from home!

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

Complete my $5 or Less pantry challenge.  

Continue to work on raised beds.

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. 

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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