Sunday, June 19, 2016

Zero Out-of-Pocket …

I recently order the book, The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.   I’ve been looking at this book for quite some time wanting to add it to the library part of my pantry and I finally did it.

Regular Price of book is $23.33 … cost to me $0!

How did I get it for $0?  I earned a $10 Amazon gift card from Bing and then received $17.51 from Amazon for affiliate earnings.  This gave me $27.51 so, I ordered the book!

I can’t wait to delve into it as it has been recommended by several people that garden that I highly respect plus the reviews on Amazon are really great for the book.

Another book along these same lines on my wish list is Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon.  I’m working towards earning enough Amazon gift card money to purchase it next.

Do you have gardening books similar to these that you would recommend?

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

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Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

We had VBS this week, but still managed to get a few pantry related things done!


Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

My to-do list from last time:

I didn’t set any specific goals for my pantry due to having VBS. 

But, here are a few things I did get done:

I used the last of my celery seed but instead of tossing the glass container I washed it up, removed the label and repurposed it for housing another spice.

Saved $306.49 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Harvested 5 zucchinis. I chopped, dried and powdered some of these and added the powder to the vegetable powder jar I started for this year.  I use the vegetable powder in casseroles, meatloaf, burgers, soups and as a thickener.  Saved $2.95

I also shredded some to make these zucchini patties and this zucchini quiche.  I learned about both of these recipes from this site where there are other ideas on what to do with zucchini.

Finished harvesting the spring green onions.  I used the white parts in cooking and chopped, dried and turned into powder the green blades. Saved:  $2.76

Gratefully received half a bushel of cucumbers from a neighbor.  Saved $10

Made a gallon jar of refrigerator pickles using some of the cucumbers we were given.


Made 9 pints of sweet pickle relish using some of the cucumbers we were given.  This will be enough to last us until next summer when cucumbers are ready to be harvested again. Saved: $18.72

Saved the ribbon and box from this gift.

Started another bucket of comfrey tea for my plants.  This is great for giving plants a boost.

Harvested more lavender.  Saved $2.06

Harvested plantain to add to the plantain tincture I made HERE.

Added compost material to the compost bin.

Harvested a few (6) more peaches from our peach tree. Saved:  $3.54

Gratefully received a plastic grocery bag full of yellow squash.  We ate the squash throughout the week.  Saved:  $5

Added these matches to my pantry.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week: 
 Saved $6

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

Worked out row garden

Started cleaning out 3 raised beds and prepping for ‘fall’ planting.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($387.52) and I/we have saved $7,855.25.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Harvest herbs

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quilt.

Finish stitching up a second toddler quilt top

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

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

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