Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pantry Challenge #25 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

I’ve had quite a busy week!  Read on to see what I mean!!!!

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

My to-do list from last time:

Harvest herbs.  Done!  I harvested dill, basil, lavender, sage, spearmint, cilantro and parsley.  Saved $10

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds. Didn’t get done due to the heat and rain!

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quiltGot 2 blocks quilted instead of the 4 I had planned!  Hey, it’s better than nothing!

In addition:

Started chopping and dehydrating garlic. 

Gratefully received 2 five gallon buckets of fresh from the vines cucumbers.  Saved $20

Gratefully received 4 fresh from the vine tomatoes from a neighbor.  Saved: $2

Saved the peelings from the 4 tomatoes we were given and dehydrated them.  I will turn them into tomato powder when I get enough to grind.

Saved the seeds from the same 4 tomatoes and they are now sitting on my window shelf drying.
When they are completely dry I will put them into an empty pill bottle that I have cleaned and then label the bottle.  I’ll save the seeds for next year’s tomato planting.

Canned 9 more pints of sweet pickle relish.  Saved $18.72

Canned 9 quarts of hamburger dill chipsSaved $25.29  

Enjoyed lots and lots of cucumbers and onions in a vinegar, water and salt mixture.

I shared with a dear older lady in our community about castor oil packs after she mentioned that she was suffering with inflammation on her knee and was having trouble walking.  She showed me her knee and I have to admit it was obvious that it was pretty bad but, I’m happy to say that by the next morning it was well enough that she was able to drive and go do her grocery shopping.

Finished the 2nd of three toddler quilt tops I’m making for my grandchildren for Christmas this year.  (I’m also hand quilting them.)

Saved $6.62 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.   Did very little grocery shopping this week!

Ordered The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe at no cost to me.     Saved:   $23.31

Added compost material to the compost bin. Our compost bin is really getting some good vegetable scraps added to it almost daily!

Harvested 4 zucchini from the garden.  Saved $2.36

Completed two PineCone Surveys earning me $6.

Planted 1 tomato plant that I found in the greenhouse while organizing it and getting all the plants out of it for the summer. (It gets too hot for anything to grow in the greenhouse in our hot and humid summers.)  I planted the tomato plant.  It looks so small compared to the other plants, but hey, it’ll give us a few late tomatoes!!!  Saved $1

Added 8 small soda bottles of water to the freezer for use when canning (to cool vegetables down when recipe calls for it).  Saved $2.50 (the price of one bag of ice in our area.)

Added 1 gallon of water to the freezer in preparation for hurricane season.  I used empty milk jugs that had been washed out.  (It is part of our hurricane preparedness preps.)  We’ll use them to keep things cool in an ice chest or to help keep a room cool should electricity go off and there is no air conditioning (you can fill a crate with frozen jugs of ice and turn a battery operated fan on them to distribute the cooler air coming off them throughout the room).  Saved $1.50

I started making this set of hand puppets using what I have on hand and completed the 'chicken' this week.  This will be another Christmas gift for my gift trunk.   

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $9

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (2 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $20

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,855.25, add this week’s amount ($148.30) and I/we have saved $8,003.55.  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:

Continue chopping and dehydrating garlic.
Inventory pantry

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

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

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