Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 10/2/2016

If you’ve been watching the weather at all this week you’ve heard about hurricane Matthew.  I have been praying for all the people that have been affected by this huge hurricane and I hope you have too.  At the time of this writing no one knows the direction hurricane Matthew will take after it makes its turn north westward, but if it doesn’t take an eastern route those of us who live along the southeastern coast line could be in trouble … that includes us.


This week will be spent preparing and praying.  If you are of a mind, would you join me in praying that hurricane Matthew goes east back out into the ocean and that no further destruction is caused by it?  Thank you!

Now, onto ‘The Ways of My Household’ last week …

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

We saved $27.30 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.

My husband earned some extra money this week ... $100

We gleaned 5 bushels of sweet potatoes this week from a local farmer’s field.  After asking his permission we set out early one morning and within a couple of hours had gathered enough for us and to share.  As soon as they’ve cured we’ll start to work preserving some for us and sharing the rest with others.  Saved:  (5 bushels at $20/bushel) $100

I added the book, An Amish Garden by Laura Anne Lapp, to my library this week for the price of $2.99 … regular price is $24.95.  I found it at Ollie’s and was so happy I almost did a happy dance right there in the store!  Saved:  $21.96  

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I am officially at having crocheted for at least 15 minutes each day for 26 days!  (Most of my crocheting is being done while riding in the vehicle while my husband drives.  Since it takes us at least 20 minutes to get ‘to town’ it’s the perfect time to do my crochet lessons/projects.  I need to sew me up a cute yarn bag to carry my projects around in!)  Here are the ‘edgings’ I’ve done this week!  I did 2 of the red hand towels and I think my most favorite thing I've done thus far has been the edging on this washcloth.  (I plan to do more of these.) I love the way it looks and it is quite easy to do if you know how to do a foundation row, a single crochet and a double crochet. Believe me, if I can learn to do this, anyone can!  This is the thread/yarn I used to do the edging on the washcloth.

I’ve also set myself the challenge of learning how to make grub roses using embroidery thread.  Don’t know what grub roses are, don’t worry I didn’t either … all I knew was that they were beautiful and I wanted to learn how to make them.  I saw my first grub rose HERE … I’m just waiting for Annabel to complete her tutorial on them and then I’m going to start the process of learning to do them myself!  Annabel told me that one of the best tips for doing grub roses was to use a straw needle.  In all my years of sewing and quilting I had never heard of a straw needle so off to Amazon I went to see what they looked like.  My first grub rose is going in the corner of the wash cloth that I did the edging on this week. 

I’ve been having a ‘digger’ to do some sewing so one afternoon this week I had a couple of hours free and decided to start a new sewing project … so I started cutting … and cutting … and cutting.  When I finished I had cut out 4 sewing projects! I didn’t actually get any sewing done but I’m ready to start!  Can you guess by looking at the picture what my 4 projects are?

I earned a $10 Amazon Gift card through MyCokePoints rewards.

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Something else I want to get back to doing, I used to do this on a regular basis, is making cards. Wendy, over at My Abundant Life, makes the most beautiful cards.  She and some other women have opened a co-op called The Crafty Mums Co-op. If you want some inspiration or to purchase some of her beautiful work, go check it out.  (Be sure to scroll all the way down so you don't miss any of her treasures!)

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In September we spent approximately $400 (This includes what we spent on the ‘T-Bone’ sale we took advantage of … yum they sure are good … and we’re saving the bones in the freezer to make bone broth with, waste not, want not!) that’s a savings of $189.70

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $ $12,078.83, add this week’s amount ($548.96) and I/we have saved $12,627.79.  

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




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

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.
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