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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 1/8/2017

The big news this week for us has been the huge winter storm that hit the south then went up the east coast.   At one time we were predicted to get ice along with 5+ inches of snow so we prepared accordingly.  Instead we got a whole lot of bitter cold air!  Brrrrrrr!  While I would have liked to have gotten the snow, I’m glad the freezing rain didn’t stay around long enough to be an issue.


So, how did my week shape up in and around prepping for a winter storm?

We saved $192.96 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  (I got my trip to JoAnn’s Fabrics this week that I requested for Christmas and saved a whopping $123.43 by taking advantage of sales and using coupons. I saved more than I spent!)

I took an idea I read on Vicki’s Kitchen and Garden and started my ‘spring cleaning’ this week.  I have a list of everything that needs to be done, broken down into 10 -15 minute increments, and will work on 1 thing each day until the list is complete. By the time I’m done I will have touched everything in the house.  I want to have my ‘spring cleaning’ done by gardening time which is March for us.  Thank you Vicki for the inspiration! 




We purchased enough hog jowl to make 25 more packages to add to the freezer part of our pantry.  We brought it home and sliced it thin like bacon.  The price per pound was $1.28 versus bacon being almost $4/lb.  We’ll let this replace bacon in our meal planning until it’s all gone or until the price of bacon comes down a bit.  I added this to my Preserving Log/Journal for 2017.  


I started a new excel log for recording our expenses for 2017.  This will give us a record of what we’re spending as well as a visual reminder of where our money is going.


I stitched up an apron for my little grandson and of course we couldn’t forget his little sister so I included this cute little number for her (I already had it made.)   They will go in the mail on Monday.  I hope they like them!

I also cut out valentine treat bags for the little ones in our lives.  I hope to get them stitched up in the coming week and then begin to fill them with some valentine goodness.
I’m on day 95 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I finished stitching up dishcloths using the 100% cotton yarn I had‘leftover from other projects’ and then started on my big project … an afghan/blanket.  I’m almost through with this 100 Day Challenge and while the days have not all been consecutive, by the time I’m through they will total 100.   I have thoroughly loved learning how to crochet this way.  Saved $10 by making the dishcloths out of leftover from other projects yarn.

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

This week’s entry starts a new year of Vicky Challenge Savings .  This week we saved/earned $302.96.
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
 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!
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20 comments:

  1. I think your grands will like their aprons very much ❤️

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    1. Rhonda, thank you, I surely enjoyed stitching them up for them!

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  2. Those little aprons are very cute. Of course the little ones will love them. I'm glad the storm didn't hang around for too long. I can cope with being hot but I hate being cold.

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    1. Jane, I'm with you on being cold, it makes my joints hurt all over my body!

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  3. Such sweet aprons for the little ones. I know my granddaughters love to get packages in the mail.
    Take care.

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    1. Crystal, our grandchildren are getting old enough now that they like getting surprises in the mail from grandmommie and granddaddy and we delight in sending them!

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  4. The aprons are so cute! I love them. I'm hoping I get to sew a bit more this year. It seems like I'm still searching for things, organizing things, and living life and don't get down to finding all the parts and pieces and actually sewing. You've got to love a new year--full of hope! The good news is that the few projects I have actually sewn since moving are all from fabric I had on hand, so it helps bring down the amount of things I own. That's important since we have downsized so much.

    I have also been crocheting dishcloths. I plan to get ahead for next year's gift giving. To that end, I was able to buy quite a few balls of Lily and Cream yarn from Michael's for $1.49/ball. That's the best price I've seen for quite a while, so I stocked up. The same balls of yarn were 2/$5 at JoAnn's, on sale, which is considered a fair price I think, so I was happy to get them for so much less. I haven't shopped at Michael's for several years, but there is one near me now, and I got their email, so I was informed of the sale.

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    1. Becky, that price for Lily and Cream yarn is definitely a stock up price! It pays to have a 'price book' for things other than food too. Knowing what is and isn't a good price is half the battle! I have already started on next year's gift giving as well, this year was such a success that I want to repeat it for next year. Downsizeing is hard, moving is hard and downsizing plus moving combined takes hard to a whole new level. I feel for you, been there and done that. The good news is that when the dust settles, you'll most likely find that it was worth the effort.

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  5. Dear Patsy,
    Its exciting you are now on to a blanket to work on! I will look forward to seeing that. I love a rug to work on. The little aprons are beautiful.
    My first week of the Vicky Challenge was amazing. It was a great start. This week is looking ok. Nextweek is looking awesome as I think I have a lot of free peaches coming in. Dont forget its summer here! Still the week is young so I will try to have good savings this week. With love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Annabel, peaches ... Yum! I am having such fun working on my blanket ... not rushing ... working on it a little at a time ... enjoying the process and watching it develop into a useful object. I love crocheting! I am excited to start a second year of the Vicky Savings Challenge, my goal is to try and top last years amount!

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  6. The aprons are so cute! Grandkids are so fun in the kitchen! I'm working just a little bit in the computer room today. I'm trying to get rid of excess paper in the filing cabinet. I need to do the Vicky challenge too. Have a great day!

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    1. Vickie, our filing cabinet is on my list to declutter too! I sometimes wonder where all the clutter comes from????

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  7. Today I visited an Amish Salvage grocery store, a few miles away from my new house. It's taking me awhile to find things around here as the Amish have their stores in the country and don't advertise. I had previously found a bulk food store and a health food store. This salvage thing was interesting, I think I will find some cool stuff here for my canning. I got several bags of things for $18.I see some bargains in my future. Some things are a little out of date, slightly crushed packages, some things they just got in bulk for whatever reason.

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    1. Gloria, those Amish stores that are off the beaten track are the best!!! I'm really trying hard not to be jealous!!!

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  8. Glad to hear you didn't have the ice storm. Love hog jawl when I was growing up and still buy it occasionally. Love the tiny ruffled apron, cute, cute.

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    1. Joy, we love hog jawl too. We buy it once a year and try to add enough to our freezer until the next year when the stores bring it back out. Both aprons were such fun to stitch up! Thank you!

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  9. Patsy we are going into a heatwave this week and you are freezing :-) I will have a new grandchild in July so sewing an apron for him or her will be the order of the day when they are old enough. Can't start learning how to cook early enough. LOL!

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    1. Nanna Chel ... a new grandchild! What a blessing! These two grandchildren of ours are 3 and 2 years old and are just starting to want to help their mama in the kitchen. She is a very patient and good mama and allows them to 'help.' She loves to cook and is instilling that love in them.

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  10. Your aprons are adorable, Patsi!

    We got 10+ inches here. That's quite a bit for us! Luckily we didn't lose power! You are off to great start on your Vicky Challenge Savings!

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    1. Jenn, 10+ inches of snow???? I'm jealous!

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