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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Ways of My Household 8/21/2017

This has been one of those 'out of my normal routine' kind of weeks but that didn't stop me from acting on my 'pantry mindedness!'

Yes, I have 'pantry mindedness!' 

While doing my pantry inventory a couple of weeks ago, I found some applesauce that was getting close to ‘the need to be used date’ so I turned it into fruit roll ups using my dehydrator.  I then froze and added them to the freezer part of my pantry.  These will make a good snack for the twins when they come to visit.  Waste not, want not!

You've 'heard' me mention the headlamps I used during the power outages of  Hurricane Matthew and about how handy they were.  My husband found this one on clearance at Home Dept for $7 and snatched it up.   He did good!!!! 

Annabel from The BlueBirds are Nesting inspired me to fine tune my thrift store shopping preparedness in a topic she did for me in my private WP group.  I have an ongoing list of things I look for when I have the opportunity to go thrift shopping that I keep on my phone but now, as a back-up, I also have it written down in a small spiral notebook that fits inside my purse.  One of the other things she mentioned was always having a tape measure with you when thrift shopping.  That way you will be able to measure to see if an object will fit where you need it to before buying … and of course you will have the dimensions written down on your thrift store list. I’m housing my notebook and small tape measure in my purse.  A girl’s got to be prepared; you just never know when a thrift store shopping stop might present itself!   

I had a 60% off coupon for JoAnn's but all the things I had on my list were on sale. The coupon wouldn't work on sale items and the sales were really not that good so .... I walked out of the store not having time spent one cent!

That's it for me, like I said it's been an 'I'm out of my normal routine' kind of week!

What have you done to live frugally or build up your pantry this week?

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

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14 comments:

  1. Patsy my dehydrator stopped working about a month ago. It just wasn't worth even trying to repair it. Today I finally had saved enough money to go and purchase a new one. I will be drying off some basil and cherry tomatoes tomorrow. It was a big spend but it will help with preserving the harvest.

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    1. Jane, I'm sorry your dehydrator stopped working but glad you were able to replace it. Time to give it a good workout!!!

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  2. Sounds like you had a good week! I want to tell you and Annabell thank you for encouraging me on to good homemaking. I enjoy your posts each week!

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    1. MamaHen, How encouraging to hear that what I do is encouraging you! Thank you!!!!

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  3. When I started crocheting this winter, instead of a set of hooks I bought one nice hook using a Joanns 60% off coupon. I have continued to do that will all the 50 and 60% off coupons and with the one I got friday I now have 8. I'm glad I had patience because I would have bought a cheap set. These are Clover hooks and I am now making a case for them. I am waiting for my Walmart to get their new yarn that will sell for 1.97 and I'll stop dealing with Joanns.

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    1. That's a good idea Gloria! Thanks for that tip!

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  4. I bought a pressure canner at a good discount plus I got a coupon for $10 off my next purchase. Canning jars were on sale - so that was my next purchase.

    I've continued to cut herbs from the garden. I'm hanging them from the basement rafters and since our dehumidifier is running down there they dry rather quickly.

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    1. Cheri, I love to see herbs hanging in homes. It just adds something so homey to the home atmosphere.

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  5. I think you had a good week. :) I was thinking about doing the applesauce fruit leather also. Now you have me wanting to go and check my pantry for jars that need to be used up because I have not cut up and made applesauce with the bucket of apples I have sitting here yet. :)

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    1. Debbie, go for it!!! Waste not, want not!

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  6. I've had good luck over the past week with getting meat at 50% off - ground beef, chicken breasts, and really good quality bacon. I'm new at searching out these sorts of bargains so I was very pleased with these finds.
    Today a friend drove us to an Eastern European/Polish supermarket that is on the outskirts of town as we find they have excellent produce and meats at very good price points - plus their prices on such things as jams, pickles & condiments are excellent - and it's fun to find items not available at the regular supermarkets. This friend is on Long term disability and I have just been retired so we are finding that occasionally shopping together allows us to take advantage of 2 for deals and, since we both live alone , makes buying large quantities at stores like Costco more feasible since we can split the cost on a box or pkg. of something that would be just too much for one.

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    1. Margie, that is such a good to go bulk shopping with a friend and then divide it between the two of you. Just think of the money you're saving!

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  7. I've been preserving food like a maniac--every day, all day for days now. The pears are getting low in the boxes at last, I've started on the applesauce, my sweet pickles are in jars now, and the fruit cocktail is finished. I've frozen odds and ends from the garden, such as broccoli and beans, and got 4 quarts of tomatoes. They are just starting. I'm taking the day off today because I'm really tired and my husband would like to go fishing. Then, right back at it tomorrow.

    He got a can of pineapple that was dented for around $2.50 for the gallon. I went ahead and canned it up, too, in 1/2 pint jars to make it more usable.

    Because I was not able to can last summer, I want to do quite a bit this year. I am pleased with my progress, and actually enjoy preserving, so am having a great week!

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  8. I prefer an aluminum turkey roaster and they are not made anymore that I know of so when I saw one at a thrift sore this week that is larger than the one I have and for only $1.25 I snatched up. Sometimes the one I had was a tight fit for the turkey so I am glad to have a larger option.

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