Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pantry Challenge #13 ... 2015

This week it’s been all about getting to visit friends!  I have some of the best friends and it is such a treat to get to actually visit with them in their homes … read on to see what I mean!
My to-do list from last time:   

Continue vacuum sealing oats.  Done!  I added 3 more quarts of quick cook oats to my pantry that we got on clearance at Sam’s Club a while back.

Bargain shop!  Done!  We found Skinny Girl stevia extract on a half-price clearance sale at Walmart. We purchased 12 bottles and added them to our pantry.

 In addition:
Our Sam’s Club purchases this week include some things from the damaged/clearance section in the back of the store.  We found a double bulk box of Honey Nut Cheerios for $4.02 (We won’t eat these but they make great snacks for the little ones in our life), a bulk box of parchment paper for $4.02 and a bulk package of Lipton tea for $7.02 (It appears that .02 is a popular number in their markdowns!)  The packaging on all three of these items was damaged but the contents inside was still sealed and intact.  I’ll vacuum seal the Cheerios in jars as well as the Lipton tea bags!  SCORE!!!!

We visited a dear friend and her husband since I last wrote and she and I did some swapping.  I got popcorn tins and she got empty amber vinegar bottles. (She had been saving these popcorn tins for me for a while.)  She also gave me a pretty bottle that we’ll use for saving our change in and a book on sewing dolls.  I was so glad to get those popcorn tins, I love old bottles and of course with 2 precious little granddaughters this book will get lots of use!  Thank you Pama … yes, she is a member of this group … and by the way her pantry rocks!!!!

I purchased this book … Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails: A definitive guide to essential oils that could save your life during a crisis using  Swagbucks I had earned.   This book was recommended by a member of the A Working Pantry Facebook group and I was delighted to have enough Swagbucks to convert to purchase it without having to spend any money out of my pocket.   (The link to this book can be found at the bottom of this entry.)

We visited a non-electric Mennonite store and I restocked my spices.  They have a wide variety and I can buy larger quantities at better prices.  I also got some dehydrated ginger and a couple bars of lye soap.  I’ll use the lye soap for stain treatment and to have on hand in case we run into any poison oak or ivy.

I added 2 bottles of clove essential oil to the medicinal part of my pantry this week purchased at this same non-electric Mennonite store.  We learned about the benefits of clove essential oil and oral health in our discussion last week on herbs/essential oils/home remedies in the A Working Pantry Facebook group This upcoming week our studies will take us in a different direction.

I got the idea for the cutest little Christmas favor from another friend.  She had purchased it at a craft fair.  I think these will be fairly easy to make!  What do you think?

This same friend and I went shopping at JoAnn’s and then to Hobby Lobby.  We shared the coupons we each had and when we didn’t have coupons we found them online.  Shopping with like-minded friends is so much fun!   I found self-adhesive vinyl to make letters for my gallon pickle jars turned canisters, added some ‘on-sale’ fabric to the fabric part of my pantry and treated myself to a cross stitch magazine that I had never seen before … it was way more than I usually pay for magazines … I have been devouring it’s pages since purchasing it.  It’s an Australian publication titled CrossStitcher and I don’t regret spending $11.99 for it one bit.   I’m planning several projects from this magazine in the very near future.  Sometimes you just have/need/got to treat yourself!

We added $4 in change to our change jar!  

I completed a Pinecone Survey this week.

I borrowed the book, The  Color of Grace, How One Woman’s Brokenness Brought Healing and Hope to Child Survivors of War by Bethany Haley Williams, from a friend and am reading it.   I am thoroughly enjoying it.   (The link to this book can be found at the bottom of this entry.)

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Bargain shop

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


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