Monday, December 14, 2015

Pantry Challenge #49 ... 2015

I had a sinus procedure done this past week called Balloon Sinuplasty, so my to-do list was barely touched.  In fact, I did very little but give myself time to recover.

My to-do list from last week:
Repot small maple trees we are growing from seed.   Didn’t get done!

Make a batch of Scrabble for the holidays.  Didn’t get done!

Finish preserving sweet potatoes.  Done!

Try at least one new recipe from my new Pieces of the Past cookbook.  Didn’t get done!

In addition:
We’ve been using the eggs I froze earlier in the year this week.  (Our chickens are molting which means they are not laying.)  We haven’t been able to tell a difference in the taste at all.  I thawed them in the refrigerator overnight, then mixed them together with my mixer and they were ready for use.

We got cover crops planted in our gardens.  We were beginning to think we weren’t going to able to get it done this fall but a warm spell gave us the opportunity!

I gladly received quilt scraps that belonged to a 98 year old woman.  Her daughter was clearing out some of her mother’s things as her mother is no longer able to quilt and asked if I would like to have them.

I also gladly received 5 really HUGE ferns that were given to me because the owner was getting ready to go out of town for an extended period of time.

I used a $20 Amazon gift card I earned by saving up my points and cashing them in from PineCone  and purchased a one lb bag of THM Sweet Blend and this used book, Bubbly On Your Budget by Marjorie Hillis which is the same book as Orchids On Your Budget by the same author.  When I found out they were the same book I opted for the less expensive one.  I was able to get both the Sweet Blend and Bubbly On Your Budget for just a bit less than the gift card amount!   I first learned of the book Orchids On Your Budget through Mimi’s blog, A Tray of Bliss.  I knew I wanted the book, it seemed to be singing my song with the financial challenges we’re facing in 2016, but there was this little problem called … our budget!  I am committed to sticking to it as best I can!  When my Amazon gift card was ready, I knew I needed to use it to purchase something we needed, not something ‘I’ wanted so I placed the Sweet Blend in my cart and there was a little less than $5 of it left.  I started searching for the book Orchids On Your Budget and found that it was more than what I had left … hmmm … then I started reading the reviews and found a comment that said Orchids On Your Budget was the same as Bubbly On Your Budget by the same author.  Now, things were getting interesting! I did a search for Bubbly on Your Budget and found it.  I previewed the sample pages of it and then I previewed the sample pages of Orchids on Your Budget and they WERE the same book.  Now, I was getting excited … the price for a good used copy of Bubbly on Your Budget was $.49 plus $3.99 shipping!  You know what I did don’t you, I added that book to my shopping cart all the while calculating in my head and wondering if my $20 gift card would cover it.  (If it didn’t, the deal was off!)  It did, it covered the item we needed (Sweet Blend) and the item I wanted (Bubbly On Your Budget) with a very small amount left over.  Is that some ‘fancy/creative’ shopping or what!!!!!!

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks which can be turned into gift cards.

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

This will be the last pantry challenge for 2015.  I’ll begin anew in January, 2016 with Pantry Challenge #1 … 2016!

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

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

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