Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Vicky Challenge #3 ... 2016 - Ways I Earn and Save Money From Home!

(Our forsythia bushes are blooming!)

I decided to move the Vicky Challenge from our Pantry Challenge posts each week and give it its own post.  It has taken on a life of its own and was making the Pantry Challenge posts too long.  I am loving this challenge, it is keeping me motivated to look for ways to save and stretch our finances and in my opinion, that is a win, win situation!

Vicky Challenge #1 and #2 can be found Here and Here.

Here’s what I did last week …

Saved $65.26 on the groceries we purchased by shopping sales.

Made homemade wood floor cleaner for my wet jet mop:  saved $6.15

Saved $32.07 by home canning carrots and whole mushrooms (not together) instead of  purchasing them at the store.

Baked 2 loaves of banana nut bread:  Saved $5.18

Used our wood stove 5 days to heat the house and saved $13 per day on our power bill. (According to the research I did the average cost of heating a home the size of ours is approximately $400/month using electricity.  I divided this amount by 30 (for the days in a month) and came up with $13.33 per day so I will count $13/day savings when we use wood heat.) Saved $65

Ordered two used books from Amazon.  Savings $9.26  (Cost out of pocket was nothing as I used an Amazon gift card I earned from Swagbucks to pay for them.)

I canceled a monthly membership fee for an online food related site.  I loved it, but we’re looking for ways to reduce our monthly outflow and this is one.  Monthly membership  fee $8.33 x 12 = $99.96 savings.

We made a cheesecake this week and saved $26 by doing it ourselves.

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70.  In January we spent $ 196.50, that’s a savings of $393.20.  

Downloaded the following free kindle books from Amazon:  Saved $30.94
The Tender Years by Jeanette Oke 

I gave myself a free lesson/class on crocheting edgings on handkerchiefs by referring to this post.  Savings to me: $35 (This is the rate for a crocheting class at fabric/craft stores in our area.) 

I earned another $1.25 through Ibotta from the groceries we purchased this week.

I got paid for doing two Pinecone survey’s this week: $6

Total earned/saved this week in The Vicky Challenge … $775.27.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $771.07, add this week’s amount to that and I've earned/saved $1546.34 in January.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I save/earn from home.

How have you earned or saved money this week?  I would love to hear what you’re doing.

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

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  1. Well done Patsy! I hope possibly you can find an alternative food site that might be free to replace the subscription one? But that was a big savings right there.
    I am pretty thrilled with January! Now to February! It is exciting. Id rather be excited than daunted any day ... and we all get ideas from each other which is so helpful! With love Annabel.xxx

    1. Annabel, I am pleased with January too, now on to February! I love reading what everyone else is doing, it is so inspiring!

  2. Patsi,
    You are doing awesome! I love saving and seeing everyone else's savings as well! Now when you order from Amazon are you doing it through SB's? It varies, but I have earned a few SB's on Amazon orders. Pretty soon it will be time to start the seeds, plant and can! Big savings there. I forgot to add my eggs from my chickens. I deduct the cost of feed, but they get so many goodies that we don't spend a lot on feed. Keep up the good work you are doing a fantastic job!


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