Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Vicky Challenge #5 ... 2016

It’s been a week of ‘light duty’ as I’m still recovering from my dental procedure however, here’s how I saved/earned even on a ‘light duty’ week …

Downloaded The Passive Income Book by Steve Pavlina for free onto my kindle: Saved: $9.99  

Canned 7 quarts of turkey broth:  Saved:  (7 x $2.08) $14.56

Used wood stove to heat house for 3 days:  Saved (3 x $13) $29

Made homemade spray stain treatment using ingredients I had at home (I did have to purchase a bottle of ammonia which cost $1 but I estimate this will be enough to make  at least 10 bottles of the spray stain treatment.):  Saved ($2.74  … price of store bought spray stain treatment… - $.10 for the ammonia I had to buy and the savings equal $2.64.

Made jar of homemade gravy mix using ingredients I had at home:  Saved: $28.89  (I was astonished at how much this stuff cost in the grocery store!)

Baked a homemade carrot cake for someone …cost of ingredients I did not have on hand $1.00, minus the selling price of the cake earned me $24.

Made a batch of homemade soap using ingredients I had on hand: Saved: (11 bars x $4) = $44

Earned $25.69 through Amazon affiliate link usage.  Thank you to all who shop through my affiliate links!  It really does help!  

Earned $3 for doing a Pinecone Survey.

Total earned/saved this week in The Vicky Challenge … $ 181.77

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $1906.31, add this week’s amount to that and I've saved $2088.08.  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.

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  1. That cake looks great! No wonder someone paid you for it. It looks like you are finding quite a few ways to earn a little here and there--I know it helps tremendously.

    Dental work is the worst. I'm glad you are feeling a bit better from that.

  2. This week, by buying gas for the car when I was out running errands (instead of close to my house), I saved $5.04!!! A friend told me that my Krogers had a special display of Campbell's cream of chicken soup (something I normally make from scratch because it's $1.25/can here!) for 50 cents each, but when you bought 6 cans ($3), you would get a Catalina coupon for $2 off your next order! I bought 12 cans for $2! That saved $13.01!! I was given 2 loaves of whole wheat bread ($2.20), saved $3.60 on 12 boxes of instant lemon pudding mix.
    Picked up the DIY Pantry Book that everyone here has mentioned from our library - saved $27! Had a free hour consultation with a financial advisor from work to plan on when hubby will retire- $90 Bought lunch twice and breakfast once for hubby and me using gift cards- $47.
    Built DIY indoor grow shelving unit- saved $135! Made another baby quilt top from stash- $30, pieced together batting scraps for quilt- $15, used a flat sheet for backing- $20.
    We were able to salvage free wood pallets and take them apart- about $125 in free wood! We made 21 planter box kits (all materials included) for a class we're teaching in two weeks. Saw similar planter boxes for $15 each - $315 savings! 6 dinners made from pantry- $120, recycled leftovers and eliminated food waste-$40. All told we saved $1087.36! Wowsers!! Put some of that on our mortgage to continue the march to retire that final debt!!

    1. gardenpat, you had an impressive week! You go girl!!!

  3. good job! Some time ago I had to purchase a new washing machine. While they delivered the new one for free.....they wanted $35 to remove the old one. Uh no. So a couple days ago, I disassembled the entire washing machine....I can't move it up the stairs in one piece....tossed the plastic and loaded the metal into my car. On a regular trip to town, I shot over to the scrap yard.....$9 and change in scrap PLUS the $35 I didn't pay them.


    1. mdoe37, I chuckled when I read your comment, that sounds like something I would do!!!!

  4. Your "light duty" week was impressive! Congratulations on a fantastic, productive time.
    Blessings, Leigh

  5. That cake looks amazing! You had a good week even with the recovery mode! Tomorrow in my next soap post I will send everyone over to see how yours turned out and what you used instead of Lux flakes. Very helpful as I was worried nothing would replace the Lux properly.
    Hope your tooth is all better and this is a great week! Love

    1. Annabel, the thing that I would empathize is what you said, take it slow and easy and don't rush the melting. I really feel like this is a major key to the success of this method of soap making.


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