Monday, April 18, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: April 18th, 2016

Want to see what I/we did with The Vicky Challenge  this week?

Here you go ....

I/we saved/earned $514.67 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  

Here’s how it breaks down:

Made 2 quarts kefir milk:  Saved $2.04 per quart … total savings:  $4.08

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6 (I discovered this week that fresh from the chicken eggs are selling for $3/dozen in our area.)

Made yogurt:  Saved $5.72

Used neither heat nor air conditioning 5 days this week: Saved $65

We’ve had quite a bit of wind this spring so there have been quite a few twigs/small branches to pick up from the trees all over the yard.   I picked up another wheel barrow full for kindling again this week.  Saved:$20

Gratefully received some hostas, lilies, black-eyed susans, azalea’s, creeping jenny, canna’s, and two that she didn’t know what the name was from a friend.  Saved: $100

Filled up six 5-gallon water jugs at a neighbor’s house for free instead of taking them to a water filling station and paying to have them filled.  Saved $ 11.10 plus $5 in gas to go to the place to get them filled.  Total Saved: $15.50

Homemade compost (it’s been composting for almost a year) that I added to our raised beds:  Saved $ 24.95.  ($4.99 per cubic foot x 5)

Saved $91.93 using coupons, shopping regular sales and clearance sales this week.

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (7 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $70

Purchased rabbit tobacco seeds using a $5 Amazon gift card I earned through Bing.  Saved $4.49 (includes shipping).   

My husband was paid $107 this week for a ‘one time’ job he did last month.  Earned:  $107 (We used most of it to purchase additional foods for our pantry.)

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks that will be redeemed for a Walmart gift card, am doing Pinecone surveys whenever I can and am working on earning points through Bing which I’ll redeem for Amazon gift cards. At the end of the month I'll take what I've earned and do some 'free' shopping!

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $4,711.18, add this week’s amount ($514.67) and I/we have saved $5,226.47.  

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

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  1. I so enjoy these thrifty week posts, I learn stuff and I don't feel like such an oddball.
    In Oklahoma we are also having thrifty weather. Our last electric and natural gas bills were 2 of the lowest we've ever had.

    1. Rhonda, don't you just love those kind of 'saving' days!!!

  2. That is awesome Patsi! Your doing so great! I hope you've been able to add just a little more to your pantry it sounds like it! I got some store freebies like bread and carrots and a cup of cat food, I took my oldest granddaughter to the park and we collected 3 baggies full of Coke points I am working on gifts with everything on hand to add to my gift trunk and my seeds I started are doing very well and I think I will have a lot to add to my totals from the garden this year. I love saving money and I love "free" money too! I am happy to report that although we had planned on having the house totally paid off by now that if we do half this year and pay off the other half in Jan. it will save about $9 thousand in taxes so we will only have it half paid off this year. It will still save a lot in interest though. have a great week Patsi!

    1. That's smart thinking about the house and your taxes. I am working on Coke points too but that weekly limit is getting in the way!!!!! As would be expected we are using more out of our pantry than we are able to replace, but we are still adding to it. The types of things we are adding are changing too as we are focusing more on the basics than anything else. Gardening season will give us the opportunity to replace the fruits and vegetables leaving our monthly budget for those things we don't grow or raise. All in all I am pleased with how we continue to build and maintain our pantry during this season.

  3. Dear Patsy, You must be pleased with these results! Its wonderful.
    I am interested in the water... is this rain water or spring water... it must be different somehow to the water at home and I am wondering... also what is the water at the fill up station? this is unfamiliar to me.
    All those plants are worth a lot! I am amazed at what plants cost in the nursery! What a blessing.
    Have a great week. We are doing well! Its amazing when you keep your eyes open what we can turn into assets. With love,

    1. Annabel, we have an older well and the water is undrinkable so we have to buy the water we drink and cook with. It has always been 'not good for drinking' unless you like your water with a sulfur smell and sediment! Water filling stations in our area can be found in the bigger grocery stores. It's in the plans to dig another well but that is in the future.

  4. You have been a busy girl. Well done Patsy.


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