Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: April 24th, 2016

I don’t have a lot of savings/earnings this week to report, but we did start several things (fig tree starts, rose starts (pictured on the left), things we planted in garden, etc.).  I’ll wait to count their value when we start harvesting from the garden, when we see if the starts are going to make it, etc.)

I/we saved/earned $107.07 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  (I enjoy a kefir smoothie almost every day so this is a weekly savings.)

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Saved $5 by taking advantage of a sale on avocados.  (We did very little grocery shopping last week!)

Baked banana bread using overripe bananas:  Saved: $16  ($4/loaf)

Downloaded A Cabin Full of Food:  Filling Your Pantry and Using it by Marie Beausoleil for free.  Saved:  $4.99  

Made a pound cake using ingredients on hand.  Saved$ 15

Used neither heat nor air conditioning 1 day this week: Saved $13  (The weather is getting warmer and warmer so this is a savings that we will lose in the not to distant future.)

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (4 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $40

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 $5,226.47, add this week’s amount ($104.07) and I/we have saved $5330.54.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn from home!

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

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  1. Hi Patsy,
    I really like how you quantify your "savings" it is really amazing how much you can save by doing things yourself. I am on a bit of a card making and plant propagating thing at the moment! Just wondering with your propagating is there any special trick to roses or just cut a portion and place in potting mix? My dad has some beautiful roses growing so I might take some cuttings. Thanks for the inspiration. God Bless, Anne.

    1. Anne, we use rooting hormone powder for the rose cuttings just like for the fig cuttings. We also are keeping them in the greenhouse. You can read about how we did the figs in this post ...

  2. I downloaded A Cabin Full of Food on my kindle last week, too. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through it. I may just have to buy the paper copy!!


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