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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Things I Added to My Pantry in March ... at no cost to me!

This was the first month where I've concentrated on adding to my pantry with nothing out of pocket.  In this post I shared how I planned to get ‘free’ groceries and other items for my pantry and considering that I was down with the flu and subsequent bronchitis for 2 weeks, I think I did pretty well. 

Here’s what I added to our pantry that didn’t cost us one cent … not even taxes!

Cashed in $21 worth of Pinecone survey points and rewards earned through Bing and purchased this fabric from JoAnn’s Fabrics to make my youngest granddaughter a princess pillow case.  Two yards of this fabric plus a box of mini brads were $18.76 (including shipping) … but I paid nothing out of pocket!

Earned $25 Walmart Gift Card through Swagbucks and purchased this after Easter candy for my pantry for $25 … but I paid nothing out of pocket!  

Earned $10 Amazon Gift Card through Swagbucks and purchased The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel Kindle book for $9.99 … but I paid nothing out of pocket!    

Earned $35.70 through affiliate links and using a small balance in my account leftover from previous gift cards purchased the following …

You Are Loved: Embracing the Everlasting Love God has for You by Sally Clarkson for $5.24 (including shipping)… but I paid nothing out of pocket!  

Two packages of (3 bars each) Kirk’s Castile Soap for $7 … but I paid nothing out of pocket!  

I purchased 2 books and a kindle book that have been on my ‘wish list’ for some time and have two more that I will be working towards.   I consider my library an important part of my pantry. (Yes, books are a part of my pantry too, remember our pantries are more than just food.) My library consists of how-to books on herbs, medicinal remedies, gardening, cooking, sewing/crocheting/knitting, living off the land, frugal living and spiritual encouragement.

I was able to earn $91.70 in the month of March.  By shopping sales and using coupons I was able to stretch that into $143 worth of pantry goods!
For the month of April, I’ll be working towards adding 'rose' soap molds, two more books and coconut oil to my pantry … at no cost to me!  Wish me luck!

Have you added anything to your pantry… at no cost to you?

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

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  1. Patsy, I love how you stretch those coupons to get the best value! Well done. Mimi xxx

    1. Thank you Mimi, I look at it as a challenge!

  2. This is amazing Patsy! Vicky is a champion on this too. I love it. There are many creative ways to build up a pantry for free. Gleening, gowing, bartering for starters. You did so well! xxx

    1. Yes Annabel, this all started with Vicky! She is a wealth of wisdom and chatting with her makes me go ... 'well duh, why didn't I think of that!'

  3. Pasty, I am amazed at all you got for free! I am also doing the Vicky Challenge (I found you through Annabel's blog:). Just this morning, I signed up for some free samples. I love finding deals, but getting things free is even better! You did such a good job at this, and I'm looking forward to learning from your example. Love, Kelsey

  4. Wow, that is amazing! You are like me, any ounce of extra $ goes into my library! :)

    1. Jes, my library is a very important part of my pantry!

    2. Great point Patsy! Love that! :)

  5. That is a lot of free stuff! I think it is especially rewarding that you could get some "extras" like candy and gift-making supplies for free. However, I can see that you did work for them, just in a different way--like earning all of those Swaybacks, for instance. It's nice to know that those things are paying off for you.

    We received some free things this week, but they were gifts. One friend fixed our van, for free. We received a large handful of gift cards for all the eating out we are doing during this time of leaving all the time to have the house shown. We were very thankful for both gifts, but I didn't do anything to get them, so it's a little different. I am very grateful for the thoughtfulness of both of these people. I was also given the gift of time--my sister came over for a few hours and we cleaned out yet another "pocket" of disorder, just getting things more and more ready for when we do actually sell the house and move.

    1. beckyathome ... those gift cards are gifts that were meant to be a blessing during this season of your life ... enjoy them! And the gift of fixing your van for free ... what a gift!


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