Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Pantry Items: May 23rd, 2016

With our reduced grocery budget this year we’re getting creative in ways to keep our pantry well-stocked while eating almost exclusively from it each day.  

Today, I ordered two more free to me, meaning no money out of my pocket, pantry related  items to add to my pantry and here’s how I did it.

A few days ago I redeemed the Bing points that I had earned and got a $10 Amazon gift card.  I added it to my account and left it alone.  I knew that I had some Amazon affiliate money coming ($16.98) and planned to combine the $10 with the affiliate money.  It came today and so I combined the two amounts and ordered the following …

Total for both items was $25.38 … cost to me $0. 

Where there is a will there is a way.  These are not huge amounts but every little bit helps when you’re building, using and maintaining a well-stocked pantry and I am so thankful to have these avenues open to me.

A big thank-you to all who shop Amazon through my affiliate links.  Your purchases make it possible for me to earn affiliate money.

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

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  1. Isn't it fun to be creative? I firmly believe that the attitude and perspective you have about your circumstances makes all the difference!! Is it an obstacle or an opportunity?
    At our local grocery chain, I noticed a rolling trash cart in the produce department that was almost full. In it were peppers and apples that, from my view looked fresh- an occasional bruise on an apple. I asked the produce lady if I might be able to have their "discarded" produce to add to my composted. She said I probably could and took the cart to the back. She came back out with an apple box filled with peppers- mostly green, red, yellow and orange bells, some cubanelles, a flatter than normal onion, and over a dozen big apples!
    When I got them home, I thought I would cut out the bruised or bad areas and freeze or otherwise use the good parts that could be gleaned.
    Imagine my shock when only 1 of the peppers had a small spot to be removed- out of 35 peppers! The dozen plus apples were huge- I did cut away a few bruises, but was left with apples to eat fresh, make a 9x13 apple pecan cake and will be making apple muffins today too! The flat onion? It was tossed in the box because it wasn't fat and round! It was, in every other way, perfectly fine! That got chopped up and added into our dinner!
    My freezer was getting low on peppers since several were put into freezer meals earlier. I also used some marked down beef and these peppers to prepare 4 more freezer meals!
    I firmly believe that when we open our eyes to the "possibilities" that we are blessed beyond measure with ways we can become more self-reliant and prepared!
    Thanks, Patsy, for your insight!!!

    1. gardenpat, I can't believe they let you have it! We've asked before in a similar situation and was told it had to be tossed. Such a waste! Congrats!!!!

  2. Patsi,
    I am so happy for you! Every little thing adds up! Being able to take care of ourselves is a big blessing and also having the will to find a way! I see a lot of people who lack the will to find the way and expect their needs to be provided through no effort of their own and please forgive me, but I just want to give them a good shaking!

    1. Vicky, Where there is a will, there is a way and I agree, some people do need a wake-up call!


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