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This is Why! part 6

Previous entries can be found HERE . Thus far we’ve talked about how I use leftovers to help stock my pantry, how I shop to fill my...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pantry Challenge #20 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

It has been a wet, rainy and for the most part a dreary week weather wise, but it didn’t stop the pantry building …

My to-do list from last time:

Make more turmeric capsulesDone!

Make vitamin c capsules.  Done!

Plant more tomatoes.  Done!  I finished planting all the tomato plants we grew from seeds in our greenhouse.

In Addition:

I started harvesting our spring green onions, cutting the blades half off and dehydrating them.  I will grind them up into powder and use as I would white onion powder.  (Of course, we are eating the other half of the onions.)

Planted okra, several varieties of peppers and more squash

I took $5 and added 4 bottles of Dawn dish washing liquid ($.97 each) and 2 tubes of toothpaste (after coupons we paid $.50 for each tube).  It is quite possible to significantly add to our pantries with as little as $5 per week.   

Yoo whoo?  Is anybody home?  These were the words we heard Saturday afternoon shortly after returning home from an outing.  I looked out the storm door and saw an older lady from church coming up the steps to our porch.  In her hand she was carrying this beautiful jar of flowers which she handed me as I greeted her.  She wanted to know if we wanted to go junking with her to her deceased brothers home place.  Of course, we said yes and off we went.  We came home with a #3 wash tub (in very good condition), canning jars, 4 x 6 picture frames which I needed, some corelle ware plates and saucers, 3 t-shirts, a milk crate, an old flat iron and the thing that thrilled my soul the most was 2 large round cheese boxes complete with their lids (in excellent condition).  I have been wanting the cheese boxes for several years!  You want to know the best part, none of these items cost us anything.   The dear lady gave all of it to us just to get it out of her and her family's way!  We consider ourselves to have been blessed! 

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Continue harvesting and dehydrating spring onions 

See what I can add to my pantry for $5

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally this week?

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

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  1. What a wonderful week Patsy! A lot of blessings and I agree for $5 a week and using every opportunity it is amazing how we can build up our pantries! Have another good week this week! love Annabel.xxx

    1. Annabel, I am actually enjoying seeing just what I can add to my pantry for as little as $5 a week! It is a challenge that is stretching me and causing me to think outside the box!

  2. I've never tried dehydrating the grees off my onions - great idea!!!

  3. Hi Patsy, you sure have had a good week adding to your pantry and to your home. The lovely dear knew you would appreciate and use what you were gifted from her brothers estate. How wonderful.
    All the vegies that went on our plates this week came out of the garden. Instead of potato we used the sweet orange potatoes that I have growing up the back. I made up some comfrey tea in an old plastic rubbish bin a couple of weeks ago. This was used this week to settle in plants and trees planted into pots along the hot side of the house. I made cherry cordial from Acerola Cherries which are a tropical cherry that grows well here. We were gifted a bag of avocades by an elderly neighbour, as payment for hubby cleaning out her shed gutters. The other score from the same neighbour were two avocado tree seedlings that were growing in the shed guttering.
    I didn't go near the shops this week so no $5 pantry challenge was completed here. We harvested the first of our tomatoes yesterday. It was just one little cherry tomato but it was sweet and delicious. Hubby and I had half each. Life is good.

    1. Jane, some of our tomatoes are blooming so hopefully it want be long before we actually have tomatoes. Staying out of the shops is the very best way to save money!

  4. What are the benefits of turmeric capsules? You may have posted it already, if so, will you please link it here? I find your blog so encouraging and motivating! Thanks!

    1. Marcia, I use it primarily for inflammation and arthritis. It has many benefits other than these though. I haven't done a post on the benefits of turmeric other than sharing the reasons I use it. Do a search, you will be amazed at what you find.

  5. What a delightful week!! With our little "side business" of making planter boxes out of free pallet wood and free buckets, we have had extra money coming in dries and drabs- $25 here, $45 there, $80 here. My strategy has been after paying tithing, to split the remainder of the money in half, with half going into our savings account and half to pay extra principal payments on our mortgage. So- $6.75 here, $20.50 there, $39 here, etc to each account.
    Would you believe that we have in two months of doing this jumped from payment #2 to payment #6 ? That's a jump of 2 extra monthly principal payments!
    So I definitely understand how $5 can make a major impact on your pantry, your self-reliance and your financial health OR it can "evaporate" from your pocket into a quick drive-through snack! I imagine the bank tellers snickering at these silly little deposits, but I am the one smiling after the deposits, knowing that another little step has been taken to reach our goals!
    This week, I plan to pressure can another batch of black beans from my dry beans. I am amazed at how, just by having them canned on my shelf we have incorporated them into our everyday meals! Before canning them, the dry beans sat in buckets for years, never being used!
    I will help build the next 4 planter boxes to fill orders and finish planting my own veggie garden! We have been harvesting greens for salads for over a week now!! Love this time of year!!
    Thanks for all your support and encouragement!!

    1. gardenpat, those little extra amounts add up to a big difference don't they??? Way to go!!!

  6. I am not consciously trying ti build a large pantry. I do get sale items from the groceries if it is something we can use. Last week I got Pringles with a coupon. I have several coupons to use this week. When CVS has my husband's med refilled I will go there with a 20% off coupon. I will purchase several items we use regularly and hopefully get some good bargains. Do you all get the coupons from that machine as you enter the CVS store? There are some good buys there, but a lot of the time it is things we don't use. No use wasting money on something you won't use.

    1. quilting grannie, I always check the CVS kiosk but don't always use the coupons it gives. If we don't use the product, I don't use the coupon. It would be a waste of money.

  7. How nice of your church friend to think of you and your husband when clearing out her brother's house! Nice scores too (I envy your free canning jars). Your right, those cheese boxes are in great condition. What do you plan on using them for?

    1. Rhonda, after I get them stained and stenciled I'll use them as decor in my home ... but I'll use the inside to store pantry related items.


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