Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 10th, 2016

Here’s my latest Vicky Challenge entry …

I/we saved/earned $638.95 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

Made 3 quarts kefir milk:  Saved $2.04 per quart … total savings:  $6.12

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $9

Saved $32 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Used neither heat nor air conditioner 2 days this past week: Saved $26

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

Earned $25 for baking a carrot cake for a lady in the community.

Planted 12 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants that I grew from seeds: Saved ($1.00/plant) … $14

Harvested and dried the following herbs: plantain, nettles and lemon balm. Saved (nettles - $3.86) (plantain - $6) (lemon balm – 5.50) … $15.36

When we went to purchase chicken feed this week they had a deal going on where when you purchased 100 lbs of chicken feed you got 6 baby chicks for free.  We usually buy our chicken feed in 100 lb increments so guess who came home with 6 free baby chicks???  Saved ($1.50 per chick): $9

I have chronic back issues and from time to time it really flares up and gets inflamed.  I had a flare up over the weekend and instead of going to the doctor, I pulled out my castor oil pack and used it.  (I first learned of using a castor oil pack for inflammation in the book Be Your Own Doctor by Rachel Weaver.)    This method always helps me with the inflammation to the point that after a couple of days of use, I’m back up and going again.  Saved: co-pay to doctor plus cost of steroid shot and meds … $75    

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70.  In April we spent $205.23, (our regular grocery budget is $25/week + any extra money we can earn or save from other areas of the budget.) that’s a savings of $384.47. 

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 $5,330.54, add this week’s amount ($638.95) and I/we have saved $5969.49.  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. That is fantastic Patsi! Isn't it nice to see just how well we do live and to be able to get ahead as well! I am loving seeing everyone's saving and hearing that they are getting ahead even if it's just a little. It pays to get ahead as much as we can! I love chicks and you got 6 free! How awesome! I am sorry about your husbands rib I hope he has a speedy recovery, but I know you will take good care of him! have a great week !

  2. Wow! I am able to save quite a bit but never able to transfer to savings. What am I doing wrong? How is that done? This month I was able to reduce our mortgage (for the last time!). I reduce interest by 2 1/4% That saves us $274 a month plus we must go away from home 4 days a month to another city for all day. Even eating at the "cheap" restaurant we were spending approximately $70 a month. We decided to join our senior center and they have free hot meals for $2.50 a meal. That saves us $50 a month. If any of your readers (55 or over in most states) have never checked out their senior centers tell them to do it. Ours has excercise classes of all kinds, dance classes of all kinds, craft classes plus more for free! Love your posts.

  3. Baby chicks are the cutest! I'm glad you got some. We've done that before, too.

    I'm glad you are able to save so much money. It's really fun to read about what everyone does--each of us a bit different, but full of good ideas for the rest. I think it's amazing that you can sell cakes.


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