Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 19th, 2016

Come take a peek at what I/we've been able to earn by saving and being frugal this past week ...

I/we saved/earned $523.79 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  Here’s how it breaks down:

 I stitched up this cute pillowcase for my youngest granddaughter.  Saved $10

Made 100 turmeric capsules($.15/capsule after cost of supplies) Saved $15.00

Made 90 vitamin c capsules:  ($.15/capsule after cost of supplies) Saved $13.50

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

Used a $25 Walmart gift card for groceries I earned through Swagbucks:  Saved: $25

Planted the following plants that I grew from seeds (I am averaging each plant at $1 per plant):  16 cockscone plants; 8 soapwort plants; 31 tomato plants; 16 rabbit tobacco plants:  Saved:  $71

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Completely emptied out one compost bin and added it to various raised beds and pots  ($4.99 per cubic foot x 10) :  Saved $49.99  (You can see some of it in the wheel barrow in the picture.)

Saved $110.18 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Used neither heat nor air conditioner 1 day this past week: Saved $13

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (10 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $100

Harvested and dried the following herbs:  lavender ($2.06/ounce): $2.06 and sage ($.97/ounce x 2): $1.94 … Saved $4

My husband replaced the switch on our well water pump:  Saved on labor … $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $5,969.49, add this week’s amount ($523.79) and I/we have saved $6,493.28.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn by being frugal and working with our hands!

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  1. All I can say Patsi is awesome, awesome and awesome again! I still have to add my totals for this week yet, but you are doing fantastic!

  2. I'm impressed! I love the pillowcase you cute!

    1. Thank you Debbie. I loved stitching it up for my little granddaughter!

  3. Hi Patsy,
    I love lavender and have a ton of it this year. In the past I've just clipped a bit of it to put in my flower arrangements, but would love to start utilizing it more. Maybe you could do a post about what all you use your dried lavender for?

    1. Rachel, that's a good idea ... I'll work on that!

  4. A great savings week for you Miss Patsy. I hadn't thought to add yard work to my savings list. I am going to do that from now on. Thanks for the tip. I just love that little pillow case, and can just see your little grandie snuggled up with her lovely gift, thinking of you as she drops off into sleep.

  5. Excellent savings Miss Patsy. I have not added yard work to my savings list but will start to do so. Thanks for the tip. I spent a good four hours in the garden on Thursday. I was busy moving a load of potting soil from where it was dumped in the yard, barrow load by barrow load, into large pots along the summer hot side of our house. I have planted heat loving, leafy small trees in the pots in an effort to get some shade onto the heat sponge brick wall.


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