Monday, May 30, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 30th, 2016

I/we had a better week in the saving department this week, read on to see what I mean ...

I/we saved/earned $502.87 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  

Here’s how it breaks down:

We were given this whole trailer load of wood, cost to us … gas to go get it:  Saved: $400 (When this is split and stacked it will be enough wood for our heating needs next winter. We stand in awe of God’s provision for us!)

Harvested 70 spring green onions ($.92 per bunches of 10); one and a half pints of raspberries ($4.64 per pint); 3 medium cucumbers ($1.30/pound); 1 ounce of lavender ($2.06/ounce) ... Saved$ 20.82

Was given fresh from the ground potatoes, squash fresh off the plant and broccoli cut fresh from the plant. Saved $12.56

We were also given 2 loaves of bread. Saved $5

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Saved $12.50 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Downloaded Lovely Lavender, the Universal Herb for free.  Saved:$5.99  

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

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $6,550.45, add this week’s amount ($502.87) and I/we have saved $7,053.32.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

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  1. Awesome week Patsi!
    Free wood is the best thing ever I really enjoy having a cozy warm home in the winter and not having to buy fuel oil over the years has saved us lots. I have always been amazed when the things we have needed have just appeared it seems. We planted lots and lots of garden! Too much of everything! I am thinking this year if any ears of corn get corn smut or some call it corn cancer I am going to dry it. It is called poor man's truffle. My plan is to can and dry as much as possible. You are doing a fantastic job with your savings! My bad I still haven't added my totals it has been extremely busy here.

    1. Thank you Vicky! I'm preserving everything I can get my hands on this year too and am running behind on my record keeping as well! This is such a busy time of the year for us gardeners!

  2. Hi Patsi! I think you do a really great job. I enjoy your blog and have learned some things along the way. I don't completely understand the "Vicky challenge"- or should I say how the savings are calculated. When you estimate savings on produce you grow, is the savings minus the seeds, water and general garden care? Same with the eggs (fresh is the BEST!!) do you take in to account the hens, housing, food and water? Coupon saving I totally get. Yard work I don't. Wouldn't that be normal chores? Or do you also take into account "savings" from housework? Laundry? Cooking and dishes? Just curious...

    1. Carole, here's how it works for us .... 95% of the seeds we plant in our garden and yard are from seeds we save ourselves every year, the water to water them with comes from our well. We have very little expense with our gardening, but for those things that we do spend money on, it is deducted from the savings. As for the eggs, we've had our chicken housing for several years so there's no expense to deduct there, the water comes from our well so again, there's no expense there. Our only expense for the chickens is their food and yes, I do deduct that from our savings. (Our chickens do more than just give us eggs which if factored in would be even more of a savings.) As for the yard work, I don't include mowing in our savings because that is a regular household chore. Any projects completed in the yard though are considered savings. I don't count savings from housework, doing laundry, cooking or doing the dishes as I consider them part of our household chores. The way one calculates savings is going to be different for everyone dependent upon what they have to work with. I do try to be honest in my assessments.

  3. What a great week for you!! Isn't it amazing how the little things (and some bigger ones like the wood) really can add up!!! You and Vicky inspire me to new creative heights!! From the free pallet planter boxes we sold, we have now added other custom things for 1 repeat customer that keep bringing in streams of income! I posted a photo on my Facebook page just to show what we had done over the holiday and suddenly, friends asked to buy them to, generating $105 just by posting a photo! Our client gave us an initial order of 10 state maps of Ohio but said it may turn into 100 for us to make! Hubby and I love working in the shop together and after 45 years have a rhythm to it where we can work really efficiently! To date, we have now earned over $600 for those labors with pallets!!
    In shopping sales and markdowns at the grocery, I've saved over $345 just on things we normally keep in stock- frozen corn, olive oil, ground beef, ketchup, mustard, etc!
    We also built and installed our new front side yard fence. Materials for the solid cedar were $200, rather than the pre-fab sections which would have totaled $1200, plus the installation cost which would have been $500! We are grateful to be able to work!!!
    Our minivan needed to get replaced so we found one about 54 miles away from our city in a small rural town that cost us $1000, but is 6 years newer than what we had and has stow away seats for hauling things! We will sell our old minivan for $500 because it is still running, making our total cost for the new one $500!!! Not bad,I think!!

    1. gardenpat, so glad you are able to supplement your income with the planters! You are one smart shopper and congrats on the van!!!!

  4. What a wonderful blessing on the wood!

  5. Hey Patsy! Great job! I was wondering with your chickens, if you have checked into supplementing their food with things you can grow yourself to help save with the feed bill? I have read of people raising meal worms and other things to help with the cost. Might be worth checking out.

    1. Cynthia, we do some supplementing but we're not near where I wish we were in this area. I've been researching and taking notes on this very topic!


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