Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pantry Challenge #23 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

Yesterday we were privileged to get to go with a group from church to visit the USS North Carolina Battleship.  The ship has been retired for several years and is now a tourist attraction … it is a massive ship!  Scattered throughout this post I’ll be sharing pictures that I snapped.  I hope you enjoy them!

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

My to-do list from last time:

Start harvesting zucchini … yes ma’am, we had the first fresh from the plant zucchini this week!  (7 zucchini @ $.59 each)  Saved $4.13
Finish harvesting spring onions … Didn’t get done!
Continue harvesting cucumbers ($.49 each)  Done!  I harvested 7 more cucumbers this past week. Saved $3.43
Plant a third planting of cucumbers.  Done!
Work out our ‘row’ garden. Didn’t get done!

Read and glean from this book, The Preppers Water Survival Guide:  Harvest, Treat and Store Your Most Vital Resource by Daisy Luther … This didn’t get done either!  (To see what else I’ve been reading this year, go HERE!)

In Addition:
I harvested our garlic.  I’ve left it to cure on the front porch for a few days, then I’ll bring it in and either use it or braid and hang it for future use.  Saved:  $36  (I estimate that I will have 3 braids of garlic once they are braided and the last time I purchased a braid of garlic I paid $12 for it.)

I made up a gallon of Miracle Spray for household cleaning purposes using ingredients I had on hand.  Saved $30.

Added compost material to compost bin.

Harvested raspberries and gave them to a neighbor.

Was given yellow squash fresh from a friend’s garden.  Saved: $3.00

I froze 24 more raspberry syrup cubes.  Saved:  $8

Started harvesting peaches from our peach trees.  Yum, they are good!

Got an order for 3 cakes (butter pound cake, carrot cake and 16 layer chocolate cake).  Charged $75 for the 3 cakes minus $5.68 for ingredients I didn’t have on hand … earned $69.32.

Saved $70.99 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Watched these free sewing shows on Youtube.  

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (2 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $20

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($250.87) and I/we have saved $7,718.60.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

We've got VBS this week so I'm not setting any specific goals for my pantry.  

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

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

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  1. Patsy, that is indeed a huge ship! We have had an excess of eggs from the chooks recently and I thought they didn't lay so many in the cold weather. Go figure! I have just harvested our turmeric and frozen it to include in crock pot meals and will also make some Golden Milk as we are in winter now here in Australia. We are fortunate that we can still grow lots of vegetables year round here as we don't get snow like you do in a lot of areas in the Northern Hemisphere. We are quite spoiled in that respect.

    1. Nanna Chel, Our weather sounds much like yours! We rarely get snow and for the most part the winters are mild. But the summers, oh my ... can we say hot, humid and sticky! Most of our growing season is in the spring and then again in the fall as it gets too hot for much of anything to grow well during the summers. My tumeric is doing well and I'm looking forward to harvesting it in the fall!

  2. Hi Patsi!
    I love the pics of the ship that must have been such a sight to see in real life! It was a good week! I made $700! Did all of the normal things like gardening and hanging out clothes. Big weeks or small weeks the numbers add up! It is amazing that people think because we stay at home that we don't contribute. I only got 1 Coke code off a box at the recycle dumpster, but that's ok I'll still take it! I hope you have a great week!

  3. Patsy, you always put me to shame. I have my daughter home as she is studying for exam blocks here. So it's always more of a challenge than usual to be frugal. She wants Caramel Latte Frappe's from the M place when she's studying. Fortunately I've come up with a palatable alternative saving myself at least $50! It's cold here so the slow cooker is getting a workout, and tea in pretty teapots is an afternoon treat worth savouring. Who needs cafes? Mimi xxx

  4. Thanks for the pics....brought back memories from when I was in the Navy! I love to read about your savings and your ideas for adding to the pantry. I am finally a Homekeeper, and I need all the ideas I can get 😃

  5. The ship makes me think of the verse about bringing home food from far away places like merchant ships! I love that verse! What a good experience!
    Great savings Patsy. The garden sounds so good.
    I have been reading quite a bit from Daisy Luther lately. Very good.
    Have another great week. It is cold here but some sun has been shining. xxx

  6. Annabel, I had not thought of the merchant ship verse, but you're right!!!


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