Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

We had VBS this week, but still managed to get a few pantry related things done!

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

My to-do list from last time:

I didn’t set any specific goals for my pantry due to having VBS. 

But, here are a few things I did get done:

I used the last of my celery seed but instead of tossing the glass container I washed it up, removed the label and repurposed it for housing another spice.

Saved $306.49 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Harvested 5 zucchinis. I chopped, dried and powdered some of these and added the powder to the vegetable powder jar I started for this year.  I use the vegetable powder in casseroles, meatloaf, burgers, soups and as a thickener.  Saved $2.95

I also shredded some to make these zucchini patties and this zucchini quiche.  I learned about both of these recipes from this site where there are other ideas on what to do with zucchini.

Finished harvesting the spring green onions.  I used the white parts in cooking and chopped, dried and turned into powder the green blades. Saved:  $2.76

Gratefully received half a bushel of cucumbers from a neighbor.  Saved $10

Made a gallon jar of refrigerator pickles using some of the cucumbers we were given.

Made 9 pints of sweet pickle relish using some of the cucumbers we were given.  This will be enough to last us until next summer when cucumbers are ready to be harvested again. Saved: $18.72

Saved the ribbon and box from this gift.

Started another bucket of comfrey tea for my plants.  This is great for giving plants a boost.

Harvested more lavender.  Saved $2.06

Harvested plantain to add to the plantain tincture I made HERE.

Added compost material to the compost bin.

Harvested a few (6) more peaches from our peach tree. Saved:  $3.54

Gratefully received a plastic grocery bag full of yellow squash.  We ate the squash throughout the week.  Saved:  $5

Added these matches to my pantry.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week: 
 Saved $6

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

Worked out row garden

Started cleaning out 3 raised beds and prepping for ‘fall’ planting.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($387.52) and I/we have saved $7,855.25.  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:

Harvest herbs

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quilt.

Finish stitching up a second toddler quilt top

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. Dear Patsy, That was a good week. Big savings on the groceries. Zucchinis are good as they will go in so many things. One thing we like is fritters. If I have zucchini I made soup and slabs of quiche or impossible pie or savoury muffins.
    I am just working on my Vicky Challenge and will post in a half an hour or so! It was a really productive week and I feel good about that. Have a good week. It is Monday morning here and I am up and running to get things off to a good start! With love

    1. Annabel,it's Sunday night here and I'm getting ready to turn in for the night. I look forward to reading your Vicky Challenge results!

  2. It made me smile to see your 9 jars of sweet pickle relish! Last summer, hubby suggested I inventory my basement pantry BEFORE I started canning! Come to find out, I had 48 pints of sweet pickle relish on the shelf from previous years! Fortunately, we love pickle relish but for the 3 of us, 48 jars meant that we could skip canning more! This year, we're down to 22 jars, but we may still skip canning more until 2017! Lol!!

    This week we ate 3 of our freezer meal dinners, had breakfast burritos that I made in bulk and froze for breakfast as well as free bagels we were given!

    I quilted a lap quilt I had made earlier from scraps to give to a friend who is recovering from back surgery. No out of pocket cost to me because all the materials were from my stash!

    As part of our decluttering we sold 2 aluminum extension ladders that we've had hanging up from the workshop ceiling and made $150 in the process.

    We also had $95 more in pallet projects that we got finished and paid for. The pallets are free and we are excited to use them as another little stream of income! So with the ladder sales and pallet projects, we earned an extra $245 this week! That certainly helps the budget and we used it to pay some of our recent medical bills! We have been average big between $100- $250 every week in miscellaneous sales since April and that has been a real blessing as we've added to our savings and paid down medical bills and mortgage! In the first 4 months of our mortgage, we have paid 8 month's worth of principle payments! At this rate, our 15 year mortgage will be paid off in 7 or less!

    By taking advantage of a Chick fil A promotion, hubby, son and I each got a free chicken sandwich on the way home from work. Added a salad from the garden and some watermelon and it was a frugal dinner! Also, by using a promotion from Papa Johns Pizza, we got a free large pizza AND some free garlic knots which became another frugal meal for the 3 of us! Also, for lunch one day, I discovered that I had enough Subway points for a free 6" sub, so I splurged and bought one and brought it home so I could have my own drink from home.

    I made some more mixes and seasonings from scratch t add to my pantry. Makes it so convenient to have on hand when I need them AND so much cheaper AND fresher than their counterparts in the store!

    Bought beautiful Sweet cherries for $1.49/lb. I just couldn't resist them! Got eggs for 55 cents a dozen!

    I've been trying to use what I have in my freezer to (1.) rotate my storage and (2.) make room for summer/fall produce/meat sales!

    My garden is flourishing and soon I'll be harvesting more from it! The 10 fruit trees in my mini orchard are all looking healthy and I'm confident that in a couple of years, they will be producing well!

    Signed up to work the special election in August. That will bring in an extra $168 for each of the 3 of us for working 1 day! It's a small local election so it will probably be a slow day!

    I'm looking around today to see what our next decluttering "moneymaker" might be! Definitely makes it a win-win situation when we get money for what we decluttered!

    All in all, a week where we were blessed with lots of opportunities to earn and save!

  3. You did really well! Thank you for sharing the link with all the zucchini recipes. I am hoping to have a lot later in the summer coming from our garden. Right now we are trying to beat the birds in getting our huge cherry tree many cherries!

    Be blessed!


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