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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 9/12/2016

Update 9/13/2016: I now have the nasty virus that my husband had last week.  Consequently, I'll be taking a few days off to let it run it's course.  I'll get back to blogging later in the week when I'm feeling better.

I don’t have much to report this week as my husband has been battling a nasty virus. He has wanted and needed a little extra TLC and I have been glad to give it to him.

With that being said, here's what went on in my household ...

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

Added compost material to the compost bin. 

Saved $49.44 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Added a flat of 24 cans of chicken noodle soup to my pantry.  When my husband got to the place where he could stand to eat food, he wanted chicken noodle soup.  I didn’t have any so I fixed him a can of mushroom soup instead.   The next day when I went to Aldi’s, I picked up a flat and added it to my pantry.

 I found this cornmeal on clearance for $1 per 5 lb bag at Walmart.   The regular price was $2.74 each.  The ‘best buy date’ is October 2016 which is probably why it was on clearance.   It being cornmeal, that ‘best buy date’ doesn’t bother me one little bit.  I purchased 5 bags and brought them home.  They will go in the freezer for a few days to kill off any insect eggs that might be lying dormant and then will be brought to room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap and added to the dry goods part of my pantry.

I saved seeds from spaghetti squash that we purchased at the little Mennonite store we visited last week.



I also saved seeds from a cantaloupe we enjoyed while visiting my mom.  One of my sisters had grown it in her garden.
I have been crocheting up a storm.   I think I am addicted!  Thus far I have completed 2 dishcloths and put an edge on 2 washcloths.  (A dear friend in Tennessee told me how to do a really simple edging that would be great for beginners or if you wanted a quick and simple edging for a project, so that’s the one I did.  She was right it was easy and simple and I was thrilled to understand the crochet terms she used!  You can see it in the picture.)  I have been faithful to crochet at least 15 minutes each day, and have now been crocheting for 8 days straight.  I’ve learned how to do the single crochet, double crochet and half double crochet.  Everything I’ve done so far has been practicing but now I think I’m ready to tackle a bonafide project … and of course it has to be edging.  Edging is the reason I wanted to learn how to crochet!  I love, love, love how it looks!

We were in Sam's Club one day when the manager stopped and asked my husband if we liked pizza.  Of course, my husband said yes!  The manager then reached into a cooler and brought out this pizza.  She gave it to us at no cost!  It was a new pizza (with pork) the store was selling and she wanted to get some feedback on what we thought about it. Sounds good to me!!!  (Saved $8.99)

We found this roaster while thrift store shopping on our recent trip …  It is a Ware Ever brand which I'm told is a really good old brand and that 'they don't make them like that anymore.'  My husband spotted it and we paid $4.99 for it.  It is in mint condition!


I also found 2 really soft flannel sheets while thrift store shopping.  One has pretty dainty pink flowers all over it and the other one is solid white.  I paid $.99 for one and $1.99 for the other!  There is enough fabric in each of them to stitch up several projects ... I just need to decide which projects I want to do for each sheet!

I have been looking for a small as in 1 quart size crockpot for several months.  I wanted it to make herbal infused oils in and for simmering potpourri during the holiday season.  It was on my thrift store shopping list and I found one!!!!  It works really well, my husband plugged it in and tried it out before we purchased it.  We paid either $3.99 or $4.99 for it!  I don't remember for sure!  

Not working a job outside my home savings $100.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $11,174.39, add this week’s amount ($158.43) and I/we have saved $11,332.82.  

That's been my week, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally?

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

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21 comments:

  1. You have been a busy little bee, Patsi!

    Hope your husband is feeling better!

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    1. He is, but I came down with it! Bummer!

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  2. Hi Patsy!
    I love your crochet! I enjoyed seeing your cornmeal (It's not an Australian food), op shop roaster and seed.
    I have my first spaghetti squash coming up now, in the spring garden, and I think we find some of the same things to be enjoyable - good food, op shopping, gardening ..... You are ahead of me on crochet. That's in store for summer!
    I hope your household is returning to wellness!
    Regards,
    Rachel Holt

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    1. Rachel, it does sound like we have several things in common! I set myself a 100 day challenge to learn how to crochet better. I'm just on the really simple patterns now, but am having so much fun learning.

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  3. Hi Patsy, I always enjoy your posts ❤️
    I'm sorry about your husband's health. My husband is also dealing with a medical issue.
    Good job on all your savings.

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  4. I sure hope your hubs is feeling better soon. Those bugs can be nasty.

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    1. Kim, this one is a particularly nasty one!

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  5. Hi Patsi!
    I am so glad your back, but I am sorry your husband has a nasty virus. I had one a few weeks ago and felt horrible! We are finally starting to get a little cooler weather and I love those days! I have been adding to the pantry with sale items and this week got free cough drops and toothbrushes. We took our recycling to the dumpsters and I got coupons and a bunch of coke points there, but also we needed something else to put our recycling in since the boxes we have been using are breaking down so lo and behold someone had thrown plastic trash cans in the plastics dumpster so we grabbed those and will use them for our recycling. They are not new or anything, but they will work for awhile for our recycling. I rescued a metal table thing from the scrap pile and it has been sitting in the garage for a long time so my husband painted it for me and I got rid of a small hutch so it will go where that used to sit. So the cost for that was nothing. I love when that happens. I hope you have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Vicky

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    1. Vicky, our weather has been cooler this week as well, but alas, we still have the humidity! Is recycling required in your area. It's not here so the only recycling I do is of the things I personally can use in some way. I have several coke points too, I just need to take the time to log them.

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  6. You have done well, Patsy. I hope your hubby is feeling much better. Lots of viruses around here in our patch of Australia at the moment too which is our flu season so we aren't surprised. As we have so much sunshine here I solar infuse my herbs and currently have calendula infused oil on the go to include in my next batch of soap.

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    1. Nanna Chel, we are just going into what is our cold, flu, virus, allergy season so it's time for me to start taking my immune building remedies for the winter.

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  7. I've noticed you put that you save $100 by not working...how?

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    1. mamabeanof4, look for an entire post on this subject this week. Great question!

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  8. Great deals this week, I buy sheets from thrift stores and make dress's out of them.I save so much money making my own clothing and when I use the sheets it's even more, Some day I'll figure out the savings.

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    1. tealady, thrift stores and clearance racks are some of my favorite places to find fabric! The fact that it comes in the form of linens and/or ready made clothing doesn't bother me a bit. I too, save quite a bit by shopping this way!

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  9. Oh no, Patsi! I hope you're feeling better soon!

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    1. Jenn, thank you! I think I have turned the corner so to speak!

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  10. I'm so sorry that you also came down with that nasty virus along with your husband. ((((HUGS)))) YOu did really well on your savings this week. You did score big time on that roaster. I grew up with using that same roaster pan and it is something that I wish I had asked my mother for before they made their big move. She sold it at her yard sale so I am sure that someone else is now enjoying it.

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    1. Debbie, we are very glad to have the roaster and it is in mint condition!

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