Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 10/16/2016

Last week, it was all about prepping for Hurricane Matthew.  This week it has been all about surviving the aftermath and helping others do the same.  (Our area was among some of the hardest hit!)

I don’t have a lot of monetary value to add to my savings this week but if you could put a monetary value on experience our savings would be monumental!

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

We were given an old sturdy (many of the newer ones are just not sturdy), but in good condition metal filing cabinet a few weeks back and in our getting ready for the hurricane preps we decided that we would just go ahead and get it cleaned up and moved into the house instead of putting it in storage.  My plans are to paint it, but that will have to come later.  I’ll wait and count the savings when this project is completed.

We saved $21.03 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items before Hurricane Matthew hit. Not much shopping has gone on since.  Store shelves in our area are kind of sparse as trucks are having trouble getting into our area as well as some surrounding areas.  This is a very good reason to have a well-stocked pantry!

The cayenne peppers that I’ve had hanging in my window to dry were dry enough that I could put them in jars this week.  I added 5 quart jars full of dried cayenne peppers to my pantry.

I downloaded The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher for free off of Amazon. Saved $14.99

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I did get to do a little sewing before the hurricane hit but nothing is ready to show yet.

I was doing really great on my 100 Day Crocheting Challenge until this week. (I’m hoping to pick up where I left off later this week.)  I even managed to crochet a couple of evenings when we didn’t have any power by using a product similar to this.  We purchased the ones we have at Sam's Club a couple of years ago at a lesser price.  Same brand and a little different in style but otherwise the same.

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

We’ve enjoyed the looks and words of appreciation from those who had no electricity when a hot home cooked meal was delivered to them or when something was furnished that would make their lives just a little bit easier during this difficult week.

We’ve heard expressions of gratitude from families who lost everything in Hurricane Matthew when they received help.

We’ve worked along side some amazing people who worked tirelessly to unload a tractor trailer of supplies donated and delivered by Churches of Christ Disaster Relief.  The supplies were for victims of Hurricane Matthew.  (We’re getting ready to do it again this week.)

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $ $12,627.79, add this week’s amount ($136.02) and I/we have saved $12,763.81.  
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

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

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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  1. Hi Patsi!,

    It's so good to hear that you are doing well in the aftermath. And how wonderful it is that you are able to bless others :) You can read about my accomplishments here: I am slow to start, but getting a little better!

    Aren't those headlamps awesome! I used one myself when we lost power to get some crafting done. I just love it!

    Have a fabulous week!

    1. I am most definitely sold on the head lamps!!!

  2. Glad you were protected, and then able to help others. That full pantry really comes in handy in emergencies like this! donna

  3. What you did this week with helping others and donating your time is priceless,God bless you. Every one who has been hit my prayers are with them.

    1. Thank you tealady for praying, it is mind bogging what we have seen and been a part of this week!

  4. Patti, I grew my first garden this year and while I had trouble with the tomatoes my hot peppers did amazing and I have been drying them in the kitchen. I lost one string that went moldy (not sure but they were in the corner and might not have had enough air circulation. I learned a lot and will expand my garden next year. I did manage to get some tomatoes for eating and cooked a bunch for tomato sauce - 3 litres for the pantry. You are an inspiration.

    1. Miriam, air circulation is important when air drying, so proud of you. You just keep on keeping on and before you know it you'll be teaching others!

  5. Patsy, I haven't posted a comment recently, but I have been following your experience with the hurricane with great interest. I'm so glad you came through the storm with little destruction to your home and are able to help others who were not so lucky. I'm looking forward to reading your suggestions on how to prep for potential emergencies, as your personal experiences will most definitely be very practical and realistic in nature. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

    1. Rhonda, I have so much to share but will try to present it in small increments as I don't want to overwhelm everyone. Experience is a powerful teacher and man-o-man have we been getting some hands on lessons!


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