Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/6/2016

Before we get started on today’s post I want to say ‘thank you’ to Rhonda O. for her generous donation.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

The weather has been cooler this week and I’ve been able to have the doors and windows open giving the house a good airing out.  I love this time of year!

Let’s get on to this past week’s doings, shall we …

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

I spent a portion of every day last week inventorying and re-organizing our pantry.  It is a huge job but one that I try to do twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  It helps me to stay on top of what I have, what needs to be used and what I’m running low on.

I found several packets of hotel coffee creamer, sugar and artificial sweetener from our working vacation trip in August while doing my pantry inventory.  We’re not coffee drinkers so I opened each package and separated the ingredients.  The artificial sweetener packets got added to the container where we keep ours, the sugar packets got opened and poured into our sugar canister and the coffee creamer found a new home.

I dried our laundry without the use of a dryer … Saved $6

I refreshed the cayenne tincture I’m making with new cayenne peppers from my garden.  I read about this tincture in the book, Left for Dead by David Quinn. After doing more research I decided this was something I needed to add to my herbal remedies.     

We saved $42.15 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  

I strained up the cider fire I’ve had in the works for the past several weeks.  I drink 1 tablespoon each day in a small amount of juice as an aid in preventing colds and flu.  If I feel myself getting sick I increase the frequency and the amount.

I finally got around to bringing our winter clothing out of storage and inventorying what our needs are for the upcoming season.  I’m happy to say that we are in good shape which means we don’t need to shop for new clothing now and can take our time and wait for the clearance sales.

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I made some stationary using what I had on hand along with some note cards and paper.  I used a ‘rose design’ rubber stamp to stamp the design onto the cards and stationary.  Simple and elegant!  I thought they turned out well!

I down loaded Dirt Poor and Lovin It by Kate Singh for free … Saved $.99   

I’m on day 46 of my 100 Day Crochet
Challenge.  I finished the edging on the wash cloth I started last week.  After that I crocheted these two dishcloths.  I wanted to stitch up some pillow cases and add an edging to them but I didn’t get around to sewing up the pillowcases.  Maybe this week!  I do have a summer baby wrap that is ready to add an edging to, that’ll most likely be my next project.

In my quest to learn more ways to reduce our expenses I’ve started reading Great Depression Era type books and more Amish/Mennonite type books.  This week I started reading Sarah’s Seasons by Martha Moore Davis.

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $13,637.94 add this week’s amount ($149.14) and I/we have saved $13,787.08.

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

A Working Pantry
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. Great savings Patsy! Thank you as I just downloaded that free e book. I am building up a good collection. I also would love to hear about any books you read that you like and think contain good information. I am on the look out for those kind of books as well.
    I hope this is a good week I know there is a lot going on there. With love

    1. Annabel, I am working on compiling a list of books that I have read or am reading that contain helpful information on living on less. I think I'm going to have to post them in parts as there are several and the list would be too long otherwise.

  2. Hi Patsy!

    Firstly, do you prefer to spell your name 'Patsi' or 'Patsy'?!

    I did build up our pantry last week!! I used forty-eight surplus bantam eggs from my parents to make batches of lemon butter. I have decided that this is my increase, so have put some in a special place as tithe. Since lemon butter goes so far, it will either last a while (at least six months, preserved in a hot water bath), or will be suitable for gifting or even bartering with. I have not been one to barter, so I am observing with interest. Maybe it could be useful when I join a spinners, weavers and dyers club?! Some jars of lemon butter are fairly large. I'd like to use these with cakes or other baking - in Annabel fashion! Anyway, now I'm waiting for Annabel to make her lemon butter. Funnily, we're both onto lemons about now!!

    I am also considering plenty about living better for less monetary cost!! Maybe we were meant for such a time as this.

    With very warm regards,
    Rachel Holt

    1. Rachel, It really does not matter which way my name is spelled. I answer to both! I made a batch of lemon butter last year and it is so good! Unfortunately for us if we have lemon anything, we have to buy the lemons and they are quite pricey here. So, lemon butter is quite the treat at our house! Hmmm, your comment about 'maybe we were meant for such a time as this' is giving me something to think about! I do believe that you and I have a lot in common!

  3. We did some thrift store shopping and bought some needed items. We keep a list of what we are looking for so that we do not just buy things to clutter up the house.

    I somehow managed $65 in Amazon cards from Swagbucks in October and cashed in for the cards this week.

    We shopped for stocking stuffers for 15 stockings and averaged $5 per stocking. This is perhaps half what we have spent in years past.

    Sounds like you had a great week, too!

    1. Lana, we too thrift store shop with purpose, I need things that we need, not things to have to find a place to put that won't be used! Whoa, you did great with Swagbucks in October and with the stocking stuffers! I'm proud of you! You go girl!!!

  4. Pasty, when you are looking at ways to save, may I also suggest looking at books about how the pioneers lived, especially ones in your area. The early pioneers did not have the luxury of going to stores, until one finally opened up in the area. That means those pioneers had to learn to live off the land in order to meet the needs of their family. You may find information on food that grows wild in your area that can still be harvested, recipes with very basic ingredients or even ideas on how to grow more food in your garden and how to preserve them.

    Nothing ever went to waste, either. It was re-used or re-purposed until there was nothing left. We can still do many of these things today. Old clothing can used for making quilts. Even the worn out and stained cloth can be cut up into strips, sewn into rag "yarn" and used to make floor rugs, table runners, place mats, or purses or bags. Anyways, just as suggestion. Oh, did I mention I work at a Pioneer village?

    This week I learned a new craft. I had the opportunity to take a basket weaving course for only $10. Finally checked that off my list of things to learn.

    My mom decided to make fruitcake for Christmas this year. The recipe was so huge, we had to use our large stock pot to mix it in. It ended up making 2 large bunt pans! I cut the cakes into quarters and packaged up 7 of those chunks with the food saver for the freezer. I left one chunk out for "sampling", but it's gone now...boy was it good fruitcake! We half joked that we will be eating this batch of fruitcake for years to come.

    I also went to auction this week and managed to buy 2 boxes of canning jars, all various sizes, for only $2.50 total. I was running low on canning jars this year as I keep finding more things to can! So glad to have a nice stash of empty ones, waiting to be filled!

    That's about it for me this week. Love reading your blog, Pasty, even if I don't always get a chance to comment!

    1. Rhonda, that is a very good idea to look for books about how the pioneers lived, especially in our area. What a great job ... working at a Pioneer village!!!! That is quite a deal on the basket weaving class! I love home cooked fruit cake! That's a good deal on the canning jars, those things have gotten so expensive in the stores. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement!

  5. Patsy,
    Please tell me what kind of yarn you use when crocheting your washcloths. All I could find (just looked in one place) was cotton, 6-ply, but reminded me of embroidery thread (just a little thicker). I tried this but it made really small stitches. I love the look of your washcloths. Thanks, Cindy from Alabama

    1. Cindy, I'll answer your question in a post with some links so you can see what I'm talking about.


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