Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pantry Challenge #27 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

(We're still enjoying our beautiful view!)

We've had excessive heat everyday this past week with the ‘feel’ like temperatures well over 100 degrees.  The humidity has been so high that when you step outside your glasses ‘fog’ up! It is projected to be this way for the entire month of July so I need to take some precautions for our container gardens, raised beds and animals.  Here are some things we have done or will be doing as soon as possible:

Move our container garden pots to a shaded area of our yard.

Give the plants in the container garden pots a weekly drink of comfrey tea or nettles tea in addition to daily watering.  Do the same for our raised beds.  They need more than just water to get through this kind of heat. (I make the comfrey tea and nettles tea using comfrey and nettles that I grow.)

Our lemon trees will get a mixture of Epsom salt and water to give them a little boost. (Yes, our lemon trees are still surviving!!!!)

and …

Add electrolytes to the chickens watering system.

Do you do anything extra for your plants and animals when the temperature soars?

This week in my pantry, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the massive pantry inventorying and re-organization that I started last week. It feels so good to have this job almost completed! 

What else have I gotten done pantry wise?  Let’s see …

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

My to-do list from last time:

Start a third toddler quilt top.  I thought about it … a couple of times … but just didn’t get around to it.

Work on hand quilting 1st toddler quilt top.   Didn’t getting around to working on this either!

Complete $5 or Less Pantry Challenge.  Done!  I purchased back to school specials for the stationary part of my pantry. In our area the back-to-school supply sales have begun and as in years past, I will try to anticipate my needs in this area for a year and purchase accordingly.  Sometimes, like this year, it is necessary to make the purchases in small monetary increments, but it is and will get done.  I'm thankful this sale lasts several weeks!

In addition:

My husband got paid for a small ‘on the side’ job he did last month.  Earned $238.80  And of course, every time we get/earn any extra money we use a portion of it to help restock our pantry.

Harvested and/or were given 45 cucumbers.   Saved (.52/cucumber) $23.40

These cucumbers are in partial shade and are thriving!

Harvested Roma tomatoes from the garden.  Saved $7

Saved seeds from Roma tomatoes we enjoyed this week. Saved $2

Were given 5 large tomatoes from a friend’s garden.  I saved the seeds from those as well as they were a different variety than we grow. Tomatoes plus the seeds:  Saved $6

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Enjoyed this huge arrangement of sunflowers on my dining room table.  We have permission from the owner of the farm around us to cut a few for an arrangement.  The picture does not do it justice.   The arrangement is simple and beautiful! This arrangement would have cost at least $25 in a florist so that’s what I’m counting as a savings.  Saved $25

Made more kefirSaved: $4.08

Saved $32.74 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Added compost material to the compost bin.  One of the compost bins is already almost full!!!

Added 3 gallons of water to the freezer in preparation for hurricane season.  Saved $2.64

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 $8,474.10, add this week’s amount ($367.66) and I/we have saved $8,841.76.  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:

Can pecans (we purchased enough this week to do a canning with some of the extra money my husband earned mentioned above.) Recipe can be found HERE.   
Can pepper relish (during my pantry reorganization and inventorying I discovered that we are completely out of this!   This just will not do as we love this relish on peas!) Recipe can be found HERE
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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