Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pantry Challenge #28 … 2016 plus The Vicky Challenge and other frugal things we’ve done this week!

I am happy to report that all our hard work is paying off as our pantry is filling back up nicely after having eaten out of it almost exclusively since January.  I am so thankful for all the produce we have grown or been given this summer.

So, what did I get done this week …

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

My to-do list from last time:

Can pecans.  Recipe can be found HERE.   Done!  I canned 15 pints of pecans.

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 Didn’t get done!

In addition:

Stitched up these moth repellent sachets using fabrics I had on hand and herbs I grew.  Saved $6

Started cuttings for rooting of rosemary, sage, peppermint and basil.  I will use these to make herb garden pots for gift giving.

I also started cuttings of a purple heart flower for rooting too.

I earned a $25 Walmart gift card through Swagbucks and a $5 Amazon gift card through Bing .  

Harvested 30 Roma tomatoes from our garden. Saved  ($.99/lb) $14.85

We started harvesting okra from our garden this week.  We harvested approximately 5 lbs. Saved ($2/lb) $10

Started an infused oil of lemon balm and peppermint for a future project using herbs from my herb garden.

Harvested and/or were given 20 cucumbers.   Saved (.52/cucumber) $10.40

Was given 118 ears of corn by a neighbor, they had harvested their field of corn and didn’t want the entire harvest.  We gladly accepted their surplus.  Saved (.33/ear) $ 38.94

We added 8 more quart freezer bags of corn to the freezer part of our pantry.

We found some marked down beef suitable for turning into stew beef so we purchased it, brought it home, cubed it ourselves and canned it.  We added 14 quarts of stew beef to our pantry.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Made more kefir Saved: $4.08 ($2.04 per batch)

Purchased 12 lbs of yellow onions for $4.81.  Regular price was $7.98.  I will chop them and freeze them in half cup increments for future use.

Saved $42.81 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Added compost material to the compost bin.  One bin is full and now we’re working on the other one.

Planted 3 rows of purple hull peas.  These should be ready to harvest in September.

Added 2 gallons of water to the freezer in preparation for hurricane season.  Saved $1.76

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

Mended a pair of pants for my husband.

I had to throw in a little ‘fru-fru’ this week by putting together this cute way to display my collection of buttons.  Most of these buttons have been removed from articles of clothing that have been recycled.

Here’s a savings area that I had not thought of until this week, but it is the savings of not working outside my home.  We save by not eating out in the evenings when I was too tired to cook after a long day at work, which was at least once a week and sometimes more; by not buying lunches 1 – 2 times each week when working outside my home; by not having to purchase additional gasoline for the automobile to get back and forwards from work and the extra clothing needed for a wardrobe suitable for working outside the home.  Being very conservative and using the estimates of what I/we spent when I did work outside the home several years ago, I’m estimating that I easily save $100/week by not working, so that’s what I’m going to start counting as a savings.  Not working outside my home savings $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $8,841.76, add this week’s amount ($294.84) and I/we have saved $9,136.60.  

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Can banana pepper relish.  Recipe can be found HERE 

Chop and freeze 12 lbs of onions we purchased on clearance.

Can salsa.

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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