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?

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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