Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 9/25/2016

(The pictures from this week's post came from one of my sister's home.  She really has a creative touch when it comes to decorating.)

Twice last week we pulled up to a gas station only to discover that they were out of gas. We are in the area that has and is being affected by the pipeline leak and subsequent bypass repair.  Not only have we experienced gas shortages but have also had a 20 - 25 cent per gallon price increase.

We've witnessed people being rude and throwing an old fashioned hissy fit because they couldn't get gas.  This surely has made me contemplate what a long term gas shortage would be like!  This is the second time in the last couple of months I have witnessed a person's actions or been directly affected by someone not getting what they wanted ... and it wasn't pretty either time!

Okay, on to this week's doings ...

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

I chopped and dehydrated some of the jalepeno peppers that we purchased when we were traveling and made hot sauce with the rest.

I had some banana’s that were getting overripe so I sliced them, flash froze them and then packaged them into smoothie size portions and froze them.

I made a batch of granola.

My husband was given a 5 gallon bucket full of big catfish.  After cleaning and dressing them we added 23 pounds of catfish nuggets to the freezer part of our pantry.  (23 lbs @ $3.50/lb):  Saved $80.50

We came across a sale on T-bone steaks for $2.99/lb if you purchased them in bulk.  We purchased enough for a meal to see if they were any good before we went back and purchased more.  They were good so we pooled our resources and did some creative financing and came up with enough money to add 42 lbs of T-bone steak to the freezer part of our pantry.  Regular price for T-Bone steaks in our area is $7.99/lb. We paid $2.99/lb.   That’s a $5/lb savings.  Total saved:  42 lbs x $5 = $210

I found kidney beans on sale for $.50/can.  I purchased 10 cans.  Regular price $.89/can.  Saved: $3.90

I also found pinto beans on sale for $.50/lb. Regular price … $1.50/lb.  I purchased 20 lbs. Saved $15.00

In addition to the above mentioned savings we also saved $214.17 using coupons and shopping sales for non-food items.

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I canned 7 more quarts of purple hull peas we grew in our garden.  Saved $12.50

I started another batch of cider fire. 

I made 2 more batches of kefir.  Saved $4.16

I made elderberry syrup (I told you last week this was going on my to-do list!)  Here's the recipe that I use to make elderberry syrup.

I made up 49 turmeric capsules and 51 vitamin c capsules. Saved $10

I planted the one surviving fig tree that made it from the starts we began during the summer.  (The excessive heat from the summer killed the rest of them.)  It started out as a 4 inch twig that we rooted and now it’s between 3 and 4 feet tall!  Saved $15

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  Minus the 3 days I was sick and recovering puts me officially at having crocheted for at least 15 minutes each day for 19 days!  This week I did a lot of practicing an edging that I fell in love with over at The Bluebirds are Nesting.  I hope to have the finished product ready to share next week.  This is the yarn that I am using for this project!

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $ $11,403.61, add this week’s amount ($675.23) and I/we have saved $12,078.83.  

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

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

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