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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