Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/13/2016

You’ve heard the old adage, ‘I’m saving the best for last’ … well, not today! In this post, I’m going to start off with the best …

I’ve recently shared about another huge increase in our health insurance premium that we had been notified would go into effect in January putting our monthly premium cost at almost $2000/month.  Many of you have been praying for us and with us and helping us to search out new ways to save in order to be able to meet this expense each month.  We have not asked anyone for any kind of monetary help, just prayers and advice.  This week my husband received a phone call from someone in another state telling him that the monies to cover the increased part of our health insurance premium for the first 6 months of 2017 were being given; my husband cried and I cried.  The caller on the other end of the phone had no idea the burden they had just lifted off our shoulders.  We feel like we can breathe again, it has given us some more time to figure out what to do long term.  Needless to say we are praising God for yet again looking out for us.  Let me just say that over the past 4 months we’ve seen some pretty amazing things happening in our lives that can only be attributed to God.  We stand in awe of Him!

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Okay, on to the ways of my household this week …

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

I dried our laundry without the use of a dryer … Saved $3

I planted some rosemary pieces that I had rooted. Saved: $5

I did the same thing with some basil pieces.  When the weather gets cooler I will bring both the rosemary and basil inside for the winter.  The goal is to be able to winter them over and not have to start over with seeds in the spring.  Saved:   $5

I harvested the last of the peppers and pulled up the plants.  Our pepper plants did really well this year.  Value of peppers harvested $5 ... Saved: $5

We saved $400.44 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  

We discovered a while back, that there’s a Kroger about an hour’s drive from where we live … oh happy day!!!  I’ve been watching their sales flyers ever since and learned this week that they have their Land O Lakes butter (the real stuff) on sale for $1.99/lb.  We worked in a trip to that area and did some ‘stocking-up’ for the pantry kind of shopping.  We purchased enough butter for a year (yes, we did), several cans of green peas … on sale for $.49/can, several cans of whole kernel corn … on sale for $.49/can, a few boxes of cake mixes … on sale for $.49/box,  several boxes of spaghetti pasta (1 lb boxes) … on sale for $.49/box and a few jugs of 2% milk … on sale for $.99/half gallon.  Beginning total, $283 … price we paid after discounts … $110. This was a big chunk of our grocery budget for the month but it is well worth it to have these areas of my pantry well-stocked again and at such good prices.

I received orders for 2 more cakes for Thanksgiving.  So thankful!  Can we just  say some more pantry stocking funds!!!!

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

 I’m on day 53 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I crocheted 5 more dishcloths with one more on the hook (while riding in the vehicle on various days) and started on this summer swaddling blanket for babies using this thread and muslin for the blanket part as muslin is what a lot of summer swaddling blankets are made of.   I want to do 1 more swaddling blanket and then I will have 2 winter blankets and 2 summer blankets in my gift trunk that I can use for baby gifts when the occasion arises.  I’m counting $3 per dishcloth as savings (after subtracting out the cost) since these type of dishcloths are selling for $4 and $5 each at several different places online … saved $18.

I started reading Sarah’s Seasons by Martha Moore Davis last week and continued it into this week. It is the diary of an Amish wife and mother.  I am really enjoying reading this book and have already gleaned a few things from it.

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $13,787.08 add this week’s amount ($536.44) and I/we have saved $14,323.52.
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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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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