Monday, February 13, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 2/13/2017

I received a package containing the following in the mail this week from a reader and member of our disaster preparedness class.  Thank you Connie B.! What a thoughtful thing for you to do and your sweet words of encouragement were so helpful to my heart and spirit.  I look forward to using these threads and will think of your kindness whenever I do.   Thank you again!

Encouragement helps me to be able to keep on keeping on in writing and teaching in the online world, thank you to all who meet that need for me.

Nothing on my to-do list this week got done due to an emergency medical situation with a lady that goes to our church.  My to-do lists are very flexible, people’s needs come first and that is what has taken place this week.   If you are of a mind, I would ask you to please pray for this lady and her family. 

This is how my week shaped up …

My to-do list from last week …

Make bookmarks out of scrapbooking paper … Didn’t get done!

Finish doll quilt … Didn’t get done!

Can Navy beans … Didn’t get done!

Make pattern for a new  moomoo (lounge wear) … Didn’t get done!

In addition …

We’re still working on the chicken coop!  Savings to us this week by doing the work ourselves: $104

I made 2 jars of kefir this week.  Savings $16

We saved $609 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.

My husband saw this cooler sitting on the side of the road along with lots of other trash waiting for the trash pick-up service to come by.  It had been used to furnish drinking water for farm workers.  The only thing wrong with it was the spigot was cracked.  My husband replaced the spigot and now it works beautifully.  Savings to us after purchasing the new spigot … $30

We found some more of the marked down tomatoes I told you about last week and added a few more cans to our pantry.  I’m really thinking that I won’t need to can whole tomatoes this year!   The savings are reflected in the total of pantry and non-pantry related savings mentioned above.

Last week I shared about the gourmet pickles we got on clearance at Sam’s Club.  During the 2 weeks that we’ve actually had the pickles in our house, we’ve eaten 3 jars (I told you they were good!).  The labels came off the jars easily and the lids are the right color for my kitchen theme … which means these jars are ready to be put to use as storage in my kitchen.   I’ll use my Sizzix and the black vinyl I have on hand and label each jar according to what I put in it. Delicious pickles and free storage … that’s pretty good in my book!

We also found these nitrile work gloves on clearance at Sam’s Club for $2.91 (8 pair).  We added these to our pantry for those times when this type of glove is needed.  The savings are reflected in the total of pantry and non-pantry related savings mentioned above.

I started my 100 Day Essential Oil challenge this week by purchasing a bottle of Ginger root essential oil, using part of the recent donations I received from A Working Pantry readers.  Thank you to those who have made donations, you are making my 100 Day Essential Oil challenge possible.  I have learned that Ginger essential oil is good for nausea, inflammation and arthritis to name a few.  What do you know about ginger essential oil and how do you use it?  (I am on day 2 of my 100 Day Essential Oil Challenge.)

I cashed in enough Swagbucks points to get a $10 Amazon gift card.

Since we’ve spent a lot of time driving this week, I took advantage of the riding and crocheted 2 more dishcloths (and started a third one) for the dishcloth challenge I’m participating in.  I now have 6 dishcloths I’ve crocheted since starting the challenge that are now in my gift trunk!  I’m really enjoying this challenge! Savings:  $8

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $3643.99, add this week’s amount ($877) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $4520.99.

On this week’s to-do list …

Make bookmarks out of scrapbooking paper
Finish doll quilt
Can Navy beans
Make pattern for a new  moomoo (lounge wear)

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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  1. Could you explain how you count the $609 savings on groceries/food?
    Thanks so much1

    1. Tammy, my savings include pantry and non-pantry items. For example, we purchased the canned tomatoes at $1.91 for a 3 can pack, the regular price is $12.92 for the same 3 can pack. That's a savings of $11.01 per 3 can pack. We purchased several 3 can packs. An example of a non-pantry item would be a blouse I purchased off the clearance for $11, the regular price was $44. That's a savings of $33. Does this make sense?

  2. Patsy, you remarked that you have enough commercially canned tomatoes that you may not can any whole tomatoes yourself next season. Does that mean you will just grow enough only for your own eating, and that's it? Or will you still grow the same amount of tomatoes and can them in a different form (juice, diced, etc)?

    I am always curious as to how those with large gardens balance their commercial purchases with their home-grown/canned efforts! Thank you in advance for any insight you can provide!

    1. Sue, we will grow enough to make tomato juice, salsa, etc ... and of course to eat! We won't plant as many as we would have had we needed to can whole tomatoes as well.

  3. That cooler will come in handy when you are feeding large groups! We have a couple, and we kept them when we moved, because they are so useful. I'm glad you found it.

    It seems like you had another very productive week. I hope the sick woman recovers soon.

    1. Becky, unfortunatly, it is a hospice situation for the lady at church. It is just so sad!

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