Monday, February 6, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 2/6/2017

We’ve had a really good ‘savings’ week this week!  The biggest one I think we’ve had since I started keeping track! 

We continued to work on the chicken coop this week and made quite a bit more progress.  Savings to us by doing the work ourselves: $234

We saved $777.79 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.
We found Smithfield bacon on sale for $2.99/lb, purchased several packages and added them to the freezer part of my pantry. The savings are reflected in the total above.

I crocheted another dishcloth this week for the dishcloth challenge I’m participating in.  I’m really enjoying this challenge! Savings:  $4

My husband had a doctor’s appointment in a nearby town and afterwards we stopped by Sam’s Club.   I am so glad we did!  We found Fedilo tomatoes, a three can pack on clearance for $1.91; Suckerpunch gourmet pickles, a two jar pack (24 oz each) on clearance for $$.91 (These are so good!); Better Body Peanut Butter Powder on clearance for $.91 (I will use this for smoothies and baked goodies. I’ll keep one jar on the pantry shelf for usage and freeze the others.) and Newman’s Own Gourmet Dressing, 2 bottle pack, on clearance for $.91.  We spent $71.77 and saved $610.10, which is reflected in the total saved for pantry and non-pantry items above … I’ll take it!

My hair needed a trim so I asked my husband if he would do it, he did and by doing so saved us $25 … and yes, he did a very good job!

I am required by my allergist to carry an epi-pen with me at all times and it was time for the prescription to be renewed.  I explained to my allergist that I could not afford to pay hundreds of dollars for it (which is what they cost) and if that was what I would have to pay that I could not get the prescription filled.  She had a few (5 to be exact) coupons worth $300 off of one epi-pen prescription.  She gave me one and told me that not all insurances were excepting them and if mine didn’t, to bring it back so she could give it to someone else.  My insurance accepted it!!!  By getting the generic, using the coupon and with what my insurance would pay I was able to walk away with my prescription filled with nothing out of my pocket!  It pays to talk with your doctor about the high cost of prescriptions.  Savings to us $300

I started planning our 2017 garden this week.  I made a list of what we wanted to plant and  noted whether or not we had the seeds.  Next, will be to plan where to plant each thing and when!  Lots of people in our neighborhood are getting their garden plots ready for planting … it’s that time of the year for our area!

I downloaded Self-Sufficiency:A Beginners Guide to Self-Sufficiency for free. Saved $14.99    

I finished up crocheting this doll blanket.  I thoroughly enjoyed this little project and yes, I do have a specific doll in mind (it’s already in my gift trunk). The finished size of the blanket is 24 inches by 26 inches including the ruffle.  This little blanket is going in my gift trunk to go with the doll.  The blanket is crocheted out of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn.  Savings by making it myself … $25  (I don't have a pattern, I just started crocheting using the half-double crochet for the body and single and double crochet for the ruffle.)

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In December we spent about $392.51, that’s a savings of $197.19

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $1966.02, add this week’s amount ($1677.97) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $3643.99.

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. I mowed, whipper snipped and scrubbed sand and salt debris off windows. I made some lovely bath bombs, watermelon and frangipani. The bath bombs are for us with the plan that some will be made and put in the gift cupboard. I made some bowl covers and a balloon cover for a friend and her Granddaughter. I managed to stay away from SPotlight and am sticking to my 'use it up' challenge.

    1. Jane, making some bowl covers is on my to-list as well. What is a balloon cover? After Hurricane Matthew, we are focusing on building our pantry back up so while we are trying to 'use what we have' we are also mindful that we need to do some restocking. Your bath bombs sound divine!

    2. Patsy I will post a photo on Facebook of a balloon cover.

  2. My husband cuts my hair too and does a great job! I found ham on sale this week for .88 a pound and got 2 large hams for around $7 each. One is in the freezer and the other got cooked for a family dinner Saturday night. I need to can more kidney beans this week ~ our stash is getting low. Since I bought the beans in bulk, have loads of jars, and bought the canning lids last summer ~ this job won't cost anything this week! My daughter in law brought me lots of grapefruits, they will be juiced and grapefruit jelly made. Love the doll afghan! I saw your new pinterest board for doll clothes ~ there are multitudes of ideas on pinterest for this category and lots of them have free patterns! Have fun!

    1. Donna, that's a good price on the hams and I need to can kidney beans too. Like you I have everything on hand to do them, just need the time. I've never tried grapefruit jelly, we don't care for grapefruit so I guess that's why! I'm enjoying exploring what's out there regarding doll clothes. I didn't realize there was so much!

  3. We are still in a crisis mode here, with dog, meals and laundry being seen to, and everything else left for calmer times. We have still not been able to go grocery shopping, but I did manage to get a delivery of meat and some Amazon subscribe and save pantry items, so apart from lack of choice in fresh fruit (it's four kinds of apples stored from our trees, take it or leave it), we're still not feeling we're lacking for anything.

    I turned 40 on Saturday, and as we were not able to have the meal out we budgeted for, we had a takeaway which was cheaper, so that added to savings.

    My grocery and pantry re-stock list grows every day, fingers crossed we manage to actually go out and get it done soon!

    Well done on the epi-pen btw - isn't it crazy that something that could literally mean the difference between life and death is priced so far out of many people's reach?

    1. Allegra, happy belated birthday! Sounds like your pantry is paying off during your time in crisis mode. There are so many reasons that keeping a well-stocked pantry is important and this is just one. The whole epi-pen thing is just ridicules and it smurks of flat out greed!

  4. Patsy,
    I am so glad about the epi pen. My mom needed to have one at all times and it just seemed criminal the prices of those things. You have a wonderful doctor that did that for you. Facebook is a better place for me now. I was able to hide all the not so pleasant commenters. I have really been enjoying the class thank you. I thought of you this week someone gifted my daughter with 2 big plastic tubs and two decorating boxes that look like tackel boxes with tips spatulas special sprays, cake pans a spinning turn table thing for icing cakes a cake leveler,gillions of sprinkels,sugar canisters that look like fairy dust, lots and lots of fancy food color for cake and frosting,every decorating tip and bag that anyone could want and more. We will call this a big savings but not sure how much. Now I need to watch you tube to figure out part of this stuff. I can do basic cake making and decorating.Also chocolate molds,cookie cutters,cupcake liners, a cookie press,chocolate wrappers and lots of things that are a mystery. My cakes taste good. Maybe I need to think about learning more about cake decorating? We added to the pantry with the baking supplies. We also bought some groceries on sale to add to the pantry. I hope the rest of your week is wonderful.


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