Monday, August 28, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 8/28/2017

I’m still out of what is my ‘normal routine’ and I’m still adding to my pantry!

Last week I told you how I had gone to JoAnn’s Fabric armed with my 60% off coupon but was unable to use it because of the restrictions.  This week I was in an area where there was a JoAnn’s so I checked for coupons and found one I could use for something I needed.  I walked out of the store having purchased vinyl for Cricut machines (I’ll use it with my Sizzix cutter machine instead) for $12.99.   Regular price was $12.99 each and I had a BOGOF coupon so I got two for the price of one.  Each package had multiple colors in it so this will last me quite a while.  I’m already envisioning the different gifts I will dress up with cut out’s made from this vinyl and I’ll use some of it to label my gallon pickle jar canisters!

We’ve had to do quite a bit of eating out this week so we made a point of asking if there were any discounts or coupons available when we went into a restaurant.  A few times it paid off, other times we drank water instead of cola or tea to keep the cost down and we chose lesser expensive meals.   

I purchased a bottle of Manuka honey  through Amazon using affiliate money I had been earning and saving.  Thank you to all who shop Amazon through my links.  I earn a small amount when you make a purchase that doesn't cost you anything.  I really appreciate your support in this way, it helps me be able to add things to my pantry that I wouldn't otherwise be able to ... such as Manuka honey.

I was able to do some thrift store shopping this week and found a couple of things on my list ...  this twin sheet which I'll turn into pillowcases for the pillows on our bed. (The color scheme is perfect!) and this Beatrix Potter children's book. Thanks to the help of a friend who went thrifting with us, I was able to mark this item off my list.  I want the book for the illustrations which I'll use to make cards and gift tags for children.

Another good deal we came across this week was #10 size cans of mushroom pieces and stems on clearance for $3.31 each at Sam's Club. I purchased two and plan to drain the liquid and dehydrate the mushroom pieces.  I'll take the liquid and freeze it in ice cube trays and add them to the freezer part of my pantry. I'll use them for seasoning purpurses or for adding to soups and stews.

On my shopping list for a while has been electrolyte powder and this week I found it in individiual packets at Sam's Club on sale for $3.50 off the regular price.  I added one to the medicinal part of my pantry.

That's it for me this week, what about you?  What have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally this week?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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  1. Great savings Patsy. Love the idea of what to do with the large cans of mushrooms! Have a great day!

  2. Thanks for posting your amazon link. I looked all over the place the other day and couldn't locate it! Do you know an easy way to save it on Amazon for future purposes? I know someone has figured this out :) I do have an Amazon Smile page somehow memorized (actually, my daughter worked some magic) for a Christian camp that we have supported for years, but sometimes I just want to go through you. The timing is good as I have a cart full of stuff I am mulling over before purchase. One item is an air filter. Have you ever used one (freestanding, electric) for allergies/asthma? I haven't but I've sneezed all morning and really don't want to go asthma koo-koo next.
    There are some interesting diy recipes for electrolytes on the web. I haven't tried any, so no recommendation. I think they usually use "real" salt as one ingredient. I am sensitive to artificial colors and flavors so this sounds like an alternative I should follow up on :)
    Good idea about cutting up a book. I always forget about that as an inexpensive decorative DIY.
    Brenda Montanye

  3. I didn't know there was such a thing as electrolyte powder! Thank you for telling us about it! I will check our Sam's. Are there other numbers besides an item having a one at the end that signifies a really good mark down at Sam's?? I need to check out Costco's too. I know to look for the star on the price sticker on the shelf. They tell you they are running this item out for one reason or another. Sometimes it just means they will be coming back in different packaging. Other times they will not be getting this item ever again. They never seem to know why! :) I believe there are other things to look for too. Sarah

  4. Wow what a great idea to drain and dehydrate the mushrooms. I will remember that!

  5. I have built up my pantry little by little, enough that being housebound for almost a week due to Hurricane Harvey, I was able to cook hot breakfasts and dinners for 4 adults and a toddler every day, and either leftovers or sandwiches for lunch. I was even able to make brownies and cookies (out of boredom lol). I had plenty of bread and milk. Being prepared saved me lots of stress and I didn't have to wait in any lines either before or after the storm!


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