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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Ways of My Household 8/7/2017

We found fresh green peanuts on sale for $6.99 a ¼ bushel bag. (Regular price $9.99/bag.) My husband loves home-canned ‘boiled’ peanuts so we purchased 4 bags and I canned them. 

We were given several fresh catfish.  My husband worked and worked to get them all cleaned and processed.  We wound up with about 30 pounds of meat after they were cleaned and dressed.  We divided it all into meal size portions and added them to the freezer part of our pantry.

I harvested the last of the elderberries.

Eye exams and new glasses were on tap for both my husband and I this week.  We do not have vision insurance so we told the eye doctor up front that we were not interested in a lot of bells and whistles but wanted something that would meet our needs economically.   He was very helpful and didn’t waste our time or his showing us things that were not in our price range. Sometimes in hunting for the best deal you just need to be up front and honest.  It paid off for us this time as we both got new glasses at a price we could manage.

I did a one day pantry inventorying and re-organizing marathon. I put like things together again so that I can tell how much I have of each item at a glance.  (No matter how hard I try to keep things organized in my pantry it still needs a good over all re-organizing on a regular basis.) Now, I can tell what I'm getting low on at a glance.   The picture is of one area of my pantry.

I had a JoAnn's Fabric coupon for 60% off any regular priced item. I've had my eye on a Ponte Roma knit fabric that was $14.99/yd for a while. You know what I did? We needed to be in the town where there is a JoAnn's and so I stopped in armed with my 60% off coupon and another 50% off coupon and I took my husband in with me thinking he could use another 50% off coupon from his phone. I found the fabric and got cut what I needed for 3 different pieces (I asked to make sure it was not on sale before the first cut was made, otherwise the coupons would not have worked.). I think I was blessed to get one of the nicest cashiers I have ever gotten at JoAnn's. We (she and I) were like kids trying to figure out the best ways to use my coupons. The end results ... I walked out with $125.62 worth of fabric for $56.66 and that included one pattern. Blessed indeed!

I finished reading A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard and started reading Harvest of Blessings also by Charlotte Hubbard.   I’m really enjoying this new to me Amish fiction writer and am glad that our local library has been able to get these books in for me.  

We continued to do our normal saving things, feed the compost bin and cook from scratch.

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

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

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15 comments:

  1. I found a wooden frame at a thrift for $1. It was the kind of long rectangular frame that holds calendars. It just seemed like nice solid wood and I wanted to think of a craft to do with it. I painted it and filled the calendar part with padded fabric and ribbons and now it it the memo board in my kitchen and I just love it! I stick my grocery list and recipe cards I want to make the next week on it. I had a pretty fun afternoon for a buck.

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    1. Gloria, your project sounds pretty and practical. You did good!

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  2. Hi Patsy,
    I need to get my eyes checked and new glasses soon but I'm dreading the decisions. My husband gets his glasses from the VA at no charge and I have good health and dental insurance but no vision insurance.
    How nice to get your fabric at a deal.

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    1. Rhonda, eye exams and eye glasses can be quite expensive, make sure and do your homework before you go. It will pay off in savings.

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  3. I was behind a guy in Joann's the other day. He was had two bolts of fabric, one black, one purple. Had to ask.....he was on the volunteer fire department. A member had passed and they were going to make a swag for the truck. I helped him with the dimensions....they needed 45 feet of each! $5.99 a yard. Ouch. I then asked him if he had a smart phone and pointed him to the coupons. He was quite surprised....and his $150 purchase became $90. (of course I chatted with the girl at the register and told her to make sure he got the coupon thing right!)

    I was there with my coupons getting some fabric for my new dish towels.

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    1. mdoe37, good for you on helping the fireman. Those coupons can come in handy for sure!

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    2. mdoe37 Could I ask what kind of material you chose for your dish towels? I have a hard time deciding what material. Nancy

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    3. Just saying...I might be addicted to Joanns coupons.I got $26 worth of crochet hooks for $7 by using 3 coupons.

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  4. Hi Patsy. I need new glasses too. Eye checks are covered under Medicare here in Aus but you need health care insurance to help pay for glasses. We don't have the insurance so I am saving to cover the costs of new frames. I am so hoping that I don't have to get new frames but I think this is a false hope.
    We've been caravanning around the countryside for the last 7 weeks. By the end of the week we will be home and it will be time to knuckle down and become home centred once more. Our daughter has been keeping the garden watered and the house in order but being a poor uni student she will have eaten the fridge, freezer and pantry right down. It will be time to do an inventory and begin the process of building it all up once again.

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    1. Jane, I hope you can find frames that will fit your budget. Here in the U.S. eyeglasses or just the frames can get quite expensive! I love that term 'home-centered!' It's good to go but it's also good to get home!

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  5. YOur pantry is very impressive. Could you do a blog post on how you make the boiled peanuts please? Great deals on the fabric and pattern too!

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    1. Debbie, thank you! Here is a link to the recipe/method I use to can boiled peanuts. http://pickyourown.org/BoiledPeanuts.htm

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  6. Our eye doc has a deal for single vision glasses, both frames and lenses, for $89. This is not posted anywhere and you have to ask so it does not hurt to ask if they have a deal of any kind for the uninsured. What hurts us is the bifocals and progressive lenses and my husband has a prism in one lens. I save for glasses all year. We do have vision insurance but they still cost $600 out of pocket for the two of us.

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    1. Lana, yes, those biofocals add up and that is what both my husband and I had to get!

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  7. Your canned peanuts look so good. I has beenyears since I had boiled peanuts. Peanuts are not grown as crop in my area. When I was growing up my Grandfather was a farmer in Florida & grew peanuts as a cash crop. When we would visit in the late summer he would pull some for us from the fields -- saying he needed to see how they were growing. Had many summers pulling the peanuts from the vines & waiting for my Grandmother to cook them. Thanks for the fond memories. Sharon

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