Monday, January 23, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 1/23/2017

Winter is my time to work on projects that allow me to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy, although, this week our outside temperatures have been in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s!  This is way too warm for the later part of January!  Anyway, I’m really concentrating on my sewing, crocheting and off season canning before gardening season gets here so you’re going to see a lot of those kinds of things in my post for a few more weeks.

So how did last week shape up?

Our well pump is fixed and my husband was able to fix it himself.  It works better than it has in a long time!  ‘Hats off’ to my husband, he did a great job!  Savings to us $300

We saved $239.11 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  

We purchased a bulk bag of shredded cheddar cheese around Christmas to make sausage balls with and needed to do something with what was left.  This week I divided it up into 1 cup increments, put the 1 cup increments in snack bags and then put the snack bags in quart size freezer bags and froze them.  I added 30 cups of cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.

Our chickens are laying really well right now so we have plenty of eggs.  I boiled several this week to use in salads.  I’m on a salad kick and boiled eggs (along with cheese) give it a bit of protein.  Yum!

 I took the t-bones from steak we’ve eaten  (we’ve been saving them in the freezer until I had enough to do something with)  and made beef stock with them.  I added 5 quarts and 2 pints to my pantry.  I also added them to my Food Preservation/Log Journal.   (At the end of January I plan to show you how I filled out January’s page.)   Savings:  $12

I found lemons on sale at Kroger a couple of weeks ago and purchased 5 bags (there were 6 in each bag).  The lemons were part of a 10/$10 sale which made them$1/bag instead of $3.49/bag which was their non-sale price.  I have slowly been juicing them and freezing the juice using these ice trays.  I have a whole quart bag full in the freezer.  I love the fact that I can reach in, get a lemon cube cylinder and pop it into a bottle of water (I also add a donk of stevia), give it a good shake and have instant lemon water.  This helps me with my goal of drinking more water!

I crocheted another dishcloth and added it to my gift trunk.   Savings $3

I continue to work on the afghan/blanket I started earlier.  It is getting to the size that it takes some space to work on it.  In other words, it is no longer portable!!!

Speaking of crocheting, I found the Lily and Cream 100% cotton yarn that I use to make the dish cloths out of on sale at Michael’s for $1.00/roll. I added 10 rolls to the sewing part of my pantry.  The regular price is $1.99/roll.   These savings are reflected in my total savings for food and non-food pantry items above.  This amount of yarn should keep me busy crocheting dish cloths for a while.

While I was at Michaels, I checked the scrapbook paper isle. I won’t buy it unless it is on clearance.  So, I looked carefully for those little yellow tags that mean ‘sale.’  I found several different sheets on sale for $.19 each that I liked.  I purchased a few and added them to the crafting part of my pantry.  I use scrapbook paper for dressing up gifts, tags and making gifts.  These savings are reflected in my total savings for food and non-food pantry items above.

I am on day 2 of my mini 10 Day Challenge to learn how to machine quilt.  I quilted a doll quilt which I’ll share a picture of when I get the binding done.   I plan to stick with small projects until I feel comfortable enough to go onto something bigger.  My goal for this mini challenge is to just learn the basics!

I’m working on my winter goals and am making good progress. I’ve been able to mark off several things already and am working on several more as well.  I find I do so much better if I set goals to work towards!

The de-cluttering and spring cleaning are continuing and it sure does feel good to be getting it done!  Slow and steady, a few minutes each day 2 -3 days a week is moving me toward the goal of having it done by gardening season. (I would love to be able to just take a week and get it done but health issues prohibit me from doing that so I developed plan B … slow and steady!)

One of the things on my goals list is to complete this quilt-a-long Pat Sloan is doing.  I have 3 blocks completed and the 4th one cut out.  I’m one block behind, but I’ll get caught up shortly.  I’m using fabrics I have on hand.

Jes, over at Strangers and Pilgrims, has started a preparedness series that is really good.  I’m following along with it and if you’re interested in preparedness without the dooms day/end of the world mindset, I recommend this series to you.  

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $719.17, add this week’s amount ($654.11) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $1373.28.  

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

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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