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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