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?

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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