Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Ways of My Household: January 2nd, 2018

Welcome to 2018 and another year of ‘The Ways of My Household!’

It’s cold, cold, cold here and the brisk wind blowing is making it feel even colder! Brrrr!  We even have the possibility of snow later in the week which rarely happens in our area!

The holidays are over and now it’s time to get back down to the business of ‘looking well to the ways of my household’ so, without further ado, here’s a peek at the last couple of weeks  …

I found several bargains while out and about during the holidays!


I found this parchment paper at JoAnns Fabrics on clearance for $2.04/box, regular price $6.98/box.   Now, who would have thought you would find parchment paper at JoAnns, not me!  We now have enough parchment paper to last us all year!


These light kidney beans came from Walmart and were on sale for $.50/can.  We purchased a whole flat to add to our pantry.


Look at these cute fat quarters I found at Walmart on clearance for $.50 each.  I purchased them and added them to the sewing part of my pantry!


We found these black beans on clearance at Sam's Club for $3.71.  I like to use black beans when making veggie burgers.

My biggest savings though was at JoAnns Fabric!  I got money for Christmas so off to JoAnns Fabric I went to shop the after Christmas sales … and I did good!  I spent $91 and saved $172 by taking advantages of sales and using coupons!  I did some wise shopping and enjoyed every minute of it!

When I took down the Christmas decorations I noticed that a couple of my big ribbon bows I’ve used and reused for the past several years were beginning to look frayed in areas.  I noticed also that there was still a lot of good ribbon that was not frayed so I took the bows apart, discarded the frayed parts and rolled the other pieces into rolls to be used for Christmas wrapping purposes next Christmas.

 One thing I noted that I did need for next year's holidays was wired ribbon.  I found it at JoAnn's on clearance for $3.41/big roll. Regular price was $14.99/roll.  I purchased 3 rolls and packed it away with the Christmas decor.

While taking down the Christmas decorations I made note of what I had and what I did not need to buy next year.  I’ll enter this information on my ‘gift sheet’ for Christmas 2017.  I look at the previous year’s ‘gift sheets’ every year to see what we gave everyone and read any notes that I might have entered.  My yearly ‘gift sheets’ are useful and handy in helping plan our gift giving each year.

Speaking of Christmas decor, I was able to condense ours down from 5 tubs to 3 tubs.  As things wear out, break or get used up, I've chosen not to replace them.  At the season of life we're in, less is more in this area!!

I added more essential oils to the medicinal part of my pantry.  I continue to learn more and more about essential oils and am amazed at their abilities.

We’re doing a low-spend month this month but I’m still going to do my $5 or Less Pantry Building challenge each week so look for that later in the week.

Our new series for the year is on Financial Preparedness where I’ll be sharing how we’re trying to get better prepared financially with no increase in our income.

I’ll be doing an update on my 100 Day Sewing Challenge later in the week too!

That’s it for me, how did you build up your pantry or live frugally last week?

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


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21 comments:

  1. I agree now is the time to stock up on things. Those 4 pks of cream of mushroom and such always go on sale after the 1st. I stock my pantry also and find great deals at Joanns.

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    1. Sherry, yes ma'am, it's time to put our 'pantry eyes' to work and find those bargains!!!

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  2. I found a locking pill box at Joann’s last year, who would ever look at Joann’s for a pill box? I like that store.
    We are doing a low spend January too.

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    1. Rhonda, a locking pill box? That's another thing I wouldn't have thought you would find at JoAnn's! Good luck on your low spend January. It's only the 2nd day for us but so far, so good!

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  3. Patsy, I love Joann's this time of the year with all their sales. Last week and this week I have/will stocked up on yarn. I spent $139.15 (Christmas money)and saved $189.85. I want to go back this week, if I can, to get scrubby yarn. It wasn't on sale last week. Not all of what I spent was on yarn. They had small new bolts of Christmas flannel on sale by the bolt for 50% off. I got one bolt of a light blue snowflake with 8 yards on it for $27.92. I put that down in my sewing pantry/fabric stash and will be making pillowcases out of it. One of my friends asked if she could have a yard of it and I will be cutting her a yard off the bolt. I love all your goals you have set for yourself and need to work on some for myself. Have a great day Patsy!! Paula in Kansas

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    1. Paula, you got some good JoAnn's deals too!!! Love it! That snowflake flannel should make some pretty pillowcases!

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  4. Patsy, I love JoAnn's too. But I'm waiting till tomorrow to go they have an extra 20% off of total purchase for Senior Discount day. I can't wait!
    Mostly we have been eating the leftovers and reinvented meals I have been making. And of course I've been checking out the mark downs as I go shopping.
    I do have some kraut that I need to get to this week.
    Stay warm!

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    1. Laurie, we've been enjoying leftovers too! I hope you have fun and score some good deals at JoAnn's!!!

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  5. The nearest JoAnn's is 100 miles away from me so I am appreciating your bargains vicariously. :)

    I am committed this year tho, to busting my stash but parchment paper at JoAnn's? I bet they have freezer paper too since that is used in so many crafts.

    It has been cold here too. 25 BELOW zero windchill yesterday so I stayed home and hunkered down.
    I'm venturing out today though - and praying I can find some good deals too!

    One thing about cold weather - it is good for getting sewing done! 😉

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    1. Cheri, the nearest JoAnn's to me is about 60 miles away so I don't get to go very often but when I do, I try to make it count! Its very cold here but not that cold! You win the prize!!!

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  6. Wow good deals! Will the new series be here or on facebook? That sounds like a good series and an area I need to work on. Happy New Year Patsy!

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    1. Angela, the Financial Preparedness will be here on the A Working Pantry blog. Happy New Year to you too!

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  7. Great buys. I too downsize Christmas every year now. I just don't need that many decorations.

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  8. I am envious Patsi! We have a Joann's, but it isn't close so I rarely get there. The parchment paper was an awesome deal I love parchment paper! I have only been out once since Christmas and if anything was marked down it must have been bought out quickly because I didn't find anything so just bought a few things that I needed for a veggie tray. I did however can some of my dry beans with leftover Christmas ham for a bean soup starter and added 7 quarts to the cellar. I am going to venture out to KMart today to pick up some things I ordered I really scored there and possibly Walmart if I can brave the cold long enough! Haha!
    XOXO
    vicky

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    1. Vicky, I haven't been out shopping since the end of the year and will avoid the sales, except for my $5 Pantry Building Challenge each week, through the month of January. I need to can dry beans too, I hope I can get around to that this month! Stay warm, we are supposed to get snow and ice tomorrow so today has been a day of prepping for it!!!

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  9. Dear Patsy,
    You got some bargains! The closest JoAnns is 60 miles away from us, so not close either, but I love to go! I found an extra way to save there: it is a cash back app called ibotta. You buy your stuff at the store like usual with coupons, during sales, etc. Then you just open the app to scan your receipt and get 20% cash back. I use it all the time. I hope you don't mind me sharing this, as I saw the comments and so many ladies like JoAnns. (The app is good for groceries too, so helpful for building up the pantry!) Please feel free not to publish this as I don't mean to sound like I'm selling something. It is just something I use that is helpful :) The code "ayorbeb" will get you $10, too. (It is my referral code, but I just really like them so don't feel obligated to use the code.)
    Looking forward to seeing what projects you have planned for the new year. I hope 2018 is a good one for you!
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, thank you for the tip on ibotta! I didn't realize you could use it to get cash back from JoAnn's! I'm going to sign up and yes, I'll use your referral code. Thank you again!!!

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    2. Dear Patsy,
      Thank you! It is great because you get money back ON TOP of all your coupon/sale savings. You can get groceries very cheap or free and even make a profit if you combine with the rebate.
      Love, Kelsey

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    3. Kelsey, I went to sign up and found out that I had already signed up and not used it. Sorry I wasn't able to use your code and help you out.

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    4. Dear Patsy,
      That is ok! I just hope it is a help to you! Thank you.
      Love, Kelsey

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