Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Ways of My Household/Vicky Challenge: 4/8/2018

(Our weather can't make up it's mind whether it wants to be spring or winter and our poor redbud tree is so confused!!!)

We worked on our shed a combined 32 hours this week.  At an average of $23 per hour we saved $736 by doing the work ourselves. 

I downloaded these e-books for free Dehydrator Cookbook: Delicious Dehydrated Recipes that will Change Your Life.  Saved $3.95   
We purchased this 8 can pack of Simply Campbell's chicken noodle on clearance at Sam's Club for $4.91.  Regular price was $9.88.  Savings $4.97

I planted some tomato, cucumber, cayenne pepper and jalapeno pepper seeds this week using seeds I saved from previous gardening years.  Savings:  $8.00  
I strained up a gallon jar of cider fire that had been working since February and started another one.
I zested the rest of the lemons we purchased a couple of weeks ago and set the zest in the oven to dry with the oven light on.  When it was dry I strained out the old lemon zest in the lemon extract I’m making and added this new zest to it.  I juiced the rest of the lemons and got about a pint of lemon juice which I’m using in lemon water.
I started a jar of olive leaf extract/tincture.  Annabel from The Blue Birds are Nesting sent the olive leaves to me fresh from the plant along with a couple of other treasures.  Thank you again Annabel!  This will give me a big savings as olive leaf extract/tincture is on average $10/oz.  I'm making 16 ounces so that means $160 minus the cost of the liquid supplies to make it of approximately $5 and the savings is $155.00.  Let me just say it again, thank you Annabel!  Research olive leaf extract/tincture and see if you're not impressed with it's attributes!

We gathered 8 dozen eggs from our chickens this week at a cost of $3/dozen gives us a savings of $24.  We've never had chickens that were so prolific in their laying!  
I asked my husband to drill holes in the top of a couple of milk jug caps so I could turn empty milk jugs into watering jugs.  It works really well for those things that need a gentle watering ... like seedlings.
I added this post to my other blog, She Hath Done What She Could.
We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.
My Vicky Challenge savings this week come to ... $939.31.  Add that amount to the total of $834.82 since March 21st, 2018 and our savings thus far are ... $1774.13.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?
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  1. You had a great and busy week! I can't believe how many eggs you are getting! Have a great Sunday.

    1. Vickie, we can't believe it either, we're giving them away to anyone who even acts like they need eggs!!!!

  2. Hi Patsy and everyone from Australia :).

    You have done wonderfully well doing all the work yourselves on the shed it saves so much money and it is amazingly expensive the hourly rate of tradespeople to do work :) . With your egg surplus have you thought about dehydrating them for your pantry for times when the chickens are not laying as it takes up little space ?. I will have some fresh eggs but alas I don't think they would make it intact to Australia he he :) .

    Our Vicky challenge added up to $791.30 in savings this week.

    Grocery and medical purchases -
    - Purchased 6 tins of lychees on over 50% off discount saving $9.30 on usual costs.
    - Bought 2 x 90pk probiotic tablets and 7 x 100pk of paracetamol at a cheaper chemist saving $33.29 on usual prices. We now have 2 years worth of paracetamol for DH's back pain and 3 months worth of probiotics in stock.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made 16 spicy fruit buns in our bread maker using zest previously frozen from lemons and oranges we were given or purchased for $3.17 saving $5.46 over purchasing them. We ate some and froze the rest in 6 bags of 2 for future snacks for the two of us.
    - Made a quadruple batch of Anzac style oat and golden syrup biscuits from items in our pantry stocks saving $8.58 over purchasing the same amount in the shops. This will be our week of treat snacks for us.

    In the gardens -
    - Saved seeds from our last of crop cucumbers so we can replant some next season and for some to sell too. We trench composted the remaining pulp and peelings from our juices in the gardens for soil amendment.
    - Picked 5.5 bunches of silver beet from our gardens and blanched and froze them to make 11 more meals for the freezer for the two of us saving $21.45 over purchasing them in the shops.
    - Bought another 3 cubic metres of cow manure for $25 and DH and I spent 3 hours unloading, spreading and ploughing it into 2 more garden beds saving $659.69 over buying it in bags and having a gardener do the work for us.

    Have a wonderful week ahead everyone and I hope you all find ways to save this week :).


    1. Sewingcreations15, you've done good with the paracetamol and probiotics. Your garden beds should be getting a nice boost with the cow manure. You had a good week, your Vicky Savings Challenge are really adding up! Good job!!!

  3. Dear Patsy, I have some Olive Leaf tincture hat is a few weeks old now so I need to test it out! Normally I would put about 5 ml into orange juice when sick. However this year I want to use it more as a preventative so I might just add to water daily.
    Jane (in Aust) dried and finely ground the leaves and adds some to her smoothies... I thought this is an idea too.
    You did so much work on the shed! This will be such an asset! With love,

    1. That's interesting that you can grind them up and put them in smoothies. For me, I think I can get the longest usage out of them by making the extract/tincture. Please let me know how yours turns out. Thanks again!

  4. Hi Patsy, like Annabel said I dried and ground my olive leaf up and have a teaspoon in my morning smoothie. I estimate that I have enough powder to take me through to about July. This was one branch of prunings from my potted Olive tree. I have tried the powder in tea but it adds a bitterness I dont like. In the smoothie, the fruit used really hides the taste.

    1. Jane, that's good to know! I wonder if I can get an olive tree to grow here ... hmmm ... I think I will do some research!

  5. You had a great week. I can't wait to see the shed finished. My husband built one about 4 years ago with help from myself and our kids. It took almost all summer but we saved a ton of money doing it ourselves. We only could work on it on the weekends as he had his job during the week. We had a very busy week and got to visit our oldest daughter for a long weekend . My list is here:

    1. Making Cents of It All, hubby is building the doors and hanging them now. We're getting closer to finishing up!

  6. I wish you were close enough to trade eggs for kinesiology!

    1. Me too, I could provide you with all the eggs you would want!!!

  7. Hi! I bought a couple of the same free books you did! Thanks for the tip about the holes in the cap of a milk jug for watering can! Have a good rest of week. Nancy


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