Sunday, March 30, 2014
I was able to buy 10 cans of the Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup (I know it is not good for you but I love it ) for $.19 a can! This was with a store sale and a printable coupon! I couldn't print the coupon anymore so I was able to get 10 more cans for just $.39 per can which is still a good deal!
Ketchup was $.88 cents for a 24 oz bottle so I picked up 10 bottles to add to my pantry stash!
I made 2 sheet pans of homemade granola with the bulk oatmeal from Sam's Club. We love it as cereal with milk or on yogurt. MMM mmm good!
I used bread ends and leftover buns to make bread crumbs for the pantry. I put them into the oven to dry while the granola was baking. Saved on electric by doing 2 things at once!
I have unplugged several electrical things around the house in hopes of reducing the bill. Hang drying towels still and the light Nazi lives on!!
My bucket is still in the shower catching waste water.
I made $40 in advertising on my other blog! It isn't much but it is a start! I also have orders for 4 cakes in the next week so that will help with my goal of earning $200 extra income per month. I am getting closer and closer to my goal!
Also, I had to spend money in order to make money this week. We have a huge, empty barn just sitting behind our house. I had gravel poured behind it to be able to drive in and out in order to rent the space for RV parking or boat storage. I am hoping to start a new income stream this summer. Just need to get the gravel raked out and then advertise. I am so hoping to add $50-$75 a month to our income by renting it out. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I signed up for 3 free samples and received a coffee sample this week. I love getting little packages in the mail!
I have been looking over my homeowners policy and am questioning whether or not to reduce it. The replacement cost of our home is almost $100,000 more than it is valued at. Is this too much? Do I dare to reduce the policy or can I with a mortgage? Help dear Readers! If you can weigh in on this I would appreciate it. I just don't understand why the replacement value is so high.
Well, that is about all for me this past week. What have you saved on and do you have any other income streams for your family?
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I was able to pick up 20 cans of tuna for my stash at a great price--loss leader. Our local grocery
I have been garden dreaming lately, so I was inspired by Pinterest to spray paint 2 of my Goodwill bowling balls for faux gazing balls for the yard. My cousin gave me the paint so this was a cheap project!
I also spray painted a lamp I found at the Goodwill last month. It was hot pink, but now it is black and it looks great in my living room!
Another item sold on E-bay this week so I am $5.00 ahead because of that. Every little bit helps I guess.
We are still catching water in the shower bucket and using it to flush.
My Momma treated us to KFC last week! It has been quite a while since I have tasted the Colonels secret herbs and spices let me tell you! Thanks Mom!
I finally found a pair of brand new work shoes at the Goodwill Saturday! They were $6
but I received the 10% senior discount. So $5.40 for a pair of brand new shoes! Score!! If you remember, I had to buy the gel insoles because my old shoes were so worn on the inside! But I have managed to make do until I found new ones! Good things do come to those who wait!
I was able to get my cabbage chopped and frozen for future pots of soup!
We have been eating as much food from the freezer as possible. I need to get it cleaned out for future garden bounty! I am thinking positively!
I just about had a heart attack when I received my electric bill. Most of you know I have been playing Light Nazi and have been hang drying my towels. I thought this would help but my electric bill was $306.00 last month! That is right, $306.00!!
We use propane for heat and hot water and it was still $306.00! The bill said the time period was longer than last month, and the cost went up. Boy did it go up. This is unacceptable.....totally unacceptable! I am still working on a plan to reduce it, but if you have any ideas, I would love to hear them! $306.00 for February--I am gobsmacked! Just think how much it would have been without hanging the towels and turning off the lights!
Well, that's about it for me. How have you been saving money this past week?
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Monday, March 17, 2014
So here is my To Do list for last week:
Make French Bread--still hasn't happened.
Make 1 batch of soap--didn't happen but I made 3 last week so I am still ahead of schedule
Cut and cure soap-didn't happen
Write and photograph 2 recipe posts--Finished one plus took pics for the other
Comment on 5 blogs--done
Link up to 10 blog hops--done
Order AA business cards-ordered and they have shipped!
Take pics for AA-took a couple the weather has not been great
Buy 2 bags of composted manure for raised bed garden-didn't happen.
- Make that darned French Bread
- Make a batch of soap and cut it
- Write and photograph 2 recipe posts
- Comment on 5 blogs
- Take pics for AA
- Buy 2 bags composted manure and 2 bags peat
- Link up to 12 blogs
- Order gravel for road to barn
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Summer will be here before you know it and I don't know about you but I have dry, old nasty, been wearing socks all winter so I haven't worried about how they look feet. What to do, what to do??
Why, make your own exfoliating Sea Salt Foot Scrub of course!
Here is what you need:
1 cup of olive oil
3/4 cup Sea Salt
Essential oil (scent of your choice) Lavender is calming and eucalyptus is invigorating
Small jar with lid
Pour Sea Salt into jar. Add olive oil and essential oil and stir to remove any air bubbles. Let scrub sit for 2 days. To use, just soak feet in warm water, then rub the foot scrub on, concentrating on the heel and the ball of your foot. Rinse and dry.
This Sea Salt Foot Scrub will help your winter feet look prettier for Summer sandals!
PS This Sea Salt scrub would make a wonderful gift-just add a ribbon!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I know, I know, I am so ashamed but I'll try harder this week!
I did, however, pack my lunch all week! Yes!
The bucket is still in the shower collecting cold water while we wait for it to warm. I have been using it to flush the toilet.
I trimmed my own hair--just a little on the sides.
I made one meatless meal this week.
The free samples I started signing up for, have started to arrive--Finish DW sample and a coupon for tuna came Saturday.
My Uncle Howard gave me a box of canning jars this week. I hope to grow enough food to fill every jar I own! I certainly have high hopes do I not?
DH and I went to Sam's for eggs, butter, turkey bacon and oatmeal. I am very careful about what I get there--some things are more expensive than at the grocery. Be careful--that place is dangerous to your budget!
DH and I went to the cheap seat theater with GC's from Christmas. We stopped and bought theater boxed candy at the grocery and smuggled our own water bottles in inside my purse! I won't tell if you won't! Total cost of our date night was under $5! Even without the GCs, it would have been under $10 so we decided to go at least once a month! We deserve it!!!
So what have you saved money on this week?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Make French Bread--didn't happen I must get this started
Make a batch of soap--I made 3 batches!! French Vanilla, Lavender, and Rosemary Mint!
Cut soap and let cure--Done!
Write and photograph 2 recipe posts--I wrote more than 2 posts-just not on recipes!
Comment on 5 blogs--commented on 3
Link up to 10 Blog Hops--Done
Write 3 posts for Around Alexandria--Done
Order business cards For AA-didn't happen
Survive the ice and snow storm! Done--barely!
So here is my To Do list for this week:
Make French Bread
Make 1 batch of soap
Cut and cure soap
Write and photograph 2 recipe posts
Comment on 5 blogs
Link up to 10 blog hops
Order AA business cards
Take pics for AA
Buy 2 bags of composted manure for raised bed garden
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
We did have one meatless meal last week but I still would like to have 2 per week.
We didn't have to wash towels this week. I have been harping on the kids to reuse their towels a couple of times before putting them into the hamper. It helped this week!
I found reduced bananas, reduced gala apples and several packages of reduced meat at the market last week! I love the reduced fruit--I know we have to eat it asap but it is a cheap way to buy fruits and have fresh fruit in the wintertime not to mention the need to bake that old standby we love--banana bread!!! We had fried apples for dinner and I used the peels and 2 left over apples to make apple butter! My house smells so yummy right now!
I packed my lunch all week! Go me!
I found a summer top for work at the Goodwill for $1.65 and it is just too cute! I also found a very nice item for a Christmas gift(I cannot tell you what it is because the intended recipient follows my Blog) at the Good will. I think she will love it!
My Mother and I went to the Family Dollar store and they had little girls PJs and winter outfits reduced 60 % then there was another 25% off of the reduced price. We both got several gifts for Christmas for $1-3 each. I have finished both of my nieces birthday and Christmas shopping already and have almost all of my grandbabies shopping done as well. A
little at a time and it will get finished before Thanksgiving....I hope!
Our local Meijer had Crystal light (which I love) on sale for $.99 when you buy 8. Then they had a Catalina coupon print for $4 off your next order! What a deal! I stocked up on those, let me tell you! Much cheaper that the soda my DH loves!
We are getting some bad weather right now --so I batch cooked food for the week just in case we lose power. Just heat on the fire and eat later.
I did list 6 items on e-bay to raise extra cash this month. Last month if you recall, I made $54 on one sale. I hope this helps tide us over until I get my soap business up and running! My goal is to increase our income by $200 a month by December 2014. Wish me luck!
What did you do to save money last week?
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
5. Post comments on at least 5 blogs--Posted on 3!
As you can see, I didn't get everything on my list done but I did accomplish a great deal--probably more than I would have without my to do list. He
re is my To Do list for this week:
Make French Bread
Make a batch of soap
Cut soap and let cure
Write and photograph 2 recipe posts
Comment on 5 blogs
Link up to 10 Blog Hops
Write 3 posts for Around Alexandria
Order business cards For AA
Survive the ice and snow storm!
I will be posting and reporting my progress next week!
What have you accomplished in the past week towards
meeting your goals?
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Saturday, March 1, 2014