July 11 – July 18, 2016
This week was spent waiting for summer to make an appearance. The unusual weather has effected our money saving endeavors. On the positive side, the wild berries seem to enjoy the cool weather. I used the black currants I picked last week to make eight jars of black currant jelly for this week’s pantry challenge. A quick search on the internet revealed I would have to spend about $30.00 to buy that much jam. Not too bad! That’s $30.00 that I can keep in my pocket.
However, the humidity affected the jelly and it did not set! I was faced with several jars of syrup instead of jelly. Happily, I was able to find directions on how to rescue jelly and this story had a happy ending.
The cooler weather meant that we could make another trip to the bush to collect two more truckloads of firewood. We also foraged a bucket of mixed raspberries and thimbleberries that I stuck in the freezer. I will keep collecting these juicy red berries until I have enough to make more jelly.
The overcast, rainy days means that we have not had to use the fans to keep the house cool and that should keep our electric bill down. It also means that my upstairs sewing room has been cool enough to spend some time sewing. I finished a sample patch for a new quilt I am considering making from old blue jeans, a dish mat from fabric from my stash and an old towel, and a bag for storing potatoes. A friend made me a dish mat as a Christmas gift and I love using it when I can. I use it as a trivet for hot jars out of the canner and for a place to put wet peaches when I am skinning them. I also played around with the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to hem a cloth for straining berries to make jelly.
On the downside, the cool wet weather is affecting our garden. Our poor garden is not doing as well as hoped. Everything seems to be in suspended animation and is not growing well. I was hoping for better results but I am grateful for what we have been able to harvest. There may not be many potatoes, but they sure are tasty.
How about you? Leave a comment and tell me how you saved money this week.