January 3- 9, 2017
So cold! We worked hard this week to stay warm and save money.
It was unusually cold in my neck of the woods this week. One night it reached -29°C, which is unheard in this area. Our pipes did freeze, but The Man thawed them out by attaching the hose for the shop vacuum to the “blowing” end rather than the “sucking” end. He worked diligently through the ensuing days to make sure the fire was feed every couple of hours and that the water kept flowing. Our wood stores suffered but at least our plumbing made it through the cold snap.
The cold weather made me very grateful for the quilt I made last year for our bed. In my mind, a quilt pieced from scrap fabric is not only beautiful but also warm and practical.
When the weather warmed up enough to leave the fire for a while, we ventured into town. I dropped off a bag at the thrift store (and bought very little) and visited the library to borrow a book and a dvd.
I continued working on decreasing my fabric stash. I pieced a few quilt blocks for another quilt and I made a small bolster pillow using and old beat up towel for the pillow form.
In the kitchen, we saved money by using what we had in the freezer and the pantry. I took left overs from my lunches at work and home baked goodies for my snacks. I also took my own refillable water bottle.
I need to work on decreasing our food spending even more. So far, we have spent almost $100 this month. I have been hearing so many news reports of how the price of everything will rise 2017. I did a quick calculation based on the figures from one news report. The predicted price increases will cost me about 10 days wages. Time to restock my pantry. Last year, I attempted to add at least $5.00 worth of food to our pantry. I was fairly successful, but I kind of lost interest at some point in the year. This year, I will focus on adding something every week, working on some kind of an inventory system, and attempt to keep my pantry tidy and well organized so I can find what I need. As part of this goal, I am participating in the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge to motivate myself to learn new skills. Part of my grocery bill went to supplies for this challenge ($10.00) and some of my grocery spending was to add 4kg of rice and a jar of curry paste to our pantry ($21.50).
That’s it for this week. Leave a comment and tell me how you remained frugal this week and any tips for controlling your food budget. I always love hearing from you and I value your comments!