September 8 to September 15, 2017
Another week into September – where does the time go! This is what we did this week to save money.
Of course, we engaged in all our usual money saving tactics such as hanging the laundry, taking my lunch and snacks to work, and diligently using our left overs. We included our garden produce, as limited as it was, in our meals. This week I made a lovely gluten free zucchini lemon loaf from one of our garden zucchinis.
This week we worked together to clean up our backyard and make space to park my car for the winter. Part of our clean up included removing the sheets of metal roofing we had leaning against a very large, west facing window. This window allows the sunlight and heat to pour in all summer, even with an exterior solar blocking blind. We don’t have air conditioning in our poorly insulated house so when the temperatures were hovering close to 40°C this summer, we resorted to desperate measures. We blocked the window with some extra sheets of metal roofing. This “redneck” fix may have looked tacky but it worked. However, the winter winds and snows could damage the metal sheets so we put them away until next year.
Keeping the Pantry Stocked:
I used the plums I harvested last week to make another batch of plum butter. I combined the apples I picked from my neighbour’s tree with the jalapenos given to me by my other neighbour to make a batch of Apple Jalapeno jam. I also dried some of the plums in my dehydrator.
I mailed a repaired quilt back to its owner and I sent the purple quilt out to the long arm quilting lady. This means that I should have more time to do my own sewing – at least in theory. I started sewing a new shirt using fabric from an old cotton bed sheet but my iron crapped out. The Man took it apart only to find that it could not be repaired. Oh well, I guess I will have to focus on some of my other projects for the time being.
Looking forwards to Christmas
I remembered to strain the black walnut liqueur I started earlier this summer and add the sugar called for in the recipe. It will continue to sit until December and then I will bottle it for Christmas gifts.
How about you? How did you save money this week?