Stick a fork in me I’m done!

Got the shopping all done but a couple of the plumbing tools and I passed today on the limes and lemons. I’m still working on the onions and I figure it would be better to wait until those are done before starting more processing.  Add in getting the eggs oiled and stored.  I  have plenty to do this week.  If I get everything done,  I have until May 6th before the sale ends. I did get everything else on my shopping list and need to add some more buckets for storage.

I got my rain barrel and the price seemed to increase almost 25-30% in just the last month. I’m not sure but it could be the price of plastics is up because oil is up, the season has created more demand or Ben Bernanke’s wonderful little printing press. It did take both Mom and I off-guard with the huge jump.  Still, I’m getting a darn good price of about $36.00 per barrel with Mom’s senior discount and only 1 more barrel to go for me to have my basic water collection system done.

Picked 12 of the metal water bottles from the Dollar store so those are ready if/when my little III per stickers come in the mail. I’m hoping to sell a few of them and if not the can be gifts or barter items.  These are the same bottles I tested for boiling water via my little Sterno stoves.

Even though I missed my walk-in greenhouse I did get some neat items at Big Lots.  Got a big bottle 116 loads of laundry detergent, for me that’s about a year’s worth of soap.  A couple packages of socks and undies and a good buy on Ritz Crackers in bulk.  So for all the cotton undergarments should be good for at least the next 2 years or more.  I love crackers and want to go back and get a couple more of those bulk boxes.

While at the farm store Mom and I got a few more plants.  My last Rosemary plant did not do well at all last year so we are trying something called an ARP Rosemary. It’s supposed to do better here in Idaho compared to your regular Rosemary plant.  Going to try a bush cucumber as opposed to the vine type and a couple of tomato plants from a big Beefsteak to a smaller but rainbow colored heirloom tomato. I’ve had pretty good luck raising Roma tomatoes each year.

My neighbor gave me eight Sunflower plants that I will pass on to my sister who loves them.  The darn squirrels are great at planting nuts and seeds but the placement leaves a bit to be desired!  I should be able to get everything planted this weekend as I do have a only 3 raised beds in the back.  Then next week I can go to work on the front yard edible/landscaping beds.

I got a couple of ‘junk silver” coins, a Ben Franklin 1/2 dollar and a couple of Mercury dimes. I’m kinda going easy on the silver and focusing on tools for May especially the plumbing tools. June will be getting a load of wood/mill ends (10 cords). Then go to work on the odds n sods for putting in a wood stove. If everything goes as planned and that demon Murphy stays away I expect the wood stove could be installed by October and it will have a huge impact on my winter heating bill.

All in all I’m pleased on how well I’m doing this year. I have gotten several Big ticket items as far as costs go that are in in the hundreds of dollars total. A few that took me some time to realize how critical they can be for survival. But no debt incurred and I’ve been able to handle little emergencies without freaking out. I have taken into account the new inflationary normal. It’s darn empowering to be able to be proactive rather than reactive when life hands you a nasty curve ball.  Some folks would think nothing of spending a couple of hundred dollars and some folks are grateful if they have $20.00 per month that they can actually spend on them selves/family and not bills or needs.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone. You have your life to make it the best of it you can, using your own skills and capability.

4 Responses to Stick a fork in me I’m done!

  1. Mr. Fed Up says:

    Nice post. I get so frustrated trying to find decent deals at the grocery stores. And then you get all those coupons each week…but they just lead to headaches:
    http://fedupfood.com/2012/01/20/big-savings-really-just-lead-to-big-pains/

  2. Jamie says:

    Mr. FedUp I’m not sure what I can tell you that can help but just the average shopping cliches. I’m not big on coupons though I’ll use them if I have a need and coupon meets in in time and space. LOL
    One big advantage of prepping of six or twelve months of the basics and food so you can afford to wait on sales. I’m doing great on most items but coffee is getting ready to bite me on the butt big time and I’m down to under 3 months worth. So I’ll have to suck it up and get a few cans, and get to work on a 12 month stockpile (again). I did very good on other items and I’m staying within my $125.00-$150.00 monthly grocery list. But I have to admit I waited a bit long on restocking coffee and recognizing the new price point.
    I saw an interesting article of could you live on Food stamps? They also tweaked down the numbers just to make a bit more of a challenge I guess…. I could live on food stamps easily as I don’t get them now and get a credit of $125.00-$150.00 to spend freely on just food items? Yeah, I think I could get by on that….. I’ve not only got by on the budget but built a little stockpile of 3 to 6 months worth of most items.
    It’s not easy and you have to work at it and change your mindset a bit, but it is doable even living on the dole without all the other Government goodies.

  3. Gods-Hammer says:

    Jamie,
    A really nice and inexpensive hoop-house greenhouse can be made from 3/4 inch pvc pipe and construction sheet plastic…. the ends have to be enclosed a “door” on one end and a “window” on the other for ventilation if it gets to hot in there. Here is the link to a PDF http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/publicat/postharv/green/small_greenhouse.pdf
    this would make a nice project for a get together/training day for Jamie’s Block Irregulars ; )

  4. Jamie says:

    Hammer, My Mom is getting some of her windows replaced and has offered them to me. I’m thinking I may be able to make a long term Green house so It might be best just to wait and save my money.

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