Dealing with Pantry Pests, Part Deux

Remember my first pantry pests article for The Organic Prepper, which focused on insects? Well, I mentioned in that piece that discussing rodents would be outside the scope of that piece. Luckily for me (and any readers trying to battle creepy crawlies), Daisy Luther very kindly asked if I’d be up for doing a companion article about rodents. I sure was! It’s now live on her site: Dealing with Pantry Pests: Rodents.

Y’all, I gave myself chills several times during the research for this article. I hope you are grateful for the lengths I went to for you! 😉 No, I’m kidding – you deserve my best.

Keep in mind that in areas where snakes can be an issue (I’m looking at you, Arizona and Texas…….), keeping the rodent population under control can be a big help. A fellow we met when touring homes in Texas years ago taught us that getting rid of the nesting areas and food options for the mice would help keep the snakes down as well. That’s stuck with me for, oh wow, almost six years now. I remember that particular home and property like we toured them yesterday. (In truth, it was also an amazing house. *swoon*) So whether you have concerns about rodents OR snakes, or cleaning up from the aftermath of a rodent infestation, this article may be useful for you. Let me know how you like it!

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 29 Apr 2018

Hip hip hooray, it’s almost May! It didn’t feel like it during the month, but I just realized that April has flown by. Wow! I’m going to go ahead and get my wee list up for this last week of the month, as I’m not sure what day a post will be up at The Prudent Homemaker. Congratulations to Brandy, who had a son just a few days ago – and to your whole family! Such exciting news! Continue reading

Pantry Pests Piece Posted at The Organic Prepper

Try saying that five times fast, eh? 😀 I’m excited to share that my third article for The Organic Prepper has been posted. This time it’s about those creepy crawlies that can wreak havoc on our food storage. Pop on by and check it out – it’s entitled Dealing with Pantry Pests: Bugs. You’ll never look at your oatmeal the same again!

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 22 April 2018

It’s frugal accomplishments day again! Brandy’s post for the third week of April is up and there are tons of inspiring comments to peruse as well. We had a fairly quiet week, so my list is a bit short. Hope this finds everyone well!

  • Downloaded two free Kindle books and borrowed one on Kindle Unlimited
  • Received $3.42 on Ibotta ($0.42 rebate and $3 April boost bonus)
  • Collected Swagbucks and InboxDollars codes; did the SB daily survey; clicked thru several SB emails that gave me a few points just for reading them
  • Used handkerchiefs and personal cloths
  • Opened & closed windows/blinds/curtains as necessary to cool house
  • Daughter won a $15 gift card to a fast food place through a school raffle; she used it to purchase 1 meal, which leaves her enough to get another meal later
  • Bank’s text savings program: $21 in savings in one week
  • Read a Kindle book that was published this week, which I had ordered previously at a pre-release sale price
  • Kids and I used our gift certificates from a book trade-in at the local bookshop; I used mine to order print copies of some books I really enjoyed on Kindle, purchased a used book, and bought a birthday gift for a family member
  • Charged my phone in vehicles whenever possible
  • Bought some magazines at the base store, where they are 10% off the cover price; husband needed new running shoes and got them there, where he saved sales tax
  • Attended the last session of our free amateur radio class
  • Stopped for lunch afterward, but the servings are so big, all of ate for several meals off of each
  • Husband needed Shop-Vac filters – I ordered them on Amazon (Prime prepaid shipping) through Ibotta (should be 3% back)
  • We watched DVDs from the library and made sure to put the DVDs and borrowed books by the door so I can turn them in when due tomorrow, to avoid late fees
  • Used ceiling fans as necessary instead of turning on air conditioning
  • Husband is watching a TV series on Amazon Prime
  • Used wool dryer balls when using electric dryer
  • Spotted a penny on the ground and told son so he could have it for his bank