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 15 April 2018

It’s that time of the week again – frugal accomplishments time. YAY! Be sure to check out the amazing find Brandy posted on this week’s post at The Prudent Homemaker. So neat!

I’m excited to say I got some decent cashback on Ibotta this week, both for myself and for my daughter to add to her account. (I shopped at two stores today and each of us used one receipt.) We also found some snackie things on clearance at the base store that made everyone happy. Of course we also did a lot of our usual things to keep costs down, which always helps. So here goes my list: Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 24 Mar 2018

It’s time for the weekly Frugal Accomplishments post! Woohoo! Mine is pretty short this week, but there are lots of neat doings over at Brandy’s post for the week. As always, she’s got lovely photos posted as well. Ready? Alrighty, here we go:

  • Borrowed ebooks on Kindle Unlimited and OverDrive
  • Used cloth handkerchiefs and personal wipes
  • Used wool dryer balls in loads run through electric dryer
  • Received statement of utility rebate – we were under the average and earned $24.51, but the trigger for a deposit is $25. AAAAAHHHHH! 😉 We’ll definitely get it next cycle, at least!
  • Used library internet for the kids’ schoolwork while I worked on a proofreading project for a new client
  • Borrowed – and returned by due dates – library books and DVDs
  • Attended a free HAM radio class; one of the instructors had multiple copies of a book we need for a different class, and she very kindly gifted it to us rather than me ordering it when we left
  • Received the reimbursement check for my daughter’s orthodontia treatment; put half in savings to help her pay for CNA schooling next year and set half aside to pay for some things our family put off while paying for the treatments originally
  • Received a free Advance Review Copy of a friend’s new book (more on that after I write up the review!)
  • Daughter babysat one night and interviewed with another family for babysitting jobs
  • Edit to add: Daughter had two weeks of spring break (one regular week and one week of GED orientation for the new students, which she attended last quarter as a newbie and didn’t need to go to this time) – saved gas by not providing transportation for her for eight days of classes

    How did your week go? Any exciting frugal finds?

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 4 March 2018

I’m so excited! Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker has a post up this week, thanks to a work-around on her computer issue. So for anyone who missed her posts, head on over – there’s tons of inspiration and encouragement, as usual, from Brandy and her readers.

We had some pretty groovy things happen this past week and weekend and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you today. As always, please feel free to share your frugal accomplishments in the comments here or a link to them if you blog. I’d sure love to hear from you!

Here’s how things went for us the first week of March: Continue reading

Personal Challenges for March 2018

I’ve decided I’ll be doing three personal challenges this month: another No Spend Month; another Pantry Challenge; and the 31 Bags in 31 Days challenge. All three of these will be adapted a bit for my needs and my family situation, but I’m sure they’ll still help bunches.

My friend E. and I made the decision back in January to make March a No Spend Month, during a discussion about the government shutdown and how it affects both of our families. I was super excited to get a message from her recently that her “other half” is on board and excited to do the NSM challenge as well. I speak from experience when I say that it’s HUGE when everyone in the household (or at least all those with access to the money) is a willing participant. So here’s to saving some serious cash in March! My rules are as follows: Continue reading