What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, January 17, 2014

Finances on Friday

 *** It has been suggested that I begin a LINK-UP every Friday, for anyone else who wants to share any financial pursuits/inspiration.  Look for that at the bottom of this post... I couldn't get the cool picture linky unless I paid a yearly subscription, but I was able to get a free text linky.  That should do for now.  I hope to see some of you signing up! And, as always, I love to read your comments about your financial endeavors too. ***

My efforts this week~

* I cut all the boys' hair.

* I signed up for Amazon Associate affiliate program- which means, when I link to something I like here on the blog and people follow the link and then buy something, I will get a small percentage of the sale.  I link to things often enough, it might be worth it.  It never hurts to try. (Have you heard that before?)

* made another batch of dried apple chips.  (They disappear like candy around here.)  I think I am going to keep the dehydrator out all winter and do 1-2 batches per week. I have plenty of apples left.

* put a batch of bananas in the dehydrator this morning for banana chips.

* hung comforters and sheets to dry on OUTSIDE line on a mild/dryish day this week.

* hung jeans, towels and sweaters to dry by woodstove

* Matt changed the oil in the van himself. 

* Listened to a few more lectures from Hillsdale College. This time,  The Gold Standard and Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On. (I have a netbook with speakers that I haul with me into different rooms that need cleaning and listen while I work.  Believe it or not, I can concentrate better on listening to something when my hands are working.  And I can justify listening to it when I have a million other things to be doing, because I am not sitting down doing nothing.) 

* One thing I forgot to mention last week was that while doing bills, I paid for most of the bills online or by phone...saving me the cost of stamps (and checks).  I have never really done this online before and it was surprisingly easy.  I plan to do this more often.

* Speaking of stamps: I went to the post office and bought 11 books of FOREVER stamps.  (They go up .03 in price on January 26th.)

* saved tuna water to pour on cat and dog food for a treat.

* saved, dried and crumbled all the eggshells to give back to chickens (for calcium.)

* took pictures of several items of clothing (including a wedding dress) to post on Etsy and Ebay sometime by the weekend or early next week at the latest.

What ways have you saved, strategically spent or stretched your pennies this week?


 If you have tips on how you stretch or save those pennies, quotes or inspiration to encourage, or would like to write out ways you've been financially savvy this week, feel free to link up! 

 Just remember~ link to the SPECIFIC blog post!
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