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Farm Down Payment Fund Update and Preparations

June 24th, 2016 at 01:17 pm

$44,000.00 Starting Balance
+__,500.00 Deposit Addded
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$44,500.00 New Balance

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to add anything to this fund this month, but I was able to squeak out $500.00 as we spent most of the overtime money putting ourselves into a position to survive the next several months without having to purchase much and get ahead on some things.

We stocked up on staples like flour, sugar, brown sugar, oil, spices, toilet paper, soap (body, dish, laundry), shampoo, rice, reusable canning lids, pickling salt, freezer bags (so we can freeze garden veggies that don't can well), peanut butter, tuna fish, condiments, facial tissue, and OTC medications.

It'll be a close next two weeks, but not tight. All payments have gone out or been scheduled and nothing else is due until after next payday on the 8th. The garden is in full swing now with both fruits and vegetables, so I really should not need to set foot in a store for anything but dairy and vitamins.

I have PT today and next Friday, but the money is put aside for that, too. So really, it all should be good. I am hoping on the 8th to purchase a 30 pound box of ground beef from the farm. That is the only thing we are low on in the freezer. If not we will just have to make due with ground rabbit and ground pork, which actually make some pretty tasty burgers, tacos, meat loaves, and meatballs. They just don't provide much iron.

We also stocked up on animal feed so we will have that on hand for a good long while.

10 Responses to “Farm Down Payment Fund Update and Preparations”

  1. Carol Says:

    Sound smart.

  2. Carol Says:

    Sorry. That was meant to be sounds smart.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I think your planning will pay off.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck and awesome forethought.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    I hope it all works out for you. You really are excellent at planning!
    Our garden just kicked up, too. We won't have to buy any veggies from the grocery store until late September. It's a good feeling.

    I do want to ask about your reusable canning lids. What kind do you use and do you find they are just as reliable as the one-time use lids?

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wow, despite everything else, you were able to set aside the $500 farm money. Remarkable, and you are going to get there, for sure....I'm trialing a single jar of bottled blue water with a Tattler lid. Almost 3 years & still holding. They are a big investment up front aren't they? A less known, less expensive reusable lid is on my Amazon wish list, but seem to have gone off the market. Do you know how long the rubber or silicon seals last?

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thrift--I am using the Tattler lids. I have been using the original ones for a while, but have just invested in the new EZ seal Tattler lids. I bought the green ones, so I could tell the difference between the old ones and the new ones, since they require different use techniques. The use of the new ones is more like the use of the metal ones. Once sealed they are just as reliable. I have had a little higher failure rate of sealing with them, but I am hoping the new style lids will stop that. I always can expensive things with metal lids and things I grow for free with the Tattler lids. I will see how the new ones work before I risk meat on them.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Joan--Yeah, they are a big investment, but they will save money in the long run. I did a cost analysis and they will have paid for themselves after 3 uses against metal lids. The fourth use on will be free until such time as you have to buy replacement seals. From what I've read the seals can last up to 20 years if you are careful with how you remove the lids and don't nick them or tear them. The lids will last indefinitely. I've only been using them for less than 2 years.

  9. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    On Tattler's website there used to be a testimonial from someone who'd used the same lids since the 70's. That must be when they were first made.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yes, I believe they came out in the 70's or possibly the 60's. The lids are really made to last. The seals will wear out eventually.

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