Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 6 May 2012

Stash report week 19

Just a small amount used this week for 4 New York Beauty blocks. I'm figuring 4.5 inches of fabric per block, given the amount used for the paper piecing that needs to be trimmed after each piece is added, and the amount it takes for the curved pieces.

Used this week:                       .5 yards
Used this year:                     46.5 yards
Purchased this week:                0 yards
Purchased this year:           99.25 yards
Balance:                          52.75 more yards in than out.

As usual, I'm linking to Judy's Stash report Sunday at Patchwork Times

On another topic, we're making great progress on our cost cutting measures. Scott and Matt picked up the freezer on Saturday. And the meat grinder arrived as well, this past week. So Matt and Becca treated us to a guest shopping excursion at our local Costco. We used to have a membership there, but found we didn't have enough self discipline to go in there for just what was on our list, and nothing else. We'd see all the great "deals" and "bargains" and come home having spent way more than the savings we were trying for. This time we managed to stay focused. We picked up quite a few large cuts of meat which we then came home and cut down into smaller portions. We had 2 largish center round cuts of beef that we used the meat grinder on. In the space of about 30 minutes, start to finish, there were 12 approximately 1 pound bags of ground beef. Not a bad investment at all. And we've been in touch, thanks to Jannette, with a beef grower in our area to purchase a quarter of a cow. And my daughter-in-law, Laurie, has suggested that we try the Freshco food store, rather than the Loblaws, or the NoFrills, as a more economical grocery store. Ellen sent me a link for this site http://budgetbytes.blogspot.ca/, which had a couple of recipes that immediately caught my eye. Who could have thought that blogging would end up saving us money, as well as being a fun thing to do.


  1. We are also looking for a place to purchase 1/2 of a cow. Found a great meat market but their prices are higher than I am use to paying. Grinding your own ground beef is a great idea.

  2. You know, I think it can actually become rather fun, trying to figure out ways to cut costs. Joc, Kim and I go to Sam's Club (same thing as Costco) together, and share the expenses of buying bulk -- it works out very, very well. You might consider going in together with a couple of other families/nice neighbors and doing the same thing?


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