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fall leaves

It finally feels like fall. The leaves are falling like crazy, the temps are dropping and let me tell you Bob, I can practically smell the hot cocoa and fresh apple cider. It’s my favorite time of year!!!

How about you? Are you a fan of fall too?

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 67% Off Hitchcock Titles and 30% or More Off Philips Wake-Up Lights

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

kashi honey almond bars

Get the 4 Pack of Kashi Chewy Granola Bar-Honey Almond Flax for just $8.34 shipped when you clip the 24% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Are you a candy corn fanatic like me? Then you’ll love my Easy Candy Corn Mason Jar! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

screaming doormatA few deals for fight night:

Portable Solar Charger

Amazon has the Portable Folding Solar Charging Kit for iPads, iPhones, Tablets, Phones or Anything with a USB Connection for $49.99 shipped {reg. $149.99}. It makes a great addition to any emergency kit, when the power is out, you can charge your electronics using the sun.

starbucks rewards

Any Starbucks fans out there? ;) Join My Starbucks Rewards and sign up to receive email rewards, and you’ll get a free drink. It’s that easy. {I just did this}. Wahoooo!

Cat Self Defense KeychainThis Black Cat Self Defense Key Chain would make a great little stocking suffer or gift tag tie on for someone who has to walk to their car at night. Only $2.59 shipped! The pink version is $3.30 shipped.

skeleton tights

Easy Costume Ideas:

downton abbey season 5

Did you know you can Pre-Order Season 5 of Downton Abbey right now?! Yes.You.Can.{This title will be released on January 27, 2015}

Don’t forget when you place a pre-order if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. AWESOME!

serta california king mattress

Looking for a new mattress? Check out these deals:

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vitacostVitacost is having a B1G1 1/2 Off Sale with FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more. Go HERE to check out the sale. If you have never ordered from Vitacost before, go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

Black-Bean-Quinoa-Salad-recipe

This Black Bean Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite ways to serve quinoa. I try to make a big batch so I have some leftovers, because it’s perfect for lunch the next day {or anytime you happen to be passing the fridge!}. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

colman sleeping bagREI Outlet Deal of the Day - Coleman Contoured Sleeping Bag $24.73 {was $49.99} Sleep comfortably during mild spring, summer and fall car-camping adventures with the Coleman Contoured Sleeping Bag.

rei garage sale

The Epic REI Garage Sale is happening this weekend, October 18th, 2014 at most REI Stores. Don’t miss out!

family circle magazine

Get a 1 year subscription to Family Circle Magazine for just $4.49!

olay soap coupon

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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

When my buddy {and old neighbor} Hulda stopped by to help me unpack a garage full of boxes, these were the muffins she brought along. I didn’t think it was possible, but they made me love her a little more. Everyone needs a Hulda! And everyone needs to try these muffins. They have whole wheat flour and a really reduced amount of sugar, but all the flavor is still there. It’s like the taste of fall in one bite!

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups flour {you can use a mix of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour}
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup grapeseed oil {vegetable, canola or olive oil will do}
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons milk
3 eggs

Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon water

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffin recipe

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line muffin tins with baking cups or grease tins with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the first 8 ingredients {up to but not including the pumpkin puree}. In a separate bowl, mix the next 5 ingredients {all wet ingredients}. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix just until combined.

Evenly distribute batter into prepared muffin tin. If you have major OCD like me, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill your muffin tins. But if you’re like the normals of the world, just fill the tins 2/3rds of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the muffin pan and let cool before glazing.

While muffins are baking, melt butter in small saucepan.  Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until combined and then add the maple syrup. Thin with water if desired. Drizzle glaze over top of muffins and enjoy!

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Free Kindle Books, Fire Starters, Bob’s Red Mill Coupons, FRYE Boot Sale, TOMS, Recipes and More

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mavis butterfield

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Last week I dropped my iPhone one to many times and had to order a new Otterbox Defender case for it. The cheapest one I could find was the pink camo one you see me using above and let me tell you Bob, I’ve already had 2 comments on it from women wanting to know if I hunt. ;) Good times.

I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are,

Mavis

Cuisinart 64-10N Contour Hard Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 75% Off Select Cuisinart Cookware Sets

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

wire cupcake stands

Amazon has cupcake stands on sale right now! These are perfect for parties.

infinity scarves

Amazon also has Scarfland Infinity Scarves on sale for as low as $11.69 shipped. These are gorgeous! And the reviews are awesome too. Go HERE to see all the styles available.

toms shoes for little kids

Right now you can save 25% on select sale styles at TOMS.com as well as save an additional $5 off $25 or $10 off $100 every day on everything from TOMS. These adorable kids light blue shimmer pink butterfly and yellow daisy shoes Go HERE to start shopping.

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This post- How Do You Teach People To Eat Healthier- generated quite a lot of buzz. What do you think?


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Vitacost is having a B1G1 FREE Blowout Sale with FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more. Go HERE to check out the sale. If you have never ordered from Vitacost before, go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

fire-starter

Winter is right around the corner and these Survival Magnesium Flint Fire Steel Startersare nice to have on hand and Amazon has them on sale right now for just $1.96 shipped!! {My son LOVED trying to start fires with his}. <– Under supervision of course. :)

hydration packsGet a Source Force Multi-Function Hydration Backpack from Groupon for just $24.99 shipped! This is a fantastic deal!!

saveur magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Saveur Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 9/23/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Freezer-Meals-Ground-Beef-Pot-Pie

I love these Freezer Meal Ground Beef Pot Pies anytime, but as fall approaches and nights get a little chillier, eating one of these toasty right out of the oven is my favorite!! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

bob's red mill

Hop on over HERE to print 4 new Bob’s Red Mill Coupons good for $6 in savings when you sign up for the October Unprocessed Challenge.

FRYE-Boots-Shoes-Handbags

Yee-Haw! 6pm has FRYE Boots and Bags on sale with saving up to 60% off today. These boots are yummalicious!!! Go HERE to check out all the styles avilable before they’re all gone.

Horizon™ Mac & Cheese coupon

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Apple Strudel Muffins

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Apple Strudel Muffins recipe

All you have to say is strudel and I know it’s going to be a hit around my house. We are big strudel fans. And I was right, these muffins were a total hit. What I love most about a good strudel is that it gives you a little extra something. A traditional strudel has a tasty filling and these muffins have a little extra treat on top. And it is fan-freakin-tastic.

ginger gold apples

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups cubed apples {peeled and cored}
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Apple Strudel Muffins

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F. Line muffin tins with baking cups or grease tins with cooking spray and set aside.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Add in vanilla and stir until incorporated. Stir in apples, and carefully fold in the flour mixture.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture forms coarse crumbs. If you have major OCD like me, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill your muffin tins. But if you’re like the normals of the world, just fill the tins 2/3rds of the way full and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Cool slightly and serve warm.

This recipe makes approx. 12 muffins, and these freeze exceptionally well!

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Blackberry and Toasted Pecan Quinoa

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Blackberry and Toasted Pecan Quinoa

So many people automatically think oatmeal for breakfast if they want something warm and hearty on a chilly fall morning. Think again. Quinoa for breakfast is where it’s at. In fact, I might start a “Vote for Quinoa” campaign. And once you try this recipe below, I think you’d totally become a backer too.

red quinoa

Ingredients

1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup quinoa {I used organic red quinoa from Vitacost}
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans, toasted
4 teaspoons agave

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cook quinoa in water and milk. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. It cooks just like white rice, so the most important thing to remember is to use the ratio of 1 part grains to 2 parts liquid {use the milk and water as your liquids here}.

If you do not have a rice cooker, simply add the quinoa, milk and water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered until the liquid has been absorbed and grains are tender {about 20 minutes}. Let cool covered for about 5 minutes.

While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in oven for 5 minutes or in a skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes.

Stir blackberries and cinnamon into the quinoa, top with pecans and drizzle with agave. Enjoy!

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Free Kindle Books, Scotch Laminator, Garden Tools, Spaghettio’s, Lucy Active Wear and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Hello Tuesday.

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning. I hope you have a great day!

Mavis

Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 77% Off a Scotch Laminator and Laminating Pouches

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy!

garden tools

Fall clean up is right around the corner… Here are a few deals I spotted:

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What to do with those broken pots? Throw them away? Not so fast!  Make these fun Broken Pot Plant Markers! Find more cool projects on my Arts and Crafts Pinterest Board.

spaghettios

Get 24 Cans of Campbell’s Original SpaghettiOs, 15 Ounce Cans shipped for just $21.36  when you clip the 20% of coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

lucy workout sale

Zulily is having a big Zulily Workout Sale today! My daughter and I both LOVE Lucy workout bottoms and shorts because they fit so well. Head on over HERE to see the sale. New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up.

kelty green sleeping bag

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Kelty Ignite 40 Sleeping Bag $64.73 shipped {was $129.95}

vitacostVitacost is having a B1G1 1/2 Off SALE with FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more. Go HERE to check out the saleIf you have never ordered from Vitacost before, go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

dwell magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Dwell Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/19/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

egg roll

A healthier version of the traditional egg roll. I could eat these Baked Not Fried Pork Egg Rolls for days! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

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Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Some of my very favorite muffins are these Strawberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. Seriously the best strawberry muffins on the freakin’ planet. So since it’s the height of the blackberry season, I decided to fiddle with it and use blackberries instead. Good job me. It did not disappoint. Since I’m going to freeze both strawberries and blackberries, I’m going to have a heck of a time choosing which one of these recipes to bake all year because these were just as good! Decisions, decisions.

blackberries

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup blackberries, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

crumb topping recipe

Crumb Topping

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line muffin tins with baking cups or grease tins with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add oil, egg, and milk and stir until there are no lumps. Fold in blackberries and set aside.

In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the crumb topping with your fingers {or a fork if you don’t like to touch your food} until nice and crumbly.

If you have major OCD like me, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop to fill your muffin tins. But if you’re like the normals of the world, just fill the tins 2/3rds of the way full and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Cool slightly and serve warm.

This recipe makes approx. 12 muffins, and these freeze exceptionally well!

Blackberry Muffins with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

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Free Kindle Books, Canning Supplies, Sure Jell Coupon, Smart Stick, Recipes, Coupons and More

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the papery victoria bc

Ahh Friday, I LOVE you. ;) This week just flew by and let me tell you Bob, I am tired. Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a nap or two in this weekend. How about YOU? Got any cool plans for the weekend?

Mavis

The Rodgers  Hammerstein Collection

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

No Sugar Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin, 1.75-Ounce Boxes

Print a coupon good for $2.00 off on C&H Sugar & 2 SURE•JELL Pectins

smart stick blender

Amazon currently has the Cuisinart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender on sale for $29.99. I use mine to help make my families favorite Heirloom tomato sauce.

Heirloom Tomato Sauce Recipe

Get the recipe for my Heirloom Tomato Sauce HERE or Pin it for Later.

canning supplies

Here are a few canning deals:

boc sandals

Zulily has B.O.C. Summer Sandals on sale today starting at $26.99 with lot’s of cute styles available.  New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up. The HERE to get this deal.

lasses Eyewear Case Holder

Get a Black Eyewear Case Holder from Amazon for only $2.24 shipped.

cotton candy machine

We gave our daughter a cotton candy machine a few years ago for Christmas and now she uses it every time she has a sleepover. The kids love it and it’s become a cool tradition at our house.

v-neck tshirtsLooking for some inexpensive V-neck shirts? Prices start at $3.97 for these Next Level Apparel Women’s Deep V-Neck T-Shirts. Now that’s a great deal! There are 16 colors to choose from.

vitacost dealsSave up to 65% off  this week at Vitacost. If you have never ordered from Vitacost before,  Go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

field and stream june 2013

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Field and Stream Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/11/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

the North Face Hoodies

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Women’s The North Face Zahri Hoodie

How to Dehydrate MangoesStock up on fruit when it’s on sale and dehydrate it for a delicious snack. Check out How to Dehydrate Mangoes HERE or Pin it for Later.

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 23 and 24 of 52

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tyson chickenCostco $22.78

I’ve changed my shopping habits a bit this week. With all of the end of the year/graduation activities around here, our eating schedules have been totally off. So this week I played catch-up a bit in the shopping department. Plus, The Girl and I are gone all this week and I had to make sure the HH and Monkey Boy don’t starve!

albertsons grocery shopping trip

Albertsons $27.92

Monkey Boy put in a few requests this week and I obliged. I also was running low on popcorn for movie night with The Girl and they had some on sale, so I snatched them up!

simply orange juice

Fred Meyer $5.62

I’m trying to make sure the crew we leave behind has at least a few healthy alternatives while we are away. Anyone wanna guess how much of the good for you food is left when we get back?

vitacost groceries

Vitacost $5.05

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered a boatload of treats for the boys to enjoy while The Girl and I are away this week. Now anyone care to wager how much of the snack food will be left at the end of the week? {Ha! My guess is going to be NONE.}

QFC shopping trip

QFC $13.63

I stocked up on easy to prepare foods so the boys can make some quick meals. Anyone can prepare hot dogs, right?

fred meyer shopping trip

Fred Meyer $12.67

And a few more healthy staples to round out our week.

smith brothers milkWe had this Greek Gods Honey Strawberry yogurt delivered this week with our milk delivery. Let’s just say it lasted all of an hour around here. We put that on our keeper list for sure!

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

How’d you do this week? Do you find yourself shopping differently as the seasons change? I sure do!

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $87.67
Total Spent This Year $874.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

Smith Brothers Farms Logo

One Hundred Dollars a Month is proudly sponsored by Smith Brother’s Farms, my family’s favorite milk. Check out their website HERE and learn about the over 100 top quality products Smith Brothers Farms can deliver to your porch box.

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Food Waste – How Much Food Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year?

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. The food in this story was donated. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

food waste in America #SaveitsundayI recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

Well basically, it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

When I started this challenge and partnered with Glad, I really thought I understood how much people {myself included} were wasting. I didn’t. I had never quite grasped what it really looked like. Until now.

grocery shopping tripAmerican families waste about 25% of the food and beverages they buy annually. That’s a fact. The estimated cost of food and beverages thrown out by the average American family each year is around $1,500. Sadly, that’s a fact too. FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. That means people are throwing away and wasting more food than I’ve spent in an entire year to feed my family. Blows. My. Mind.

It’s easy to turn the other cheek and ignore the problem until it’s staring you in the face. Until you see what $1,500 in food waste looks like. Until one thousand five hundred dollars’ worth of food is sitting in your kitchen. It’s overwhelming really. And it’s a wake-up call I hope echos to each of you.

When I ventured out with Glad’s education grant for $1,500 to see exactly what this amount of money in food waste looks like, I wanted to make sure I covered all my bases. I know we all shop differently. We all frequent different stores and have different eating habits and spend our food budgets differently. So I shopped at 10 different stores, spending $150 at each on a variety of food products.

Grocery Outlet Shopping TripGrocery Outlet - I was able to get the biggest bang for my buck here. I had to pick through a lot of scratch and dent items and ignore expiration dates a few times, but I was able to get a solid variety of items.

winco shopping tripWinco - Winco continues to be my favorite non-couponing store to shop at. Huge selection. Great stock. Excellent prices. I bought a few higher ticket items here including bulk sugar, salmon and a few hams.

walmart shopping tripWalmart Super Center - I’m not typically a Walmart shopper, but I knew, because they are the nation’s #1 retailer, I had to put them on my list. Lucy the Puggle Dog couldn’t have cared less about what I bought there, with the exception of that pineapple.  Pretty sure she thought I bought it for her.

pike place market shopping tripPike Place Market – The most expensive trip, but one of my favorites. All of the products I purchased were local. I knew where every item was grown, processed, packaged, etc. Everything was organic and non-GMO {well, except maybe those cookies and the pasta sauce}.

vitacost shopping tripAmazon Grocery – A random assortment from Amazon. A little of this and a little of that. Shopped in my pj’s so it was my favorite buying experience, as always.

vitacost shopping tripVitacost - Vistacost.com is a great site for getting specialty and organic products shipped right to your door. Shipping is always free if you spend more than $49, so that didn’t cut into my $150, and there were some great sales on some great products.

costco shopping tripCostco -  I had a plan going into Costco so I wouldn’t blow the entire $150 after getting distracted by all the awesomeness in the store. I stayed focused and, as a total bonus, had a full lunch consisting of a bunch of random samples. Score!

Filbert Acres Puyallup WashingtonFilbert Acres in Puyallup, Washington- Filbert Acres grows according to organic standards & specializes in quality pork, vegetables, strawberries, cut flowers & pumpkins. I just hit them up for meat, but they have an awesome CSA shares program that features the best, freshly harvested produce. I even got to hang with the farmer/owner too!

filbert acres heritage porkHeritage Pork- This is all the meat I snagged from Filbert acres. I’d say that’s a great haul of quality meat for $150!

trader Joe's Shopping TripTrader Joe’s - I just love Trader Joe’s. It’s healthy organic foods at Winco prices. Sweet!

whole foods shopping tripWhole Foods - I was a little worried I’d only be able to walk away with an item or two from Whole Paycheck, ahem, Whole Foods. But I was able to make my $150 spread a little further than expected. Plus, I know the quality of the products purchased here is excellent.

#SaveitSunday Food WasteAnd there you have it. Grand total of $1,500 in food. That’s what it looks like. Now that might not look like the type of foods you waste, but I guarantee you’ve chucked something pictured in that image above. The magnitude of that food waste was shocking. That’s the average amount of food you, me and our fellow Americans waste every year. It’s appalling.

Once I began to grasp what $1,500 worth of food waste actually looked like, I began to get angry; at myself for not being more diligent and at our country in general for not caring more. I began to realize that, if we would just take a few extra minutes a day, or just be a bit more mindful, almost every last bit of that food could be saved. Simple things like properly protecting your fresh foods the day you buy them with food protection products like GladWare and ClingWrap, which have minimal costs, can help you save in more ways than one.

food wasteCan you image what it would look like if even a portion of the readers on this site decided to really make an effort to reduce or eliminate food waste?  I know so many people who are struggling just to put a meal on the table and so many more who don’t even think twice about tossing unwanted, and perfectly usable food just to create space in the fridge. What if we found a balance there? What if the ones with excess or even simply enough made a few small changes, and suddenly, there was plenty to go around?

It’s not that far fetched of an idea. And it can start with you. {FYI - The food in this story was donated.} :)

family renewal shelter tacoma

By saving and preserving that $1,500 in potential food waste through proper food storage protection and mindful eating habits, we could instead bless charities like the Family Renewal Shelter {shown above with their therapy dogs} and Local Food Banks. Bins upon bins, representing annual food waste, instead driven to be donated to those truly in need.

I’m up for the #SAVEITSUNDAY challenge. Will you join me?

~Mavis

#SaveItSunday

For more information about the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge and how you can help, head on over to SAVEITSUNDAY.com. You can also follow Glad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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