Bartering with Mavis – 30 Pounds of FREE Chicken

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A few weeks ago, my friend Ramona made some last minute plans to travel out of state to visit her relatives.  The only problem was, she had placed a large order of chicken.

The chicken was due to arrive when she was going to be out of town. So when Ramona offered to give me 20 pounds of her chicken in exchange for picking it up, trimming the fat, packaging the meat, and then storing it in my freezer until she go back into town, I was like… Seriously?

“Of course, I’ll help you out, because we all know Mavis would never say no to 20 pounds of FREE chicken.” 

But then a funny thing happened.  When I went to pick up the chicken, I wasn’t just picking up 1 large box of chicken, but apparently 2 boxes of chicken.  For a total of 80 POUNDS of CHICKEN.

Hole.Lee.Crap.  I had not planned on picking up, processing, and storing 80 pounds of chicken.  40 pounds yes, but 80?  What that right? So I quickly called Ramona to make sure Mr. Chicken Man had the order right.  I even made him triple check as he looked at me with a totally blank “C’mon lady, people are waiting in line, just take the freakin’ chicken” bewildered look on his face.

CRAAAAAP!

So to make a long story short.  I never want to process chicken again.  Maybe I should re-think this whole Pilgrim thing after all.

~Mavis

P.S.  Ramona totally upped the ante {and NO I didn’t ask her to} and gave me 30 pounds of chicken.  Which I think was VERY generous. Hmmm.  I think I came away with a good deal this time. What do YOU think?

This chicken came from Zaycon Foods.  If you would like find out when they will be in your area next, head on over HERE to check them out.

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Video | Bartering with Mavis – Is Anybody Home?

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Before I headed over to Francisco’s house the other day to barter, I stopped by my neighbor Mrs. Active Wear’s house.  Now the one thing you have to remember about living in high maintenance suburbia is, not everyone wants to barter with you {with or without the camera video present}.

My neighbor Mrs. Active Wear is pretty awesome.  I can call her at 6 am and ask her to drive my kids to school because I’m too lazy to get dressed, and she’s usually willing to bake 750 cupcakes with me any day of the week.  In exchange I let her borrow random crap and she spies on my kids for me whenever she sees them talking to someone new.

It’s what I would call a win-win relationship.

But I don’t think bartering is her thing.  LOL.

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Video | Bartering with Mavis – Is it Hard to Barter with a Vegan?

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My goal this week is not to spend a dime at the grocery store.  This of course means I’ll be doing a lot of bartering with my neighbors.

Last night I showed up on my neighbor Francisco’s doorstep and asked if he wanted to barter with me. Francisco is a vegan, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to go home with.

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Bartering Rules!

~Mavis

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The Art of Barter: How to Trade for Almost Anything ~ Amazon

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading 25 Pounds of Whole Wheat Bread Flour for…

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Yesterday I ran into Mrs. Hillbilly while I was running errands.

While we were talking, she mentioned she picked up an Oster 2lb bread maker* at the Goodwill for a whopping $25!  And the bread making booklet was in it too!  I could see she was totally pumped about it and I was super happy for her.

Well actually let me back up a second.  I’m not sure if I was super excited for her because she had just scored a sweet deal on a bread maker, or if I was totally surprised  to find out she shopped at the Goodwill too. Hmmm.

Well anyway, as soon as I heard the words bread maker come out of her mouth, I was instantly reminded of the 25 pound sack of flour I picked up for free awhile back when I cashed in some of my Swagbucks for an Amazon gift card.  Now as much as I would like to bake bread every day of the week, I just don’t have any extra time right now. So I immediately  told her about the flour and asked her she would be up for a little bartering a little later.

Well fast forward about 6 hours…

And this is what I traded away my 25 pound sack of whole wheat bread flour for:

  • 3 cups raw almonds {for snacking and a recipe I have in mind}
  • 1 red bell pepper {we used it last night on homemade pizzas}
  • 2 pounds mozzarella cheese {used some for the pizzas and still have plenty left over}
  • 1 tub of organic polenta

What the heck is polenta, and what am I suppose to do with it?

I could tell Mrs. Hillbilly totally wanted to get rid of the polenta so I just took it and smiled.  But seriously, what on earth is it?  Mrs. Hillbilly mentioned something like, “It’s like grits, only you fry it.”

Ummm Okay?

Help!

~Mavis

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If you like Polenta {and you know what to do with it} Amazon currently has Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Grits, Polenta, 24 Ounce Packages {Pack of 4} on sale for $12.46/$3.11 each Shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading with Mrs. Hillbilly

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This morning Mrs. Hillbilly stopped by to do a little bartering.  She was looking for some vegetables, and I was looking for some sour cream and nuts.

To me it was the perfect trade.  I’m a heavy on Hubbard squash and tomatoes right now, so I was more than happy to get a few heirloom tomatoes off my counter, and a few squash off my back porch.  Sometimes growing your own food is fun, and other times it seems like you’ll never get caught up on processing it all for winter storage.  So when a neighbor comes along at just the right time and wants to barter, I greet them with open arms.

A new 2 pound tub of sour cream, 1 pound of almonds, 12 ounces of peanuts and 5 ounces of shelled pistachios.  Hot diggety, I’m happy with that.

Do you barter with your friends and family too?  Well you should. Don’t be afraid to ask, the worst thing they’ll tell you is no.

~ Mavis

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading Zucchini for Meat!

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Earlier this morning I stuck about 40+ pounds of zucchini on my porch.  After shredding 28+ pounds of the stuff yesterday, I had had it.  So I sent Girly Girl a text {I was desperate}.

Mavis – Boatload of zucchini on my porch.  You want it?

Girly Girl – What do you want?

Mavis – Ground meat.  And lot’s of it.

Girly Girl – Fine.  I’ll have Chino bring it over tomorrow.

So this afternoon when I came around the front of the house to place my green pumpkins on the porch, my zucchinis were gone and there was a sack of frozen meat in it’s place.

Clearly, Chino was the one who decided how much 40 pounds of zucchini were worth.

Because if it would have been Girly Girl, there would have only been 1 package.

40 pounds of zucchini for {5} 1.5 pound packages of organic ground buffalo?

Works for me!

Thanks Chino.

~Mavis

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading Salmon for Bison

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As I was sorting through my recent boxes of free chicken scraps, there was more watermelon, strawberries and lettuce {I’ll show you the pictures on Tuesday} than my family could eat.  Since my counters are already pretty full with free produce from the garden, I decided to see if I could barter any of the excess away.

First I called Girly Girl.

There was no answer. {Karma}

Then I rang Mrs. Hillbilly and asked her if she was interested in bartering.  She was.

I told her I was looking for Crisco.  But she only had 3 tablespoons left.

So then I said “How about some meat?”

“I’ve got smoked duck?”

“No.  How about bison, or chicken?”

“We have bison steaks.”

“Okay, I’ll be right over.”

But when I showed up Mrs. Hillbilly had 4 wrapped bison steaks on the counter.  Hmm.  4 Bison steaks for a few fresh veggies was totally not a fair trade.  So I ran home and grabbed some of our free salmon from the freezer {the Handsome Husband is always bringing home stinky free seafood}.

Free produce, garden fresh tomatoes, and 2 free stinky salmon {that I didn’t want to begin with} for 4 organic, free range bison steaks.  I’m happy.

What do you think?

Would you rather have salmon in your freezer or bison?

~Mavis

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Bartering with Mavis – When Bartering Goes Bad

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Yesterday afternoon my neighbor Girly Girl sent me a text.

GG: Do you have any beets?  My friend wants to pickle some and she will trade you for some of the jars of pickled beets for beets.

Mavis: I will only trade beets for candy.  When do you want them?

GG: Tomorrow?  She has candy.

Mavis: No hard candy.  It’s crap.  Do you want me to pull them now and you can just stick the beets in the refrigerator?

GG: So chocolate only?  We will be driving by in 30 minutes, if you want to trade today.

Mavis: When will I get my candy?

GG: 30 minutes

Mavis: K. Deal. I’m leaving  to go to Home Depot in a few minutes. They will be on the porch.

When I came home this is what I found on the porch.

1 pint sized jar of Dove chocolates.

I think I seriously got ripped off.

Note to self: Always barter in person, never leave vegetables unattended on the porch.

~Mavis

 

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Bartering with Mavis – Will Trade Fresh Vegetables For…

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My friend Amber and her daughter stopped by this afternoon to learn how to can jam.  I was shocked when I had heard Amber had never canned before, so I offered to teach her how.

As Amber and I worked in the kitchen preserving, her daughter picked vegetables in the garden. Not only did Amber’s daughter pick the vegetables, but she weighed them for me too.

And in the end I traded 15+ pounds of fresh vegetables, eggs and canning lessons for…

A 50 pound bag of sugar, a frozen turkey, 1 bottle of lemon juice and some frozen blueberries.  Wowza!  What a trade.  I still can’t believe it.  I now have enough sugar to get through canning {and maybe even baking} season, plus I know what I’ll be serving for dinner tomorrow night.  Turkey!  Hot Diggety, I love bartering!

So what do you think?

Who got the better deal?  Mavis or Amber?

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Bartering with Mavis – How to Barter with Your Neighbors

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The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird was complaining yesterday that we “don’t have any food.” Booo Hooo. So I went over to Mrs. Hillbilly’s house to try to score some “food.”  You know, the kind that doesn’t have dirt all over it.

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