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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~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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Bartering with Mavis – How to Trade Heirloom Carrots For a Free Lunch

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Yesterday,  Angela from Frugal Living NW and Heather from Queen Bee Coupons invited me to lunch at Panera.

For those of you who don’t know, Panera happens to be my favorite restaurant in the whole wide world. But the thing is, it costs money to eat there. This whole trying to feed your family on $100 a month thing can kind of  be a kill joy sometimes. So when I want to go out to a restaurant, I have to strategize and figure out how I’m going to pull it off before accept an invitation to lunch.  It can be a little weird sometimes.

I knew I had a balance of $6+ left on my Panera Gift card I received for Christmas, but still, if you’ve ever been to Panera, you know that’s not enough for the you pick 2 {tomato soup and tuna salad} combination and a cup of hot tea.

So what’s a cheapskate thrifty girl to do?

Bring a big fat box of heirloom carrots and hope for the best.

Originally I was thinking about asking the manager of Panera if he’d be willing to trade me some fresh carrots for a free lunch, but as it turned out, Angela was willing to BUY ME LUNCH in exchange for a beautiful boquest of carrots.  And the Queen Bee, well holy crap!

She planned ahead and brought some Beecher’s and Kerry Gold cheese!  Hot. Diggety. Dog.  I should turn pro.  Seriously, I need to write to the show Barter Kings, because pretty soon here, I’m going to have a boatload of produce, and who knows what I’ll be able to barter for it.

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Bartering With Mavis – How to Trade Garden Vegetables For Non Perishables

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Yesterday I received a call from my neighbor Girly Girl. Her daughter Lulu had just harvested 2 lbs 8 oz of red potatoes. Potatoes I had helped her daughter plant earlier this spring. Girly Girl wanted to check to see if I needed to know the poundage for my 2000 pounds or bust tally.  I told her no, technically she grew them, but thanks for thinking  of me.

And then she wanted to know if I had any extra garden vegetables to trade.

So I went out to the garden and pulled a little over 11pounds of heirloom carrots for her.

As I walked into her kitchen her eyes lit up.

“Alright, what do you want for them?”

“What do ya got?  I know I need a 1/2 cup of sour cream.”

“Go look in the pantry and find something, because I want those carrots!”

Hot diggety!  I scored 2 cartons of organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup, 1 snack sized bag of Cheetos {for Monkey Boy} and 1/2 cup of sour cream.  Not bad.  I think I did okay.  What do you think?

Should I have asked for more… or taken less?

I have a feeling now that the vegetables are starting to roll in I’m going to need to figure out what my produce is worth so I can stock up on some essential supplies for winter.

Do you have any ideas on how I should calculate the price of my veggies? Help!

~ Mavis

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If you are interested in planting a few rows of heirloom carrots, I planted the “Carnival Blend” from Botanical Interests.  You can find them on the site HERE.

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