Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Fred Meyer – $26.50

Fred Meyer is hopping with deals this week! 2 pounds of our favorite Tillamook cheese for only $3.99, butter 3 for $5, peanut butter $1.25 each, milk $.99 for a half gallon and local Foster Farms whole chickens are on sale for $.99 a pound. Sweet Diggety! Oh and I almost forgot, Tillamook yogurt is on sale for $.33 each, and I had B1G1 coupons. Yee-Haw!

free produce

Mr. Produce Guy- FREE

Between our garden and all the free produce we get from Mr. Produce Guy each week, I hardly had to buy anything!

heirloom tomatoes

We have so many tomatoes sitting on the kitchen counter and on the back deck right now it’s crazy! I can barely keep up. This has been such a great year for tomatoes that it’s been a little overwhelming at times. I can only imagine what it must have been like for the pilgrims to have such a short window of time to preserve a years worth of food.

How did you do this week? Did you find any awesome deals at the grocery store?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.50
Total Spent This Year $1,622.76 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Chickens Love Produce Scraps

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When we went to pick up our boxes of “chicken scraps” this week there were only 3 boxes. And you know what? It was kind of a relief. After having to process 20 pounds of peppers the other day, we were kind of exhausted. ;)

chickens

As usual we gave almost all of the greens to our pet chickens. They LOVE having lettuce and cabbage leaves to snack on. With the exception of citrus, they’ll pretty much eat anything we give them.

chickens

Our hens even like mushrooms! free produce

This week were salvaged 3 heads of organic romaine lettuce, 7 apples, 2 carrots, 3 heads of iceberg lettuce and a handful of mushrooms. Not to shabby if you ask me.

Life if good!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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milk and bananas

Albertsons $6.74

Milk and bananas baby, it doesn’t get anymore exciting than that! ;)

Twinnings K cups

Amazon $1.12

I traded in my Swagbucks credit and for an Amazon gift card and bought Decaffeinated Twinings  Tea, Chinese Five Spice and Backyard Winter Gardening by Caleb Warnock. Since I just got the book I haven’t read it yet but the pictures are gorgeous!

scotts toilet paper

Amazon 

My Scott’s Toilet Paper also arrived last week. I’m not counting it in my grocery total though because we don’t eat toilet paper. ;)
vitacost

Vitacost $18.20

I had a wee bit of Vitacost credit so I placed an order for a few essentials like Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix, Baking Cocoa, plus got a few goodies for the kids like Nutella for the Girl and Chips for Monkey Boy.

buy local produce

Wilco Feed Store – $25

I still can’t believe what a great deal this was. I was able to pick up 24 pounds of pears for my kids sports team {I am snack mom and I get reimbursed so I’m not including it in my total}, 20 pounds of peppers and 25 pounds of onions.

The Girl and I spent yesterday chopping and freezing all the peppers and the onions went to the pantry to use over the winter months. I love stocking up on produce!

how to find free food waste

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Last week we were able to reclaim a good variety of free produce thanks to Mr. Produce Guy. I’ll be sharing what I did with all those bananas later this week.

Even though I went way over budget this past week, I feel like I stocked up on some pretty great deals so I’m okay with it. After all, our eating habits have changed significantly over the past year or two.

How did you do this past week? Did you find any super awesome deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $51.06

Total Spent This Year $1,569.76- It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Stock Up on Produce When the Prices are Low – Wilco Case Sale

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buy local produce

This morning there was an email from Wilco {our local feed store} letting me know they were having a 50% off sale on their cases of fresh, local produce today.

So what do you think I did?

wilco western washington

Hmmm. Yeah, I was there at 9 am when the doors opened. ;)

  • 24 Pounds of Pears $12 = $0.50 a pound
  • 10 pounds of Red and Yellow Peppers $8.50 = $0.25 each!
  • 25 pounds of Yellow Onions $4.50 = $0.18 a pound
  • 10 pounds of Anaheim Peppers $8.50 = $0.85 a pound.

Total Spent $33.50.

lucy the puggle dog

Heck yeah I think that was worth getting out of bed early for.

What do you think? Do those look like stock up prices to you?

~Mavis

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Food Waste In America – Does One Bad Apple Really Spoil the Whole Bunch?

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One bad apple spoils the whole bunch, right?

What do you think, does all this food look like trash to you?

food waste moldy strawberries

Now I’m all for reclaiming free food, but there were multiple moldy strawberries in this 1 pound container of berries, and picking out the one or two good strawberries just wasn’t worth it to me. Mold on food is a bad thing, {unless we’re talking about cheese, which we’re not}  and I certainly don’t want to get anyone in my family sick. So I decided to toss all the free strawberries this week on to the compost heap rather than picking through them.

food waste

But tossing one tomato to save 3 others, well, that seemed totally acceptable to me.

I’m not sure if there are rules within grocery stores prohibiting them from removing damaged produce from packaged items and reselling them by the pound, {rather than by the container} but I’m guessing there is.

I can totally understand how doing so would mess with inventory controls, but still, tossing out 3 good tomatoes just because one of them is bad, seems like such a waste.

raspberries

And the bigger crime?

Tossing out perfectly good food that is one date past its so called “expiration date.”

how to find free food waste

Food waste in America totally stinks. So if you get the change to save just a little bit of it, go for it.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Albertons – $17.14

I went in for milk, and came out with 4 pints of Haggen Daz. Do you ever have shopping trips like that? NEVER go shopping when you are hungry {or have just had your teeth pulled and your mouth is sore}. ;) No excuses here people, and YES, they were all Delicious!

fresh produce

Local Fruit Stand $5.55

Avocados 3 for $1, bananas $0.59 a pound and Fiji apples $.50 a pound. Talk about some awesome prices. I think I’ll probably go back and get a few more apples.

Unusual Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Gift – Free thanks to Farmer Ted

Not only did the HH present me with 2 giant boxes of fresh corn for on our anniversary last week, but he got them for FREE thanks to our friend Farmer Ted. Seriously, does it get any better than that? ;)

Feed Your Family for Free

Mr. Produce Guy – Free

Watermelons, radishes, apples, corn, grapes and even a few tomatoes were free last week.

heirloom tomatoes

Fresh heirloom tomatoes. Just one of the many things from our garden.

How did YOU do this past week? Any surprises? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.69

Total Spent This Year $1,518.70- It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Those are Some Nice Melons

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This week when we picked up the “chicken scrap” boxes from Mr. Produce Guy, there were quite a few watermelons. And The Girl and I were VERY excited. We LOVE watermelon. And so do our pet chickens.

rotting food

Back in April of 2012 when I asked our local produce guy if we could collect extra scraps for our chickens, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But now I do. Although the food is different every week, it’s still pretty exciting to see what we can salvage from the boxes of discarded produce.

If I had to guess, most people don’t want to bother with sorting through damaged fruits and vegetables to find a few gems. But we don’t mind.

Feed Your Family for Free

After all, free food is free food, and not knowing what we are going to get each week, is just part of the adventure.

Life is good! :)

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Albertsons $41.70

Last week I pretty much lounged around in bed because of my dental surgery.  So I decided to send The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird to Albertsons {with a small list} and this is what she came back with. Ha! Serves me right for sending a teenager to the grocery store alone.

She thought she scored the deal of the century when she was able to pick up 4 boxes of cereal and 2 gallons of milk for only $8. Although cereal was not on the list, she spotted $1.00/2 coupons on the cereal boxes and went wild.

The yogurt, cottage cheese, juice, soup {not chili} and Haggen Daz was for me and my soft foods diet. The canned chili was a surprise for her brother. Apparently she found a deal on breakfast sausages too because it looks like manager markdown stickers/coupons were removed from the packages.

For the most part, I think she did pretty good.

fresh corn

Garden Stand $3.00

The Girl and I were driving home and noticed someone had a sign for fresh corn at the end of their driveway. $0.50 an ear. I wasn’t able to have any but the HH said it was the best corn he had ever tasted. And I’m sure it was. Nothing beats fresh picked corn.

bartering basil

I did a bunch of bartering last week with friends and neighbors. You can see how all the deals played out HERE.

potatoes red wheelbarrow

Fresh from the Garden 

Let’s just say we are swimming in potatoes right now. ;) heirloom tomatoes

 Fresh from the Garden 

And tomatoes too. Wait until you see what I made with these beauties.

heirloom beets

Fresh from the Garden

Another thing we harvested a boatload of last week was beets. The are still chillin’ in the refrigerator and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. But once I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

food waste vegetables

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

And last but not least, this is what we salvaged from our free produce boxes from Mr. Produce Guy last week. I don’t know about you, but I love free food. :)

How did you do with your grocery budget this week? Did you stock up on anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $44.70

Total Spent This Year $1,496.01 - It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Shopping Online with Mavis – My Recent Purchases

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dog treat bag

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you about how to get a FREE Happy Dog Box?

dog treat box box

All I did was complete a 3-question survey about my dog  and then I entered my contact info to score a FREE Happy Dog Box of Dog Treats and Toys worth $42. I did have to pay $9.99 shipping but let me tell you Bob, it was totally worth it.

dog treat box lucy

Lucy LOVED her treats! Especially that twisty chewy thing. She worked on that thing for a good 3 days!

shopping bras

The Maidenform Bra Sale. How could I pass up $10 bra’s people?

shopping bras2

I ended up purchasing 4 bras, for $10 each. The $10 sale is over now, but they are running a $15 Maidenform bra sale so you can still get a pretty good deal.

shopping sluggo

I think it’s a pretty well known fact that I love Amazon.com. And if I can get something delivered to my doorstep for less than it costs me to get in my car and drive to the big box store, I will always place an order online.

After all, the price of Sluggo is about 2 bucks less on Amazon right now than it is at The Home Depot.

shopping gap

Ahhh The Gap.

In case you didn’t know already, The Gap has all their “Favorite” short sleeved tee’s on sale for $10 each and their “Favorite” long sleeved tee’s on sale for $12.50 each with some select colors as low as $5.99 each. Giddy up!

*If you do plan on ordering anything from Maidenform or The Gap, be sure and go through Ebates first because you’ll score a 7% off rebate from Maidenform and a 2% rebate from The Gap.

** If you have not signed up for Ebates yet, GO HERE to find out how you can get a $10 gift card when you make your first purchase of $25 or more.

Saving money is cool, whether you do it in your pj’s or at the store. Wouldn’t you agree?

Have you purchased anything lately?

If so, what? Was it more exciting than bras and t- shirts?

Mavis wants to know! ;)

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Bartering with Mavis – Who Got the Better Deal?

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bartering with neighbors

Bartering wise, this has been a pretty busy week for us. After harvesting beets a few days ago I left a bundle of beets on my neighbors porch. I had never bartered with her before but had heard through the grapevine that she LOVED fresh beets so I said, what the heck, and put a few on her porch.

And then last night I found a package of Pete’s coffee, 2 Hubert’s Lemonades, 4 packs of trail mix and lychee and rambutan in a bag on our porch.

lycheeI have never tried lychee or rambutan before. Have you? What I’m suppose to do with them? The one on the left looks like a little sea urchin and I’m kind of afraid to open it.

heirloom beets
Anywho, I think I fared way better in the bartering department then my neighbor did {after all, she only received beets} so now I’m going to have to bring over some freshly dug potatoes tonight to even out the deal.

bartering basil

And then there is the barter I made with my buddy Selena. She stopped by the other day and when she did she brought along some lemon fizzy water, bay leaves, a canister of salt {how did she know I was out?} some piping bags and 3 cute little spice jars.

bartering veggies

I gave her some heirloom tomatoes, chard, pears, beets and potatoes.

I think that deal was pretty even wouldn’t you say?

organic vegetables

Here is the fresh vegetable box I put together fro my neighbor the Hunter. He’s a foodie and loves fresh vegetables. I’m hoping for some venison later this fall in return.

bartering

And last but not least, Girly Girl called and needed some yeast and tomatoes.

I went home with an 8-pack of sun dried mozzarella sausages {which I think we’ll have for dinner tonight}.

Do YOU barter with your neighbors? If so, what have you traded for in the past?

~Mavis

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