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

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Although I didn’t do a ton of shopping this past week {I totally bailed on Albertsons double coupons this time around}, I still managed to score some great deals.  Having a stockpile is totally cool. It allows us to stock up when the prices are low, and stay home and shop from our pantry when the deals are not really exciting.

Albertsons Shopping Trip – $6.38

After finding out about the awesome bulb sale at Lowe’s, I decided to go back and grab another $100 gift card and, in the process scored another $20 Albertsons store coupon for free groceries.  I didn’t have a game plan, and Monkey Boy was with me so I just picked up a couple of loaves of bread, some garlic bread for pasta night, orange juice, mushrooms, crappy tomatoes, a few yogurts and a bag of chips for my helper.

Oroweat Bakery Outlet Store – FREE

Then of course as luck would have it, I found myself at the Oroweat Bakery Outlet in Puyallup the next day using my last $10 Sharing Spree bread vouchers.  You can save so much money by shopping at bakery outlets it’s amazing.  If I were you I’d be on the lookout for one in your area so you can start saving a ton of dough.

One Kings Lane – $18

A few weeks ago there was a smokin’ hot deal on flour sack towels from One Kings Lane.  I was able to score 30 towels for $18.  If you have not signed up for One Kings Lane yet they are still offering a $15 credit on your first purchase of $30 or more.

Grandma- FREE

Monkey Boy scored half of a bag full of popcorn from our neighborhood grandma.  You can read all about it HERE.

Local Produce Store – FREE

We scored a ton of delicious produce this past week from Mr. Produce Guy.  So much in fact we ended up sharing with Mrs. Hillbilly and Girly Girl.  I love it when the kids can pack free fuits and veggies in their lunches.


Bartering with Mrs. Hillbilly – Free

There was so much fruit that we simply could not eat it all, so I called up Mrs. Hillbilly and asked her if she wanted some of it.  She ended up trading me 2 yogurts and some granola bars for the kids lunches.

So how did you do this week?  Have you been doing much grocery shopping lately, or did you buy too much around Thanksgiving and still trying to use up what’s in your refrigerator?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 6.38
Total Spent This Year $1,125.88
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $524.20
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Shopping with Mavis – Oroweat Bakery Outlet

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This morning I was in Puyallup so I decided to swing by the Oroweat Bakery Outlet to see if I could use my last $10 Sharing Spree certificates I picked up over the summer. This deal is currently not available but I will totally let you know as soon as it is available again.  You can count on it.

If you have never been to a bakery outlet before, you are seriously wasting your dough by paying full price for bread, rolls, pizza crusts, and a bunch of other crackalicious stuff.

As soon as I walk in I immediately head to the manager special section to see what items have been marked down to $1.  The selection ALWAYS varies, but today these were some seriously awesome deals.

I was able to pick up

  • {4} packages of Potato Rolls 24 count
  • 3 loafs Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 loaf of White Bread {Gross, but it’s Monkey Boy’s Favorite}
  • 2 Double Packages of Boboli Pizza Crust and Sauce {for a total of 4 crusts}

The total for all of this would have been $10 {I had a certificate so mine order was free}.  Personally, I think $10 for all that bread is a stinkin’ hot deal.  I’m not sure why more people don’t shop at bakery outlets more often.

Once I double bag the bread and toss it in the freezer, we should have enough to last us through the end of the year.  Yee- Haw!  I LOVE saving money!

Have you ever been to a bakery outlet before?

What is your favorite thing to buy there?

~Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week #29 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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Hot Diggety Dog, take a look at the boxes of produce we were able to reclaim this week. I guess you were right, people are not spending money on melon this time of year.  Not only was there plenty of fresh melon for us to keep, but there was plenty of  fresh grapes and lettuce for the chickens too.

This is what were able to reclaim -

  • 9  watermelons
  • 3 halved honey dew melons
  • 2 halved cantaloupes
  • 2 heads of lettuce {perfect for taco night}
  • 4 halved pineapples {YUM!}
  • 2 apples
  • 3 bags of red seedless grapes

I’ll have to give Girly Girl and Mrs. Hillbilly a call and see if they want some of this melon. There is no way we’ll be able to finish it before it goes bad.  I’d consider freezing the watermelon for smoothies later in the winter, but I need to defrost my freezers so it’s not really an option at this time.

Were you able to pick up anything for free this past week? If so, let us know in the comment section below.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 7+ months?

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

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

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With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to concentrate on baking for the holidays.  Although I was able to stock up on 3 pounds of butter this past week, I know I’ll need more for all those Christmas Cookies I plan on baking.  I’m thinking 5 more pounds of butter should get me though until the end of the year.

As long as I do not splurge and purchase any exotic ingredients for my cookies, I think I’ll be okay budget wise.  We’ll see.

Here is what I picked up this week from the grocery stores -

Fred Meyer- $11.48

I need a cow!  I should have bought 2 bags of the satsuma oranges because the kids gobbled this 5 pound bags up in just 2 days!

Albertsons – $.35

You gotta love those gift card promotions.  Since the gift card deal is going on through 11/29 I may pick up 1 more gift card to Lowe’s.  I’m still debating about it.

Albertsons – $0.79

I was able to stock up on a boatload of meat thanks to some manager markdowns and a bunch of coupons.  The HH was thrilled I brought home his favorite weenies and we can always use more chicken.

Well, that’s all I purchased last week.  Stocking up when the prices are low totally rules if you ask me.  I really think I can make it to the end of the year even though I only have 80+ to spend.

What do you think?  Am I in it to win it, or will I fail miserably?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 12.62
Total Spent This Year $1,119.50
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $524.20
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Shopping with Mavis – Albertsons Gift Card Promotion Ideas

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Just a friendly reminder the Albertsons Gift Card Promo is still going on.  You have until 11/29/12 to take advantage of this great offer. So if you plan on buying anything from Lowe’s, iTunes, Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops, AMC, Sears, Groupon, Kohls, Regal Cinemas, Chili’s, or Applebees you’ll receive a $20 Albertsons store coupon for every $100 in gift cards you purchase.

I was able to score free eggs, 3 packages of  whole wheat rolls, 3 pounds of butter, frozen chicken, bananas and a bottle of root beer for a whopping $0.35 out of pocket with my $20 coupon I snagged last week.

With Thanksgiving behind us, be sure and keep an eye out for discounted bakery breads, desserts and meat.

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Shopping with Mavis – Albertsons Gift Card Promotion Ideas

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Did you know Albertsons is having a gift card promotion now through 11/29/12?  For every $100 you spend on specific gift cards {Lowe’s, iTunes, Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops, AMC, Sears, Groupon, Kohls, Regal Cinemas, Chili’s, Applebees} you’ll receive a $20 Albertsons store coupon.

So last night on my way home I swung in and picked up some gift cards to Lowe’s and iTunes.  Now since I don’t buy food at Lowe’s or the iTunes store, I don’t count these purchases in my grocery bill.  I know I’ll be making purchases in the next 6 months from both of these places, so for me it’s a total no brainer and a win-win deal.

I also received an additional $5 Albertsons store coupon because my store participates in the Preferred Program {basically you get points for every $ you spend BEFORE coupons} and apparently I had enough points, so I got a $5 off coupon.

The only catch with this deal is {technically} you can only use 1 $20 store coupon per day, per transaction.  Now sometimes the cashier or store will let you use multiple $20 coupons at once, but I was in a hurry and didn’t want to go get $40 worth of groceries and be turned down.  So I gathered $25 worth of groceries in my basket and headed for the checkout lane.

Major Grocery Tip > This time of year other meats like steak, chicken and sausage do not sell as quickly as they normally would, so be sure and look for meat markdowns.  All of my packages of meat had $3, or $2 coupons on them so I got a great deal!

Another Major Grocery Tip > Around peak holidays, Albertsons will issue FREE PRODUCT coupons which will spit out at the catalina machines, so be cure and look for those too!  I didn’t get any personally on my purchase, but the guy behind me did. As he was grabbing his bags I noticed he didn’t take them so I politely asked if he was going to use them.  He said NO, I don’t use coupons, You can have them.

  • Free Eggs
  •  Free Soda
  • $1 off a $3 purchase
  • $1 off a $6 frozen food purchase.

Ya Buddy, I’ll take your trash!

~ Mavis

P.S. Did you pick up any gift cards this time around?

 

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Today I’m Thankful For Free Produce

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When I started this whole “Do you have any scraps I could take home to my chickens” journey, on a whim back in April of 2012, I couldn’t have possibly known that after 7 months, I would have been able to reclaim all of this produce.  By just looking at these pictures alone, I’d say we’ve been able to save a few thousand pounds of edible goods from going into the trash.  Wheather we were eating it or the chickens, I know we’ve been blessed.

Food is an amazing thing.  Some of us have too much of it, and others not enough.  So just remember, don’t let it go to waste.  If you can’t eat it all, find someone who will.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

~Mavis

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

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Hmmm. I wonder if chicken scraps are in there?

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

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These pants freakin’ rule, but I totally need to find a top to complete this outfit. I don’t have a lot of experience in the fashion department so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, what kind of shoes would go with these pants?  Help!

Alright, enough about the pants, here is what I picked up this week -

Target $6.16

I was at Target picking up some acne cream* {yee-haw!} and grabbed some milk and 2 oranges.  The oranges were for Helen’s Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce, the milk was for the Monkeys, and the Clean and Clear Acne cream* was for my face.  I don’t know what I was thinking buying at it Target because it’s $7 less on Amazon.com.  Man, I totally missed the boat on that one.  And for those of you who are wondering, YES, Clean and Clear Acne cream does work!

My Gevalia Tea pot and 4 boxes of tea arrived!  I counted the expense last week and I have been VERY PLEASED with this purchase.  The free tea kettle deal is gone, but now Gevalia is now offering 4 boxes of tea and 2 coffee/tea cups for only $9.99 shipped!

Ahoy Matey! I used all the Vitacost credit I had in my account and scored a bunch of free groceries.  Coffee for the Handsome Husband, Pirates Booty for Monkey Boy, and Rice for our stir fry meals.  Vitacost is still offering a $10 credit towards your first order when you sign up, so you might want to check it out.

Remember about the sweet deal I told you about on the SODIAL Fashion Leopard Pattern Scarf?  Well it arrived, and Girl and I both love it!  The Girl is planning on gifting it to someone on her Christmas list this year, and I just took a peek at the price and the scarf and it’s now only $4.39 SHIPPED*!

Local Produce Store – FREE

I used the free apples to make a cranberry apple pie, and the tomatoes and lettuce for taco night.

Albertsons Double Coupons – $4.35

I think I did pretty well at Albertsons this time around, I was able to pick up a few needed baking supplies, free peppers and a jar of Nutella for my daughter.  You can read about my shopping trip HERE.

How did you do this past week?  Did you snag any awesome deals, or just stay home?  Inquiring minds, want to know!

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 10.51 on groceries
Total Spent This Year $1,106.88 {Only $93.12 left in my budget!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $524.20
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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*Direct link to an Amazon.com product.

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Shopping with Mavis | Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip

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I headed out to Albertsons pretty early this morning so I could stock up on free peppers, and a sweet treat {Nutella} for my daughter.  There are some great deals this time around, but honestly I’m becoming a little more picky each week that goes by about the food we bring in to the house.  Plus, I’m running out of money!

Here is what I picked up on my Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip:

Transaction #1

Dreamfields Pasta – $2.00
Argo Corn Starch – $1.49
Used {2} $1/1 Dreamfields Pasta Printable Coupons
Used {1} $.30/1 Argo Corn Starch {9/30 RP}
Final Price: $.69 after double coupons

Transaction #2

Kikkoman Soy Sauce – $1.59
Carnation Evaporated Milk – $1.00
Used {2} $0.75/1 Kikkoman Soy Sauce Printable Coupons
Used $0.50/2 Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk Printable Coupon
Final Price $1.18 after double coupons

Transactions  #3 & 4

Mt. Olive Peppers – $1.99
Use $1/1 Mt. Olive Product Coupon {11/18 SS}
Final Price: Free after double coupons

Transaction #5

Tribe Hummus – $2.99
Nutella – $3.49
Used {1} $1/1 Nutella Product Coupon {10/21 RP}
Used {1} $1/1 Tribe Hummus Printable Coupon
Final price: $2.48 after double coupons

Did you make it to Albertsons this morning? What did you stock up on this time around?

~Mavis

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Mavis and the Corn Flakes Smackdown on Aisle 7

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*This story was first published on One Hundred Dollars a Month on May, 14th 2010, and I still crack up every time I read it.  Somethings never change. Grandmothers will always be able to humble you and scare you to death, pretty much anywhere.  Even at the grocery store.

Karma, I tell ya, sometimes it just comes around and bites you in the butt!

Like this morning, I headed over to Safeway for some FREE money making cornflakes {buy 4 boxes for $4 use $2 in coupons, pay $2 get $3 off your next order}.

Viola. Mavis makes a buck while she’s there picking up tahini sauce and parsley so she can make a batch of JJ’s Hummus Dip. Sounds easy enough … right?

WRONG!

As soon as I placed the free coupon crack cornflakes in my cart I noticed I had some extra coupons. So I tried to give them away. I went up to 2 different mother’s in the cereal and aisle asked them if they wanted some magical coupons for 4 free boxes of corn flakes.

They both said NO. Which I thought was odd, especially since one lady had 3 boxes of Captain Crunch and 2 Life cereal in her cart. Obviously her family eats cereal, but whatever.

Then I turned the corner and saw an older lady and asked her if she wanted some coupons that would net her 4 free boxes of corn flakes cereal.


And you know what she said???

She said “NO… in fact I saw YOU putting all that cereal in your cart and I wanted to know if you were planning on feeding that to your children”… “Don’t you know what’s in that stuff?

“No…What’s in it?” I asked.

She grabbed a box of cereal out of my cart {NO JOKE} and pointed to the ingredients and said “High Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s been all over the news, don’t you watch the news? I wouldn’t feed that crap TO MY DOG!”

I ALMOST PEED MY PANTS.

I thought she was going to start hitting me with the box of cereal.

THEN… THEN…

All the sudden I said “Your right, that high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything”

Holy crackers, Did I just really say that? Was I defending corn syrup?

And before I knew it that woman started holding up each and every item in her cart and telling me their 1 word ingredients.

Spinach

Cauliflower

Carrots

Chicken {she loses 1 point for it not being organic}

Papaya

Wheat Germ {2 words but I’ll give it to her}

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Yep… Mavis got schooled this morning by Grandma in aisle 7 at Safeway.

It was AWESOME!

 

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