Merry Christmas Francisco

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You remember my neighbor Francisco right? He is SUCH A HOOT. Well last night Francisco sent me a text:

Francisco: I left you some Christmas Cheer on your porch.

Mavis: I have a present for you too. It doesn’t have a face. {Francisco is a Vegan}

Francisco: Awww You’re the best!

Mavis: You are hilarious! I had to put the basket in the refrigerator with a dishy owl over it so Monkey Boy would not see it. You are awesome. Thanks.

Francisco: Yay! The Doritos were a special touch for him! Have  a great night.

Mavis: :)

gift basket ideas

*There were actually 2 bags of Doritos in the basket but the HH stole one before I could get a picture. Also, in case you are wondering what my husband said about this gift basket and the milk from Mrs. Hillbilly, he has said nothing. But if the look on his face is any indicator of what’s going on in that mind of his… Well, let’s just say this.  If you don’t hear back from me after the holidays, it’s because he has had me committed.

Holy Crap. My stomach hurts from laughing so hard just thinking about what that poor man puts up with.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great Friday.

~Mavis

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P.S. For those of you who were wondering what I gave Francisco, I didn’t want to ruin the surprise, so I waited to show the picture until I actually gave him his gift.

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How to Get Free Food Week # 32 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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chicken scraps

It was another banner week in the food scrap department. We have had a steady flow of bananas over the past few weeks and I am seriously running out of ideas on how to use them up.

Help!

fresh fruit

Here is what we decided to keep for ourselves this week -

  • 10 + pounds bananas
  • 1 head of cauliflower {cauliflower hummus is awesome!}
  • 7 apples
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 personal watermelon
  • 4 1/2 cantaloupes

No to shabby for free. Being able to pick up these free chicken scraps over the past year has really helped reduce our feed bill for the chickens.  It’s pretty crazy when you think about it. Oh how I wish more stores would allow people to pick up their castoffs.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 8 months?

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

You can read more on the topic of food waste in Jonathan Bloom’s book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food {and What We Can Do About It}.

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

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mondays with Mavis

Sorry for ditching you all this weekend, but I was having to much fun playing in the dirt.  As far as staying on budget, well I’m hanging in there.  Let’s just hope Santa brings us a few gallons of milk this Christmas {DID YOU HEAR THAT MOM?} or we are not going to make it.

I’ll be letting you know what my grocery budget plans are for next year pretty soon, but let me just say this.  The HH tolerates my $100 a month grocery challenge as long as there is plenty food, and snacks in the house.  No milk? Well that’s a deal breaker.

Here are the groceries I picked up this week :

fred meyer

Fred Meyer $5.00

Albertsons $0.56

I used one of my $10 Albertsons store coupons I scored when I picked up some Amazon gift cards. I thought about going back for a few more, but I just don’t need them. However if Albertsons offers Home Depot gift cards in the next ad, you can be sure I’ll be stocking up on them.  Home Depot is my crack house.  I LOVE it over there.

albertsons shoppingn trip

Albertsons $1.19

I used a $10 Albertsons Store coupon, a $5 Albertsons store coupon, a $1.50 off $10 coupon, and a $2 of fresh meat coupon.

carnation instant milk

Albertsons $1.61

Someone suggested I try powered milk.  So I used a $10 Albertsons store coupon and picked up 2 bags of name brand powdered milk.  I could of paid about 40% less for the Albertsons store brand, but I didn’t want to chance it.  I’ll let you know how it tastes as soon as we use it.  I wonder if I can fool the kids with it.

albertsons shopping trip mavis

Albertsons $0

On Sunday I stopped by Albertsons and used 3 double coupons. If I had more money in my budget I would have done more deals, but I just don’t have a penny to spare right now.  I was able to use {4} $1/2 Stagg Chili coupons I found in a blinki machine last month and the boys were ESTATIC when they saw the cans of chili.

I also stocked up on juice.  I thought this was a clever move.  I figured if they drank more juice, they would drink less milk. We’ll see. I also liked someones idea about doing the buy 4 boxes of cereal and get 1 gallon of milk free option, but in the end I figured I’d just end up going through more milk because the kids would want to eat the cereal.

Tricky, tricky, tricky!

We are pretty much set when it comes to produce, thanks for Mr. Produce Guy. I’m soooo glad I didn’t break up with him.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it with $6.83 to spend on groceries until the end of the year?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $8.36

Total Spent This Year $ 1,193.17 <<< Only $6.83 left!  Holy Crackers!!!!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $536.26

Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Mavis Goes to The Goodwill and Finds 50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours

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Yesterday Monkey Boy and I went to drop off our Angel Tree gifts at Bartell’s Drug Store.  The thrift store is right across the street so we walked over and take a quick peek.

I found a pair of red vintage LL Bean garden boots {$6.99}, a linen skirt $4.99 {I can wear a black shirt with it} and the most hilarious book ever 50, Boyfriends Worse Than Yours.  Let’s just say this, if you know someone is is dating… THEY NEED THIS BOOK.  It’s awesome!

The books gives you the low down on 50 different types of boyfriends.  Listing things such as their favorite ring tones, pros and cons of dating each one of them, what their home looks like, their favorite quote… and so on.

Here are a few favorite boyfriends… Hopefully worse than yours!

The Stalker -

Profile - You don’t ever have to worry about the guy not returning your phone calls or standing you up. He always remembers to call.  Like every 10 minutes. From the payphone across from your apartment. Where he can see you.

His Place - Freshly wallpapered with a mural-sized photo of you, covering up 5×7′s of last years lucky girl.

The Tortured Artist -

His Place – His studio/home/storage facility is cluttered with manequins, dolls, paint, love letters, mason jars filled with his own tears and unpaid bills.

Drawback - Gifts consist of Popsicle sticks glued together.

Mr. OCD -

Profile - He’s gentle, clean and attentive. He never leaves the toilet seat up. But will lift it and close it 10 times as part of his ritual.

Favorite Quote - Uh-Oh. Our spoons are facing different directions.

So what do you think? Are any of these guys worse than boyfriends you’ve had? Anyone want to share a “My boyfriend was/is worse than your boyfriend” story?

~Mavis

Find more books by Justin Racz on Amazon.com

50 Boyfriends Worse Than Yours
50 Relatives Worse Than Yours
50 Bosses Worse Than Yours
50 Dates Worse Than Yours

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Albertsons – Buy $100 in Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 FREE GROCERIES

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Sweet Diggety Dog!  I’m sure you know by now how much I LOVE Amazon.com. They sell practically everything, plus when my package arrives I get to see my hottie of a UPS man Gustav.  It’s a total win-win situation.

Well I nearly fell off my chair last night when I found out that now through December 18th, when you buy $100 in Amazon Gift Cards at Albertsons you get a $10 Albertsons store coupon.  $10 worth of free groceries?  Oh Heck ya I picked up a few.

*Another thing to remember, if your store participates in the Albertsons Preferred Program, you receive points when you purchase gifts cards.  Because my store participates, I also scored a $5 off my next order Albertsons store coupon. Yay!

You are only able to use 1 $10 off coupon per day, per transaction, and the coupons expire within 7 days of issue, so keep that in mind if you are going to do this deal. Also, you cannot use these coupons for LIQUID DAIRY products.

Here is what I picked up with my 1st $10 Albertsons store coupon-

1 Cherry Jello $1.00 {upcoming recipe}
1 Cherry Pie Filling $3.99 {upcoming recipe}
1 Pound Tillamook Butter $2.69
5 Pounds Satsumas $3.00
1 Cherry 7- Up $1.50
Used $10.00 Albertsons Store Coupon
Used FREE Soda Coupon *
Used $1.50 Fresh Produce Coupon *
Final Price: $0.56  

* Albertsons is spitting out free product and $ off coupons at the Catalina machines like crazy, so be on the look out for them.

Do you have an Albertsons in your area? Will you be taking advantage of this offer?

~Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week # 31 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week Mr. Produce guy sent us home with tons of lettuce and fennel.  I haven’t really cooked with fennel before, so if you have any suggestions you’d totally be helping me out.

Although a lot of the pears and lettuce were edible, The Girl and I decided to give it to the chickens.  Lately we’ve been sending more food their way instead of preserving it because I am trying to cut my feed costs a bit.  I’m sure the chickens would rather eat fresh fruits and veggies any day of the week so I don’t think they mind at all.

In fact, I think the chickens look forward to their weekly scrap box as much as we do.

Typically we will toss some of the scraps on the ground, and leave the rest in the banana boxes they come in.  For some strange reason the hens LOVE to perch themselves on the side of the box and stare at the food until they are ready to dive in and get a bite to eat.  It’s quite a sight to see.

Remember Piggey? We picked her up for FREE from the Mother Earth News Fair last June? She is quite the character.  You would love her!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.  Now go out and find yourself some food scraps.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 8 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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Have you ever heard the phrase “Up a creek without a paddle?” I think I’m going to let the pictures do the talking this week while I go bury may face in some tissues.

~Mavis

Fred Meyer $2.00

I used {2} $1/1 Challenge Butter Printable Coupons along with a Fred Meyer coupon to score some cheap butter.  *Thanks Helen for the tip.

Costco $22.96

Note to self.  NEVER go food shopping with a teenage boy. Ever.

Target $5.53

Baking supplies.

Albertsons $10.95


Harbor Greens Market $7.50

Bartering with Chino the Handyman 

I was pretty excited to be able to barter with Chino for 17+ pounds of deer meat this past weekend.  I’m pretty much to the point now where I can’t even eat store bought hamburger meat anymore.  The thought of giant vats of hamburger meat from hundred of different cows being processed and put onto foam trays gives me the shivers.  Bleh.  I’m becoming one of those meat snobs, I just know it.

Krispy Kreme $9.99

I knew this weeks budget was totally shot and The Girl and I were totally craving something sweet so when she asked if we could get a doughnut I was like sure, let’s just get a whole box.

Total Spent This Week $ 58.93
Total Spent This Year $1,184.81  <<<<< Only $15.19 left in my budget>>>>>
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $5.24.20
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Shopping with Mavis – 11 Stores in 7 Hours

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I had planned on spending the entire day in the garden yesterday. Instead I ended up spending 7 hours running errands and shopping with my daughter, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird.

During breakfast yesterday she reminded me she needed to go shopping for a dress for a special occasion she has coming up.  The Girl only owns 2 dresses as it is, and she had been saving up her money to buy herself a new dress for sometime now {we give our kids a monthly allowance and they are in charge of buying their own clothes, gifts, entertainment, school supplies, and whatever else they want}.

Because I absolutely despise going to a mall or any retail store this time of year, we made a list of every possible store {except grocery} we would need something from from now until January and headed off in the car.

The first stop was the thrift store.

When you go to the thrift store and see an item you might like do you walk around clinging to it as if it were gold, only to talk yourself out of it before you get to the register?  I do it ALL THE TIME.  I mean really, could you see me wearing the green leafy skirt above?  Like that would ever happen.

It took us 7 hours, we made 11 stops, and got everything marked off our list.

Our first stop was the recycling center to drop off cardboard and newspaper.

Then we stopped by Fred Meyer to pick up some Challenge Butter for $1 a pound. We also stuck some money in the Salvation Army kettle and noticed the bell ringers were a wee bit chilly.  So we walked back in and bought them 3 hot cocoas. Yay for random acts of kindness!

We also stopped by World Market to get a few items for my parents gift baskets.  Note: Crushed candy canes are only $3.99 here vs $4.99 at Crate and Barrel.

Then we were hungry so we stopped by KRISPY KREME!!!! Wahooo.  When the guy handed us our doughnuts I said to The Girl, “Look, free gift tags, how cool is that?”  “Whoop T Do Mom” she said.

Then I turned the gift tags over and OH MY GOODNESS … 12 coupons for 6 free cups of coffee and 6 free doughnuts. Yeah Baby Yeah!

Then we made like 5 other stops before ending our shopping/errand spree at Costco.  Along with buying new socks and underwear for the Handsome Husband for Christmas {please tell me I’m not the only one who does this}, we also picked up a bunch of cute onsies for a 3 month old baby to place under the Angel Tree.

We had lunch there too.  Meatballs, jalapeno poppers, hot cocoa, gummy vitamins, hummus, chips, bruchetta, and spinach ravioli.   Hot dog it feels good to be done!

How about YOU?  What did you do yesterday?  Are you done with your shopping yet?

Mavis

 

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Bartering with Mavis – Organic Deer for Dry Goods

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About a month ago, Chino the Handyman went hunting with his brothers and bagged a deer. When I had asked him what he was going to do with all the meat, he offered to barter some of it with me when he picked it up from the butcher.

Yesterday, when I came home from running errands, Chino the Handy Man had dropped off a big bag of goodness on my porch. 17 pounds of free range, organic deer meat to be exact.

Here’s what was in the bag:

  • 3 Roasts {2-3 pounds each}
  • 4 packages of ground meat {1.5 pounds each}
  • 3 packages of deer chops {what are deer chops anyway?}
Hot diggety! 10 packages of meat. Wahoooo!

Chino made me work out the details with Girly Girl.  So I called her up, stood in my pantry, and started rambling off the things I thought she might like. Pasta, squash, canned pears, a 2 year old bottle of maraschino cherries, batteries, flour sack towels, cupcake liners, quinoa, a coupon for $25 off at Pottery Barn, Boboli pizza crusts and more.

I’m really happy with the deal because organic meat is my favorite thing to barter for.

What do you think? Who got the better deal?

Mavis, or Chino the Handyman?

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Shopping with Mavis – Harbor Greens Market

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As Monkey Boy was packing his lunch this morning, he asked me when I would be making apple chips again. So I quickly hopped online to see if I could find any deals. All the major chain stores were pretty pricey, but we have a local produce store here in town called Harbor Greens Market and their weekly ad goes online every Wednesday so I took a peek.

When I  noticed Harbor Greens was selling fresh Fuji apples for only $1 a bag, I was like hmm, I wonder how big these bags are? So while I was out running errands this morning, I stopped by to investigate.

Ahhh, lunch size bags.  I wonder how many apples I can fit in a lunch sack bag I said aloud.

After weighing the 1st bag of apples I was like, heck ya, I’m loading up on apples baby. Homemade apple chips here I come. What a stinkin’ deal!

Here is what I purchased today - 

  • 15 + Pounds Fuji Apples $3.00 {less than $0.20 per pound!}
  • 4 Sweet Peppers $.50 each
  • 2 Small Avocados $0.50 each
  • 2 Cucumbers $0.75 each

Grand Total: $7.50

How much are apples selling for in your area?  Do you think I should go back for more apples?

~Mavis

How to Dehydrate Apples - Go HERE for the recipe.

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