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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Mavis Scores BIG at the Goodwill

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Holy Crap!  When was the last time you went to the Goodwill?  Take a look at these beauties.  Guess how much I paid for these sweet polyester pants circa 1970?

$4.99.  What a freakin’ Deal! I’m totally wearing these to someones Christmas party this year.

~Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week #28 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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I’m thinking about breaking up with Mr. Produce Guy.

This was the 4th week in a row I have received boxes of “chicken scraps” that have been mostly, well, scrapsGone are the days of finding ridiculous amounts of fresh fruit and veggies. Freezing quarts and quarts of fresh strawberries, heaping bowls of mushrooms, tropical fruit and corn is now a thing of the past.

These days it seems like a lot of work to pick up the boxes and sort through them to find a few gems.  Maybe I’m being greedy, maybe I’m just tired, or maybe it’s true, people do buy less produce in the winter time.

Maybe folks actually load up on root crops, potatoes and apples instead of shelling out big bucks for out of season produce shipped in from Mexico and Florida.

Maybe there is hope for us after all.

What do you think? Is it time to put this free produce romance on the back burner?

~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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One word.  Costco.  Yep, I totally broke my weekly budget.  But hey, lets look on the bright side, at least we got some free samples.  Basically from now until Christmas, I totally need to hide my Costco card and not step foot in the giant warehouse if I’m going to make it until the end of the year.  That, and find a good sale on butter because I’m almost out.

Oh well, some weeks are better than others right?  I’ll try to do better next time around.

But for now, here is what I purchased last week:

Costco Shopping Trip $ 18.41

Monkey Boy wanted bananas, and The Girl wanted croissants.  We needed the milk and splurged on English Cucumbers.  It’s certainly a good thing we don’t shop at Costco to often, because if we did, my grocery bill would most likely quadruple overnight.  I have no excuse.  I was just weak. Ha!

Local Produce Store – FREE

Free melon and apples… Heck ya I’ll take it.

Albertsons Shopping Trip – $12.01

We now have 2 hams in the freezer and a Thanksgiving turkey.  Yee- Haw.  Now, if I could get find an awesome deal on butter, I’ll be happy.  Find out how I scored this deal HERE.

Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip – $0.30

The only thing I really wanted from Albertsons this time around was the free cranberries.  But since I was there anyways, I went ahead and picked up from free stuffing and baby food for the local food bank as well.  My trip was short and sweet.  Just the way I like it.  You can read the breakdown of this shopping trip HERE.

So how did you do last week?  Have you secured you need for your Thanksgiving dinner yet?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 30.72
Total Spent This Year $ 1096.37
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

Go HERE to read more Shopping Trip Stories.

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Shopping with Mavis | Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip

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I headed out to Albertsons early this morning so I could grab some free cranberries, and while I was there I also picked up a few other items. The Beech-Nut Baby Cereal and Stove Top Stuffing is for a donation and the Luden’s cough drops will come in handy this winter.  All in all I think I did pretty good for only having spent $0.30 out of pocket.

I do think there are a lot of great deals to use with doublers this weekend, but it’s mostly for stuff we wouldn’t eat.  I’m trying really hard these days to buy the least amount of processed food as I can, and use what we harvested from the garden this summer instead.

It’s not always easy, but I know it’s the best thing for my family.

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

Transaction #1

Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries – $1.99
Beech- Nut Baby Cereal – $1.89
Used {2} $1/1 Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries Printable Coupon
Used {1} $1/1 Beech-Nut Baby Cereal Printable Coupon
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

Transaction #2 

Ricola Cough Drop Bags – $1.89 Buy 2 Get 1 Free
Starbucks Refreshers – $1.50
Used {2} $1/1 Ricola Coupons {10/21 SS}
Used {1} $1/1 Starbucks Refreshers Tearpad Coupon
Final Price: $ FREE after double coupons

Transaction #3

Stove Top Stuffing – $1.00
Used {2} $1.00/2 Stove Top Stuffing coupons {I saved these coupons from last year’s stuffing boxes}
Used {1} Buy 4 get 1 Free Stove Top Stuffing Tearpad coupon {found in-store}
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

Transaction #4

Yoplait Simplait Yogurt – $0.75
Used {2} $0.30/1 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt Printable Coupons
Final Price: $.30/ $.15 each 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 Gets a FREE Turkey… But Had to Pay For a Ham

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Well, I finally did it.  I decided to take my chances and I went to Albertsons and took advantage of their buy a ham get a free turkey deal.  The cheapest ham I could find was $32.54 {clearly they were picked over} and the turkey weighed in at just under 12 pounds.  The perfect size for a family of four, with plenty of extra meat for leftovers.

This time of year most stores will have some sort of turkey promotion where if you spend $25 or $50 they’ll sell you a turkey for $.39 a pound.  But knowing I’d never drop that much change at the grocery store to qualify, I decided to just go for it.  Hopefully I didn’t jump the gun to soon.

I also picked up a few bags of sugar while I was there too.  I think last year Fred Meyer had butter for a really low price, so I’m saving my money in hopes the deal will come around again this year.  Butter for holiday baking is a must, no doubt about it. Fingers crossed.

Here is what my transaction looked like:

Hormel 81 Ham – $32.54
Honey Suckle Turkey – Free with Purchase of Ham
C&H Sugar Products – $2.49
Used {4} $5 off Albertsons Store Coupons
Used $2/1 Hormel Cure 81 Ham Printable Coupon
Used {3} $0.75/1 C&H Sugar Product Coupons {09/16 RP}
Used $1.50 Campbell’s Catalina Coupon
Final Price: $12.01 after store coupons, catalina and double coupons

How about YOU?

Have you purchased your Thanksgiving Turkey yet? Or are you still holding out for a good price?

~Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week #27 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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I think this may have been the first in a very long time there were not strawberries in our boxes of free chicken scraps.  This time around it was mostly water melon, cantaloup and apples.  Plus a few grapes.  Kind of a snooze fest of you ask me.

In the summer Mr. Produce Guy was giving us 4 to 5 boxes a week full of all sorts of produce.  But the last few weeks there have been only 3 boxes.  I’m guessing it’s a seasonal thing.  I suppose the chances of getting boxes of sweet potatoes and cranberries for Thanksgiving are pretty slim.  But we’ll see.

A lot of the watermelon didn’t look so great, so we decided to give it to the chickens instead.  The papaya could have been salvaged, but Black Fatty loves them to so we decided to toss it her was as well.

Here is what we decided to keep-

  • Grapes {for lunch snacks}
  • Melon {for breakfast}
  • Lettuce {for taco night}
  • 1 pear {snack}
  • Giant owl of apples {for homemade applesauce}

Free food?  I’ll take it, any day of the week! But my fingers are totally crossed for free cranberries and yams next time. Ha!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.  Now go forth and find some scraps!

~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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This was great for stocking up.  I did a little trading with my neighbors, bought some basics and splurged a little on myself.  And all for around $20.  Not to shabby if you ask me.

Here is what I purchased this week:

Fred Meyer $7.50

If you have teenagers, then I’m sure you know how much milk they drink!

Albertsons Campbell’s Soup: $2.50

I spent $2.50 out of pocket and walked away with a $1.50 catalina coupon.  This deal is over but you can read all about this deal HERE. I still have the coupon and need to spend it this week.

Local Produce Store: FREE

Mr. Produce Guy came through again and I was able to reclaim a nice selection of fruits and veggies from the “chicken scraps” he gave me.

Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip $ .03

I was able to combine 2 of the $5.00 Albertsons store coupons along with manufacture coupons to score everything you see above for only $.03 out of pocket.  You can see the transactions broken down and how I did it right here.

Bartering with Mrs. Hillbilly: $0

I scored FREE BEEF, guacamole, 3 year old weenies and some other loot.  You can read all about it HERE.

Gevalia Tea $9.99

I also splurged and spent $9.99 and ordered 4 boxes of Gevalia tea and a teapot for $9.99 shipped.  The deal is now sold out but you can still score the coffee deal HERE.

All in all it was a pretty good week.  How did you do last week?  Do you have a turkey for Thanksgiving yet?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 20.02
Total Spent This Year $ 1,065.65
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Bartering with Mavis – Free Beef

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This morning I got a call from Mrs. Hillbilly.  She wanted to do some bartering.  Mrs. Hillbilly made her menu plan for the week and had discovered a few things missing from her pantry. On her wish list; diced tomatoes, onions, black beans, and pasta.

So of course I showed up with a few extras.  Annie’s Pasta {free from Vitacost} was a total no go, as was the boxed oatmeal.  She also turned down my canned water chestnuts.

So in the end, this is what was up for trade.

  • 1 bags Arrowhead Puffed Rice {free with coupons}
  • 4 boxes Barilla whole wheat grain pasta {free with coupons}
  • 1 box Wheat Chex {free with coupons}
  • 1 container of jalapenos {free with coupons}
  • 1 container Planter’s sunflowers {free with coupons}
  • 1 can black beans {cheap, I can’t remember how much I paid}
  • 1 gallon diced tomatoes {purchased from Costco 2 years ago}
  • 1 panty hose leg full of onions {scored a deal at Costco}

We decided to split the giant can of diced tomatoes.  Mrs. Hillbilly plans on making homemade tomato sauce with hers, and I’ve already decided to what I’ll be doing with mine {you’ll have to check back tomorrow to find out}.  So after we divided the tomatoes up, I tried to figure out what I wanted in exchange.

The only thing I knew I wanted for certain was ground beef.

After grabbing the beef from her freezer, Mrs. Hillbilly suggested I take a look in her “gift closet.”  At first she tried offering me some disgusting candles that only old ladies with gobs of perfume and big hair would like.  Seeing I was dissatisfied, she then reached for a Burt’s Bees Gift bag.

I almost wet my pants.

It was the same Burt’s Bee gift bag I had given to her last year for Christmas {the Mad Scientist had given it to me at her Hunukkah party only a few days prior to  me re-gifting it to Mrs. Hillbilly}.  I was laughing so hard I could barely get “Hey, I gave that to you last Christmas.” out of my mouth.  It was AWESOME!

Then I took a whiff of some nice smelling peach soap {another re-gift she was trying to pawn off on me}.

In the end, this is what I came home with:

  • 5 out of 8 Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate packets
  • 1 bottle Log Cabin syrup {sugar free, gag}
  • 2 cans of beans
  • 1 box of corn bread mix
  • 1 smelly peach soap
  • 1 frozen pouch of guacamole
  • 2 pounds of ground beef

So what do you think? Who got the better deal?  Mavis, or Mrs. Hillbilly?

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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 yogurt and cereal.  While I was unloading the groceries The Girl blurted out, “Finally, you bought cereal.”  It was hilarious.

I think there a quite a few deals this time around, but a lot of them are for crappy processed stuff and I’m trying to be good, so I decided to pass. I still have $20 in Albertson’s Store coupons to use before closing on Wednesday, so I know I’ll go back, I’m just not sure for what though.  We’ll see.

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

Yoplait Yogurt $0.50
Bananas $ .58
Used {2} $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Printable Coupons
Used $5/1 Albertsons Store Coupon
Final Price: $.02 after double coupons and store coupon

Chapstick – $1.00
Used $1/2 Chapstick Coupon {10/7 RP}
Final Price: $ FREE after double coupons

General Mills Cereal – $1.88 WYB5
Bananas – $ .61
Used {2} $1/2 Chex, Fiber One, Total, Wheaties, or Oatmeal Crisps Printable Coupon
Used {1} $.50/1 Cheerios Printable Coupon
Used $5/1 Albertsons Store Coupon
Final Price: $ .01 after double coupons and store coupon

Starbucks Refreshers Beverage – $1.50
Use $1/1 Starbucks Refreshers Beverage Printable Coupon
Final price: FREE after double coupons

Did you make it to Albertsons this morning? What did you stock up on this time around?  Do you think I should use those $20 in Albertsons store coupons with doublers.. or hold out until we get the add on Tuesday for the next sale cycle and hope there is a great deal on a turkey?

~Mavis

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