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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How to Get Free Food Week #30 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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It must have been a slow week in the organic section because this week we were able to pick up 4 boxes of chicken scraps from Mr. Produce Guy.  There was a huge box of  organic grapes and 11 pounds of organic bananas to recover, as well as strawberries and lettuce.

The Girl and I divided up the lettuce, soft pears, overripe melon and a few bags of grapes between our chickens and Girly Girls hens.

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed our birds are not eating as much of their feed as they normally do.  I’m not sure if it’s because the days are getting shorter and they are not outside as much, or if it’s because we have been keeping less of the produce for ourselves, and giving more to the chickens.

No matter how you look at it, the boxes of free produce have been a blessing.  We get free food, the chickens get fresh fruits and vegetables, and our feed costs are way down over last year.  Life is good!

Have you tried asking your local grocery store, produce stand, or farm for their scraps? Have you had success?  Been turned down?  Do you have any tips for others?

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

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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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