Shopping with Mavis – How I Spent My Rebate Check at Costco

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Yesterday I received my annual Costco rebate check in the mail.  For the last 5 or 6 years my parents have renewed our Costco membership as a Christmas gift every year.  It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.  This year we got back $81.81 on our purchases.

Technically I could have just walked in to Costco, cashed my check, and walked out.  But sometimes it’s nice to be able to shop like a “normal person” every once in awhile.

I brought a list of course, but got a distracted when I hit the prepared food section and had to put back the butter and cream cheese I had put in my cart earlier.

If you are looking for a free lunch, you stop by Costco on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday. That’s when they put the good stuff out. Everything is served in bite sized portions of course, but still.

On the menu today was:

  • Chili Dogs
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Spinach Ravioli
  • Hot cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Corn Dogs
  • Mystery Beef
  • Salmon burgers
  • And for dessert… Aussie licorice.

So what did I buy with my rebate check?

  • Honey Ham {for Christmas}
  • Sliced Salami {for snacking}
  • Breakfast Weenies
  • Doritos {for Monkey Boy}
  • Grape Juice {for the Girl}
  • Half and Half {for the HH}
  • Milk, Whipping Cream, Sour Cream {for everyday use}

I even went home with $.74 cents in my pocket. The lady behind me totally tried to get me to pay for her groceries though, that’s why you see a couple of voids on the receipt.  I mean really, like I would every buy a Swiffer.

Yee-Haw… Paying full price is fun.

Do YOU shop at Costco, or do you just stop by for the free lunch every once in a while?

~Mavis

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Bartering with Mavis – Trading 25 Pounds of Whole Wheat Bread Flour for…

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Yesterday I ran into Mrs. Hillbilly while I was running errands.

While we were talking, she mentioned she picked up an Oster 2lb bread maker* at the Goodwill for a whopping $25!  And the bread making booklet was in it too!  I could see she was totally pumped about it and I was super happy for her.

Well actually let me back up a second.  I’m not sure if I was super excited for her because she had just scored a sweet deal on a bread maker, or if I was totally surprised  to find out she shopped at the Goodwill too. Hmmm.

Well anyway, as soon as I heard the words bread maker come out of her mouth, I was instantly reminded of the 25 pound sack of flour I picked up for free awhile back when I cashed in some of my Swagbucks for an Amazon gift card.  Now as much as I would like to bake bread every day of the week, I just don’t have any extra time right now. So I immediately  told her about the flour and asked her she would be up for a little bartering a little later.

Well fast forward about 6 hours…

And this is what I traded away my 25 pound sack of whole wheat bread flour for:

  • 3 cups raw almonds {for snacking and a recipe I have in mind}
  • 1 red bell pepper {we used it last night on homemade pizzas}
  • 2 pounds mozzarella cheese {used some for the pizzas and still have plenty left over}
  • 1 tub of organic polenta

What the heck is polenta, and what am I suppose to do with it?

I could tell Mrs. Hillbilly totally wanted to get rid of the polenta so I just took it and smiled.  But seriously, what on earth is it?  Mrs. Hillbilly mentioned something like, “It’s like grits, only you fry it.”

Ummm Okay?

Help!

~Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week #23 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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Although we didn’t get a huge amount of free “chicken scraps” this week, what The Girl and I were able to reclaim was awesome.  For starters, we were able to save over a pound of fresh asparagus from going in the dumpster which was pretty exciting, since we haven’t had asparagus on our dinner plates since late spring.

Here’s what we were able to salvage from our 3 free boxes of scraps this week.

Now all I need to do is figure out what to do with the 3 free eggplants, and fast.

I need your help. Do you have any ideas?

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 5 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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Mavis for Vice President?

Heck Ya!

I bet I could show these candidates a thing or two about saving some money, what do you think?

Well peeps, it was a busy week in Mavis land.  I flew to Atlanta, Georgia and went to CNN headquarters twice, scored a new recipe from Denitra the make-up artist, walked through Centennial Park, ate a bunch of free food, and shared a hotel room with a bunch of my favorite people.  I couldn’t have asked for a better mini vacation if I tried.

Angela, Jen, Amber, Mavis, Heather

As much as I LOVE traveling, it’s good to be home.  Even if it means walking in the door to find piles of laundry on the floor, dishes in the sink, and no food in the refrigerator.

Yep, home again, home again,  jiggety-jig.

I love my family, even if they do slack off in the housekeeping department when I leave.

Fred Meyer $9.50 QFC $2.00

As far as shopping goes, last week was a snooze fest. I had baked a bunch of meals and snacks ahead of time, so all I really needed to do was pick up a few gallons of milk to tide my crew over until I got home.

FreeChicken Scraps

And thanks to Mr. Produce Guy, we had plenty of fruit on hand too.

Well, enough about me, how was YOUR weekend?

Did you do anything super cool?  Score any awesome deals at the grocery store?

Mavis wants to know!

Total Spent This Week $11.50
Total Spent This Year $1,016.33
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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How to Get Free Food Week # 22 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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What’s up with all the free lettuce lately?  To bad you can’t freeze the stuff, or I’d have a years supply of iceberg by now.  Luckily, between our chickens, and Girly Girls Chickens, not a bit of it goes to waste.

If there is one thing the chickens love {besides corn}, it’s iceberg lettuce, it must be because of the crunchy texture.  Before we were getting free “chicken scraps” from the produce guy our chickens would pretty much eat anything. But over these last 5+ months of getting fresh fruit and vegetables non stop, they have become total foodies.  Before you know it they’ll start to demand we serve their beloved “scraps” on dinner plates and serve them with white gloves.

Chickens in suburbia, dang, they’ve got it rough.

Here is what The Girl and I were able to salvage from the 4 boxes of scraps.  Plenty of cantaloupe, pineapple and honey dew for breakfast, iceberg lettuce for tacos and lettuce wraps, and half of a papaya and a boatload of strawberries. Hmmm.  Looks like another week of smoothies for breakfast.  Yee-Haw!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.  Now go forth and eat trash!

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 5 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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Hi, My name is Mavis and I like to feed my tomato plants with kale smoothies once a week.  That’s how I get the plants to grow super strong.  Life is wonderful.  The birds are always chirping, our backyard chickens are always quite, and they lay hundreds of yummy nutritious eggs for us everyday, and I’m high on life.  Living in suburbia is awesome.  You should try it. Life is perfect here.

You don’t believe all that crap do you?  Okay good.  Here’s the deal.  I now have only $195.17 in my grocery budget to last the next 3 months.  Somewhere along the way I got off track and blew a fortune on groceries.  I have no idea how it happened, but it did.  So if I want this thing to work, I’m going to have to get creative, and quick.

So while I go bake some chocolate chip cookies {and eat 1/2 of them} to make myself feel better, here are the groceries that made it into our house this week.

Costco $18.88

Note to self: Never, ever, not in a million years send the Handsome Husband to the store for 1 gallon of milk and 4 ounces of Parmesan cheese.   Yep, as you may have guessed it he stopped at Costco and blew my budget for the week.  Boooo!  Men want what’s quick and easy.  Woman however, will take the extra minute to stop at the store with the best prices AND possibly use a coupon.

Free Produce

Luckily we didn’t have to pay for any fruit last week thanks to the free chicken scraps.

Free Local Pears

I also scored a huge box of pears for free {I’ll tell you how a little later}.

Barter with Mrs. Hillbilly

Mrs. Hillbilly cracks me up.  She’s always up for anything and LOVES to barter with me.  If I was in one of those PBS documentaries set in the colonial times, I would totally want her for a neighbor.  She’s a hard worker, funny, and willing to barter pretty much anything.

Free Food from my Vitacost Credits

I heart Vitacost.

 Albertsons $7.24

I’m not sure if the double coupon deals at Albertsons are going down hill, or if it just seems that way to me because we are not buying as much processed crapity crap these days.

What do YOU think?  Are the deals becoming harder to find, or is it all in my head?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 26.12
Total Spent This Year $1,004.83
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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The Albertsons Double Coupon Report – What Did Mavis Buy?

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For the most part, I’m really happy with what I picked up this morning at Albertsons.  Since I’ve started gardening this year and making the time to cook more homemade meals for my family, I haven’t brought to much “crap food” into the house these past few months.

But every once in a while I like to splurge and get the boys some of their beloved junk food.  So when I noticed I could score some multigrain Pringles for just $.17 a can after coupons, I was like heck yeah, I’ll buy them a few cans.   Everything in moderation, right?

Here is what I picked up this week.

Transaction #1 &2

Multigrain Pringles – $1.67 each
Used {3} $0.75/1 Pringles Multi-Grain coupons {9/9 RP}
Used {3} Albertsons Double Coupons
Final Price: $.51 or $.17 each

Transaction #3

Quaker Instant Oatmeal – $2.00
Dole Pineapple Juice $2.29
Used {2} $1/2 Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Standard Oatmeal or Real Medleys {Pepsi Moments 9/30}
Used {1} $.35/1 Dole Juice Printable Coupon *Thanks Coupon Connections
Used {3} Albertsons Double Coupons
Final Price: $4.29 + I received {2} $1 off my next shopping trip coupons from the oatmeal

Transaction #4

Activia Breakfast Blend Yogurt -$2.00 ***
Dole Pineapple Juice $2.29
Caramel Wrap $2.99

Used {2} Activia Breakfast Blend Printable Coupons
Used {1} Dole Printable Coupon
Used {2} $1 off my next shopping trip coupons
{3} Albertsons Double Coupons
Final Price: $ 1.93

***The Activia Breakfast blend yogurt was incorrectly marked with the wrong tags at the store I shopped at.  The breakfast blend yogurt was not part of the sale and was supposed to be marked $3.29 each.  I was the first one to discover this so I got the advertised shelf price, and then the store removed the incorrect tag.

Did you make it to Albertsons today?

If so, what did YOU buy?

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How to Get Free Food Week # 21 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week Mr. Produce guy set aside 3 boxes of “chicken scraps” for me, and honestly, I don’t think I could have asked for a better assortment of fruits and vegetables.  After picking through the boxes I was able to salvage about $50? worth of produce that was still edible.  Not to shabby if you ask me.

The chickens also scored big with free watermelon, cucumbers, grapes and lots of greens {spinach, lettuce and cabbage}.

So what am I going to do with all of this free food?  The pears will be turned into pear butter, the strawberries will be transformed into homemade strawberry ice cream, the lettuce will be used in tacos this week, and the cantaloupe and watermelon will be eaten fresh for a yummy after school snack.

The banana’s will be turned into banana bread, the peppers will be used for heirloom tomato salsa, the organic grapes will be bagged into smaller portions and packed in the kids lunches for school.  And the mushrooms?  Maybe I’ll dehydrate the mushrooms, or just toss them on the grill.  I haven’t gotten that far yet.

All I know is free food rocks.  Whether it has been reclaimed, gleaned, bartered or grown in your very own backyard.  Learning how to feed your family on less, and having fun with it, is a pretty cool pastime if you ask me.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day, I’ve got some preserving to do.

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 5 months?

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

Looking for a few yummy ways to cook what you harvest?  Check out Grow Cook Eat By Willi Galloway.  The reviews rock and the pictures are so AMAZING I want to lick the pages.  Yum!!!

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

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I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me advise {and recipes} on what to do with the the 20 gazillion pounds of green tomatoes I harvested the other day.  I plan on whipping up some green tomato goodness just as soon as I get a few more cups of tea pumping through my veins this morning.

In the mean time, here’s what I picked up at the store this past week.

Albertsons – $5.18 

Earlier in the week I picked up free tissues, free pasta, free yogurt and some nearly free cheese with a couple of sets of Albertsons double coupons.  On my last set of double coupons I earned a $5 off your next order coupon.

Albertsons – $.01

I hung on to the $5 coupon until yesterday.  Albertsons had their 3 pound bags of chicken on sale for $4.99 {limit of 1}. In order to use the $5 off coupon though, I actually had to spend $5 in products, so I picked up a $.02 grape to bring my total to $5.01.

After the $5 off coupon was applied, I only had to pay $.01 for 3 pounds of chicken.  Yee-Haw!

Costco and Target – $8.79

I also went to Costco last week and forked over $7.75 for some whipping cream.  Man that stuff is expensive.  To maximize my Costco shopping trip I went at lunch time, you know, when all the ladies with hairnets are passing out free samples.

Local Store – FREE

Being able to pick up “chicken scraps” from our local store has really saved our family a lot of money in the produce department this year. Watermelon, fresh corn, mushrooms, strawberries and grapes are not things I would normally purchase for my family.  So being able to get them for free has not only been helpful with our budget, but it’s been pretty fun to see what comes our way each week as well.  Free food rules, no matter how you look at it.

Total Spent This Week $13.98
Total Spent This Year $978.71
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

How did YOU do this week?  Any splurges?

I feel like the 1/2 gallon of whipping cream was a splurge for us.

~ Mavis

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Shopping with Mavis | Albertsons – Free Yogurt, Free Pasta, Free Tissue + Cheap Tillamook Cheese!

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I finally made it over to Albertsons today to pick up a few freebies and some milk for the kids.  I was planning on sitting this round of double coupons out, but I’m glad I stopped by.  I was able to pick up some free tissues {I will donate those to the food bank} free pasta, and some yogurts for the Handsome Husband’s lunch, and cheese… @ $.99 per package, well, LaToya talked me in to it.

Here are my transactions broken down.

Transaction #1

3 Tillamook Sliced Cheese – $2.99 each
4 Tillamook Yogurts $.50 each
Used {2} B1G1 Free Tillamook Yogurt Printable Coupons
Doubled {3} $1/1 Tillamook Sliced Cheese Printable Coupons
Saved $2.00 by spending $10 on Tillamook products {Albertsons in-store deal}
Final Price $1.97 after doublers!

Transaction #2

3 Boxes Dreamfields Pasta – $2.00 each
Doubled {3} $1/1 Dreamfields Pasta Printable Coupons
Final Price: Free after doublers!

Transaction #3

3 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt – $.59 each
Doubled {3} $.30/1 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt Printable Coupons
Final Price: FREE After doublers! 

Transaction #4

Albertsons 2% Milk – $2.59 each
2 Scotties Tissues – $1.00 each
Used {1} $1.00/2 Scotties Printable Coupon {NLA}
Final Price $5.18 + tax for the tissue

Total Spent $7.15 {and HEY, I didn’t buy any crap!}

Did you do any shopping at Albertsons this past week?

What do you think of the daily deals?  Do you stop in just for those?

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