How to Get Free Food Week #25 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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When I picked up my 4 free boxes of “chicken scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy this week I was pretty hopeful.  As I quickly placed the boxes in the back of the car, I was thinking, cool we’d have grapes and cantaloupe for lunches, and plenty of lettuce for soft tacos this week.  Sweet!

Then I went home and sorted the loot.

Whoop. T. Do.  This was all I was able to reclaim.  The grapes were soft, the rinds on the melon looked iffy, and I was only able to salvage 1 head of lettuce from the entire box.  Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers right?  Ha! I can’t hit the jackpot every week now can I?

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day.  Now go forth and save something from the trash!

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 6 months?

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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Because I didn’t do any shopping at the grocery stores to fill my refrigerator last week, instead I spent the week pulling weeds in the garden and bartering with my neighbors.  So not only did I save on gas, but I saved a few pennies as well.  After all, I need to conserve my resources if I’m going to get a turkey and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving this year.

Last week The Girl and I were able to glean a good sized laundry basket of neglected apples.

I didn’t have to pay anything for the reclaimed produce either.

My bartering with my neighbor Francisco went much better.  You can watch the video and see how it all went down HERE

I LOVE bartering with Mrs. Hillbilly. She always has a ton of fancy cheeses and meat products in stock.  Plus, I was even able to score a can of Guinness for the HH’s favorite Guinness Beef Stew.  Yee-Haw!

I did have one deal that was a total stinker though. 2 of Girl Girls kids came down to barter 2 pounds of ground meat and a tin FULL of moon-cakes with me in exchange for some pumpkins.

But when I opened the tin of moon-cakes, I noticed 2 of them were missing. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? Girly Girl stuck it to me AGAIN! What a punk!

So how did you do last week?  Did you do any bartering, or find some sweet deals at the grocery store?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 0
Total Spent This Year $1,028.17
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 #24 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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It’s been over 6 months now since I got up the nerve to ask my local produce market for their scraps.  What a life changer.  I wish I could go back in time to when the Handsome Husband and I were first married, and didn’t have an extra dime in our pockets.

If I had known it was possible to come home with boxes and boxes of FREE produce every week, I would have done it a heck of a lot sooner that’s for sure.

Before we started picking up “chicken scraps” each week, I would rarely buy things like watermelon and grapes out of season at the grocery store.  Now we get it all for free.  What a luxury!

Here is what we were able to salvage:

The chickens were pretty happy with their scraps as well.  This is a picture of our 6 week old australorp chicken enjoying her first watermelon.  Life is good.

Have YOU been able to convince your local grocery store {big or small} to let you collect fruit and vegetable scraps?  If so, do you have any tips to pass along so we can help others to get their start in this HUGE money saver?

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 6 months?

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Video | Bartering with Mavis – Is it Hard to Barter with a Vegan?

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My goal this week is not to spend a dime at the grocery store.  This of course means I’ll be doing a lot of bartering with my neighbors.

Last night I showed up on my neighbor Francisco’s doorstep and asked if he wanted to barter with me. Francisco is a vegan, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to go home with.

Looking for more of my super awesome videos?

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Bartering Rules!

~Mavis

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

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Goodbye sunshine, hello rain.

The burn ban was lifted over the weekend so now I can have a cracking fire burning in the fireplace when the Handsome Husband comes home from work {just like a true Pilgrim woman}.  I LOVE this time of year.  Mostly because I don’t look like a total nut when I run errands around town in my favorite long sleeved t-shirts and sweaters.

People stare at me when it’s 80 degrees,  but not when it’s like 50 degrees out.  Ahhh, the little things.

Anyway, I did quite a bit of grocery shopping last week, it wasn’t all free, but now my refrigerator is stocked and ready for another week.

*If you are a real Washingtonian, you are too cool to use an umbrella.  I just used it so you knew it was raining out. Ha!

Here is what I purchased last week.

Costco Shopping Trip $14.38

The kids were whining we didn’t have any lunch meat for the sandwiches so I broke down and stopped by Costco and picked some up. While I was there I grabbed some crappy Costco milk containers as well.

Local Produce Stand $5.33

Last week I made stuffed bell peppers in the crock pot, caramel apple dip, and Baba Ganoush and needed a few extra ingredients to make it all happen.

Costco Shopping Trip $ 0

The day after I purchased ham and milk my annual Costco rebate check came in the mail.  Instead of cashing in the check like I’ve done in years past, I decided to take a break from coupon shopping and spend all but $.74 of it at Costco on goodies.

Bartering with Mrs. Hillbilly $0

I batered a 25 pound bag of whole wheat bread flour I didn’t want with Mrs. Hillbilly.

Albertsons Shopping Trip $2.39

While I was in Atlanta, Georgia last week I met a rep from International Delight and she gave me a bunch of free product coupons.

Reclaimed Produce $0

Free chicken scraps are awesome!

Albertsons Double Shopping Trip $.24

Who says you need money to buy groceries?  All you need is enough to cover the tax and you’re good!

I spent a lot last week, but I was also able to pick up some really good stuff.  I think I’m going to have to take a break from shopping though this week if I want to stay on track.  We’ll see.

So how did you do this past week?

Did you do any couponing or splurge on anything good?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $23.34
Total Spent This Year $1,028.17
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

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Shopping with Mavis | Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip

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Before I headed out to Albertsons this morning, I put a quarter in my pocket and and decided to leave my wallet at home.  I mean really, who needs money when you can score a bunch of free groceries at Albertsons with a wad full of double coupons in hand?

I know there are a ton of great deals out there is week to be had, but I only have about $180 left for the year.  So I have  to be super  picky on how I spend my money if I want to reach my goal this year of feeding my family for only $100 a month.

Check out all the loot I got for FREE this morning.

Transaction #1

V8 Fusion Smoothies  - $1.99
Used {3} $1/1 V8 Fusion Coupons {10/14 SS}
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

Transaction #2

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta – $1.00
Used {3} $1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta Printable Coupons
Final price: FREE after double coupons

Transaction #3

Crest Toothpaste – $1.00
Used {3} $0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel coupons {09/30 P&G}
Final price: FREE after double coupons * {I did have to pay $.24 tax}

Transaction #4

Yoplait Simplait yogurt {6 oz} - $0.75 
Used {3} $0.40/1 Yoplait Simplait Yogurt Printable Coupons
Final price: FREE after double coupons

Transaction #5

Starbucks Refreshers – $1.50
Used {3} $1/1 Starbucks Refreshers Beverage Printable Coupons
Final price: FREE after double coupons

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I was planning on picking up from free Arrowhead Mills cereal with the $1.00 coupon, but my store was out.  I’ll check the store in another day or two and see if it’s in, and I’ll try and stock up on some more pasta as well.

So, did you make it to Albertsons this morning?  Did you just go for the free stuff, or did you actually drop some cash while you were there?

~Mavis

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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?

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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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