Shopping with Mavis | Albertsons = Cheap Cheese and Crackers

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Monkey Boy and I stopped by Albertsons this morning while we were running errands to stock up some cheap American cheese and Nabisco crackers.  The kids are getting ready to head back to school, and they LOVE packing crackers in there lunches so I thought I’d grab a few boxes to tide us over until the next big sale.  Kraft American cheese was on sale for only $1.28 a package, but I had $1 off coupons so I was able to pick them up for only $.28 each!

Here are my 2 transactions.

Transaction #1

Used {1} $1/1 Wheat Thins Bold Flavors Printable Coupon
Used {1}  $1/2 Any Wheat Thins Printable Coupon or HERE
Used {2} $1/1 Kraft Singles Printable Coupon {NLA}
Final Price $2.67   

Transaction #2

Used {1} $1/1 Wheat Thins Bold Flavors Printable Coupon
Used {1}  $1/2 Any 2 Nabsico Crackers or Cookies Printable Coupon
Used {2} $1/1 Kraft Singles Printable Coupon {NLA}
Final Price $2.67   

* There is a limit on 2 Kraft Singles per person so make sure you bring a buddy if you plan on buying more than 2 packages of American cheese.

10 items for only $5.34?  That’s only $.53 per item!  Not to shabby if you ask me.

Head on over HERE to Print Coupons.

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How to Get Free Food Week # 18 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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The pickin’s were a little slim this week.  But I’m not complaining.  With the kids getting ready to head back to school, the garden, the chickens, and having to get ready for a quick trip to Boise, I was a bit relieved to see only 3 boxes when I picked up our “chicken scraps” this week at the local produce stand.

Some weeks I love having a bunch of free produce to sift through, and some weeks it’s a chore. But I’m in it to win it, and I just have to remind myself that I am getting FREE FOOD, and no one should ever complain about free food. Ever.

This week I was able to reclaim-

Over the past few months I received emails from people who have been both successful and unsuccessful in getting their local grocers to allow them to pick up free “scraps” from stores.

In the end, I think it boils down to what the individual store policy is.  Some are afraid of giving away produce because of lawsuits, some stores already have a program in place for local charities to pick up the “old” fruits and veggies, and others are just happy to give it to someone so it doesn’t go to waste.

So if you’ve already asked all your local grocery stores for their seconds and have been turned down, maybe try a local farm, fruit stand or CSA and see if they are willing to give your their blemished produce {or let you purchase it for ultra cheap}.  The worst thing anyone can ever tell you is no.  And if you don’t ask, you won’t know for sure.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m headed out to the garden to pick some veggies!

♥ Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past 4 1/2  months?

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

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Yesterday on the Dirty Dash race course, we came across a bunch of day hikers on a guided tour.  Jokingly, one of my teammates {Mrs. Idaho; who was covered in mud}, spread her arms out really wide and started to approach the day hikers. Both a man and a woman opened their arms, and smiled.

Mrs. Idaho smiled back, put her arms down, and let out a little giggle.

But I didn’t.

I ran up the man {whom we dubbed “Random Guy” and jumped into his arms…

IT. WAS. AWESOME.

Note to self: Never miss a Kodak moment.

P.S. I think Random Guy works out a lot.  His grip was pretty tight.  Either that or he’s totally used to mud covered ladies wearing black underwear over pink tights constantly jumping on him.

As for last weeks shopping trips?  Well, they weren’t quite as exciting.

But here’s what I purchased.

Fred Meyer – $6.00

Last week Fred Meyer had 1/2 gallons of milk, chocolate and orange juice on sale for a buck a piece so I stocked up.  As you can see Monkey Boy drank some chocolate milk on the way home from the store.


Albertsons – $2.70

I stopped by Albertsons on my way home from the airport and did 5 simple transactions using double coupons.

Here are the coupons I used -

$1/1 Ken’s Dressing Coupon 08/12 SS
$.60 Chex Mix Printable Coupon
$1/1 Kikkoman Soy Sauce Printable Coupon 
$.30/1 Chobani Printable Yogurt Coupon
$.75/1 Quaker Baked Bars Printable Coupon
$1/3 Better Oats Oatmeal Printable Coupon

Talk about an easy peasy week.  Feeding your family for only $100 a month is a breeze when you have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable to make meals from.

Total Spent This Week $8.70
Total Spent This Year $868.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $496.58
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00 

So how did YOU do this week?  What did you buy?  Or more importantly, did you hug any strangers this past week?  Do tell!

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How to Get Free Food Week # 17 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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We made out like bandits this week with our “free chicken scraps.”  I can hardly believe we have been picking up free grocery store cast offs for over 4 months now.  Where does the time go?  There was a little something for everyone this time around.

Buff the Wayward Chicken and her friends enjoyed 2 boxes of lettuce, spinach, corn, melon and grapes.  We even had plenty left over to feed Girly Girl’s Chickens.

How to dehydrate strawberries

 Since our freezer is almost bursting at the seems with frozen strawberries, I had The Girl dehydrate these ones.  She also dehydrated the mushrooms.  We will use the strawberries in homemade granola, and dehydrated mushrooms in soups this winter.

All in all it was a great week to be a cheapskate.  Lots of goodies!

  • 3 bags stir fry vegetables
  • 5 cantaloupe halves
  • 9 ears of corn
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 half of a pineapple
  • 6 pounds of strawberries
  • 12 ounces of spinach
  • 1.5 pounds of mushrooms
  • 3 heads of iceberg lettuce

Not too shabby if you ask me. I’m curious to see what freebies will be available this winter. Sweet potatoes? Squash? Apples?  Who knows, but I’m excited, and I’m glad I’m keeping this up. It’s fun, and every week is a surprise.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

I’m off to go work in the yard.  I’m expecting company today so I need to go tidy up.

 Mavis

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

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

See more “How to Dehydrate Food” recipes

If you are looking for a deal on a dehydrator, Amazon has my favorite Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator on sale for $38.23 shipped if you need one.

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

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Over the weekend I made the best blackberry cobbler I have ever made.  As soon as I pulled the bubbling goodness out of the oven, I went to the freezer, grabbed the remaining vanilla ice cream, and proceed to eat ALL of it while the cobbler was cooling.

So by the time the cobbler had cooled, we were out of ice cream.

Right around that time, The Girl asked me if I wanted to go running {note: I do not run, I rulk {run/walk, mostly walk}.  So I said sure, let’s head over to Target and get some ice cream. She gave me a weird look, shruged her shoulders and off we went.

After about a mile, I could see The Girl way ahead of me.  But just then, my neighbor Francisco drove around the corner and slowed down to talk to me.  Before he could finish his sentence, I had hopped in his vehicle and asked if he would drive me AHEAD of The Girl and drop me off a few neighborhoods up {pretty sneaky eh?}.

I ducked as we passed her, and we were cracking up.  It was awesome.

I knew I had about 1-2 minutes before she would spot me, so I waited until the last second to start running.  I had my headphones on so I didn’t hear her approach, but when she did, she whizzed by at top speed.  I tried to catch her, but failed.  I could tell she was puzzled, but pleased with herself as she turned to look back and give me a smirk.

Target $3.25  

Long story short, we made it back home with the ice cream just in time.

Kelly’s Ice Cream Shop $4.50

Also, earlier in the week, The Girl made me go on another Rulk.  It was like 95 degrees out, so we bought cotton candy ice cream after we finished.

Albertsons $.50 {tax}

You can read about my Albertsons shopping trip HERE.

Oroweat Bakery Outlet $0

You can read more about my trip to the Oroweat Bakery Outlet HERE.

So how did YOU do this week?  Was it hot where you are?  Did you splurge on ice cream too?

♥ Mavis

Total Spent This Week $8.25
Total Spent This Year $859.72
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $496.58
Total “Seed Money” donations received $37.00 

$0.50 off ONE (1) Breyers product 1.5 qt

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How to Save Money On Groceries – Forage For Food

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As we were driving home yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird noticed a few blackberries near our house.  So as soon as we pulled into the driveway, we ran into the house, grabbed several containers,and wondered aloud how many we would fill.

As we walked down the road we were pleasantly surprised at how many berries there were to pick.  Usually we aren’t foraging for berries until around the end of August.  But we had such a wet spring this year that I think it kind of bumped up the harvest a little.

As far as berry picking goes, some years are better than others.  I can remember a few summers ago we were able to collect and freeze over 25 pounds of blackberries.  We had so many berries left over by the following summer, we only went out picking 1 time.

It took us about 30 minutes to pick just over 4 quarts of blackberries.

Now comes the tough decision.  What should I make first?

Ahhh summer, I love you.

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How to Feed Your Family For $100 a Month Oroweat Bakery Outlet – Tacoma, Washington

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School is right around the corner so I figured now was as good a time as any to load the freezers with bread.

About 25% of the stock in the store $1.00.  Everything else is about half of retail.  And since I was planning on freezing everything we purchased, it didn’t matter to me if the expiration date on the bread was only 2 or 3 days away.

 

I handed the kids each a voucher for $10, worth and let them pick out whatever they wanted {as long as it was only $1.00}.  Monkey Boy choose 8 loaves of white {barf} bread and 2 boxes of doughnuts.

The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird choose 9 bags of bagels and 1 package of English Muffins.

Jeeezzz, you’d think white bread and bagels were like gold in my house {actually they are}.  I thought it was hilarious they each decided to stock up on their favorite thing.

I however was very diplomatic.  I choose 6 large bags of whole wheat bread {for the family} 8 packages of Thomas English muffins {these were bulk packages and there are more hiding behind the ones you see} and 1 package of stupid Crustini rolls {I think it’s just a fancy way of saying hamburger buns}.

If I was stocking up for myself, I would have chosen 10 boxes of delicious chocolate covered doughnuts and hid them in the back of my closet {but moms don’t get to do stuff like that}.

I seriously cannot believe there wasn’t a line out the door for this store.  $1.00 loaves of bread?  C’mon.  Does it get any better than that?

This is shaping up to be a great week for my grocery budget.  All I’ve spent so far this week is $.84 tax on some paper towels. Wahoooo! I love saving money.

How are YOU doing on your grocery budget this week?

Are you over, or under so far?

~ Mavis

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Shopping with Mavis – My Albertsons Coupon Round Up Trip {100% Savings}

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I zipped in to Albertsons this morning with a few of my favorite people so I could snag a some freebies on the first day of the Albertsons Coupon Round Up.  I managed to score 100% savings {well, I did have to pay tax on the paper towels} and was pretty pleased with my goodies.  Here is what I picked up:

Bounty Paper Towels – $.99
Round Up {6} $.25/1 Bounty Paper Towels Coupon {7/29 P&G}
Final Price: FREE

Zone Bars – $1.00
Round Up {24} $0.55/1 Zone Perfect Product Coupon {08/05 SS}
Final Price: Free

Essential Everyday Pasta – $1.00
Used {2} $1/1 Any Essential Everyday Item {Albertsons Sizzlin’ Summer Booklet}
Final Price: FREE

Farm Stand Baby Carrots – $1.60
Used {1} Albertsons Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaway FREE ticket
Final Price: FREE

Do you have plans t shop during the Albertsons Round Up?

If so, what’s on your list?

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How to Get Free Food Week # 16 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week when I went to pick up the “chicken scraps” I was a bit relieved.  For the first time in a long while the boxes were not stuffed with mounds and mounds of lettuce leaves.  There were a few heads of iceberg lettuce this time around, but they were not salvageable.

However, there was an ample supply of watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes and strawberries to fill our refrigerator with.  Plus, I was able to divide up the remaining scraps in to 3 boxes to feed not only our chickens, but Girly Girls and another friends as well.

This whole picking up free scraps gig is pretty sweet.  I only wish more stores would let people pick up their discards.  From reading your comments over the past few months, finding a local store that will give you their scraps seems to be pretty hit an miss.

All I can say is this, keep trying.

If you’ve asked the grocery stores and had no luck, try a local farm stand or the local farmer’s market at closing.  Who knows.  You may just get lucky.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

I’m headed outside to get a little work done in the garden before it starts to heat up.  It’s suppose to be 80 degrees here in the Seattle area.  I hope I don’t get heatstroke.

 Mavis

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

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

Keep fruits and veggies fresh longer with the Progressive International Lettuce Keeper.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $13.98.

See more Fruit and Vegetable Keepers

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

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We came home from vacation last week to find ourselves knee deep in beans, zucchinis and cherry tomatoes, so we didn’t actually need to many groceries.

But I’m pretty excited about the Albertsons Round Up on the horizon, I already placed an order for 2 things, and now I’m just waiting to get the ad in my hand to see what else will be a killer deal.  We’ll see.

Here is what I picked up this week.

Albertsons $2.50

Plain yogurt for Zucchini Brownies.

Albertsons $1.99

Fresh dill for Dilly Pickles.

Albertsons $ 3.13

Total Spent This Week $7.62
Total Spent This Year $851.47
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $496.58
Total “Seed Money” donations received $23.00

So there you have it, a pretty boring week {grocery shopping wise} indeed.

How are you doing on your grocery budget lately?  Are you a gardener?

Is you garden your supermarket?

~ Mavis


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