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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Albertsons – Buy $30 in iTunes Gift Cards Get a $5 Store Coupon!

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If you plan on purchasing iTunes, Starbucks, McDonalds, Chili’s or Applebees gift cards anytime soon and have an Albertsons nearby, you might want to stop in and pick up a few this week.  Albertsons is running a buy 1 multi-pack of gift cards, get a $5 Albertsons store coupon

I headed to Albertsons bright and early this morning and picked up a few gift cards that I’ll be giving away this Christmas and scored $30 worth of free grocery coupons in the process.

Personally I think the 3-pack of $10 iTunes gift cards are the ones to get.  I was able to pick up iTunes gift cards for Monkey Boy, The Girl, the HH, and my niece for their Christmas stockings.  I also picked up 2 sets of Starbucks cards for the kids teachers and coaches.

In years past, local grocery stores have offered $10, and $20 store coupons or catalinas when you have purchased $50, $100 in particular gift cards, but a lot of time they are for cards I wouldn’t normally buy, so I decided to take advantage of this deal.  Plus, we have no idea of knowing for sure if they will be offering such a generous deal this year again, or what the gift cards will be.

  • I tried purchasing 2 multi-packs of gift cards in the same transaction, but only 1 $5 store coupon printed.  Luckily my cashier was able to cancel my transaction so I didn’t end up empty handed.  So if you are going to do this deal, you will need to have your cashier ring up 1 multi-pack of gift cards at a time to get the store coupon.
  • All my Albertsons store coupons printed with an expiration date of 11/7/2012 {1 week to use them}
  • The gift card multi-packs available are iTunes, Starbucks, McDonalds, Chili’s and Applebees.

Since I would have purchased these gift cards anyway for gifts, the amount I spent on them will in no way will reflect my amount spent out of pocket on groceries this year.

Do you have an Albertsons nearby?  Are you planning on picking up any gift cards so you can score a $5 Albertsons store coupon this time around?

~ Mavis

 

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How to Get Free Food Week # 26 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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The last two weeks the quantity of the “good” chicken scraps has been decreasing. Which is a good thing for the stores, because they are tossing out less produce.  But on the other hand, it’s kind of a bummer for my family as well. We are not seeing boxes and boxes filled with boatloads of castoff goods anymore.

So what does this mean?

Is the store buying less produce and throwing less of it away?  Do stores sell more fruits and vegetables in the summer months? Is that why there was such an abundance of free fruit and vegetables this summer, but not this fall?

Well one things for sure, the chickens are still getting their fill of fresh fruits and vegetables.

And they don’t seem to care if it’s in season or not.

So what do you think?  Do the stores waste less in the fall and winter because the demand for fresh {real} food is less?  Or am I just imagining it?

~Mavis

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Albertsons – Campbell’s Soup Only $.05 After Catalina!

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Attention Albertsons Shoppers!

Hurry on over and PRINT THIS COUPON good for $1.00 off 5 Campbell’s Condensed soups before it reaches the print limit and take it over to Albertsons for a sweet deal on soup when you use a double coupon.

I normally don’t buy a lot of Campbell’s tomato or chicken noodle soup because I prefer to make my own.  But when I can get it for a mere $.05 per can?  Heck ya I’m going to stock up.  You can count on it.

Transaction #1

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup – $0.75
Double $1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups Printable Coupon
Final Price $1.75 {received a $1.50 off my next order catalina coupon}

Transaction #2

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup – $0.75
Double $1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups Printable Coupon
Used $1.50 catalina coupon from transaction #1
Final Price $.25 {received a $1.50 off my next order catalina coupon}

Transaction #3

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup – $0.75
Double $1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups Printable Coupon
Used $1.50 catalina coupon from transaction #2
Final Price $.25 {received a $1.50 off my next order catalina coupon}

Transaction #4

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup – $0.75
Double $1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups Printable Coupon
Used $1.50 catalina coupon from transaction #3
Final Price $.25 {received a $1.50 off my next order catalina coupon}

Total OOP $2.50 Still have a $1.50 catalaina coupon! 

>>>>>>>> That’s like paying only $.05 a can! <<<<<<<<

Looking for more Campbell’s printable coupons?

$0.50 off any 2 Campbell’s Microwavable Bowls
$0.75 off two Campbell’s Natural soups
$0.50 off three Campbell’s Chunky™ soup or chili
$0.50 off 2 Campbell’s Chunky™ soup or chili
$0.40 off {3} Campbell’s Condensed Soups {can be used for this deal}
$0.40 off (3) Campbell’s Condensed Soups {can be used for this deal}

Here is more information on the Campbell’s Catalina Promotion

Buy 5 or 6 Campbell’s soups, receive a $1.50 catalina coupon to use on your next transaction.
Buy 7 or 8 Campbell’s soups, receive a $2 catalina coupon to use on your next transaction.
Buy 9 or more Campbell’s soups, receive a $2.50 catalina coupon to use on your next transaction.

Will YOU be stocking up on soup today?

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

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Are you ready for Halloween? Need a last minute costume? Go to Target.  Yes, Mam.  Blanket sleepers are all the rage this year, and Oh Happy Day you can wear them all winter long.  Oh yeah!  Heck you can even wear them over to your neighbors house at 2 in the afternoon when you need to barter for a few tea bags because you’re out.  Not that I would know anything about that of course.  Nope. Not me.

Enough about pajamas costumes, lets talk groceries. I think I did pretty well in the grocery department this past week with the help of coupons, bartering and gardening.  Here is what I brought home.

Albertsons $7.98
Milk and yogurt for the monkeys. Have you ever had Tillamook yogurt before? My favorite flavor is Marionberry.

Reclaimed Produce $0

Nothing beats FREE Produce!  Well, actually free chicken does. Ha!

Bartering $0

I was able to score 30 pounds of FREE CHICKEN and now I think we are set for the rest of the year meat wise.  Well, actually I still need a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Tacoma Boys Produce Stand $6.51

I stopped by my favorite produce stand and loaded up on apples and peppers.  The prices are so great at Tacoma Boys I just have to stop by every time I’m nearby.

Albertsons $2.97

I had a great time stocking up on basics at Albertsons on my Double Coupon Shopping Trip yesterday. I think I’ll head back over there today or tomorrow and see if I can pick up some more FREE Barilla pasta if it’s in stock.  Fingers crossed!

How did YOU do this past week?  Did you stock up on any freebies?  Get an awesome deal at a roadside stand?  Get a free ride on a llama?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Monday!

Mavis

Total Spent This Week $ 17.46
Total Spent This Year $1,045.63
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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I headed out to Albertsons rather early this morning so I could stock up on free pasta after being wiped out the other night. With the exception of the Quaker yogurt bars, everything I picked up was “healthy food.”  If you have not tried the V-8 smoothie blends they rock!  The V-8 smoothies are 100% juice and there is no added crap and my daughter LOVES them!  I think I might even go back for more in a few days!

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

  • 12 boxes of pasta {free}
  • 3 bags of cereal {free}
  • 4 bottles of V-8 Smoothie drinks {free}
  • 2 boxes of Quaker yogurt bars {free}
  • 2 Chapstick {free}
  • 3 Tribe Hummus {.99 each}

Barilla White Fiber, Veggie or Whole Grain Pasta – $.75 WYB 10
Double $1/2 Barilla White Fiber, Veggie or Whole Grain Pasta coupons {10/21 SS}
Final Price: FREE WYB 10 after double coupons

Tribe Hummus – $2.99
Double $1/1 Tribe Hummus Coupon {tearpad}
Final Price: $.99 after double coupons

V8 V-Fusion Smoothie – $1.99
Double $1/1 V8 V-Fusion Smoothie {09/09 SS}
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta -  $1.00
Double $1/2 Healthy Harvest Printable Coupon
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

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

Quaker Granola Bars with Yogurt – $2.00
Double $1/1 Quaker Granola Printable Coupon
Final Price: $ FREE after double coupons

Arrowhead Mills Cereals – $1.79
Double $1/1 Arrowhead Mills Printable coupon {printed 2 weeks ago}
Final Price: FREE after double coupons

So, did you make it to Albertsons this morning? What did you stock up on this time around?

~Mavis

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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

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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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