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

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Zaycon Foods – FREE

When I found out Zaycon Foods was offering ham a while back I decided to redeem all my Zaycon credit and get 20 pounds of boneless ham. I tucked one away in the freezer for Easter, and the other one we will be serving this Christmas alongside our annual dinner buffet.

Have you tried Zaycon ham before? How was it? This was our first time ordering ham through Zaycon {we love their chicken and beef} so I’m anxious to try it.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $ 8.38

I asked The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird to pick up a lemon on her way home and this is what she came home with. Apparently she was craving clementines and cream cheese. Ha!

Target Market Pantry Products

Target $12.97

Last week I had surgery on my Crappy British Teeth and knew I’d pretty much be drinking smoothies, hot soup and applesauce all week. So when Monkey Boy and I stopped by Target for some new socks {what was I thinking? Do you know how freakin’ packed Target is this time of year?} I grabbed a couple of cans of my favorite Campbell’s soups.

I’m not sure how the lentils and turkey breast ended up in the cart {let’s blame it on the meds} but I’m sure I’ll make something tasty with it soon. :)
reclaimed food

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Thanks to Mr. Produce Guy, this past week we were able to get plenty of lettuce and apples for free. Just for asking! How cool is that? You can see all the food our family has saved from going in to the dumpster over the last year and a half HERE.

Last week I stocked up like crazy, this week, not so much.

How did you do? Are you finding yourself going over your grocery budget because of the holidays, or are you superhuman and and right on target for the year?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $21.35
Total Spent This Year $2130.43 {Yep, I’m over for the year}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Lettuce Anyone?

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I don’t think I’ll ever figure out how the produce section of any store makes money. What you see above is just a couple of hours of “waste.” Imagine how many boxes of produce would be on my porch if I collected free produce scraps for an entire month. I won’t, but I bet it would be pretty eye opening.wrinkled squash

Besides an entire case of good lettuce, there wasn’t too much else to salvage. There were however quite a few wrinkled squash {I didn’t want them for my family, but our backyard folk of chickens sure loved them}.

grapes

Soft grapes with cobwebs. Yum-O!

tomatoes

Soft tomatoes. Another treat for the hens.

reclaimed food

So what did I keep this time around? 2 heads of lettuce, 2 bags of Romaine, 2 cucumbers, 13 apples and 1 lonely tomato.  Everything else was fed to the chickens or tossed onto the compost heap.

Oh, and did you notice… No bananas for the second week in a row. Hmmm. There must be some sort of global banana shortage going on that I don’t know about. Either that, or Mr. Produce Guy is marking down his spotted bananas and people are gobbling them up like crazy.

Note to self – ask next time I’m at the store.

Have a great day everyone,

~Mavis

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

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

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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

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costco shopping tripCostco $69.75

How does that song go? Oops, I did it again? Holy crackers people, forget taking away my Costco card, take away my car, and shoes because we all know you can just go up to customer service and tell them you lost your Costco card and get a temporary pass for the day.

Clearly taking the Costco card out of my wallet was not a deterrent was it?

I think I’m getting lazy. Seriously, it’s just too easy to go one stop shopping at Costco this time of year. All those free samples, shiny things to look at, I can’t stop. Can. Not. Stop.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $22.39

Hot deal of the week was yogurt on clearance for $0.25 each and day old cinnamon rolls for $0.99.  I also picked up a package of Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran. I wanted to try it out before I ordered the 4-pack from Amazon. The verdict? I like it! And hold your horses, it was 28% of your daily fiber requirement and something like 7 grams of protein in one serving.

trader joes shopping tripTrader Joes: $12.79

What can I say, I need to find something better to do with my time than hang out at the grocery store during the week.I’d take up knitting, but then I’d just spend all my money at the craft store. So you see, I really can’t win, can I? All I can do is hope spring will come early this year so I’ll be too busy outside to go shopping.

A girl can dream, right?

How did you do this week?

Are you spending more on food lately too? What’s your excuse?

- Mavis

Total Spent This Week $104.93
Total Spent This Year $2109.18 {Yep, I’m over for the year}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – The Monkeys Stole My Bananas!

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What? No bananas? Seriously? What happened? Was there a monkey convention or something we didn’t hear about? It’s been ages since we haven’t had at least 10 pounds of bananas in the free produce boxes Mr. Produce Guy sets aside for us each week.

fresh fruit

Shriveled mangos, soft grapes and super soft apples. Perfect for chickens, not so great for humans.

asparagus

The asparagus was a wee bit past it’s prime. So we tossed it onto the compost heap.
lettuce

Even though this lettuce was perfectly fine to eat, we gave it to the chickens. They LOVE their greens and when it comes down to it, we can really only eat so much lettuce ourselves. food waste in America

What we kept for ourselves this week:

  • 2 large fruit Bowls {retail $9.99}
  • 2 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 apples
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado

Not a bad deal if you ask me. :) What do you think?

~Mavis

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

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

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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

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jenni-o turkeyAlbertsons $.52

Last week I used all 5 of the $20 off Albertsons coupons I scored with their gift card promotion. Not only was also I able to pick up a nearly free turkey, but I was able to stock up on some key ingredients for side dishes and desserts as well.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $3.65

Our chickens have practically stopped laying {we are still getting a few eggs a day} so I had to break down and buy a dozen eggs. Buying eggs when you have chickens seems so weird to me. But eggs are a must have for breakfast {and baking} around here.

Albertsons $0.69

I forgot to take a picture. oops!

weekly groceriesAlbertsons $0.66

Breakfast weenies, sparkling cider, rolls, green beans, cream cheese and more eggs.

groceriesAlbertsons $0.82 

Holy cow Mavis, are those more eggs? Did you really buy 5 dozen eggs last week? Yes, yes I did. I told you we eat a lot of eggs around here! As for the peppermint patties and mini doughnuts, I have no idea how they got in my cart. They mucy have jumped in or something. ;)

food waste in America

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Getting free “chicken scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy each week really helps to cut down on our grocery budget.

bartering food

Bartered Goods – FREE

And last but not least, my barter with my neighbor Hulda. I was able to trade some of my garden vegetables for some free elk meat and fresh baked cookies. Aren’t neighbors cool? :)

How did you do this past week? Any gift card deals in your area?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $6.34
Total Spent This Year $2004.25 {Yep, I’m over for the year}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Chickens Scraps? No Way!

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dumpster diving

Another week, another couple of boxes of ugly discarded produce we hauled home because nobody wanted to pay full price for them at the supermarket. This week Mr. Produce Guy stuffed our reclaimed boxes full of all sorts of goodies for our backyard flock of chickens. There were practically 2 boxes filled with just greens! Which was totally awesome because chickens love lettuce, cabbage and pretty much anything else with a crunch.

brown bananas

Do chickens love bananas? Not so much. And to tell you the truth, I’m running out of ideas on how to use up all the bruised bananas we get for free each week from Mr. Produce Guy. A girl can only drink so many smoothies you know. ;)

food waste in America

Those radishes and sweet potatoes will come in handy this Thanksgiving.

food waste in America

Here’s the final tally:

  • 10 million pounds of bananas
  • 4 bunches of radishes
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 yams
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 3-pack of Romaine lettuce
  • 2 bunches of cilantro

Not bad for free if you ask me. :)

Do you have any good banana recipes? I think I could use a few more ideas on how to use up all those ripe bananas this week.

Have a great day everyone,

~Mavis

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

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

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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

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Costco Shopping Trip $42.14

Oops, I did it again.  Let me explain! ;) Butter? Hello, it’s the holidays and there is baking to be done. Meyer lemons? Well in case you didn’t know, Costco has Meyer lemons in stock and ready to consume and let me tell you Bob, I can’t wait to bust open that container and start whipping up some delicious Meyer lemon recipes.

Milk, chocolate chips and bacon. Yep, those are were all necessities too. :)

albertsons $20 off coupon

Albertsons - Holy Smokes I LOVE this deal!!

For those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest, Albertsons is running a gift card special right now. Buy $100 in gift cards {Amazon, American Eagle, Applebees, Bass Pro Shops, Kohl’s, iTunes and MasterCard Gift Cards} and get a $20 Albertsons coupon good on your next purchase.

One $20 coupon will print per transaction. So if you plan on stocking up, you will need to do each $100 gift purchase separately. The Albertsons gift card deal expires 12/3/13 so you have plenty of time to do this deal.

Albertsons $20 Gift Card Promotion

So did I buy any gift cards? YES!!

Typically this deal comes around twice a year. The holidays, and tax time. So I plan ahead and save up so I can do this awesome deal. I think it’s pretty well known that I am an Amazon.com freak. So since I would be purchasing goods off Amazon anyway, this deal makes total sense for me. I also picked up some iTunes gift cards to give as Christmas gifts as well. Once each for Monkey Boy, The Girl and my niece. If there is one thing you can always count one, it’s that teens love music.

I haven’t had the chance to use my $20 grocery coupons yet, but I’ll tell you one thing. Our Thanksgiving turkey will be from Albertsons this year. ;) You can count on it.

Do you have a store in your area that offers these types of promos as well?

If so, I’d love to know what stores.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $42.14
Total Spent This Year $1997.91
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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Food Waste In America – Can You Say Free Fruit?

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Well there was a heck of a lot of variety this week in the reclaimed food boxes we picked up from Mr. Produce Guy. Lot’s of melons, lettuce and miscellany for the chickens, and plenty of good stuff for us.

bananas

Bananas. I don’t think a week has gone by in the last few months where there hasn’t been a boatload of rips bananas waiting for us. It’s a good thing we like making smoothies and baking banana bread around here. ;)

lemons

And lemons? Heck ya I’ll take them. I have a lemon cookie recipe I’ve been wanting to try.

food waste in america

Here’s what I ended up keeping for my family this week. Do you see all those apples and oranges? Guess who’s making an apple pie for Thanksgiving? And cinnamon apple chips are on the menu this week too.

So much fruit, so little time. :)

Have you tried asking your local grocer for their “expired” fruits and vegetables yet?

Mavis wants to know.

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

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

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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

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Costco $47.53

Repeat after me… Costco is evil. ;)

Would someone PLEASE take away my Costco card until after the holidays? Please? I’m begging you. I wish I had an excuse this time, like my kids were with me, or the HH made me put that yummy Dubliner cheese in my cart. But that would be a lie. I did it all myself.

I totally blame the salami, cheese and Pretzel chips on my friend MamaJJ. We were sitting around her kitchen counter talking late one night and there was cheese and hard pretzels on the counter. I wasn’t craving it then, but as soon as I got home I was. Gahhhh.

local produce stand

Local Produce Stand $2.00

How does the store even make any money? Imported peppers 4 for $1 and avocados 2 for $1.

qfc shopping trip

QFC $13.48

Pasta $0.69 a box, Cranberry Sauce $0.99, Tillamook Yogurt $0.40 each and Cottage Cheese $0.99 each because it was reduced for a quick sale.

Let’s hope next week is better. But then again, I still need to buy a Thanksgiving Turkey.

How did you do this past week? Do you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinner?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $63.01
Total Spent This Year $1955.77
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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

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oroweat bakery outlet

Oroweat Bakery Outlet $8.00

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE buying bread at our local bakery outlet. Not only is bread usually $1 a bag {sometimes even less} but they also give you a punch card. This past week I was able to pick up 6 bags of bagels and 3 bags of potato rolls for just 8 bucks! {One was free}.

The retail value on a bag of bagels these days is about $3 so I think it’s totally worth it to buy in bulk and them toss the extra bags in the freezer, don’t you?

amazon deals

Amazon Grocery – $4.96

I placed an order for Tollhouse Cocoa Powder last week and decided to toss a couple of other things in my cart as well. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the Lasko Personal Heater {I keep it in my office}. I turn it on full blast and within 5 minutes the room is super cozy. Since I spend most of my mornings in one room, it’s been kind of nice to just heat a small area in the house.

I also picked up The Weekend Homesteader and We Took to the WoodsUnfortunately Lucy the Trouble Puggle got a hold of it. :(

vitacost shopping trip

Vitacost $4.44

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered some snacks for Monkey Boy and some dog treats for Lucy. My order came to $6.08 after my credit and I was able to earn $1.64 cash back through Ebates for a final total of $4.44.

gallon milk

Milk $5

food waste

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

And last buy not least, free produce. Gotta love that!

How did you do this past week? Did you do any shopping online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.40
Total Spent This Year $1,892.46    It’s official, I’m over for the year!

Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96{I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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