Sale Cycles – What’s on Sale in April?

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One thing I’ve learned over the past few years as I’ve whittled my family’s grocery budget down from $800 a month {2008} to $100 a month {since 2010} is that there are specific times of year when groceries, household items and other goods go on sale.

Just because a certain fruit or vegetable isn’t in season in your neck of the woods, doesn’t mean grocers are not willing to have it trucked in from somewhere else {like citrus for example} to offer you a great price.

April brings Easter {usually}, as well as Earth Day, Tax Day Specials, and the beginning of the gardening frenzy.  So while you are out this month, keep your eyes open for sales on the following:

fresh eggs

Food

Candy {Easter clearance}
Eggs {For coloring Easter eggs}
Butter {Holiday baking}
Coconut
Horseradish
Ham {Make split pea soup with the leftovers}
Cheese
Dinner Rolls
Organic/Natural foods {in celebration of Earth Day}

fresh produce

Seasonal Produce

Asparagus
Artichokes
Avocado
Beans
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Chinese Cabbage
Radishes
Lettuce
Kale
Mangoes
Sweet Oranges
Papayas
Pineapples
Chili Peppers
Sweet Peppers
Rhubarb
Shallots
Spinach
Turnips

lawn mower

Non Food Items

Computers
Digital Cameras
Lawn Mowers {Hello spring!}
Reusable Bags
Energy efficient bulbs {Earth Day}
Travel Deals {Spring break}

Is there a particular item you always notice for sale in April? Let us know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

Saving money is cool!

~Mavis

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Giveaway – Enter to Win 1 of 3 Botanical Interests Seed Collections

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Earlier this year my friends and I were given a special behind the scenes tour of the Botanical Interests Seed Company in Broomfield, Colorado. It was really awesome to meet everyone who works behind the scenes and to hang out with Owner Curtis Jones and my on-line boyfriend Ryan.

Ryan recently sent me a big box of goodness and included were 3 seed collections to give away: the Container Vegetable Seed Collection, Fast Food Seed Collection and the Super Organic Salads Seed Collection All of these seed collections would be perfect for the newbie garden or the more experienced one.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know which seed collection you would like to win, and what is your favorite thing to grow in your garden. If you are new to gardening, no worries, just let us know what you are going to try and grow this year.

container garden seeds

Container Vegetable Seed Collection

Carrot Tonda di Parigi (1 Gram)
Cucumber Spacemaster (2 Grams)
Kale Dwarf Blue Curled (3 Grams)
Lettuce Mesclun Farmer’s Market Blend (1.5 Grams)
Onion Bunching/Scallion Tokyo Long White (2 Grams)
Pepper Sweet Cherry Blend (30 Seeds)
Spinach Lavewa (3 Grams)
Tomato Bush Better Bush (24 Seeds)

vegetable seeds that grow quick

Fast Food Seed Collection

Bean Bush Contender Organic (15 Grams)
Beet Early Wonder Organic (2 Grams)
Broccoli Raab Rapini Organic (1 Gram)
Lettuce Mesclun Farmer’s Market Blend (1.5 Grams)
Radish French Breakfast Organic (4 Grams)
Spinach Tyee Organic (3 Grams)
Squash Summer Early Prolific Straightneck (2 Grams)

organic vegetable seeds garden

Super Organic Salads Seed Collection

Cress Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Organic (750 Mg)
Arugula Rocket Salad Organic (1 Gram)
Endive Olesh Tres Fine Organic (400 Mg)
Lettuce Butterhead Marvel of Four Seasons Organic (750 Mg)
Lettuce Leaf Red Sails Organic (750 Mg)
Lettuce Romaine Parris Island Organic (1 Gram)
Radish French Breakfast Organic (4 Grams)
Spinach Tyee Organic (3 Grams)

Rules

1 entry per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified.

This giveaway ends Sunday, April 7th, 2013 @9 pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Monday, April 8th, 2013 edition of Mornings with Mavis.  You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours these seeds will be donated to a local community garden.

Good Luck!  I hope you win!

Mavis

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

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Happy Monday!

Well, the map is up {it took 3 tries and a lot of tape and tacks!} and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get mail today. It’s all I’ve been able to think about this weekend.

Will anyone send in gnomes? Where will they come from? We will get a gnome from Yap? The Girl and I stared at the map for a good hour last night dreaming of all the places we’d like to see. We found the Colorado River in Argentina, decided we’d like to go to St. Petersburg,Russia someday and talked about what it would be like to walk through a spice market in Morocco.

Maps are so cool! Everyone should have one hanging up in their home. It’s a big world out there people. A big, big world.

aidells chicken and apple sausage

Alright, here is what I purchased this week to feed my family of four:

Costco – $13.99

Quick question. How many people do you know serve BBQ for Easter dinner? Do you think that is totally weird? I was going to get a ham at Costco, but when I called the HH to ask if he thought that would be a good choice, he said since the weather was so nice he’d rather fire up the BBQ and then he added that he’d stop by Costco on his way home from work and pick up some meat.

Well, I know my husband, and I know it’s impossible for him to leave that store with one item, so I sprung into action and zipped on over to Costco.

All the packages of steaks were like $30 and up. $30 for 4 steaks?

So for Easter we ended up having some yummy chicken & apple sausages {with plenty left over}, grilled salmon {from the freezer}  mashed potatoes and broccoli. I also made a pumpkin pie but we kind of forgot about it so we’ll have that tonight for dessert.

I’ll admit, weenies and salmon for Easter dinner doesn’t seem that traditional, but it was good.

oroweat bakery outlet bread

Oroweat Bread Outlet – $8.00

Please tell me you shop at the bread outlet because I think it is da’ bomb! I don’t know anywhere else you can get good, quality whole wheat bread and bagels for $1 a bag or loaf. Plus, it freezes well too.

carnation evaporated milk

 

Evaporated Milk - Bartered with Girly Girl for Eggs

Well, technically I bartered with Chino the Handyman. Girly Girl was getting her nails done.

I also received a nice stash of chocolate Easter candy from Francisco {the vegan} in exchange for some eggs. He needed a few eggs so he could dye them with his son. What an outrage!  Maybe he’s not so vegan after all. Hmmm.

food waste in America

Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

To say we were busy eating free vegetables last week would be putting it mildly. We made so many smoothies that I didn’t even end up buying milk. How cool is that?

All in all it was a rather slow week in the grocery shopping department, but that was fine with me. How did you do this past week? Did you splurge or save?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $21.99
Total Spent This Year $569.96
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $778.29 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 15 yards of soil} and 90 pounds of seed potatoes.

Plus, supplies to make my own potting soil.

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Mornings with Mavis – Sprout and Grow Kits, Nesco Food Dehydrator, Cars Track Set, Sony Camera,

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Yesterday was a great day. The sun was shinning, we ate some great food and The Girl and I gave the greenhouse a good cleaning. I was a very relaxed day with a short to do list, love days like that!

2013 Easter

Reader Laurel from Wisconsin sent me this photo yesterday. Ha! What a difference a few thousand miles make. Holy Snow!

Well, no matter how warm or cold it is at your place, I hope you have a great day.

Peace Out,

 ~Mavis

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning:

free kindle books

Here are a few FREE Kindle Books

Raised Bed Gardening FREE
One Acre Homestead FREE
The Paleolithic Diet – What It Is and Why It Works FREE
Gluten Free Diet Plan FREE
Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Chili Recipes FREE

garden sprout and grow kits for children

Totsy has Sprout & Grow Kits for $5 each in their Blowout: Toys sale.

Nesco food dehydrator

Amazon currently has the Nesco Food Dehydrator on sale for $30.29 shipped. This is a totally awesome deal!

Present Time Silly Whistling Gnome, X-Large

Looking for a garden gnome?  This whistling gnome would be a hoot to bring along on a summer road trip to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee this summer.

Cars 3 Quick Changers Crash 'N' Change...

Amazon has the Cars 3 Quick Changers Crash ‘N’ Change Speedway Track Set on sale right now for $13.08 {was $27.99}.

living social deals

Vistaprint – $60 to spend for only $16 {Smokin’ hot deal!}
Omaha Steaks $123 worth of food for $52 shipped {great for Mother’s Day}
Sacred Jewels – Pearl pendant necklace $23

mountain hardware parka

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Men’s Mountain Hardwear Runoff Rain Jacket for $44.93 {was $90}. There are 2 colors available.

running shoe sale

6pm is having a 3-day ready, set, run sale with sweet deals on running shoes. Grab your sneakers before they run out of your size.

Sony NEX-F3K S 16.1 MP Compact System Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Looking for a new camera? Amazon has the Sony 16.1 MP Compact System Camera on sale for $369 shipped {was $599} The reviews are AWESOME!

redbook magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Redbook Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 0116 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 04/01/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$2.00 off TWO Pantene products $2.00 off Burt's Bees Sensitive Face Care Product$4.00 off Non-Drowsy Claritin-D 15ct or larger$1.00 off TWO BOXES General Mills adult cereals $1.00 off 2 UNCLE BEN'S Brown Rice Products$0.75 off Smucker's Jam, Jelly, or PreservesCoupons were reset this morning so there are a lot of new printable coupons available. Scroll through the ones at the bottom or click on the ones you see above to print.

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures – Week 14 of 52

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Week 14 of 52 – Mavis’ Backyard Garden Plot

This past week was a gorgeous one here in the Pacific Northwest. Sunny skies and temps in the low 60′s made hanging out in the backyard lot’s of fun. As you can see the garden beds finally look like they have something planted in them and pretty soon it will look like a proper vegetable garden.

garden fence with flowers

The potting bench is a live with color and if you look closely at the first watering can that’s hanging on the fence, you’ll see some tulip leaves growing out of the top. I totally forgot I planted a few bulbs in there last fall.

raised garden beds planted with spring vegetables

So far in the raised garden beds we have broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, radish, beets, garlic, and carrots planted.

wood pallet garden

If you squint real hard you’ll be able to see the endive, romaine and another lettuces I planted in the wood pallets. I still have not decided what I’m going to plant in the other 3 wood pallets yet.

puggle puppy brown tan

I know it’s hard to believe, but when Lucy the puggle dog sees me pull out the camera, she strikes a pose. It’s the strangest thing ever. I’d say a photo shoot for Dog Fancy might be in her future.

wooden backyard garden bean teepees

Pea teepees and potato beds.

keeping pets out of the garden peas

Check out them peas! Wahoooo! Now, if I could just keep Lucy away from them.

back yard garden glass greenhouse

Artichokes, poppies, rhubarb and gladiolas.

magnum glass greenhouse

I was having a wee bit of a problem with Lucy “inspecting” all the seedling flats on the greenhouse floor so I had the Handsome Husband haul another folding table out to the greenhouse last night.

My plan for today is to get everything off the ground because ideally, I’d like little Miss Lucy to be able to walk in the greenhouse and hang out with me when I’m in there.

how to make potato towers gnomes

The potato towers  and the wood pallet compost bin have been installed and the gnomes have begun to take one of many stumps in our wooded backyard.

neon red bark wooden backyard garden

A view of barktopia.

omlet chicken coop eglu cube orange

Poor Lucy, the chickens are still not ready to be friends.

daffodils in garden

Future pumpkin patch.

raspberry patch

The raspberry patch is finally coming alive. I noticed a few bare patches and new growth popping up in the paths yesterday. Hopefully I’ll be able to get out there this week and transplant a few.

raspberry canes patch in spring

A view from the kitchen window.

herb container garden

And finally some progress on the container herb garden. Yee- Haw! We now have oregano, sage, rosemary and parsley planted. As soon as the thyme is ready to set out I will plant it.  I think I’ll keep the basil in the greenhouse again this year because it thrived in the hotter temperatures.

If I had to guess, this week is going to be crazy. The forecast looks awesome for the next four days. Wahooooo. Now we’re farming!

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great day and remember to have some fun.

~Mavis

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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company.  You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2013 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Mornings with Mavis – Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter Everyone. I hope your day is filled with good food, family and friends. I was able to get all my dishes prepared ahead of time and clean the house yesterday so I can take the day off from cooking and cleaning. I won’t be posting to much today but I will have my backyard garden tour up shortly and I’ll see you back here tomorrow, bright and early. Enjoy the day!

 ~Mavis

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Must Love Chickens: 21 Chicken Owners Share Their Tips & Stories $2.99
27 Juicing Recipes (Easy Juicing & Smoothies Recipes) FREE
Raised Bed Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables and Food FREE
Homesteading Guide For The Garden Homesteader $1.77
Easy Coffee Cake Recipes FREE
Perfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic and Cool Treats $1.99
Rocket Fuel On A Budget (The Organic Chef) FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

3pc Microfiber Duvet Cover Set

Amazon has the 3pc Microfiber Duvet Cover Set available in camel for $26.99 shipped. Prices vary on other colors.

wahl clipper set

The Wahl Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit is on sale for $24.99. I own a Wahl kit and love it!

San-Francisco-Bay-Coffee-OneCup-for-Keurig-K-Cup-Brewers-Breakfast-Blend-80-Count_-Amazon.com_-Grocery-Gourmet-Food

Amazon currently has San Francisco Bay Coffee Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Breakfast Blend, 80-Count on sale for $27.55 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out. These work out to be only $0.34 each!

zulily sale

Zulily is having a hoppin’ blow-out sale with huge discounts in every department.

totsy sale

Totsy is having a huge Easter blowout sale too with savings up to 90%.

discountmags

Discount Mags is offering two magazine subscriptions for only $4.99 each per year. Plus, when you share on Facebook you will get a 3rd subscription for FREE. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

jeep cheeroke Big Sky Giveaway

Want to win a 5 day 4 night stay at a luxury resort in Montana? Oh Yeah! Head on over to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Big Sky Getaway Sweepstakes to enter.

Timex Easy Trainer Heart Rate Monitor

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is: Save 50% or More on Select Timex Heart Rate Monitors

$1.00 off ONE (1) BOCA Meatless Product $2.00 off two U by KOTEX Tampons $0.75 off any TWO Windex Glass cleaning products $0.75 off French's Dijon or Honey Dijon Mustard

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12 of the Deadliest Garden Plants

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12 of the Deadliest Garden Plants

A big thank you to Heather for forwarding me a link to the 12 deadliest garden plants. I had no idea these were so toxic to our furry little friends and wanted to be sure and pass on the information to everyone!

All of these our common place garden plants that can be poisonous to kids and/or pets:

  1. Rhododendron {the entire plant}
  2. Lily of the Valley {the entire plant}
  3. Hydrangea {the entire plant}
  4. Poet’s Narcissus {the entire plant}
  5. Foxglove {the entire plant}
  6. Larkspur {the entire plant}
  7. Oleander {the entire plant}
  8. Poinsettia {the sap found in the veins of the plant}
  9. Purple Nightshade {the entire plant}
  10. Mountain Laurel {leaves, twigs, flowers and pollen}
  11. Mistletoe {the entire plant, especially the berries}
  12. Water Hemlock/Spotted Parsley {the entire plant}

If you know of any other plants that are toxic, let me know in the comments below so we can all keep our pets and kiddos safe.

Thanks again Heather!

~Mavis


The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column Garden Q & A is awesome. I own it, and it’s pretty darn awesome.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Sedums, Daffodils, Lettuce, Swiss Chard and Parsley

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sedum plants and succulents

Yesterday I stopped by the Home Depot to use my $5 off $50 Garden Club purchase coupon that came in the mail {did you get one?}.

I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted flats of sedum plants for $12.99. I have a really cool project planned for these that I’m going to try and get done this weekend. I’llpost the pictures when I get it all put together.

daffodils blooming

The daffodils are blooming like crazy! I can’t pick them for bouquets fast enough.

botanical interests

I finally got around to planting 2 more gutters in the greenhouse. I started mesclun lettuce and a 3 round of Swiss chard. Once they get to be a few inches tall I’ll transplant them outside to the garden.

gardening in gutters swiss chard

When the lettuce and Swiss chard are moved to the garden I think I’ll transplant my basil starts in to the gutters and grow them there this summer. I grew basil in the greenhouse last year and it really did well, so why mess with a good thing, right?

parsley

I also planted some parsley starts in the herb garden as well. I’ll give a full garden tour tomorrow,  but I think it’s fun to show whats going on in the garden each step of the way.

What is happening at YOUR place? Has the snow melted yet?

Happy Saturday everyone!

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

magnum glass greenhouse in march

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

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Mornings with Mavis 

Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

Recipes

planting seeds with eggshells

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Ball Canning Jars, Maxell Batteries, Crocs, Enter to Win Garden Books, Zulily Blow Out Sale

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A stud finder, 2 gnomes and a leprechaun arrived in the mail yesterday. Interesting. This is what my friend Amberlina had to say when I sent her a photo of yesterdays packages:

“Helpful. I need some eye candy on this journey so a stud finder will be a nice tool.”

Thank you to Sandy in Glasgow, Montana, Grandma Rose in Washington and the anonymous person who sent the stud finder {I think?}.

As the gnomes arrive they will be cataloged, photographed and placed on the Send in the Gnomes – Where Did They All Come From page and then we will add the location they came from on our map as well {pictures coming}.

Thank you, and Happy Saturday!

 ~Mavis

zulily sale

Zulily is having a hoppin’ blow-out sale with huge discounts in every department.

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6

Amazon has the 6-pack of Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands for $13.95. Kind of cool if you ask me,. Those old blue canning jars with the zinc tops can be hard to find.

living social deals

Living Social has some great National Deals, here are my favorites:

Saks 5th Ave – Get $40 to Spend for only $20
Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings $29
Start a vegetable garden $25

deals on crocs for kids

6pm is having a sale on crocs with savings up to 55% off. Here are a few cute styles I spotted:

Crocs Kids – Baya Lined Kids (Navy/Bijou Blue)$15.00 shipped.
Crocs Kids – Baya Lined Kids (Pomegranate/Oatmeal)
$15.00 shipped.
Crocs Kids – Shayna (Neon Magenta)
 
$15.99 shipped.
Crocs – Foldable Sackpack
$14.99 shipped.

maxell batteries
Right now you can get the 48 pack box of AA Maxell Batteries for only $11.86 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at check out.

If you need the AAA size you can get a 36 pack box of Maxell AAA Batteries for only $8.44 shipped with the subscribe and save option.  This is a great price for batteries!

garden book giveaway

Enter to win all these garden books from Timber Press and more when you enter their Ready,Set, Grow giveaway.

Thanks NWEdible

Jamba Juice

Print a coupon and get a 16 oz smoothie at Jamba Juice for only $2.

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