Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Canon Printer, Orange Juice Coupons, Soaker Hoses, Zaycon Chicken

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artichoke flower Happy Friday everyone! Today my buddy Selena is coming over and we are baking cookies! Sweet diggety, as if last night’s Iron Skillet Blackberry Pie wasn’t enough, yes, in fact I DO need more treats! If you are an Amazon shopper, RUN over and purchase a $50 Amazon gift card. Why? Because when you purchase a $50 Amazon gift card through August 31st  Amazon will send you a $10 promotional code to spend at Amazon.com this fall. That’s like free money people. Free money! Have a great weekend everyone! ~Mavis canon printer Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax for $89.99 shipped. I have a Canon printer and it works great! GP Spectrum Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 3-Ream Pack Don’t forget the printer paper! Amazon has GP Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 3-Ream Pack on sale for only $9.99! mavis-butterfield-amazon Purchase a $50 {or more} Amazon.com Gift Card by August 31, 2013, and Amazon will send you a $10 promotional code to spend at Amazon.com this fall. Sweet Diggety! Guess who just ordered a gift card? Me! free kindle books Available Kindle Books I think are cool… Don’t Panic – Dinner’s in the Freezer $8.54 {Awesome Reviews!} Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes $.99 31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way $4.99 {I LOVE this one!} Sweet Potato Recipes: Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes $2.99 or FREE with Amazon Prime The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Element ELSP38050 3 8-Inch by 50-Feet Soakerpro Hose, Black Amazon currently has the Element 50 foot soaker hose on sale for $9.97 and the 75 foot soaker hose for just $15.99. I need some of these!zaycon-foods-chicken-across-america Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.84/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $73.60. I know 40 pounds sounds like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but this is a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor {I’ve done that before with my neighbor Girly Girl}. Simply orange Juice coupons

2 new juice coupons are available: $0.75 off one carafe of Simply Orange, any variety $1.00 off Minute Maid Juice Box 10pk, any variety

dansko shoe sale 6pm has Dansko Shoes on sale with savings up to 60% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too! back to school jewelry Vintage, Retro Colorful Crystal Owl Pendant and Chain $0.85 shipped Crystal Flower Hair Clips $2.64 shipped Set of two Owl Earrings $0.99 shipped Butterfly Hair clips $3.51 shipped crazy 8 sale Take advantage of Crazy 8′s huge weekend sale! Now through Sunday, everything in the store is 30% off, with prices starting at just $2.79! amazon mom Sign up for Amazon Mom by August 29th, you’ll be able to save $25 off your first package of diapers with coupon code BABYTIME at checkout. Plus you’ll get 3 months of Amazon Prime Membership for FREE!

What Is Amazon Mom?

Amazon Mom is a membership program geared towards moms {etc} of newborns through toddlers. You save up to 20% on all sorts of baby related stuff {think diapers and wipes} and then they ship it right to your front door for free! New members even get 3-months FREE!

Benefits during the 3-Month Free Period

  • 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions with Subscribe & Save (exclusive to Amazon Mom)
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  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items with Amazon Prime shipping
If you choose not to continue your Amazon Mom membership or join Amazon Prime after your free period, it’s super simple to cancel!

childrens place The Children’s Place is offering $5 and up graphic tees, $8 and up skirts, skorts, polos and thermals, $12 sleepwear and 40% off uniforms and backpacks. Plus, you’ll also save 25% off $50, 20% off $40 and 15% off everything! maxi dresses Zulily has some super cute dresses in their Modern Way Woman’s Dress sale. Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal Vegetarian Times Magazine Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Vegetarian Times Magazine for only $7.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/16/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then. canning-recipe-how-to-can-pears

Thinking about canning some pears this year? Check out my How to Can Pears post for some easy peasy directions.

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Iron Skillet Blackberry Pie

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Iron Skillet Blackberry Pie

The Girl and I went blackberry picking this afternoon and for my first blackberry pie of the season, I wanted to make something a little special.  So I pulled out my cast iron skillet and got to work.

Last fall someone on the HOA gave the go ahead to cut down about 75% of our neighborhood’s prime blackberry picking bushes. Booo! Now all that’s left is a small patch and let me tell you Bob, the pickin’s are slim.

Luckily the only berry pickers in the neighborhood are me, Girly Girl and Mrs. Hillbilly, so chances are, we’ll still get enough berries to stash away for pies this winter.

Here’s the recipe. It’s freakin’ delicious!

cast iron skillet berry pie

Ingredients

5 cups blackberries {I used fresh berries}
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all- purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 double pie crust

iron skillet berry pie

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss blackberries with granulated sugar, cinnamon, flour and 2 tablespoons of butter cut up into bits. Set aside.

Melt 1/3 cup butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet. Once melted whisk in brown sugar and stir until the brown sugar has dissolved.

Line cast iron skillet with 1 pie crust {the butter and brown sugar goodness will be beneath the pie crust}. Add berry filling. Top filling with remaining pie crust, shape the edges and brush with egg wash {egg and eater}.

Carefully cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes {Be sure and place a cookie sheet on a lower rack to catch any juices}. Remove foil and cook for another 30 minutes or until the juices are bubbling and the top is a nice golden brown.

Cool and serve with homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

Hide all leftovers and enjoy once everyone has gone to bed.

The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

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Garden Photos from Mark in Kuna, Idaho

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kuna Idaho garden

While we were in Kuna, Idaho to pick up my buddy Amber on our St. Jude or Bust road trip I snapped a few pictures of her husband Mark’s garden to share with everyone. Mark is from the South and over the past few years has created his vegetable garden all by himself using recycled wood for the garden beds and pvc pipe for his garden trellis.

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Earlier this year he installed a drip hose around his garden and set it up on a timer system so the garden gets watered twice a day.

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He also uses old Mountain Dew bottles to water a few potted plants on his back porch.

garden boxes strawberries

Mark has a little bit of everything growing in his garden, including a giant garden box filled with strawberries and tomatoes.

okra plant

Being from the South he even has a few okra plants as well.

zucchini plant

A summer garden would be complete without a few zucchini plants. ;)

green bean trellis

And check out this mini bean trellis. Mark placed pvc pipe all around the garden bed and then planted his bean seeds along the edges of half of his garden box. He filled the garden box with a few other vegetables and then placed bird netting over the top to protect his crop.

Hey Mark, your garden looks great. Keep up the good work!

~Mavis

 Harlem-Garden-Apartment1Garden Apartment in Harlem, New York

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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How to Save Money on Rental Cars

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How to Save Money on Rental Cars

Rental cars can be a huge chunk of a vacation budget.  Knowing how to get a good rate frees up money you can actually spend on your vacation.  And, I swear, sometimes the rental car people try to toy with your inexperience.  Knowing how to answer their barrage of questions when you pick up the car can really save you a lot of money.

First, finding a good rate:  Make sure to call around in advance.  If you are a AAA member, they can offer substantial discounts.  Costco members can also get a pretty good discount.  Check where you bank or with your credit card company, a lot of debit cards and credit cards come with travel perks.  Last time I rented a car, I was able to print out a free upgrade coupon from my bank’s website, and add it to the rate discount I had already received.  Make sure to look at weekly rates.  Sometimes, it is cheaper to rent the car “for the week” rather than just 3 days.  This math is frustrating, but true.  When you research daily rates, online or otherwise, make sure to call the company and ask them about fees.  Sometimes, that $20 a day rate you found online can quickly add up to $30 at the desk.  They’ll tack on all sorts of fees:  airport fees, taxes, etc.  The best price isn’t always the one that appears the lowest.  On that note, if you can avoid airport pick-up altogether and go to a rental place in the city you are traveling, you can really rack up some savings.  The airport fees and taxes can get silly.

rental car

Next, you can save a lot of money when you get to the actual counter to pick up your rental.  The salesmen and women are notorious for trying to up-sell.  In fact, sometimes I think they incite a level of panic in an inexperienced traveler.  First, the insurance.  If you have personal auto insurance, you are likely covered with a rental car.  Call your insurance agent and make sure before you go on a trip.  Most of the time, it is best to turn down their additional insurance coverage, if you are already covered with your personal insurance.  {Though, be aware, when you turn it down, they will try to scare you into taking it.}

Next, the infamous at the desk upgrade deal.  They ALWAYS have some sort of “deal” that you can only get right there at the desk.  You can upgrade for only $10.00 a day.  $10.00 seems like nothing, so why not, right?  But $10.00 a day can add a substantial amount to your vacation.  I say pass on their up-sell and go out to a nice dinner instead.  Also, decline the GPS.  Unless you are still dealing with a  flip phone, you can probably download a GPS app onto your phone for much less—or better yet, you probably already have one on there.  Finally, fill the gas up yourself.  They will charge you a premium to fill it when you return it.  It’s just not worth it.

Do YOU have any money-saving tips for rental cars?

~Mavis

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Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening -Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Strawberries and Lemons

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Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening

Even though it was raining outside yesterday, I still had to water the plants in the greenhouse. See that wall of green towards the back of the greenhouse?

greenhouse tomatoes

That wall, is actually 2 green zebra tomato plants that have gotten totally out of control.

green zebra tomatoe

But look, the first green zebra tomato of the season! If you have never grown green zebras before, put them on your seed wish list for next year. They are totally delicious. Plus they look cool in a salad too, which is totally what you are going for if you live in suburbia. The cool factor. ;)

strawberries in gutters

The tri-star strawberries I planted in gutters earlier this season are just beginning to set fruit again. Typically the strawberry plants will produce about twice as much fruit in early summer than in the fall.

But we’ll take what we can get.

baby lemons

Ahh Lemon. My sweet little Meyer lemon tree I planted in January is really starting to look like an actual lemon tree. The only thing is, there are only about a dozen or so fruits left on the tree. I hope all those little lemons can all hang on until January so I’ll be able to harvest them.

lemon cucumber

Lemon cucumber. Lucy LOVES these!

chili pepper

And last but not least, take a look at this Ancho chili pepper. Isn’t it lovely?  We have 4 of these growing in the greenhouse right now and I’m not sure what I am going to do with them. Well, actually I was thinking about stuffing them with cheese or meat for chiles rellenos like the packet suggested. But I’ve never made them before. What do you think?

Do you cook with chili peppers? Do you have any other suggestions?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Back to School Clothing, Clarks Shoes, K-Cups and More

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terra cotta owl

Happy Thursday everyone. Just as I was going outside to water the garden yesterday it started raining. I don’t know about you but I LOVE when that happens. :) Even though rain is in the forecast again for today I think I’ll spend a good part of the day out in the garden tidying up and getting a few things planted for my fall garden.

How about YOU? What are you plans for today?

 ~Mavis

amazon grocery deals

Kraft Blue Box Macaroni & Cheese, 7.25-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 15) $9.74/$.65 each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon {must be logged into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Stretch Island Original Fruit Leather, Summer Strawberry, (Pack of 30) $11.22/$0.37 each when you clip the 20% off coupon {must be logged into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

KIND PLUS, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Gluten Free Bars  (Pack of 12) $13.03/ $1.08 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

KIND PLUS Pomegranate Gluten Free Bars (Pack of 12)  $13.03/ $1.08 each shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

freezer pop molds Popsicle

Have you made any homemade freezer pops yet this season? My kiddos are teenagers and I still make them. ;) Here are a few of our favorite freezer pop molds:

Tovolo Green Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Set of 6 $11.48
Tovolo Blue Rocket Pops, Set of 6 $10.13
Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds, Set of 4 $9.75
Orka A47221 Ice Pop Molds, White Base $9.70

Popsicle freezer pops recipes

Here are a few recipe books to go along with the molds:

Perfect Pops: The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats
Ice Pops: Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Frozen Treats
Popsicles and Other Fruity Frozen Treats
Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone {I have this one and really like it!}

clarks shoe sale

Zulily has Clarks Footwear for Men and Woman on sale today.

back to school sale

Zulily is also having a HUGE back to School Sale and you can save  an additional 10% off with code SCRTSALE54 when you purchase more $60 or or more from Zulily Back to School Sale.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

puma sneakers

6pm has Puma Sneakers on sale for up to 60% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

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Ink Garden is offering 12 FREE custom note cards when you use coupon code NCARD2 at checkout. The best part about this deal? You can personalize the cards with your own images and text. The cards are free, but there is a shipping charge of $4.99.  Sounds like a great deal to me!

Go HERE for your Personalized Cards

square grove coffee

Grove Square Cappuccino, Caramel, 24-Count Single Serve Cups are only $8.67 / $0.36 each when you clip the 20% off coupon {must be logged into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Huggies Simply Clean Fragrance Free Baby Wipes

Huggies Simply Clean Fragrance Free Baby Wipes Refill {600 count} for only $8.78 shipped.

Amazon Mom Members with Prime Save 20% on regular deliveries of this item with Subscribe & Save.

Yoga-Journal

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Yoga Journal for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/15/13 at midnight EST.

Thinking about turning some of your awesome summer snapshots into art on a canvas? Canvas People is offering 60% off right now

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Looking for something to make with all those peaches? Check out my recipe for Homemade Peach Jam. Not only does jam taste good, but it makes a nice housewarming gift too!

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This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HERE.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any 2 Barilla PLUS Pasta.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 8/14/2013 Garden Tally

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garden boxes

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

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pink stargazer lilliesThe lilies are blooming!

Since we were out of town this past week on our epic road trip to St. Jude, so we didn’t get to harvest too much from the backyard garden. We did manage to pick over 46 pounds of pears last night though. We also picked a few strawberries, beans and some tomatoes as well so luckily there are a few things to tally up.

I suspect next week is going to be a good one harvest wise because I know we’ve got potatoes to harvest and when I left, there were several zucchinis that were ready to be picked as well. Granted, the zucchinis are probably this size of baseball bats right now, but they’ll still need to be harvested. ;)

How is your garden growing these days?

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 11 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

chioggia beets

Beets -12 pounds 1 ounces

It seems like we’ve been harvesting beets left and right lately. I like to toss a little olive oil, and salt and pepper on them and roast them for dinner.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.

Broccoli-Cranberry-and-Almond-Salad-with-Feta

Broccoli – 13 ounces

We didn’t get much broccoli this sprint but I did plant more in my fall garden. If you haven’t tried it yet, this recipe for Broccoli Cranberry and Almond Salad with Feta is delicious.

head of cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are done harvesting cabbage until fall. There are more heads planted alongside the greenhouse and I started more cabbage seeds for a winter harvest so we should be cook for a while.Here is my recipe for homemade sauerkraut.

carrot in dirt

Carrots – 3 ounces

With a little bit of luck we should have fresh carrots to harvest this December.

chives

Chives – 1 pound 4 ounces

We are picking about an ounce a week to use in recipes.

lemon cucumber

Cucumbers 2 ounces

I noticed a few more yellow cucumbers growing last night while I was watering, I’ll have to go out a little later and see if they are ready to harvest yet.

green eggs

Egg Count – 1,717

I have no idea how many eggs the chickens laid last week because my neighbor Hulda and her daughter were taking care of the chickens and garden while I was away. I should have asked her to keep track but oh well. ;)

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

Our garlic has been harvested for this year. If you’ve yet to harvest yours, I have a quick post on How to Harvest Garlic.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans

Green Beans 8 pounds 6 ounces

I’m not sure what else we are having for dinner tonight but green beans are on the menu, that’s for sure!

puggle puppies lucy the puggle dog

Kale – 13 pounds 8 ounces

We decided to put Lucy the puggle dog in charge of inspecting the kale. ;)

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

lettuce

Lettuce – 35 pounds 3 ounces

I filled 2 pallets with lettuce seeds last week and just noticed them starting to pop through the soil. I’ll have to try and get some pictures a little later.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 10 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 13 ounces

fresh onions

Onion – 6 pounds 8 ounces

We’ve been pulling up fresh onions from the garden as we need them. Note to self: Plant about 10 times more next year.

basket of pears

Pears 46 pounds 3 ounces

Yesterday we picked our first ever bumper crop of pears and they are HUGE! I think it’s pretty amazing that you can dig a hole and plant a twig sized tree and a few years later it will be loaded with fruit.

sugar snap peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We planted bush peas the other day and I’ll probably plant the sugar snap peas {pole} in another week or two for a late fall harvest.

red potatoes

Potatoes - 23 pounds 0 ounces

 

radish

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 21 pounds 7 ounces

Raspberry season is officially over in our backyard. :(

rhubarb

Rhubarb – 31 pounds 7 ounces

So far this year we’ve made rhubarb vanilla jam, rhubarb walnut muffins, and strawberry rhubarb pies

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 6 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

wood pallet garden strawberries

Strawberries 14 pounds 12 ounce

The strawberries are producing again. We have them growing in the pallet garden, in the greenhouse and alongside the house. So far we have made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

Rainbow Swiss chard

Swiss Chard 15 pounds 5 ounces

Chickens love it! :) :)

cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes 17 pounds 9 ounces

I picked all these tomatoes this morning! Now I just have to figure out what to do with all of them.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

zucchini

Zucchini – 5 pounds 3 ounces

We’ve got zucchini! The plants are not as big as the ones last year around this time {we had to plant several times because of slugs} but we’ll take what we can get.

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 416 pounds 0 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,717

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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10 Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping

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10 Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping

It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school, and I know some days, it feels like it can’t come soon enough.  But, back to school also means back to school shopping—which could easily translate to eating Top Ramen for a couple of weeks to recover financially.

Here’s a couple of tips to keep some money in your pocket and still put supplies into your kids’ backpacks:

  1. Take inventory.  Chances are, you can piece quite a few requirements together from last years’ supply.  I mean, do they really need a new ruler, scissors, and water colors {that they used once} every year.
  2. Host a back-to-school clothing swap party.  If your kids have grown out of last year’s school clothes, but they still have life in them, swapping with neighbors and friends in the same boat can save tons of cash.
  3. Buy only what you need.  I know, there is something about starting a new school year fresh, but new shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. don’t really need to be purchased until it’s time to replace them.  Kids grow out of and wear out things fast enough anyway, so you might as well get all the use you can out of their gear before you buy new.
  4. Make a list and stick to it.  I know how tempting fancy folders and bedazzled notebooks can be in the excitement of back to school, but they all use the same, so they really are just a money suck.  A black composition notebook will do the same job as the one with peace signs, and it will cost you less.
  5. Shop the sales.  Nothing says {unless you are strapped for time} you have to buy all of the supplies at once or at the same store.  Watch for each stores weekly sales and shop only those items.  Then, toward the end of summer, you can purchase any remaining items still on the list.
  6. Make sure to check for online coupons.  Places like Old Navy and the Children’s Place typically offer some sort of printable coupon—make sure to check before you head out to outfit your sweet little cherubs.
  7. Leave the kids at home.  Seriously, shopping with the kids it like agreeing to pay 30% more.  They are convincing.  They are persistent.  They’ve got you in a crowded store with a loaded cart.  Don’t even give them the chance to sucker you into items they don’t really need.
  8. Start early.  Starting your shopping early gives you a chance to spread the cost out.  It also gives you the luxury of shopping sales only.  Waiting leaves you at the mercy of the store’s prices that particular week.
  9. Buy quality.  This may cost you more upfront, but in the long run, it will save you replacement costs.  If it is time to buy backpacks, opt for the ones with the lifetime warranty.  The cheaper counterparts tend to fall apart quickly, leaving you paying the same price in the end, without the warranty.
  10. Try consignment shops for clothes.  Lots of shops, like Plato’s Closet, carry trendy name-brand clothing at a fraction of the price.

How do you save money on the back-to-school purchasing frenzy?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Harvesting Pears

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puggle puppyAfter the Girl and I woke up from our naps yesterday we played with Lucy the Puggle Dog in the backyard. At one point she wandered off and when she returned, she had her mouth wrapped around a giant pear. It took us a minute to realize where she had found it.

pear tree

“The pear tree! The pears must be ripe.” I said to The Girl.

We hurried inside and grabbed a few bowls and then headed back out to the tree.

pear

Last year we harvested 7 or 8 pears and thought that was kind of a big deal, so this years harvest seemed like a bumper crop to us. Especially since we planted our Anjou pear tree just 5 years ago.
basket of pearsWe ended up harvesting just over 46 pounds of pears.

I couldn’t think of a nicer “welcome home” gift.

It’s good to be back. :)

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Printer Paper, Brawny Paper Towels, Chevron Scarves, Peaches

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Happy Wednesday everyone! We made it back home around 2 pm yesterday and then The Girl and I took a loooooong, long nap. I figure we should be fully recovered by the weekend. I don’t know what takes longer, packing for a trip, or unpacking.

My neighbor Hulda  and her daughter took great care of the garden and chickens while we were gone and I can’t wait to get outside and get some dirt under my nails.

If you missed it last time, the ebook version of The Berry Bible is still available for only $.99. It’s filled with all sorts of berry recipes and I find myself using it all the time. :)

Enjoy the day!

 ~Mavis

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is Save up to 60% on Select SanDisk Memory Cards.

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Berry Bible $.99 {The recipes are AWESOME}
Organic Composting Made Easy FREE
33 Amazing and Delicious Brownie Recipes FREE
Knock Knock Jokes For Kids FREE
The Mom 100 Cookbook $2.51
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You $2.00 or FREE with Amazon Prime.

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

Amazon Local is offering

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GP Spectrum Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 3-Ream Pack

Stock up on printer paper today with this deal: GP Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 3-Ream Pack only $9.99!

 Brawny Giant Rolls White

Get the 8-Pack on Brawny Giant Rolls for only $8.72 shipped when clip the $0.75 off coupon {must be logged into your Amazon account to see it below the product} and you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. Pay only $7.72 if you purchase 5 or more Amazon subscribe and save items in a month. Learn more about Amazon Subscribe and Save.

Vanity Fair Everyday, 400 Count

Amazon has Vanity Fair Everyday, 400 Count Napkins on sale for $5.92 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon {must be logged in to your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Cascade Actionpacs Dishwasher Detergent, Fresh Scent

Amazon currently has the Cascade Actionpacs Dishwasher Detergent 85-pack on sale for $14.19 shipped when you clip the $.50 off coupon {must be logged in to your account} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

flour sack towels

RED ALERT!!!!

One Kings Lane has 10 flour sack towels on sale for $15! This is my FAVORITE deal on this site, and you can find the kitchen towels under the In Our Kitchen Sale.  I use these same towels everyday and LOVE, LOVE,LOVE them!

These tend to sell out quick, so grab some if you want them.  Weeeeeeee!

Plus, new One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.  With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

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infinity scarves

Zulily has really nice Chevron Scarves and Tall Boots available today in their Shop the Look: Football Sidelines sale.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Handyman Magazine for only $5.99 a year  or a 1 year subscription to Parents Magazine for $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/14/13 at midnight EST.

how to can peaches

Have you noticed all the deals on peaches lately? Canning peaches is super easy and you can find the recipe I use every single year as well as a picture tutorial in my How to Can Peaches post.

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Thinking about upgrading to a KitchenAid Deluxe Edition 5 Qt. Stand Mixer? Groupon has mixers available today for $299.99 shipped!

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