How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 41 of 52

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costco rebate check shopping trip

Costco – Free! 

It was like I won the lottery. Seriously. Although tempted to buy the giant Costco  92″ bear  I decided to spend my whole Costco rebate check on food. Yep. I’m totally exciting that way. ;)

Dave’s Killer Bread for the HH, Doritos and Mrs. Buttersworth’s syrup for Monkey Boy and Dubliner cheese for me. Yay! I also stocked on the basics like flour, sugar, rice, potatoes and onions. My total came to around $207 and so they gave me the rest in cash. Weee! Free groceries and a free lunch. Can’t beat that!

chicken stirfry

And since I finally broke down and bought an electric skillet last week  {did you see that sweet picture I posted in Instagram?} , I also picked up chicken, fresh veggies, eggs and breakfast weenies too. Real food!! Wahooo.

costco rebate check

So you are probably wondering what on earth I purchased at Costco in the past year to have earned this rebate check. Well for starters, my parents give us a Costco membership every year for Christmas. Which is totally cool because even though there are a lot of benefits to owning a Costco membership, $110 a year is still kind of high in my opinion.

So what did we buy? Mostly mattresses and bed frames for our place on the East Coast. And of course there’s all that lawn fertilizer, man clothing, and Costco food court weenies the HH buys there throughout the year as well. Oh and a new camera for me {because I busted mine this past summer after owning it for 3 years} and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Birds graduation present as well. It adds up let me tell you. Quick.

kashi cinnamon harvest cereal

Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals $18.67

I picked up 4 boxes of Kashi Chewy Honey Almond Flax Bars for $8.34 and 4 boxes of  Kashi Organic Promise Cereal, Cinnamon Harvest for $10.33. I’m not sure if the deals are still available but I should be receiving my box from Amazon later today.

cougar mountain cookie dough

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

A strange phenomenon is happening at our house. Our milk isn’t getting guzzled down like it use to. I attribute this to not having a kitchen area because of the remodel.  Luckily the cabinets and oven should be in place by the weekend {I won’t have a sink or a counter top though} so instead of ordering regular milk this week {we still have 2 cartons in the fridge} I thought I would grab some Cougar Mountain Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough and bake some cookies this weekend. {Fingers crossed!} I also picked up a half gallon of Chocolate Milk for Monkey Boy, and a tub of Greek Gods Honey Yogurt for the HH.

How did you do this week? Have you found anything good at Costco lately?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $18.67
Total Spent Year to Date $1503.02 
{Over for the year!} :(

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Free Kindle Books, Jewelry, Advent Calendars, Keen Shoe Sale, Coupons and More

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7 minute marshmallow frosting

Last night our sweet little 85 year old neighbor lady brought over Monkey Boy’s homemade birthday cake as promised. I don’t know who had more fun, her making it or Monkey Boy receiving it. Talk about the sweetest thing ever. There were hugs all around and we had giant smiles on our faces for a good twenty minutes or so. :)

Have a great Monday everyone,

Mavis

sony exmor camera

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Sony High-Definition POV Action Video Camera HDR $139.99 shipped! Just in time for the holidays!!  The Sony® HDR-AS30V ships with a ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount that is built to handle extreme environments, allowing you to concentrate on safety and composition while capturing Full HD videos.

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

keen shoe sale

Red Alert!!!

Zulily has Keens for the whole family on sale today with saving up to 60% off! The Forest Night Nashoba CNX Leather Closed-Toe Sandal for kids is only $19.99!! {Normally $50!} New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up or HERE to start shopping.

Halloween-Party-Ideas-and-Recipes-Deviled-Egg-Spiders

I LOVE deviled eggs. It would scare you how many I can eat in one sitting. You know what else would scare you? These creepy Deviled Egg Spiders. Get the recipe HERE. Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

birthstone necklace

Cents of Style is offering a Birthstone Necklace for just$4.99 & FREE SHIPPING as long as supplies last. This would make a great stocking stuffer!!! Buy a Birthstone Necklace before they’re all gone!

Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat,

Right now you can get the Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat for just $34.99

entrepreneur magazineDiscount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Entrepreneur Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/20/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

groupon deals

Top Groupon Deals:

deals on heaters

It’s starting to get a little chilly… so here are a few deals on heaters:

best selling duvet cover

Amazon has the HIGHLY Rated Heavenly Microfiber Goose Down Alternative Duvet Insert/Comforter on sale as well. Check out these prices:

 

photo books

Pop on over to MyPublisher to get a FREE 20-page hardcover photo book! Simply enter your email address and a coupon code will sent to your inbox for a FREE 20-page hardcover photo book . Then enter that code at checkout for your discount. Easy peasy!

This deal is for new customers only and expires 10/31. Shipping begins at $5.99}.

The North Face Altimont Hoodie

6pm has the The North Face Altimont Hoodie on sale for $41.99 shipped and there are 7 colors to choose from. See all the colors HERE.

american girl giveaway

Enter to Win an American Girl Samantha Doll. A doll a day is being given away through the end of the year.

advent calendars for kids

Advent Calendars the the best! I used to get these for my kids when they were younger and they loved waking up every morning to find out what was behind the little door. Here are a few I spotted:

printable cereal coupons

Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 42 of 52

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menu plan ideas

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

Sugar-Crusted Popovers recipeBreakfast Ideas 

Popovers – Delicious flakey bread?  Yes, please.  And, I recommend smothering it butter and honey.    {Pin for Later}
Banana Bread with Walnuts, Coconut and Chocolate Chips - If you don’t like walnuts, coconut or chocolate chips, just leave them out.  It won’t change the deliciousness of this basic banana bread recipe.  {Pin for Later}
Ham and Broccoli Breakfast Casserole – This is the perfect way to sneak veggies into breakfast–smother them with cheese and potatoes.  :) {Pin for Later}
Chocolate Crepes with Bananas – This is the perfect weekend breakfast.  The kids will love them, and you will feel like a gourmet chef.  {Pin for Later}

Cooking-Ground-Beef-in-the-Crock-PotSlow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

White Bean Chicken Chili – Fall is officially here, which means bring on the soups and chilis.  {Pin for Later}
Crock Pot Ground Beef with Taco Seasoning – The only way to make taco night easier is to have the meat ready and waiting when you walk in the door.  Throw out some tortillas and bam!  Dinner is served.  {Pin for Later}
Chicken with Rice Pilaf Freezer Meal – This recipe will make enough to have one tonight, and still put one in the freezer.  {Pin for Later}
Penne with Marinara Sauce and Meatballs Freezer Meal- Have any award banquest/end of season parties coming up for the kiddos?  This is the perfect dish to bring.  Make it now, take it out when you need it.  {Pin for Later}

Chicken-Casserole-with-Mashed-Potato-ToppingSoups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping – This is one of those all-in-one meals with everything you like, nothing you don’t.  {Pin for Later}
Simple Lasagna Recipe – Lasagna is a classic that never gets old.  {Pin for Later}
Maple – Soy Chicken Thighs – I love baked chicken, and I loved it even more with this marinade.  {Pin for Later}
Vegan Hubbard Squash Soup – This recipe alone is a reason to grow hubbard squash.  {Pin for Later}

Easy-Recipes-for-Kids-Popcorn-in-a-BagCookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Cranberry Shortbread Cookies – This recipe only makes 12 cookies, so you can indulge, and then they are gone.  {Pin for Later}
White Bean Dip with Sun Dried Tomatoes – This is hummus…on crack.  It. Is. To. Die. For. {Pin for Later}
Cinnamon and Spiced Candied Nuts - This will make the whole house smell like fall.  They make a great addition to the kids’ lunch too.  {Pin for Later}
Popcorn in a Bag – This makes a quick and CHEAP after school snack.  Bonus:  it isn’t loaded with all the nasty chemicals that are in regular microwave popcorn.  {Pin for Later}

pear butter recipeCanning Recipe of the Week

Old Fashioned Pear Butter – If you have never tried pear butter, you are seriously in for a treat.  It’s sooooo good on toast or pancakes.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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The Problem with Having a Vacation Home

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crazy iphone text messagesWhat would you do?

~Mavis

 

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Let’s get This Garden Started!

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pulling weeds

I feel like I’ve been a total slacker in the gardening department lately. Seriously. But those days are behind me now because yesterday the HH picked up a truckload of potting soil for me {here’s how to make your own potting soil} and for the first time in about a month, I took some serious time off from all the craziness that’s been going on {traveling, moving, the remodel} and went outside and played in the dirt.

weeded garden

It was pretty RAD. I got half of the lower hedge area weeded, {noticed I said weeded and not pruned?, yeah, that’s coming} and shoveled some serious dirt too. It felt great!

filling pots with potting soil

All the pots I brought with me from the old place are now full and ready to be planted {I’m not sure with what yet though} and things are finally started to look up in the gardening department around here.

using stock tanks as garden containers

I also had to came to a decision as to where/what I was going to do with the stock tanks I was previously using in my old greenhouse. I new I wanted to keep them, but I just wasn’t sure where to put them because honestly, they can be kind of an eye sore if you don’t have a fenced yard. Which we don’t have at this point.

landscaping with stock tanks

My neighbor lady across the street actually has one in the front of her house {and it looks great} but it’s pretty hidden and she has plants cascading over the side so it looks pretty spiffy. My stock tanks on the other hand are pretty bare, and stick out like a sore thumb when placed alongside my house. Can you spot Lucy the trouble puggle in the picture? {Hint she’s up high}.

stock tanks as garden containers

Ultimately I decided to just use one stock tank for now.  I plan on using it to plant some winter veggies until I can get the backyard garden dug up and ready for action. I was also thinking about painting the stock tank to match the house as well.

What do you think?

One isn’t too much of an eyesore, is it?

~Mavis

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10 Totally Awesome Carrot Recipes

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the best carrot recipes (2)Oh man. One of the things I’m going to miss about my old garden are my boatload carrot harvests. I used to sit back and wonder how I’d use up all those carrots, and then I’d remember so many of my favorite recipes include them as an ingredient. My favorite type to grow was the Carrot Carnival Blend from Botanical Interests. But really, any variety of carrot will do in these 10 awesome recipes:

Roasted-Five-Spice-CarrotsRoasted Five-Spice Carrots: I went on this crazy 5-spice kick for awhile, and I’m so glad I did. Because I found the perfect way to season roasted carrots. Yum! {Pin it for later}

Carrot-Coconut-BreadCarrot Coconut Bread: Too often, people just think carrot cake when they think about sweet carrot recipes. This bread recipe will change all that! The addition of the coconut and how it meshes with the carrots is like heaven in a bread pan! {Pin it for later}

Carrot-Salad-RecipeCarrot Salad: Every time I harvest carrots, this is on the menu. The HH could eat truckloads of it! It only has three ingredients, but it is so good! {Pin it for later}

Black-Bean-Quinoa-Salad-with-Carrots-and-CilantroBlack Bean Quinoa Salad w/ Carrots and Cilantro: I know it sounds like a super strange combination of ingredients, but the flavors all somehow mesh into a blend of deliciousness. It’s healthy. It’s vegan. It’s something, shockingly, my whole family gobbled up!  {Pin it for later}

chicken and thyme rice with carrotsChicken and Thyme Rice with Carrots: It gives that plain ol rice side dish a kick in the pants. It’s all flavored up and delicious. {Pin it for later}

the best moist carrot cake recipeMy Favorite Carrot Cake: If you’ve tried one carrot cake recipe, you’ve tried them all. Not so fast! Try this one and there will be no need to try any other. {Pin it for later}

Easy-Crock-Pot-Soups-Vegetable-Soup-with-Beef
Chunky Vegetable Soup w/ Beef: This is a set it and forget it Slow Cooker meal that is just the ticket for those chilly fall nights. Plus, it includes tons of big fat carrot chunks. It’s awesome. {Pin it for later}

carrot cake jam recipe canning

Carrot Cake Jam: This jam is so freakin awesome. I know carrot jam seems weird, but trust me on this one. You’ll be slathering it on everything! {Pin it for later}

Brown Sugar Glazed carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots: One of my very favorite recipes to make with Easter dinner. Or any dinner really. The carrots always turn out so tender and they practically melt in your mouth. {Pin it for later}

heirloom-carrot-cake-pancakes-recipe

Heirloom Carrot Cake Pancakes: Slap some butter on these when they are warm and top them with some maple syrup and they just might change your life! {Pin it for Later}

And lastly, here is a little bonus for you:

dehydrated-carrots-how-to-dehydrate-carrotsHow to Dehydrate Carrots – This is a seriously great way to use up those carrots and store them for the produce-scarce months.I throw them in soup like they are going out of style. {Pin for Later}

Looking for more carrot recipes? Check out my Carrot Recipe Pinterest Board!

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Free Mindcraft, The Weekend Homesteader, Williams-Sonoma Sale, Coupons, Recipes and More

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mornings with mavis

I could’t sleep so I decided to get up and post some deals… The HH says it’s suppose to get up near 70 degrees today so I figured I’d better get up early so I could get as much gardening and painting in as possible today. :)

Have a great Sunday everyone,

Mavis

Safety Dog Collar with Flashing Lights

Light up your early morning or late night dog walking trips with these Safety Dog Collar with Flashing Lights for as low as $3.95 shipped! I just grabbed on for Lucy the Puggle Dog. Shop Light Up Dog Collars.
The Weekend Homesteader A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-SufficiencyLooking for a gardening book that will break everything down for you on a month by month basis? Then the The Weekend Homesteader is for you!. Whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed.

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Yamaha RX-A830 7.2-Channel Network AVENTAGE Home Theater Receiver $449.95

ipad covers for kids

Zulily is has some ridiculously cute Kid-Friendly Headphones, iPad/iPod Cases, and other cool stuff on sale today with savings up to 60% off. Shop the sale HERE, or if you are new to Zulily, Go HERE to Sign Up.

roating pan williams sonoma

For a limited time you can save up to 50% off Roasters, 55% off Slow Cookers and 45% off of Breville Juicers at Williams-Sonoma,  PLUS receive FREE SHIPPING when you use code FREESHIP through October 20th at 11:59 PST. Shop the Williams-Sonoma Sale.

dremel tool kit

Amazon currently has this Dremel 110 piece Super Accessory Kit for just $12.82 when you “clip” the 25% off coupon {right below the price} on Amazon!!! Wahooo! I’m grabbing one of those for my bother for Christmas!

Minecraft series for kids

Freebie Alert!

If your kids are into Minecraft be sure and grab the Minecraft Books for Kids: The Complete Minecraft Book Series right now on Amazon for FREE!

jag jeans

6pm is having a huge Fall Jean Sale with pants starting at $14.99 shipped!

Shop the Fall Jean Sale

10 cool uses for fall leaves

Are the leaves falling like crazy at your house? Check out my post on 10 Cool Uses for Fall Leaves before you pick up the rack. You can find more clever garden projects on my Gardening Tips and Tricks Board on Pinterest. 

 

candy alternatives to pass out on halloween

Want to pass something out other than candy this year? Here are a few ideas:

shutterfly custom cards

Use Code 10DOLLARS today on Shutterfly.com and score $10 off your Shutterfly order of $10 or more. Wahooo! I guess it’s time snag some cards. ;)

This Shutterfly coupon code expires October 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Offer is valid for $10 off one qualifying order of $10 or more (after all discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling, etc). Cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Royal Robbins Flynn Stripe Polo Shirt $24.73 {was $65}. My husband has a few Royal Robbins shirts and the quality is amazing!!! {All orders ship FREE to store and FREE to any location with an order of $50 or more}. Shop REI now.

melissa and doug sticker pads

Right now you can Buy 2 Select Melissa & Doug Arts and Crafts Products and Get 1 Free and score some super cool sticker pads and jumbo coloring pads for as low as $3.32 each! Shop the Melissa and Doug Sale.

Pumpkin Risotto

Looking for a good pumpkin recipe? We love this recipe for Pumpkin Risotto and it’s a snap to make. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Skipchen – Another Solution to Food Waste

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Recently, One Hundred Dollars a Month Reader, Jess, shared a link on Facebook to a pretty awesome article about a group of volunteers in Bristol England and their solution to food waste {thanks Jess!}.

Apparently, they are taking the no food waste thing to another level by scavenging for still edible food, otherwise destined for the garbage, and instead, turning it into lunch at a restaurant appropriately called Skipchen.  Each night, the volunteers from the nonprofit restaurant scour the usual food waste sites:  grocery stores, farms, restaurants, etc. and gather food that is past its supposed expiration date, but still very edible.  They take the food back to the restaurant and prepare a unique daily menu–completely dependent on the kind of food they were able to “intercept.”  The restaurant is designed to manage food waste and provide affordable nourishing meals {customers can eat for free, or pay whatever they decide is fair}.

I think this is a pretty cool idea.  I mean, it’s like a soup kitchen for the masses–it isn’t about income, it’s about nutritious food that would otherwise end up in the landfills.

What do YOU think, would you be willing to give Skipchen a try?

~Mavis

 

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 10/18/2014

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

future garden plans

Garden Updates

new laundry room diy remodel

Remodel Updates

Pumpkin Biscotti

Recipes

lucy the puggle dog

Mornings with Mavis 

10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

Tips and Tricks

10 Things to Do in Memphis

Travel

How Much TV Do You Watch Per Week

Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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New Amazon Prime Perk: Get Early Access to Lightening Deals

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Amazon-Prime-Early-Access-LightningJust when I thought Amazon Prime couldn’t get any more awesome, they go and announce this:

All Amazon Prime members will get 30-minute early access to select Lightning Deals on Amazon, and shop new events on MyHabit.com 30 minutes before other customers can access these designer deals.

If you know anything about Amazon Lightening Deals, you’ll know how helpful that is, especially with the holiday shopping season gearing up. Those Lightening Deals go FAST! Here’s what Amazon has to say about Lightening Deals:

Lightening Deals are hand-picked limited-time deals at great prices. When time has expired or the select quantity has been purchased, the deal is over. These Lightening Deals are for top electronic products, video games, tools, items for your kitchen and home, sporting goods, computer software, and more. They include hundreds of items throughout Amazon like HDTVs, movies or TV shows, fashion items like clothing, jewelry, and watches, toys, magazines and more.

Because those deals go so quickly, having a 30 minute head start can make the difference between scoring the deal or losing out. Yet another reason I love Amazon Prime!

Learn more about Amazon Prime HERE.

Check out my 10 Secrets to Save Big on Amazon HERE.

If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 13 months, you can go HERE to sign up for a free trial.

 

 

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