Free Food Week # 9 Reclaimed Food: Show and Tell

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This past week was fairly decent.  We were able to pick up a ton of free chicken scraps as well as reclaim a bit of fresh produce for ourselves. Because I don’t have a need for it, I no longer hold back any of the lettuce {which typically fills an entire box}for ourselves. Even though it is perfectly edible,  we now feed it to the chickens.  The honeymoon period is over, and this whole how to get free food adventure of mine seems more like a chore to me as each week passes.

Well, it seems like a chore that is, until I bring the loot home.  The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird of course looks forward to the free boxes of produce the same way a small child wakes up on Christmas morning hoping to find treasures under the Christmas tree.

Each week brings something different.  Something I wouldn’t normally buy.  And so in that respect, it’s still fun.

Here’s what we were able to salvage

  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 4 white mushrooms
  • 12 tomatoes
  • 1 Brussels sprout
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tub of watermelon
  • 2 quarts strawberries
  • 8 pears
  • 1 bunch of grapes
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 tiny orange fruit {what is it? Anyone know}
  • 1 cucumber
  • 22 apples
  • 14 ears of corn

The watermelon and grapes were eaten soon after they were photographed, and we used the corn to make 2 batches of Roasted Corn with Bacon.  We also made a round of dehydrated apples and I have some homemade apple sauce on the stove right now.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with all those tomatoes.

So, Mavis wants to know, did you get any fresh produce for FREE this week?

If so, how?

Did you dig for it?  Did you barter for free groceries?  Or did you simply ask your local grocer what they do with their scraps?

To see what else I’ve brought home over the past 2 months? Check out the stories below.

If you are interested in eating more real foods, check out the book Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $10.87.

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Week #51 On One Hundred Dollars A Month…

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I seriously need to find our copy of Napoleon Dynamite and watch it again to prepare for my victory dance next Monday.
I didn’t need much last week but I did waltz on in to Albertsons last Tuesday to pick up my special order of {80} 5-packs of Schick razors. [Read more...]

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Week #49 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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Last Monday I picked up 13 boxes of free brownie mix and 6 pomegranates for a staggering $3 at Albertsons.

However, the most exciting part about last weeks grocery purchases was on the last day of Albertsons Double Coupons. I received a hot tip from a coupon buddy.  “Mavis… Uncle Ben’s Rice and Stove Top Stuffing are on clearance… get over here!”

Combined with doublers, I was able to use 4 $1/1 coupons on the Uncle Ben’s Rice to score 4 boxes for a total of $.75.  Totally reckless and expensive I know.  But… there was a catalina deal running on the Uncle Ben’s rice.  Buy 4 boxes get a $1.00 catalina coupon.  So although I paid $.75 I got back a $1.00 catalina.  Sounds like a freakin hot deal to me!  Got rice?  Yes, yes I do thank you for asking.  I now have 4 free boxes thank you very much.

Now, I bet you are wondering how much I paid for the stuffing.  C’mon… you know you want to guess. Well, I’ll tell you. I paid a big fat zero dollars for it that’s how much I paid.  ZERO DOLLARS.  How did I pull that one off?  The stuffing was on clearance for $1.00 a box.  On the inside of the package was a buy 2 boxes of stuffing & save $1.00 coupon.

So to make a long story short… I bought the first box for $1.00 using the $1.00 catalina I scored on the Uncle Ben’s rice.  Opened the box, removed the stuffing and clipped the coupon from the inside of the box. Then I bought 2 more boxes using the $1.00/2 coupon plus a doubler and BAM!  Free stuffing!  Rinse, wash and repeat.  Total paid for 4 boxes of rice and 7 boxes of stuffing?  $.75 (on a gift card of course). Oh, and if that was not exciting enough… I also earned a $5 off your next order coupon at the bottom of my receipt.  Sweet Mother of Coupon Goodness!

On Thursday I received 3 awesome coupons in the mail from Fred Meyer. $3 off any meat purchase, $3 off produce, and $5 off Beecher’s Flagship Cheese.

With my coupons I was able to pick up everything you see above for only $1.04 (I used a $1/1 Tribe humus coupon as well).  Although the Beecher’s cheese coupon states $5 off their Flagship cheese, my store was out of that variety so they let me substitute it with Beecher’s Marco Polo cheese.

Then, with my $5 off Albertsons coupon I had earned a few days earlier, I was able to purchase everything you see above for $10.62 at Albertsons with my Albertsons gift card.

Total Spent oop this week $1.04.

Total Spent year to date: $1187.08

I now have $11.88 in cash left to spend and $15.79 left on my free Albertsons gift card I won over the summer.  Holy Crap.  We are getting close! So close.  I hope I can hang in there.

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Week # 47 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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Last Monday I came across a sweet deal.  I almost fainted it was so good (okay not really, and honestly… with this family and its history of fainting… I probably shouldn’t joke about that).  Anywho… the deal was: Buy $100 worth of gift cards at Albertsons and get a $20 Alberstons store coupon.  The only catch was… the $20 Albertsons store coupon had to be used within 7 days.  Also… you could not use the coupon towards LIQUID DAIRY (no free milk).

Transaction #1

I purchased $100 worth of Amazon.com gift cards and picked up $21.97 worth of groceries for only *$1.97.

Transaction #2

I purchased $100 worth of Amazon gift cards and picked up $20.17 worth of groceries for only *$.17!

Transaction #3

I purchased $100 worth of Amazon gift cards and picked up $20.12 worth of groceries for only *$.12!

Transaction #4

I purchased $100 worth of Amazon gift cards and picked up $22.84 worth of groceries for only *$2.84.

Transaction #5 I picked up one last $100 Amazon gift card and still have a $20 Albertsons coupon to use.  I have until December 3rd to use it… so I think I’ll wait until the new ad comes out.  As for the Amazon gift cards… They have no expiration date.

So basically… two things are probably painfully obvious…

#1  Mavis LOVES gift card promo deal.

#2 Mavis LOVES Amazon!  Oh yes she does. ;)

Total Spent This Week:  $0 oop

Total Spent Year To Date $ 1187.08


I now have $12.92  in cash to spend, and a balance of  $47.90 left on my *Albertsons gift card.

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