How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 29 of 52

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Albertsons $9.74 for the groceries

I stocked up on a few items from Albertsons last week: Tillamook yogurt $0.60 each, cornbread muffin mix {for Monkey Boy to use when I am traveling} day old garlic bread $0.99 and a few bags of goldfish crackers for $1.00 each. Not incredible deals, but not bad either.

chopped pecans

Barter with Mrs. Hillbilly  

Mrs. Hillbilly came by last week to see if I had any extra tomato cages and fencing so her son could expand his garden. In exchange she gave me 2 pounds of pecans and a jar of plum jelly from her mother’s farm in Mississippi. Not to shabby if you ask me.

produce

Local Fruit Stand $7.29

$1.00 pineapples, $1.99 for a head of cauliflower and a few other odds and ends were the deals I found at our local fruit stand this week.

leftover food

Church Dinner Leftovers- Free

The Guy from Guam dropped off a whole pile of leftovers from his church picnic on Saturday. He’s in charge of the cooking there and always makes the most delicious homemade food. I didn’t even know what the heck was in the rice or the sack of mystery rolls but Holy smokes it was good.

The HH has been friends with him for over 20 years now and he just shows up at our house once or twice a year and brings us leftovers.  I typically give him some of our homemade jam as a thank you… this time around it was raspberry jam. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

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Smith Brothers Milk - Sponsored

And last but not least, our milk order from Smith Brother’s Farm for this week. Milk, it does a body good. :)

How did you do this week?

Any mystery men show up at your door with food?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.03
Total Spent This Year $1028.25
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/26/2014

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 30 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

packing for college

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. We are still purging! It’s amazing how many clothes you can have when you don’t wear the same thing everyday. Sheesh, they should teach kids about minimalism in high school. ;)

lucy the puggle dog

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. Would you believe I can actually fit into my shorts without spillage? Must be all the walks the puggle princess and I have been going on lately.

sherlock homes 221b baker street london

3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and now Victoria B.C.

Would you believe my next little mini adventure is already planned? It will be more work than adventure, but I’m still hoping to sneak in a little fun.

smith brothers dairy

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I wonder if she’ll be eating out of tin cans when she goes to college…

crappy british teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I went to the oral surgeon and got the GREEN LIGHT to go back to my dentist and get my new teeth. Wahoooo! Now I just need to make an appointment.

lucy the puggle dog

6. Pay off my car. Done!

Lucy is the most well behaved dog on the planet when she thinks she might be on the way to the vet. ;)

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done. When I started I had no idea I was making a rug for Lucy. ;)

primitive hooked rug turkey

I started another rug and I’m making some pretty good progress on it too. I’m hoping to get it done in time to set out for Thanksgiving this year and you know what, I think I’m going to make it. My goal this week is to get all the flowers completed.

poster board

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Naps. Do naps count? Also, the HH and The Girl started mapping out their road trip to college adventure.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end of the month.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

Walton Mountain Museum Earl Hamner House

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Our 20th anniversary is coming up and I keep hinting…. we’ll see how it all pans out. ;) At this point I will settle for any type of home on the East Coast. Maybe I should contact the peeps who own Earl Hamner’s House and see if they want to sell. How cool would that be?

botanical interests seed packets

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. This week I harvested all our beets and then went back and planted more beets and 2 packets of chives in the same garden bed. I’m hoping to be able to beets for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll see.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 28 of 52

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haagen daz bars

Costco $8.49

A big thanks to Nicole who shared last week Haagen Daz ice cream bars were $3.00 off at Costco. The HH was so happy! The vanilla chocolate almond bars are his favorite! :)

target market pantry pasta

Target $5.89

I tried a new recipe last week that called for V-8 juice, it’s not something I normally buy the my husband likes it so I figured why not? Remember the Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips I made last week? Well luckily I can get a few more batches out of the bag peanut butter chips I bought at Target because man are those expensive!

tyson chicken breast tenderloins

Target $11.98

Chicken! I had to buy chicken. :( Let me tell you Bob it’s always a sad day around here when I run out of my bulk order of Zaycon chicken. I have plenty of chicken freezer meals I can use but we are officially all out of single chicken breasts and the next Zaycon deal doesn’t come around to my neck of the woods until around the middle of October. Boo!

chicken stir fry dish

During the summer months we probably eat stir fry about 2, maybe even 3 times a week. I mean really, how can you go wrong with fresh veggies, rice and a little meat? It’s the easiest dinner ever if you ask me. {Get the recipe for my chicken stir fry HERE}

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Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I realized I needed to add butter and whipping cream to my milk delivery but the cut off time to change your order online for the next days delivery is 6pm. Luckily the old school way of leaving a note in the milk box still works. Yay!

With the garden in full swing now I’m not having to stock up at the grocery as much as I usually do during the winter months which is pretty sweet if you ask me. How about you? Have you seen a dramatic reduction in your grocery bill? Or are you sending those extra dollars in ice cream like me? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.36
Total Spent This Year $1,011.22 {Eeek! I’m way over budget!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/19/2014

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 29 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

packing for college

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. This week The Girl and I are going through all her clothes and putting the ones she plans on taking to school in bins and all the others in a giant bag for the Goodwill. Purging is fun! :)

elliptical screen shot

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. Monkey Boy cleaned out the garage over the weekend and for some strange reason I was inspired to hop on the elliptical machine. 30 minutes! I thought I was going to die. Gaaaa. Not sure if I’ll be trying that again.

pink geraniums in flower garden

3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and now Victoria B.C.

Would you believe my next little mini adventure is already planned? It will be more work than adventure, but I’m still hoping to sneak in a little fun.

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I’m good. Really, I am.

crappy british teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I went to the oral surgeon and got the GREEN LIGHT to go back to my dentist and get my new teeth. Wahoooo!

6. Pay off my car. Done!

lucy the puggle dog

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done. When I started I had no idea I was making a rug for Lucy. ;)

anne nicholls thanksgiving turkey rug

I started another rug, it has a turkey on it so I’m hoping to get it done in time to set out for Thanksgiving. We’ll see. I placed an order for some more wool {bad Mavis!} so I’ll probably be busy hand dying wool next week and then list the extras in my Etsy store.

boy looking into car engine

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Monkey Boy got his licence this past week and so Sunday was spent negotiating driving times with him. Ahhh boy and cars. It’s a magical thing, isn’t it?

I don’t remember being nearly as excited to drive when I was a teen.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end of the month.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

wood flooring samples

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I was at The Home Depot yesterday and somehow wandered over to the flooring section. I had a nice chat with the flooring lady and ended up going home with a few free samples of wood. You know, for our house in Colonial Williamsburg that we don’t have yet.

When I asked the HH which one he liked best he just got this bemused look on his face and then wandered off. Our 20th anniversary is coming up and I keep hinting…. we’ll see how it all pans out. ;) I believe in miracles, don’t you?

mavis butterfield picking kale

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. Sweet mother of all things good in this world, my dog likes kale. Can you believe that? So lately I’ve been sauteing a little bit for breakfast and mixing the leafy greens in with a few eggs for her. No wonder she now refuses to eat canned dog food. What a life.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 27 of 52

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ben and jerrys ice cream

Albertsons $12.45

When it’s 90 degrees outside it’s all about priorities, right? ;)

The HH was really craving Haagen Daz Ice Cream Bars but Albertsons was having a buy 5 get ice cream for $2.49 sale on the Ben and Jerry’s and Klondike Bars so that’s what we picked up instead.

tillamook yogurt

Albertsons $5.79

Yogurt for Monkey Boy and cheddar cheese for Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

homegrown raspberries and vegetables

Backyard Garden

I don’t know about you but I LOVE the summer months. Even though I don’t have a huge garden this year, it’s still pretty amazing what we can harvest around here on a daily basis. I harvested all these lovely fruits and vegetables last night right before dinner. Multiply that by 7 and it’s pretty easy to see how we can shave some serious money off our grocery list in the summer and fall months.

Gardening is rad. There’s no doubt about it.

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Smith Brothers Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I didn’t add anything fancy to our order this week, just the basics. ;) Did you know that Smith Brother’s Farm was voted the 2014 Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods? How cool is that? I think “ll order some chocolate milk for Monkey Boy and some cottage cheese for the HH for net week. We’ll see.

How did you do this week? Do you find yourself hanging out in the ice cream section at your local grocery store this time of year too? What’s your favorite way to cool down in the summer months?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $18.24
Total Spent This Year $984.86
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/12/14

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DIY Rustic Hand Stamped Copper Garden Markers

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copper-garden-markers-with-patina-finish Occasionally I’ll start a DIY project with high hopes, but really unsure of how it will turn out. That was the case when I decided to turn these awesome copper pieces into cool looking, aged copper garden markers for my latest eHow article Rustic Hand Stamped Copper Garden Markers That Will Jazz Up Your Garden. Luckily, they turned out more amazing than I could have imagined!

This week, while browsing the garden section at my local garden center, I came across a package of copper plant markers and decided to pick up a pack and make something cool with them. I mean really, what gardener couldn’t use a few more garden markers, right?

Go HERE to read the full article…

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 28 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

How to Organize Your Bathroom

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. So far this week The Girl and I have gone through all shoes and tossed the really junky ones and stuffed the others in a bag for the Goodwill.

Also on our list for this week is cleaning out the bathroom cupboards again. We did this about 6 months ago but it’s time to do it again. How does all that stuff get in there anyway?

omron pedometer

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. We got some serious mileage in on our pedometers when we were in Victoria over the weekend. One day we walked 11 miles. Wowza. Who knew walking around town looking for pastries and tea shops could be such a workout!

the empress hotel victoria b.c.

3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and now Victoria B.C. 

What’s next on our list? Nothing. :( Unless of course you count the HH and The Girl’s road trip to college at the end of the summer. That one will be a doozy for sure. 3,000 miles? Umm yeah, I’ll be sitting that one out. {I’ll tell you more about that one later}.

Fun Graduation Gift Idea, Water Bottle Full of Quarters

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. At this point I’m too busy getting her ready for college like making sure she has quarters so she can do her own laundry, and working on other projects so I just don’t have any time to worry. So basically, stay busy and it will all work out. Right? Right. :)

bad teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I’m suppose to go back to the oral surgeon later this week to see if I can finally get the green light to make an appointment with the dentist to get some teeth. Wish me luck! ;)

6. Pay off my car. Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done. :) I started another rug, it has a turkey on it so I’m hoping to get it done in time to set out for Thanksgiving. We’ll see.

I also started my first ever cross stitch and I think I’m either

A. going to go blind trying to finish it or

B. Just stop altogether. To say cross stitching is time consuming would be a HUGE understatement. ;)

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. The Girl and I were out of town this past weekend but word on the street was Monkey Boy and the HH had a great time driving around town and eating BBQ.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end of the month.

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

Homes of Colonial Williamsburg, Va

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Our 20th anniversary is coming up and I keep hinting…. we’ll see how it all pans out. ;)

gardening mavis how to plant beets

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. I am totally diggin’ the weather here in Western Washington lately and was able to get quite a few things planted this past week. Green beans are up and we’ve been picking raspberries like mad. Life is good!

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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