One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/24/2015

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Mornings with Mavis 

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 1/18/15

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pulling up ivy

I don’t know what the weather is like at your place, but it has sure been a couple of wet and windy days around here. Luckily, I like working in crappy weather. No one else it out, there are no annoying leaf blowers to listen too, and I feel like a real gardener when I work outside in the rain and cold. Weird huh? Maybe I belong in Maine.

weeded side yard

Operation pull up all the ivy from the hillside is in full swing. I am honestly still baffled as to why everyone hates ivy. I LOVE it! Just not where it’s currently residing in my landscape. :)  I’m hoping to have it all pulled up from the hillside by the end of next week. This is the first place we have lived where I’ve had to pull up ivy, and you know what? It’s not that bad.

small leland cypress

Removing the ivy and getting all the leaves and twigs raked up on the side yard will give those Leland cypress privacy trees a good chance at putting on a little weight {and height} this summer. Mrs. Active Wear and I both planted Leland cypress trees between along our property lines in our last neighborhood and I was amazed at how fast they grew. With any luck, the side should have a full on privacy screen in about 5 years.
raised garden boxes

I’ve just begun toying with the idea of installing 3 large garden boxes alongside the side yard instead of creating one huge garden plot up above. One the plus side there would be easy access to a garden hose, the garden a few feet from the door and I could actually see everything I am growing in those boxes from my kitchen window.
galvanized bin I plan on purchasing a garden bench this summer {there’s a guy at the Farmer’s Market who makes them} and setting it up right where I have the giant galvanized bin right now. So, having my garden boxes just steps away would be super convenient and it would also tie the whole area together.

container garden

Plus, since I plan on growing all my tomatoes, cucumbers and beans along the back of the house {where we get the most sun} I really don’t have to worry about the garden boxes being in a semi-shady spot. The side yard gets the same amount of sunlight as the upper lawn, so I think at this point, maybe it should be about aesthetics. future herb garden

I’ll also be growing my herbs, potatoes, lettuce and onions along the back of the house, so really it just comes down to how big do I want this garden to be? These are things I never really thought about until I actually started to look around and work outside in the garden {which really, has just bee the last few weeks}.

seedlings under grow lights

Spring is right around the corner, and if I don’t get this garden plot figured out here pretty soon, I’m going to be stuck with a garden I  may not like. Help! Do you think it makes sense to have a garden just off the kitchen? Or should I put it up on the hill where it will be out of sight?

Opinions welcome!

~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 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/17/2015

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fast growing trees

Giveaways

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Freezer Meal Chili Con Carne with Bacon and Beer

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Mornings with Mavis 

penny pinching use the whole pepper

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/10/2015

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I think I may have found the PERFECT master bathroom layout

powder room makeover

Remodel Updates

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Garden Updates and Tips

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/3/15

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I spent way to much time on Pinterest yesterday pinning ideas to my Master Bathroom Ideas Board. Does anything on there catch your eye?

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Garden Updates

Sweet Chicken Chili with Bacon

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

Teaching Children to Write Thank You Notes

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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My Favorite Stories and Posts of 2014

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I really can’t believe another year has come and gone. It flew by. This year has been unlike any other, with more life changes crammed into one year than I’ve ever experienced. Ever. I’ve tried to blog all about those changes and the fun year we’ve had, and I’m really grateful you came along for the ride.

Because this year has been so busy, when sitting down to pick out posts from 2014 that stuck out to me, it was really hard to narrow the list down. But I managed to get it narrowed down to a few of my favorites. I hope, as you’ve followed along this year, you’ve gained a little insight, learned a thing or two, or at least were entertained! Here’s hoping 2015 will match 2014 in awesomeness!

hugging-rhubarbNot Looking Back, Not Even for a Second:

The decision to move and leave behind our garden, home and neighbors was HUGE. But I knew it was the right decision for us. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities {and projects!}, and, while there are so many aspects we’ll miss, we’re still as excited about it as we were the day we signed the papers. Bigger and better is not always best. Home really is where the heart is, and our hearts are taking root at our new house.

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Mormons, Walmart, Monsanto and Shiny New Cupboards:

This was a funny post for me. It began with a crazy mean/strange/absurd rant of an email I received in my inbox, and ended with so many comments of support I was overwhelmed. While that was not my intention at all, it sure does make a girl feel appreciated when her amazing readers rally! Thank you for caring enough to comment, and for validating what I do. You guys are the best.

corner-fireplace-makeover3The Remodel:

I couldn’t pick just one post here, because looking back on all the progress we’ve made remodeling the new house in such a short amount of time, I’m blown away. We lived without a kitchen for far too long, and put so much blood sweat and tears into the remodel, I’m listing the entire category here.

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Rare Sighting: Husband in Garden. Please alert the Authorities. Something is Amiss:

Sometimes you make strawberry shortcake that is so delicious, it makes a man is willing to pick for his dinner dessert.

freezer-mealsMaking 26 Freezer Meals in 3 Hours:

This is seriously one of my favorite things to do. It screams efficiency and that’s what I’m all about. Freezer meals save time, money and many nights, my sanity. So being able to bust 26 out in just a few hours was awesome. And surprisingly fun!

graduation-gownRemember That Time I Let You Run Down the Freeway?

Sometimes it’s 12 minutes before high school graduation is suppose to start and the graduate and I are sitting on the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic  about a 1/4 mile from our exit {along with a ton of other kids and families} freaking out. So one kid piles out of their parent’s car and starts running down the freeway ramp towards the building where graduation is suppose to take place, and then another and another, and then before you know it there are about 30 kids running down the freeway ramp. Crazy train.

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Mavis Breaks Up w/ Mr. Produce guy:

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it’s with Mr. Produce Guy, even if it’s for all the right reasons.

how-to-loose-a-muffin-top12 Goals for the New Year:

I’ve had so much fun with this. Setting these goals, many of which were totally out there, helped keep me focused and driven this entire year. There were weeks I felt like I might not even get half my list accomplished, but instead of throwing in the towel, it made me work harder to chase what I wanted. I totally suggest setting goals, whether as public as I have, or even just mentally. It’s a proven fact it helps you succeed!

fred-meyer-shopping-tripFred Meyer: Home of the 20th Anniversary Gift. Who Knew?

The HH pretty much takes the cake when it comes to being World’s Most Romantic Husband, if you can snag that title by purchasing your lady’s 20th (yes TWENTIETH) Anniversary gift at Fred Meyer and if said gift includes English Muffins. Yep. That happened.

mavis-butterfield2Doing Arts and Crafts in a Best Western Bathroom and Other RAD Stuff I Did This Weekend:

Sometimes life throws you curve balls. Our move didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped, but this post was a great reminder that sometimes you just have to roll with it, because everything always seems to work out in the end!

food-waste-in-America-SaveitsundayHow Much Does the Average Family Throw Away in One Year?

Seeing a visual of the average amount of food wasted in a year was shocking. I’m still blown away. So. Much. Waste.

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Canning 101 – How to Can Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe:

I have made a lot of recipes this year, but this has been the one I’ve been craving lately. Jalapeno jelly…Mmmm! Seriously don’t be afraid because of the ingredients. You can tone this way down and still get the yummy flavor. I pour it over some cream cheese, spread it on a cracker and enjoy!

zucchini-and-beans1What Am I Supposed to Do With all This Zucchini?

One of the reasons I absolutely love having this here blog, is because when I’m in a jam and have tons and tons of zucchini and I reach out to my lovely readers for help coming up with recipes, you always pull though. You did this time too in a big way. So many new, good recipes. That zucchini was put to good use with your help!

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Amazing Puggle Dog Eats Blackberries, The Blind Cross Stitcher, and The Case of the Missing Stuffed Animals:

Remember that one time I tried my hand at cross-stitching for a hot second, almost went blind and then gave it up. Yeah. That was fun.

So there you have some of my favorite posts from 2014.

Did I miss your favorite?

~Mavis

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Now that Extreme Couponing is Over, Is Feeding My Family for $100 a Month Realistic?

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So it’s official. Another year of going a little over budget and again, I’m not disappointed one bit. {$1907.34 / $158.95 a month to be exact} It was a crazy year with 2 remodeling projects, traveling, sending The Girl off to college, living without a kitchen for 6 weeks and surviving a huge move for our family.  I think averaging $159 a month is pretty dang good. Because let’s face it, now that era of Extreme Couponing is over and food prices are on the rise, feeding my family for $100 a month is not realistic. But even if extreme couponing was possible at the level it was a few years ago, I wouldn’t be doing it like I was when the $100 a month idea was born.

coupon shopping at Albertsons

I simply don’t want to feed my family that way anymore. Couponing restricted our diets, and I just wasn’t okay with those restrictions for our family. I know many people still coupon like crazy, and there is still so much good that can come from that. But extreme couponing just wasn’t working for our family anymore. Not only were we eating more processed food than ever before, but I was driving all over Timbukto to score a deal, spending hours clipping, planning and executing my shopping trips. I’m just ready to simplify {more on my BIG idea for next year that will allow me to do just that is coming soon.}.

albertsons double coupon shopping trip mavis

Don’t get me wrong. There was some great satisfaction in knowing I was saving my family so much money. I mean for three years in a row I provided snacks for one of my kid’s sports teams every. single. week. And I did so happily, because in a weird sort of way, it gave my extreme couponing hobby a sort of purpose. But it’s not a hobby I find joy in anymore. I’d much prefer to throw my energy into canning or spend those hours in my garden.

People change. Situations change. Does that mean the name of my blog will be changing? No!

zaycon chicken breasts

Most people could not feed their family like I do. I realize my situation is unique in that I occasionally get free meat from my  Zaycon credit, or some free products from Amazon using Swagbucks. This site is a lot of work and more than a full-time job, so I do look at those things as job-related benefits. But I do see how, to my readers who do not have those things available to them and/or do not coupon to an extreme degree, feeding their family for $100/month is unrealistic.

greenhouse gardening

I use my site, and have since its inception, as a personal online journal. In the beginning it was just family keeping tabs on me and then it grew and grew. I never anticipated that, but it has been so much fun to see it grow and virtually “meet” so many faithful readers {and some in real life as well}. But even as it grew, I stuck to the same format and I never switched up the journal mentality, meaning I still used it to record my life and purchases.

mavis butterfield bartering

The only difference is that now thousands are watching me do it. I have tried to add some great features that I think help my readers in numerous ways, but the overall hope is that, while most can’t duplicate the way I feed my family and shop, they will be able to pick up tips that can be helpful to them; tips that would help the Average Joe family save a buck or two {or even hundreds}.

freezer meals

A lot of the ways I save that you can easily duplicate in your home are discussed in this post: How to Save BIG on Your Grocery Bill. They work and they will save you money. You, like me, might not be able to feed your family for $100 a month anymore, but you will be able to significantly lower or maintain a small grocery budget, and feed your family a pretty healthy diet!

So while I will still strive to implement those things, my focus next year is going to shift just a bit. I’m SUPER excited to announce my plans for next year. It’ll be an all new journey towards simplicity, unlike anything I think has been attempted before. Stay tuned because I’d love for you to be by my side every step of this new adventure.

Thanks for reading!
~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 50 of 52

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Winco $36.15

The Girl and I were running errands over by Winco so we decided to stop in and stock up on some bulk spices and other stuff like lentils, shredded coconut, rice mixes and beans. We were there around noon and let me tell you Bob, I have never seen Winco so deserted. It seemed like there were only about 20 people in the entire store. Cool, but weird.

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Fred Meyer $8.58

The HH stopped by Fred Meyer’s on his way home to grab a couple of boxes of Famous Chocolate Wafers for me {what a nice guy}. I plan on making Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for one of my {many} Christmas desserts. Have you tried it? Oh my word it looks delicious. Peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake, does it get any better than that?

Also, a  few random items were left behind after the freezer meal party last Monday. Not pictured are 1 1/2 gallons of milk, 6 onions, 4 heads of garlic and 2 bunches of parsley. So between our stock up trip to Costco last week, I think we’re set for a while.

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $44.73
Total Spent Year to Date $1907.34 {Yikes!}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 12/20/14

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Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

Low Sugar Triple Berry Jam

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Giveaways

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Mornings with Mavis 

Money Saving Tips for Hosting Christmas Dinner on a Budget

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DIY Santa Binoculars

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 49 of 52

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Costco $95.42

Costco has some great deals happening right now so I decided to grab a cart and get the bulk of my holiday grocery shopping done. I don’t know about you but I just can’t shop in grocery stores {actually stores in general} around the holidays. I’d rather get it all done in one big swoop then to have to go back each week for a few items. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird like that.

Some of my favorite Costco deals were 4 pounds of butter for $8.99, Pretzel Chips $4.39, Pom Juice $6.29, and a 6-Pack of Lubby’s Pumpkin Puree for $3.79. Saweeet!

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $32.61

Holiday baking season, it’s a killer isn’t it? BUT WAIT TIL YOU SEE THE RECIPES…. oh my word!!! Blowing my budget this week for a couple of convenience pizzas was totally worth it. ;) If you’re an Albertsons shopper be sure and use the $1.59 coupon in the Albertsons Flyer to snag Nestle chocolate chips for $1.59 a bag as well as 4 pounds of sugar for $1.59 as well. {Side note: one of the recipes I made last week had 4 pounds of sugar alone in it!!!} No wonder I have problems with my teeth. Ha!

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $128.03
Total Spent Year to Date $1862.61 {Yikes!}

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