How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 46 of 52

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Costco $56.52

So I kind of have this policy of not walking into a grocery store {or pretty much ANY store for that matter} the week before, or the week after Thanksgiving. I get claustrophobic, cranky, disoriented and it basically makes my skin crawl. Did I mention it makes me dizzy and I pretty much want to vomit?

Martha Stewart could be standing in my local grocery store handing out autographed copies of her entire encyclopedia of cookbooks for free and I would still rather stay at home, in my pajamas sipping tea and surfing the web than walk into a grocery store around Thanksgiving. Maybe I’m a party pooper, or weird. I don’t know, I just don’t get the appeal of being surrounded by a bunch of people frantically buying stuff off the shelves like there’s no tomorrow.  I can’t handle it.

Blah Blah Blah… I went to Costco and loaded up on supplies. :) By the way, that chicken and apple lunch meat is delicious! Expensive, but a nice treat. And when did they start selling SHELLED pistachios? Seriously, I’m totally willing to pay a couple of extra bucks for that.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $13.97

Doughnuts for Monkey Boy, cherry pie filling for Grandma’s Cherry Cola Jell-O salad, Life cereal for the HH and eggs.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $12.97

I actually gave up sleeping in and got up at 5 am on Saturday so I could peacefully pop in Albertsons and get the last items on my grocery list before the mad rush of shoppers arrived. Yes, I am that weird.

So, have you bought all your groceries for Thanksgiving yet? Please tell me you did. I don’t want to be the only one who hates crowds. ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $83.86
Total Spent Year to Date $1686.22 
{$140 a month average so far this year.}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/22/2014

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 45 of 52

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Albertsons  $17.05

A few days before we had our kitchen sink {and oven} up and running I picked up a few convenience packages of fruit fruit. I used to think those little tubs of pre-cut fruits and veggies were for lazy people, but how could I resist a giant tub of pineapple, raspberries and cantaloupe for $3.33 each?  Cuties $3.99, Butternut Squash $1.88 and Bananas $1.19.

zaycon chicken breasts

Zaycon Chicken – Free

I cashed in my Zaycon referral credits last week for a 40 pound case of boneless chicken breasts which I shared with my new neighbor The Church lady. We whipped up 26 freezer meals in less than 3 hours and now our freezers are stuffed full of homemade goodness. Yay for nice neighbors.

planters trail mix

Albertsons $0.75

I popped into Starbucks {which happens to be in our local Albertsons} to grab a hot cocoa using my Starbucks gift card I bartered with Mrs. Hillbilly for and spotted and sweet deal on Planter’s trail mix.

planters trail mix stand

 

Twenty five freakin’ cents. Umm ya, so that was a good deal. In my old extreme couponing days I totally would have asked the cashier for more coupons, but fast forward a couple of years and I find myself happy with 3 packages of trail mix for a quarter a piece instead of a 3 cases. Funny how how things change, huh?

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

I don’t know about you but I’ve got a boatload of baking to do this week and thanks to Smith Brother’s Dairy I’ve got all the essentials {plus a few extras}.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.80
Total Spent Year to Date $1602.76 
{Over for the year!}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/15/2014

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 44 of 52

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Albertsons – $9.75

Yogurt $0.38 each Jell-o $0.99 each, and Miracle Whip $1.99 with a coupon. Totally boring I know, but I was pretty pumped to get the Jell-o actually since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Each year I make my grandmothers Jell-o Salad and let me tell you Bob, it’s the best stuff on earth. I save it for special occasions and there is rarely leftovers. I’ll have to post the recipe in case there is anyone else out there who would like to make it too.

costco shopping trip

Costco $24.86

I put the electric skillet to good use this week and whipped up scrambled eggs for breakfast, sauteed green beans a few times for dinner and even fried some cod. Luckily Chino has promised me the electricians will be hooking up the oven and cook-top this week so I can get back to my normal cooking schedule and use up some of those freezer meals I’ve got stashed away. One can not live on frozen burritos and smoothies alone. Trust me.

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Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Ever since The Girl went away to college our milk consumption has gone way down.  Like waaaaaay down. Monkey Boy does enjoy his half gallon of chocolate milk each week and I use about a half gallon of 2% for my tea and baking {when I have an oven} but other than that, it seems like The Girl was the one doing the majority of the milk drinking in the family. :(

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.61
Total Spent Year to Date $1584.96 
{Over for the year!}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/8/2014

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 43 of 52

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Albertsons – $1.98

Apple Juice was on sale this past week at Albertsons for $0.99 so I grabbed a few bottles. The Girl is really the only one that drinks it but the price was right so I figured she can have it when she comes home for winter break.

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Costco $40.34

Before I headed out of town I stopped by Costco and grabbed a few goodies for the boys before I took off for the east coast. Salami, Shrimp, Salsa, Bananas and more. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to having my kitchen back in a few days.

The counter tops were installed while I was away so I’m going to try and get my kitchen organized as best I can this week. Number one on the list is getting the electric skillet and toaster out of the bathroom!! ;)

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Homemade Cupcakes – Free from a neighbor! :)  

smith brothers milkSmith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Chocolate milk for Monkey Boy, 2% for my tea {and Monkey Boy usually drinks a glass of milk at dinner time} and cottage cheese for the HH. Talk about an easy peasy order!

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $40.34
Total Spent Year to Date $1550.35 
{Over for the year!}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/1/2014

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Friday Night at the Movies – Top 10 {Kid Friendly} Halloween Movies

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Top 10 Kid Friendly Halloween MoviesIn honor of Halloween, go raid your kids candy stashes, curl up on the couch and pop in a classic Halloween flick. There are probably hundreds of slash-em-up Halloween movies filled with gore and terror. Those are so not for me. There are so many Freddy-free Halloween movies out there. Here are my top 10 favorites:

great pumpkin charlie brown1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Is there a better Halloween movie out there? I think not. This is such a classic that I have to watch it every single Halloween. It’s a tradition I’m not giving up anytime soon because it’s so adorable!

monsters inc2. Monsters Inc.: Sulley {John Goodman} and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski {Billy Crystal} are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc. in Monstropolis. If that doesn’t “scream” Halloween movie, I’m not sure what does!

casper3. Casper: Ahhh, Casper. Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this one, but I remember loving the war better the good ghosts and the bad ghosts. Plus, Christina Ricci looks practically like a toddler. That’s weird to see!

hocus pocus4. Hocus Pocus: I didn’t rank these in order, but if I had, this would have been right at the top. I know Bette Midler has done some great more serious work, but I think this is my favorite movie of hers. It’s so quirky and fun, I can’t get enough of it. It centers around 3 crazy witches that always leave me laughing.

ET5. E.T.: Anyone else get really weepy when they watch ET now? I don’t remember getting that way growing up, but apparently I’ve gotten all sappy as I’ve aged! I think it goes without saying that this classic deserves a spot on this list. It was wise beyond its years when it was made. Plus, what would we do without the “Et, phone home!” line?

nightmare before christmas6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: It might say Christmas in the title, but trust me, it’s all about Halloween. And it’s Tim Burton at his finest!

monster house7. Monster House: Just a little heads up about this one. I loved it, but it might be a tad scary for little kids. Maybe 8 and up, but it’s been awhile since my kids were that young, so I can’t really remember whether they’d be scared or not at that age. Still, for kids a tad older, it’s so good!

practical magic8.  Practical Magic: I love me some Sandra Bullock. She’s the best. So a Halloween movie with her in it? Sign me up!

beetljuice9.  Beetlejuice: I’ve loved this movie since I was a teen. The movie is dark without being scary and funny without being ridiculous. Great cast plus zany plot equals a great Halloween movie!

bedknobs and broomsticks10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Might not seem like the most obvious choice, but this movie has witches AND spells. Seems pretty Halloweenish to me! Regardless, it’s an awesome movie every kid should watch!

And there you have it. Have I missed any of your favorites? Have you seen any of these? Love them?

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Here’s hoping your Halloween candy hangover isn’t too rough,
~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 42 of 52

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Panera bagel deal

Panera $6.99

Compared to last weeks Costco Rebate Check Shopping Trip this week was a total snoozefest. I really didn’t need to buy anything this week but I was over by Panera on Tuesday and remembered about their baker’s dozen special {13 fresh bagels for $6.99} so I went in a grabbed a bunch. I put half in the freezer and we enjoyed the other half for breakfast over the course of a few days. Have you tried the Panera bagels? Do you have a favorite? I love the asiago cheese and cinnamon raisin ones the best.

presto electric skillet

Since we are still without a cook-top or an oven, the electric skillet I bought is coming in pretty handy. I was able to whip up quite a few grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs last week which is a nice change from microwave burritos let me tell you. ;)

smith brothers farm delivery

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Last week I ordered some cookie dough from Smith Brothers because Chino had told me that once my cabinets were installed the oven would be hooked up and I’d be able to use it. Well that was a BIG FAT LIE. :( The electricians have to do some wiring first and they won’t be here until towards the end of the project so no fresh baked cookies for Monkey Boy. Booo!

But, he did get his chocolate milk… so hopefully that will tied him over until we get out oven back.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $6.99
Total Spent Year to Date $1510.01 
{Over for the year!}

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