One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m headed out to the garden. Enjoy the day!

♥ Mavis

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How to Get Free Food Week # 12 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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I sent The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird to fetch the free produce from the market this past week. When she walked through the front door with her loot she announced, “There were only 3 boxes.”

She looked defeated.

Here we are, living in high maintenance suburbia, without a want in the world, and my daughter was totally bummed because she was down a box of free produce.  She was totally boo hooing about not being able to rummage through the bruised and discarded fruit to look for more vitamin C fortified gems than she could eat.

It struck me as a little odd.

“It seems like every week we are getting less and less good stuff.” She quipped. So I quickly reminded her that something was better than nothing, and that maybe this week was just an off week.  Maybe the store had sold most of the fruit, and that was a GOOD thing.

 

Here is what we were able to salvage

  • 1 dehydrator full of strawberries + 2 more pounds {out of view}
  • 4 bundles of spinach {do you have any ideas?}
  • 3 heads of lettuce {Caesar salad}
  • 2 red peppers {I used them for strawberry salsa}
  • 2 apples
  • 1 Roma tomato

So even though the “chicken scraps” were slim this time around, the hens made out like bandits. They were able to feast on watermelon, greens, grapes, berries and corn.

Life is good.  Not matter how you slice it.

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

Food Face Plate $12.21 ~ Amazon

If you are having a hard time trying to get you kids to ea their veggies, try the Food Face plate.  My neighbor has one and her kids love it!

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How to Get Free Food Week # 11 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week was absolutely crazy in the reclaimed food department.  ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.  I was so caught up in trying to figure out how I was going to use/distribute 15 watermelon halves that I forgot to take a picture of everything we salvaged.

In the end The Girl and I were able to save -

  • 15 watermelon halves
  • 5 papaya halves
  • 3 honey dew halves
  • 2 cantaloupe halves
  • 2 pineapple halves
  • a boatload of strawberries
  • 3 green peppers
  • 2 pears
  • a whole lot of chicken scraps

It seems like my neighbor Girly Girl, is always entertaining on the weekends, so I gave her a ring.

“Hey Girly Girl, I have a bunch of free melon, do you want some?”

“Do I want to know where it came from?”

“No.”

“Alright, leave it on the porch and I’ll have Chino grab it as soon as we get home.  We are at Costco right now buying food for the Little Man’s birthday party.”

“What?  Well whatever you do, don’t buy any fruit.”

So then The Girl and I packed up 2 banana boxes, and drove over to Girly Girls house.  We dropped off a box of fruit on her porch, and then went around back and fed her chickens the contents of the second box.

When we got back home, we stuffed our refrigerator with melon, and brought all the extra fruit down to our chickens.

And then proceeded to steal their eggs.

Life is good.  Free melon and fresh eggs.  Does it get any better than this?

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

Elizabeth Karmel’s 13-inch Porcelain Egg Crate, 12-Egg Capacity ~ $14.99 Amazon

 

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family For $100 a Month

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Holy canolies Batman! I think there was a little bit of everything going on last week. I paid for groceries, bartered for groceries, redeemed certificates and points for groceries and I even managed to score a bunch of free food with the help of Albertsons double coupons. Geez Louise. It’s a good thing every week isn’t this busy or I might go a little crazy.

Here’s all the loot I was able to collect last week.

Oroweat Bakery Outlet

A while back I paid $10 for $20 worth of Oroweat Bakery Outlet credit.  And last Tuesday, Monkey Boy, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I redeemed the $10 bread credit and scored 20 packages of baked goods.  The kids couldn’t believe it. Go HERE to read more about this deal.

Albertsons $10.83

I never did make it double coupon shopping last week what with all the new found freedom of summer vacation and all.  But I did manage to stop by on Tuesday to take advantage of the $1.99 per lb bacon deal and pick up 2 gallons of milk and some cream cheese.  I had a $5 off Albertsons store coupon I was able to apply to my total so that helped bring the price down to only $10.83.  Not bad for milk, bacon, and cream cheese.

 

Safeway – $11.64 { + earned a $3.00 catalina coupon}

I haven’t gone a sugary cereal binge in a long time so when I found out Safeway had a sweet on Cocoa Pebbles I went ahead and splurged for the HH and Monkey Boy. Go HERE to read more about this deal.

Papa John’s Pizza – $0

I used to redeem my Swagbucks credits for Amazon gift cards, but these days I trade them in for Pizza.  If you order the Sounders Deal you can get 2 large 5 topping pizzas + a 2 litter bottle of soda for $18.99.  If you pick it up at the store you don’t have to pay a deliver charge. Yay!

Vitacost – $0

When you sign up for Vitacost, they will email you a code for $10 off your first order. Plus, Vitacost has a referral program. In fact the links in this post are my referral links. You can create your own Vitacost referral link  as well and then share your link with family and friends via your blog, email account, Facebook and Twitter pages. When people go through your link, they will get $10 to spend and you will earn $10 to spend. It’s a win-win kind of deal.

 Barter with the Queen Bee

Because I am a total crazy person, I traded 3 chickens for $30 in Oroweat Bread credits.  Sure I don’t need anymore bread now, but just wait until school starts up again.  Then the kids will be whining that they need bread and stuff to make sandwiches for their lunches, because their mean mother does not believe in giving them money for crappy school lunches.

Note to parents everywhere – If you don’t want to PAY for you kids to eat crappy school lunches, then tell them if they want a school lunch, they will have to pay for it out of their own money.  After they have to pay for their lunch with their own money a few times, the novelty wears off and they will adapt.  You know, to eating stuff like sandwiches, carrot sticks and homemade cookies.  Trust me.  We’ve been on the if you want it/you can pay for it program since middle school and it works like a charm.

Barter with the Queen Bee

One of the benefits of having a mini- farm in your backyard is that people want to come by and go shopping for produce.

It’s especially fun for us when {well behaved} young children want to grab a basket and pick vegetables. Teaching kids that real food comes from the earth {and not the grocery store} is a really cool experience.

The Girl and I traded 3.4 lbs of vegetables for turkey tenderloins, organic beauty products and BUTTER!  Dang, how much do vegetables cost these days anyway?  I think we made out like bandits on this deal.

Albertsons Double Coupons – $3.78

You can read more about this shopping trip HERE.

So.  I’m curious, with 4th of July just a few days away, will you be heading out to Costco to load up on party supplies?  Or do you already have everything you need?

~ Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.25
Total Spent This Year $733.66
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $473.47
Total “Seed Money” donations received $8.00

Looking for a bank to hold all those pennies you’ve been saving?  Amazon has some pretty sweet retro tin banks starting at just $7.99.  Hot diggety!

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How to Get Free Food Week # 10 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This past week I was able to pick up 4 boxes of fresh produce that was headed for the dumpster.

After The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I sorted through all of the boxes, we ended up with yet another amazing haul of free fresh fruit and vegetables.

Can anyone tell me how much all of this produce would retail for at a local grocery store? It has been so long since I’ve shopped for fresh fruit and veggies, I have no idea what it would cost.

  • 2.5 watermelons
  • 1 honey dew melon
  • 14 ears of corn
  • 2 bags of lettuce
  • 5 bananas
  • 3 sweet peppers
  • 2 pears
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 peach
  • 3 pounds of grapes
  • 34 tomatoes
  • A ridiculous amount of strawberries

Take a look at all the loot the chickens scored.

Not to shabby if you ask me.

So far we have make a round of strawberry banana smoothies,  dehydrated tomatoes, snacked on watermelon and even ate burgers with all the trimming.

Holy cow!  I hope we can eat all this free produce before we pick up the next round of boxes.

So Mavis want’s to know…

Have you tried asking your local grocery store, produce stand, or farm for their scraps? Have you had success?  Been turned down?  Do you have any tips for others?

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

Looking for a way to store your extra produce?  In Progressive International’s lettuce keeper, fruit, lettuce, and vegetables stay fresher longer for up to 2 weeks. The special design lets you wash and store all in one since the container doubles as a colander. A water reservoir in the base keeps produce moist, and adjustable venting regulates air circulation and moisture.

Has anyone tried one of these?  Amazon currently has the lettuce keeper on sale for $13.98 and the reviews are crazy good.

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, I’m headed to the Urban Chicken Coop Tour.

Mavis

 

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Sur La Table Summer Sale – Up to 50% Off!

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If you are looking for some unique canning jars, be sure and stop by the Sur La Table website soon. The Bormioli Rocco Fido Canning Jars I use for specialty foods are on sale and the reviews on them are crazy good!

Designed for canning, this jar is made of Italian glass and won’t absorb odors. The lid has an airtight seal with replaceable rubber gasket to keep food fresh, and features a metal clamp that is easy to open. Versatile jar can also be used to store and display pasta, rice, beans and more. No labeling needed—clear Italian glass allows you to view the contents of the jar. Available in a variety of sizes for an assortment of foods. Made in Italy.

Go HERE to view all clearance deals at Sur La Table

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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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