Archive for October, 2011

This week I had 3 transactions.  I actually DO BELIEVE I can make it to the end of the year without going over budget if I really apply myself.  Or is it distract myself?  Hmm.  I think distraction is going to be key in the upcoming weeks ahead.

Here is the skinny on what I bought this week:

Last week Plum District was offering a deal on Omaha Steaks for $59. 2 filet mignon, 2 pork chops, 4 chicken breasts, 6 burgers, 8 weenies, and 6 stuffed baked potatoes all shipped on a block of dry ice (the best part according to Monkey Boy). Now maybe $59 is a great deal for a normal person… But for Mavis… not so much.  Luckily I had $40 in Plum District credit plus I found a secret 30% coupon code I was able to use.  So guess how much I paid?  C’mon guess.  Alright, I’ll tell you.  After the coupon code and credit I paid $1.30!  🙂  Not too shabby if you ask me.

Then there was my trip to Walmart. Blech.  I am not a fan of Walmart… But desperate times call for desperate measures.  I have found I’m willing to shop with Nascar fans walking around in their pajamas who are screaming at their kids and driving motorized scooters just so I can use a coupon.

In this past Sundays paper there was a $2 off ANY SIZE Tide coupon in the P&G insert.  The Tide packets were only $.97 each+tx.  I did 2 identical transactions:

Milk $2.68
Bread $1.25
4 Tide packets $4.21 w/tx

Final Price: $.14 after coupons!  Holy crackers!  Pass me a tater tot Bertha… that is a goooood deal.

So basically I paid $.28 for 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of crappy bread and 8 packets of Tide (the Tide will be donated).  The thing is … there is a big controversy over the Tide coupon.  So I guess I won’t be using it again. 😦  Boo Hoo.  I’m totally bummed, I love Walmart overage.

Oh well, shopping at Albertsons with a few doubles coupons is not a bad deal either.  Everything in the photo was free with coupons with the exception of having to pay $.50 tax on my free Dawn dish soap.  As it turns out… the HH really likes the Velveeta mac & cheese cups.  He kinda freaked out a little when he saw them on the counter.  Have you tried these yet?  They are REALLY good.  How many did you get? 😉

Total Spent This week: $2.08

Total Spent Year To Date: $1181.39

Go Mavis Go!


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Convince the HH that I need to go to a pie party next weekend.

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Have I ever told you about how the Handsome Husband likes to spam my inbox with recipes?  The man himself does not cook (well, maybe 3 times a year) but he sure does know a good recipe (or picture of the finished product) when he sees one.  A few weeks ago he sent me a recipe for bacon bites.  It took me a while to get around to making them… But boy am I sure glad I did.

These little appetizers are the best thing ever!  Seriously, the next time you have some extra bacon lying around… you should make them.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… Mavis, why are you using the medical scissors from the first aid kit?  Well I’ll tell you.  Because somehow all 3 pairs of my pink scissors have gone missing.  All I’m going to say is this… They better find their way back to me before the next batch of coupons arrive or there will be trouble!

Alright… so here we go. Get some bacon.  Cut the strips into thirds and then lay them (3 slices at a time) over a mini muffin pan.  I laid the bacon over every other muffin cup because I was worried they would stick together.

Then place a second mini muffin pan over the first one.  Place the pans on a rimmed cookie sheet so the inside of your oven is not covered with bacon drippings.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until crisp.

While your bacon is baking… grill a few weenies on the grill.  Let cool and slice.  Add the bbq’d weenies into a pan of warm  baked beans and set aside.

When the bacon has finished cooking, let the little bacon cups cool for a few minutes before placing them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Then proceed to stuff your bacon cups with beans and weenies.  Serve with cornbread.

Bacon… it’s what’s for dinner! 🙂

*P.S. Just to clarify, the HH says these should be served as an appetizer and not dinner.  I however… don’t care.  I think bacon, beans and cornbread makes for a lovely dinner.

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Does anyone have a gee tar, a black sharpie and a piece of cardboard I can borrow?  Because pretty soon here I’ll be singing the blues.

I was able to double some coupons for the Velveeta mac & cheese and the Seattle’s Best Iced coffee that was on sale at Albertsons last week and ended up getting everything for free. I haven’t tried the mac & cheese yet and I doubt I will. If The Girl doesn’t want it… then I’ll be adding it to the donation bin.  The iced coffees however will go to the HH’s lunch box.

During the mac & cheese transaction I earned a $5 reward (store coupon) for using my Albertsons preferred card.  And it’s a good thing too… Because I’m running low on funds. 🙂

Thanks to the $10 off store coupon I earned last week and the $5 off Albertsons preferred card coupon, I only had to pay $3.05 for all those groceries. I know I should totally be making my own bread by now, but I keep making excuses.  Seriously, everyday I say to myself I think I’ll bake some bread today… but it never happens.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m waiting for.  Maybe a blizzard.  But then again, if there was a blizzard I’d probably just put on my footed pajamas and stay in bed all day and read books.

I also split a 40lb box of chicken with my neighbor (we each paid $29.80 for 20lbs).  With all the food in the freezer, I know I shouldn’t be buying anymore meat.  If anything… I should be shooting squirrels out back or trapping Ricky Racoons or something… but buying chicken… I think I must have lost my mind there for a few hours.  In hindsight I should of saved my $29.80 to buy milk.  Crap.  Now what am I going to do?

Total Spent OOP this week: $32.85

Total Spent Year To Date: $1,179.31

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How do you cook bacon?  My favorite method is to bake it in the oven at 375 degrees until nearly crisp.

The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird, Little Miss Smarty Pants and The Mathematician roasted marshmallows in the fireplace last weekend.  Then they stayed up late and watched the Goonies.

Remember those $.14 cent cinnamon rolls I picked up last week with my Albertsons double coupons?  They were delish.

Monkey Boy took this photo at one of The Girl Who Thinks She A Bird’s races.  The poor kid fell asleep and his teammates covered him in bits of grass.  It was hilarious.

I flew to Boise the other day to talk about coupons.  This is where I parked.

When I got home I drained my old ketchup into the new ketchup bottle.  Do you do this?  If the HH finds out I’m telling you about this he is going to freak out.  He thinks I’m just being cheap when I do stuff like this.  I try to point out that I PAID for the ketchup and therefore throwing away a ketchup bottle with ketchup still in it is like throwing away money.  Then he goes and says something like “Did you really PAY FOR IT… Or did you get it for free?”

Who cares… it’s still ketchup!  Just because I scored free ketchup doesn’t mean I should THROW.IT.AWAY!

My husband is weird.

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Yesterday I was checking out Mr.H’s wheelbarrow of beets and suddenly remembered I had a ton of beets shoved in the back of the refrigerator just sitting there, waiting to be used.  This was good news considering the Handsome Husband had just called and wanted to know what I was serving for dinner.  When I asked him what HE WANTED for dinner he said “Nothing with nuts, and  I don’t want any pasta either.”  Apparently ever since I started couponing, he has had to suffer thru eating some sort of nut product in his lunch everyday (what a horrible life he leads) and has grown tired of nuts.  I have no idea what his problem with the pasta is all about.  But I’m sure I’ll hear about it sooner or later (I’ll keep you posted).

Back to the recipe. Roasted vegetables are the easiest side dish on the planet to make… I mean if the Pilgrims could make them… Then so can you. No bonnet required.

Just gather up a few root vegetables (add a squash if you have one) peel them, add a little  salt and pepper and toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Then simply pour your vegetable mixture out on to a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat (for easy clean up) and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

I like to serve roasted vegetables on a nice wide platter alongside a pork (or pot) roast, but I’m sure they would taste just as good over a bed of couscous or fresh spinach leaves too.

So what have you been eating lately?  Anything good… not nuts or pasta I hope. 😉


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It’s not that I think I’ll run out of food by the end of the year… Because I know I won’t.  The problem is more along the lines of how do I exhibit enough self-control to not SPEND too much money thus going over my $1, 200 a year grocery budget.  There’s one thing I know for sure.  I will need milk.  That I know.  I  probably have about 2 cups of dry milk powder in the cupboard, of which no one wants to drink.  So I think at this point I have 2 options.  Barter or steal a cow (but then I’d have to milk it, feed it & HIDE IT IN THE BACKYARD so that’s probably not going to happen).

Anyway, to keep my mind off the milk situation, I decided to clean out the freezers in the garage.

I must say… I’m a little concerned about the berry stockpile.  Ever since the HH brought home that stupid  blender, we have been going thru frozen fruit like nobody’s business.  I am down to 14 quarts of raspberries, 2 quarts of blueberries, 5 quarts of blackberries, 23 quarts of peaches, 1/2 gallon of pineapple (where the heck did that come from?) 6 frozen juice pops, 6 cans of pineapple juice, 2 cans of apple juice & 5 quarts of green peppers.

The other half of freezer #1 contained 6 boxes of frozen vegetables, 10 million and 52 tortillas, 3 packages of ground turkey & links, 15 loaves of zucchini bread, 4 packages of Rhodes rolls, 1 pound cake, 2 tubs of homemade refried beans, 1 dozen cupcakes, 1 tub of seasoned butter, 1 1/2 gallon of ice cream, 3 Reese’s frozen ice cream cups and about 13 lbs of bacon.

Freezer #2 was just as full.  It contained 9 bags of shredded cheese, 6 bags of sweet potato fries, 3 french fries, 2 boxes of pretzels, 1 box of some sort of gross hot pocket hamburger like thing, 1 package of little smokies, 3 packages of Brauts, 6 frozen cardboard pizzas, 6 quarts of frozen corn (HEY!  Where did all  my corn go?) 10 million and 27 packages of hot dogs, a giant bag of corn tortillas that I swear is like 3 years old, 1 giant buffalo roast, 3 packages of ground buffalo, 5 packages of hamburger, 3 pork roasts, 16 crab cakes, 1 tube of chorizo (what the heck is that?) a bunch of free salmon & 1 package of halibut, 6 packages of pork chops, 2 steaks, 1 bag of shrimp, 5 lbs of ground pork, 1 package of ham steaks, 1 package of Lloyd’s ribs, 8 hamburger buns, 3 hamburger patties (how old are those?) 1 quart sized bag of leftover grilled chicken, 1 bag of frozen chicken, a couple of battered fish filets (from last year) and 2 boxes of seriously old veggie burgers.

So you see… it’s really a matter of willpower.  If all I have to do is buy milk, and a few other things here are there… I’ll be fine. But the real questions is: Can I keep it together for another 74 days?

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

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