Mondays With Mavis…

This year I went to a few extremes to reach my goal of spending an average of $100 a month for groceries.  I did a little dumpster diving, a little bartering and a whole lot of coupon shopping.  When I originally set my goal back on January 1st, 2011 I'm not sure if I actually believed I could do it.  I liked the idea of saving a ton of money on groceries, but I felt putting my plan into action and following through with it was going to be... …
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Mondays With Mavis…

This week I made 2 purchases.  1 jelly doughnut at Chicago O'Hare Airport for $ .99 and two gallons of milk ($5.58).  Luckily, I didn't have to pay cash for the milk because my $100 Albertsons Summer Sizzlin' Sweepstakes gift card finally arrived. :) Happy Dance. :)I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this gift card.  My family is very thankful the card appeared when it did, otherwise our Thanksgiving dinner menu might... …
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As The Trowel Turns…

The Cook's Herb Garden The weather here in Western Washington has been so nice the last few days that I've been buzzing around the garden like a busy little bee getting my raised garden beds in tip top shape for the upcoming growing season.  While I was outside yesterday... it occurred to me maybe some of you have never planted a garden before... And don't know where to start because it all seems so overwhelming.  So I thought I'd help you... …
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Mondays With Mavis… {a word about stockpiling}

I think one of the hardest concepts to grasp when you're just starting out on your couponing  journey... is that it does get easier.  That you will get better at it and you will save money.  Just like any new hobby... it's going to take time...  You simply cannot expect to go from a $600 a month grocery budget to $300 a month overnight.  Cutting back takes time... I'd say 3-6 months is more realistic.  Once you get a few good deals under... …
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Mondays With Mavis…

This week I made 5 purchases... and spent a total of $33.16 after coupons, rebates and SCR's... Here's what I purchased: On Monday I went to Rite Aid and after coupons and SCR's my total was $13.99 oop...  I was left with $14 in Up Rewards and a $3 off my next $15 or more purchase survey coupon at the bottom of my receipt.  So... in the long run... it was a moneymaker :)  You can read more about this specific trip HERE.I was also able... …
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Mondays With Mavis…

This was a crazy coupon week for me... Because of my unconventional coupon collecting skills... And last weeks leftover catalina's... I had a couple of unique shopping trips...  Not only was I able to procure a boatload of groceries for ultra cheap... But I was also able to donate a whole lot of baby formula to the food bank as well... So here we go... Here's this weeks edition of Monday's With Mavis...As I was pulling out my shopping cart... …
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