Mondays With Mavis…
Can you believe summer is almost over? I’m already thinking ahead to next years garden and what I’d like to grow. Ahhh, if only I had room to grow flour and sugar and butter. 😉 But then again I don’t think I would want to have to milk a cow twice a day. So hopefully, with fall approaching I will be able to find some good deals on the staple products like flour, sugar and butter… Because I am almost out. Yikes!
Here is what I purchased this week:
On the last day of Albertsons double coupon days I purchased 6 Gatorades for free but had to pay $1.00 in tax (I doubled $1/1 hang tag coupons), 20 packages of Mission whole grain tortillas FREE (I doubled $1/1 product coupons that were taped to the packages), 11 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets FREE (I doubled $1/1 coupons) and paid a whopping $1.53 oop for 11 packages of ground beef (approx 2/3lb per package) using the $1 off any meat purchase catalina coupons (which I doubled) from the Velveeta Cheesy Skillets.
Folgers Coffee FREE (Thank you Swagbucks!)
A family friend gave us 2 FREE cabbages. I call him Farmer Ted. He doesn’t actually work on a farm, but his family has leased their land to local farmers for over 50 years. After the farmers have sold their harvest… Farmer Ted gets to keep what is left over. When our children were smaller Farmer Ted would bring them giant pumpkins from the farm. These days he typically brings us a case or two of corn each year (I have my fingers crossed for this year) and in exchange for the corn (he won’t take money) I send him home with a years supply of homemade jam. It’s a fun trade I look forward to each year.
Another freebie I look forward to each year are the wild blackberries that grow down the hill from our house. In any given season I am able to pick enough berries to freeze and enjoy until the following years harvest.
Free backyard garden produce. We had a bunch of beans as well but my son and daughter ate them all… RAW! I couldn’t believe it.
And a few more blackberries to finish off the week.
Total Spent This Week: $16.89
Total Spent Year To Date: $1,028.22
There are 116 days left in 2011. I have exactly $171.78 + a $100 Albertsons Gift Card left to spend if I plan on reaching my goal of only spending $1,200 oop for all our food, toiletries and dinners out in 2011. That breaks down to about $2.34 a day. 🙂 I think I can do it! 🙂