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 have had Hamburger Helper on it instead of turkey. 😉

Total Spend This Week $.99 oop

Total Spent Year To Date $ 1182.38.

How was I able to only spend $.99 this week? That my friends is the power of stockpiling. Throughout the year (and documented each week in this lovely recap) I have watched for pink star deals and purchased a quantity I know my family will use before it expires or another similar sale comes around again. I have a full pantry I filled slowly, and that is keeping my family sufficiently fed while I try to make my last few dollars stretch and achieve my goal of feeding my family on $1,200 for a full year.

While spending only $1,200 may not be feasible for your family, stocking your pantry so you only have to spend $.99 one week is completely doable!

*I now have $17.62  in cash to spend and a $94.42 balance left on my Albertsons gift card.  I plan on making a double coupon trip on Tuesday.


  • Way to go Mavis!! So glad you finally got your gift card too!

  • Heidi Richards

    i LOVE the honesty and integrity you show in these posts… i would be tempted to “hide” a donut or a starbucks purchase under “travel expenses” or something. thanks for keepin’ it real, mavis!

  • Cheryl H

    Yay!! Your gift card arrived!!

  • Patti

    I was headed to bed and thought,”Wow, I didn’t read ‘Monday with Mavis’ today. Wonder if she got her card?”. So I checked. Yay! So glad it came. I bet you have a blast with doublers tomorrow!

  • Susan

    Glad your gift card arrived. That took forever.

    How did you eat on your trip without spending any money?

    • Mavis

      I stayed with friends and every meal was homemade. It was awesome! 🙂

      • Susan

        Ah. That’s the best kind of vacation!

        We recently did likewise when we spent 10 days in Boston visiting relatives. We ate just one meal out when I took everyone out for seafood. The tab came to over $100, but I still believe I got the better end of the deal because my brother, SIL and their two teenage daughters are all marvelous cooks. And the girls turned my young daughter into a mini-cook, for which I am rather appreciative.

        This is beside the fact, but I was SHOCKED at the price of groceries in Boston as compared to Boise. I do my share of grumbling at grocery prices, but boy do we have it good compared to other parts of the country.

        I miss your travel posts.

  • katie h

    do you think you will try this again next year? can we see a picture of your pantry?

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