Weekly Spending Summary (6/17-6/23)

Whew, I did a lot of shopping this week!  But amazingly, I didn’t spend that much.  And amazingly it didn’t feel like I did extra shopping either.  I’m not sure why that was other than maybe it was because I did most of it in one afternoon.  I’m very fortunate to have CVS, Aldi and Giant all within 1/2 mile of each other, two Rite Aids within walking distance and two Weis stores not far away.  Sure helps me not use up too much time when I do my shopping!

Total Spent: $45.51
Total Saved with Coupons: $46.12
Total Saved with Sales: $34.34
Total Saved: $80.46

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $10.12
Saved with Sales: $5.96

Recently I had to return an item to CVS and received a money card instead of cash.  I used that money card to pay for this purchase and the total was a whopping $0.24!

I’ve been wanting to try a more natural deodorant so when I saw that I could actually make money by purchasing Tom’s deodorant this week I was pretty excited!

And just a little plug in here for inexpensive iron tablets.  If you are to be taking an iron supplement, ask your pharmacist to order it for you.  It is a lot cheaper than just buying even the store brand off the shelf.  The brand I get is Gerricare and when I worked as a pharmacy technician this is what we used for prescriptions that were written for iron.

Bought:

  • 2 Tom’s of Maine Deodorant $3.19 each
  • 2 Gain Dish Soap $0.99 each
  • Iron Tablets 100 ct. $1.99

Coupons Used:

  • $2.50 Tom’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/2 Gain coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $6.62 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register)

Got Back:

  • $2.00 in Extra Bucks for purchasing the Tom’s (can use on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $3.00

I had purchased a gift card at a discounted rate online that I used for this purchase.  My total was $2.97.

I haven’t shopped at Rite Aid for probably close to a month but I had some UPRewards that needed to be used up and I can always use more free toothpaste.  I can get free toothpaste often enough to keep my in-laws (a household of 9) and ourselves supplied regularly and I even occasionally give some to friends as well!  That’s what you can do when you aren’t a brand snob:)

Bought:

  • 3 Colgate Toothpaste $2.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Colgate printable coupon
  • $1/2 Colgate coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $4.00 in UPReward coupons (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $7.50 in UPRewards for purchasing the Colgate (can use on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $4.34
Saved with Coupons: $17.50
Saved with Sales: $11.75

Yay for more cheap Magnum bars!  This time I paid a total of $0.38 for all four boxes!  The Purex detergent came out to just $1.30/package which is an awesome price.  The Gold Peak tea was free and is something my hubby will enjoy as a treat.  I was in desperate need of Softsoap and was excited to be able to get it for free.  (See note below.)

Bought:

  • 2 Purex Detergents $4.59 total (on sale Buy One Get One Free)
  • Gold Peak Tea $1.00
  • 2 Magnum Ice Cream Bars $2.50 each
  • 2 Magnum Mini Ice Cream Bars $3.19 each
  • Softsoap $3.50

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Purex detergent coupons from manufacturer (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.50 Gold Tea printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $2.00 Magnum printable coupons
  • Two $1.50 Magnum printable coupons
  • FREE Product Softsoap coupon
    - I got this in the mail along with a bunch of other coupons from the manufacturer.  I was having trouble printing coupons off the Colgate/Palmolive website and called to let them know.  They offered to mail me some coupons instead and sent the FREE product coupon for Softsoap since the coupon I was trying to print was for that.
  • Two $2.00 Catalina coupons- received previously for purchasing Magnum bars

Got Back:

  • Two $2.00 catalina coupons for purchasing 4 Magnum products (can be used on any future purchase at Giant)

Weis: $12.08
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $ 13.63

Did a spur of the moment run to Weis thinking I would use up some coupons that I have for Free Voskos yogurt.  Supposedly from the information on the Voskos website they are to carry it but unfortunately I couldn’t find it.  Any ideas where I might?

Anyway, while I was there I got some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for just $0.65/bottle.  That’s our favorite BBQ sauce but I think I may have just decided to try making my own.  I was looking at the label after I got home and realized that the first ingredient is none other than high fructose corn syrup!   I was appalled and annoyed.  HFCS is something I try to avoid and while I occasionally buy products that have it in them I would not have bought this if I had seen it was the first ingredient.

Okay, so off the bunny trail and back to what I bought.  As I was perusing the yogurt section for the Voskos yogurt I noticed that Cabot cheese and Treasure Cave Feta Cheese was on sale and I knew that I had coupons for them.  I was pretty happy to get really good prices on both products!

And the chicken.  I have this practice of checking out the meat items at Weis because often I will be able to find something marked down for a good price.  This time I spotted boneless, skinless, hormone and antibiotic free chicken breasts that were already on sale plus they had $3 instant savings coupons on them!  I scarfed up to bags and now am kicking myself that I didn’t just grab the rest.  That is a great price for good quality chicken!

Bought:

  • 3 Treasure Cave Feta Cheese $2.00 each
  • 2 Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce $2.29 Total (on sale Buy One Get One Free)
  • 2 Cabot Cheese 8 oz. $2.00 each
  • 2 (1.5lb Bags) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $5.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Treasure Cave coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/2 Treasure Cave coupon found inside package
  • $1.00 Sweet Baby Rays coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $1 Cabot printable coupons
  • Two $3.00 Coupons found on chicken breast packages

Walmart: $0.74
Saved with Coupons: $1.50

I had to run into Walmart for a prescription and grabbed these organic carrots while I was there.  If you follow me on Facebook you saw the link I posted there for this coupon.  Love getting inexpensive organic produce!

Bought:

  • 2 Earthbound Farms Organic Carrots (1 lb.) $1.12 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.75 Earthbound Farms printable coupon

Aldi: $12.28

Happy to have spinach once again!  We love it in salads and I also love sneaking it into smoothies for a little extra healthiness.  And the instant decaf coffee?  It’s going to make me a happy lady by showing up in some iced coffee.  I really need to share that recipe with you all.  SO yummy, refreshing and easy!

Bought:

  • Plastic Wrap $1.49
  • Spinach $1.69
  • Canola Oil $2.69
  • Corn Chips $0.99
  • Instant Decaf Coffee $1.99
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • Sandwich Bags 100 ct. $1.99

Sharp Shopper: $16.07

I was driving right by Sharp Shopper and decided to stop by and see what I could find.  Being a discount grocery store you never know if it’s going to be a hit or a miss when you stop.  I was pretty happy with the deals I got.  Juice is a real treat around here and at this price I thought I’d stock up again.  Good thing our freezer has extra space!  The cheese I put into smaller portions and froze for when I need it.

Bought:

  • 4 Juice $0.99 each
  • 1 Juice $0.50 each
  • 2 Lender’s Bagels $0.50 each
  • Vanilla 16 oz. $1.59
  • 5 lb. Cheddar Cheese $8.99 ($1.80/lb.)
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  1. by Susan

    On June 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Here is someone that just posted there own BBQ sauce that I thought you might like:) Looks pretty close to what I use in recipes, but we also really like the Sweet Baby Rays!
    http://amysfinerthings.com/

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On June 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks Susan! Going to have to try it.