Weekly Spending Summary (July 29-Aug. 4)

Life has been crazy busy.  Our pastor’s wife passed away last week so we had the viewing and funeral Thurs. and Friday.  Then we had a wedding 6 hrs. away on Sat. so we made a weekend trip out of it and spent time with my husband’s sister and family too.  We got back around 10 pm. last night and so now today I’m trying to play catch up.  It is also the time of year when I have lots of things to can and freeze.  This week I plan to freeze about a bushel of peaches and if I feel like I have time I’m going to try to can a bushel too.  I already canned 9 1/2 qts. of pickles and froze 32 qts. of green beans.  I love doing it but it really does make me busier!

Just for fun, here’s a picture of my two precious kiddos.  Our son just turned 4 and our daughter is 7 1/2 mo.  The other morning they were playing so quietly I finally checked on them and this is what I saw.  Just cracked me up!

Okay, enough of that!  I’ll get down to business now…

I have not had this much fun shopping in a long time.  CVS and Rite Aid both had awesome deals this week.  In fact it reminded me of how it used to be when I first started using coupons- I used to get this much stuff free nearly every week.

Total Spent: $60.96
Total Saved with Coupons: $88.21
Total Saved with Sales: $48.26
Total Saved: $136.47

CVS: $2.61
Saved with Coupons: $46.72
Saved with Sales: $20.20

Whew, I haven’t done this well at CVS in a LONG time!  Everything I bought was free after coupons/sales with the exception of the Dawn dish soap, which I paid $0.50 each for.  I was excited to be able to stock up on body wash and shampoo since my stockpile was getting rather depleted lately.

Bought:

  • 2 Dawn dish soap $0.99 each
  • 5 Irish Spring bodywash $3.50 each
  • 4 Head & Shoulders shampoo $4.99 each
  • Olay bodywash $5.99
  • Olay 2-in-1 cleansing cloths $3.74

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50/1 Dawn coupons from Homemade Simple coupon booklet
  • Four $1 Irish Springs coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.75 Irish Springs coupon received from manufacturer
  • Two Buy One Get One Free Olay coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (automatically deducted $9.49 each!)
  • Buy One Olay Cleansing Cloths, Get One Bodywash Free coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts ($5.99)
  • $3.00 off any purchase CVS coupon received via email
  • $3/$15 Personal Care purchase coupon from the Red Coupon Machine inside CVS
  • $10.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register)

Got Back:

  • $5 Extra Bucks coupons for purchasing $30 of select products (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $7 Extra Bucks coupons for purchasing $15 Irish Springs products (can use on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $23.00
Saved with Sales: $19.52

I used a gift card that I had previously purchased for a discounted price online to pay for this purchase which was $4.03.

Loved stocking up on toothpaste and toothbrushes.  I typically get enough free toothpaste and toothbrushes that I can keep us, my husband’s family and some of our friends supplied!  It’s a lot of fun to be able to give them away!

Bought:

  • 2 Crest toothpaste $3.00 each
  • Aquafresh toothpaste $1.99
  • Zest bodywash $0.99 (used rain check)
  • 4 Reach toothbrushes $2.00 each
  • 2 Crest mouthwash $5.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1/2 Crest toothpaste from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/1 Aquafresh printable coupon
  • $1/1 Aquafresh Rite Aid Video Values coupon
  • $1/1 Zest coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $2/2 Reach printable coupon
  • $2/2 Reach Rite Aid coupon from the Rite Aid Oral Health coupon booklet found in store
  • Buy One, Get One Free Crest Rinse coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts ($5.00 value)
  • $1 Crest Rinse coupon from the Rite Aid Oral Health coupon booklet found in store
  • $10 in UPReward coupons (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $6 in UPRewards for purchasing the Crest toothpaste (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $6 in UPRewards for purchasing the Crest mouthwash(can use on next purchase of any item)

Walgreens: $9.87
Saved with Coupons: $12.00
Saved with Sales: $7.90

I don’t often go to Walgreen’s just because I don’t really care for their store and I already do enough deal shopping.  But this week I just couldn’t pass up this great deal on Huggies!  I paid just $3.49 a pack which is a great price!  I haven’t tried the Huggies Slip-ons yet and am hoping I like them once I start using them.  But I guess at this price I can tolerate them even if they aren’t my favorite, right?

The Kraft mayo was on the clearance rack and since it is my favorite mayo I grabbed it.  Later I realized that I often can find it on sale for $2.50 so it really probably wasn’t that great of a deal!  That is what happens when you impulse shop!  :)

Bought:

  • 2 Huggies Little Movers $9.49 each
  • Kraft Mayo $2.89

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2 Huggies coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $4 Huggies coupons from August Walgreens coupon booklet found in store

Giant: $0
Saved with Coupons: $6.49
Saved with Sales: $0.64

I had a bit of extra grocery cash that I decided to just use to pay for this purchase which cost $1.34.

Not much to get at Giant this week.  Most of their really good deals are gas point deals anymore and I’m getting really tired of it.  For one thing, you can only use so much gas.  For another, it makes it hard to know how to figure out what is actually grocery savings and what is gas savings.  But more than all of that, we don’t have any Giant gas stations close by so in order to take advantage of the points I have to run out of my way and waste time and gas.  I just don’t feel like it is worth it.

I was really happy for the inexpensive sour cream and the free meat though!  Not going to complain about that!

Bought:

  • 2 Heluva Good sour cream $1.67 each
  • Hillshire Farms Smoked Brats $4.49

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Heluva Good printable coupons from manufacturer website (doubled to $1 each)
  • Hillshire Farms Free product coupon from manufacturer ($4.49)
    - I can’t remember how I got this.  It was either part of a Facebook promotion or else I had contacted the manufacturer and asked if they had any coupons and they mailed it to me.

Aldi: $47.53

Oh how I love Aldi!  Where else can you get great quality food and products for such great prices?

I was excited to find red grapes and baby carrots on sale.  I stocked up on both.  I’ve been watching for a good deal on red grapes so that I can make fruit slush- a favorite summer food of ours.  Once I get it made I’ll have to post the recipe.  It’s so good and refreshing!

Just in case you are wondering, we don’t use powdered milk much at all but my homemade cream soup recipe takes it and I was out.  I keep wanting to check around and see if I can find anywhere to purchase it for less than this.  But maybe $7 is a good price?  I don’t know.

Bought:

  • Kitchen Trash Bags 80ct. $4.99
  • 2 Canola Oil $2.69 each
  • 2 Mandarin Oranges $0.69 each
  • Black Beans $0.59
  • Dry Milk $6.99
  • Corn Chips $0.99
  • 2 Orange Juice Concentrate $1.29 each
  • 2 Red Grapes (2 lb. each) $2.18 each
  • Sugar 4 lb. $2.29
  • 2 Celery $1.49 each
  • 4 Baby Carrots (1 lb.) $0.59 each
  • Bananas ($0.44/lb) $1.49
  • Tortillas $0.99

Misc.: $0.95

This was for a cantaloupe I picked up at a local orchard.  The pepper was from our “garden” (yay!) and the soap and wipes were part of a gift from an older lady at church.  The green beans were from my in-laws garden.  I froze 5 1/2 qts. and we ate about 2 1/2 qts. fresh.  Those buckets that you see?  That’s fresh ground whole wheat flour that I use to make bread and other things too.  My mother-in-law buys the wheat and then I just get it from her as I need it.  I actually paid her $6 for it out of my grocery cash.

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  1. by Coupon Cutting Mom

    On August 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    WOW, looks like you had a good week shopping!! Life has been so crazy lately I haven’t done much drug store shopping. After seeing your picture of CVS I wished I would have went there last week.

    I laughed when I saw you Aldi picture because it looks like the same stuff I buy there. Saturday my husband got some red grapes there that are super sweet and good!

    Hope you have a good week and you can find a few relaxing minutes. Sounds like you have been busy lately.

  2. by Susan

    On August 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    FYI–There is a Giant gas station on 272 by the new CVS that you would pass if you go to Oregon Dairy. Just thought you might have not known that:)

  3. by Lydia Beiler

    On August 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Coupon Cutting Mom- hey, I know all about not getting shopping in. I had some weeks like that too. Yup, I think we couponers probably shop for pretty much the same things at Aldi.

    Susan- Thank you! I just recently saw that and yes, it is the closest one to me now. Still, it’s not at all on “my beaten path” and so I still have to go out of my way if I want to get gas there.

  4. by Michelle

    On August 9, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Hey, I noticed that you were at church on Sunday and I never got around to talking to you. Did you stay for carry in? We did stay but left pretty soon afterwards cuz we were going to my parents for the afternoon and evening. And carry in’s are kinda hectic for us with our 3 kids that we often don’t stay and when we do we don’t stick around long.

  5. by Lydia Beiler

    On August 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Michelle, we didn’t stay. Sherilyn had made lunch so we didn’t even realize there was a carry in until we got to church. But it was nicer to visit with them at their place anyway. We didn’t hang around real long either and I understand the thing about carry in’s being hectic with 3 kiddos! No worries!