Weekly Spending Summary (8/19-8/25)

Some of the many tomatoes I canned.

I was absolutely crazy busy last week.  I did 125 ears of corn and 2 1/2 bushels of tomatoes plus tried to be a wife, mom and housekeeper.  Oh and blogger too.  :)   By the end of the week I was exhausted and realized I had bit of almost more than I could chew.  But I’m glad it’s all done and hopefully I can continue getting caught up on all the things I left go.

As for my shopping, my favorite deals this week were at Weis.  Really cheap ham and peanut butter made me a happy bargain shopper.  :)

Total Spent: $61.33
Total Saved with Coupons: $27.89
Total Saved with Sales: $48.42
Total Saved: $76.31

CVS: $0
Saved with Coupons: $0.69
Saved with Sales: $0.50

Had to stop by CVS to get a passport picture taken of my 8 mo. old and took advantage of the free candy deal while I was there.  :)


  • Unreal Peanut Butter Cups $0.69

Coupons Used:

  • $0.69 Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register)

Got Back:

  • $0.69 Extra Bucks coupons for purchasing Unreal candy (can use on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $10.00
Saved with Sales: $11.45


I used a gift card that I purchased previously at a discounted rate online to pay for this purchase which was $1.00.


  • 4 Rite Aid Hand Sanitizer $1.00 each
  • Max Freeze $7.00

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Max Freeze printable coupon
  • $8.00 in UPReward coupons (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $4 in UPRewards for purchasing the Rite Hand Sanitizer (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $7 in UPRewards for purchasing the Max Freeze (can use on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $0.50
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $14.95

I wasn’t going to do any Giant shopping this week but when I saw that I could get these crackers for $0.10/box I decided to stop by.  My husband will probably end up eating some of them and our son the rest.


  • 5 Teddy Paws $0.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1/2 Nabisco coupons found on shelf at Giant

Weis: $16.31
Saved with Coupons: $9.20
Saved with Sales: $21.52

Had a FUN Weis shopping trip.  A few of the highlights:  free yogurt, peanut butter for $1.00 each and the best deal, ham for $0.56/lb!

I have to explain about the ham.  When I’m at Weis I always scan their meat for markdowns.  Well, this particular ham had a $3 off sticker on it.  As I was looking more closely I noticed that the Weis label said Misc. Meat and it was priced at half the price per lb. that all the other Smithfield hams were.  I don’t know if it was a goof or if it was supposed to be that way, but I figured for $0.56/lb. I was going to take it!  It’s in the freezer and will be handy to pull out when we have guests sometime.


  • 7 Planters Peanut Butter $1.28 each
    - these were on sale for $2 each but when you bought 7 you got $5 off instantly
  • 2 Lipton Pure Leaf tea $1.00 each
  • 2 Yoplait Yogurt $0.50 each
  • Weis Brand Whipped Topping $1.25
  • Ritz Crackers $2.00
  • Smithfield Ham $10.26 ($0.79/lb.)

Coupons used:

  • Two $1.00 Planters coupons from Sunday newspaper inserts
  • Two $1.00 Lipton printable coupons
  • Two $0.30 Yoplait printable coupons (doubled to $0.60 each)
  • $1 Ritz coupon found on Planters Peanut Butter package
  • $3.oo Meat coupon found on ham

Sharp Shopper: $9.75

On my way home from picking up some tomatoes to can I stopped by Sharp Shopper, a discount grocery store, to see what I could find.  I don’t usually buy cheese sticks but they were right at my buy price for cheese which is $2/lb. and they do make handy snacks when we are on the run.  Since we hardly ever have them my 4 yr. old was beyond thrilled!  He has begged and begged for them.  :)   The orange juice was a great price too and I put one in the freezer for later.  (If you do this, before you put it in the freezer, take a little bit out as it will expand in the freezer.)


  • 2 Bags of Cheesesticks (8 oz.) $0.99
  • Bananas $1.61
  • Vanilla $1.19
  • 2 Orange Juice $1.99

Walmart: $8.19
Saved with Coupons: $6.00

I’m loving all the inexpensive organic carrots that I’ve been getting at Walmart lately with the Earthbound Farm coupons.  (1 lb. bags are only $0.37!)  We’ve been eating lots of cooked carrots, some raw carrots and I’ve even froze some to use in soups once colder weather hits.  The cheese?  As I mentioned before, we don’t buy much string cheese because it tends to be more expensive.  But again, with a coupon that I had this cheese was right at my buy price so I decided to go ahead and buy it.


  • 4 Earthbound Farm Organic Carrots $1.12 each
  • Vinegar $3.83
  • Sorrento String Cheese $5.88

Coupons Used:

  • Four $0.75 Earthbound Farm printable coupons (found on their website periodically)
  • $3.00 Sorrento printable coupon

Misc.: $26.58


I paid for some of this stuff with cash from our grocery budget, so the amount above does not reflect the total cost of all you see.

Picture #1: 125 ears of sweet corn that I got from a local produce farm for $15 per hundred ears.
- I paid an extra $5 to get 100 of the ears husked.  I saved a couple of ears for fresh eating and then creamed the rest and froze it.

Picture #2: The cantaloupe I picked up at a local produce stand for $0.75.   You can’t really tell it here but it was huge!  The red peppers I paid $0.20 for and got them from the same place I purchased the corn.  The green pepper was free because I grew it!  :)

Picture #3: I got 2 1/2 bu. of canning tomatoes for $15 total.  I made it into tomato juice (use for a variety of things including tomato soup and chili), diced tomatoes, salsa and also used some to help make vegetable soup.  The hot peppers were from my mother-in-law and were free.  I used them in my salsa.

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