Weekly Spending Summary (10/7-10/13)

Finally a week where I didn’t spend much! Yay! But the amazing thing was that I still got a lot of things. And actually made money on them! I like that kind of shopping.  :)

A few of my favorite things:

* Making $10 on my Rite Aid purchases
* Free Lindor truffles!
* BzzAgent (see below under Target)
* A good deal on molasses just when I was needing to buy some

Total Spent: $22.89
Total Saved with Coupons: $35.88
Total Saved with Sales: $22.28
Total Saved: $58.16

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $11.99
Saved with Sales: $14.70

I used a Rite Aid gift card that I purchased online at a discounted price to pay for this purchase otherwise my out of pocket expense would have been $0.69.

I had a lot of fun at Rite Aid this week!  In fact I actually made $10 on the items that I purchased after rebates and UPRewards!  You definitely can’t beat that.

Bought:

  • Thermacare 1 ct. $3.00
  • Zicam $1.94
  • 2 Nail Polish $4.48 total (on sale Buy 1 Get 1 50% off)
  • 4 Trident Gum $1.00 each
  • Sani-Hands $2.69
  • 4 Nail Polish $0.49 each

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Thermacare coupon found in Rite Aid ad
  • $2.00 Zicam printable coupon from manufacturer’s website
  • Two $2/2 Trident printable coupons
  • $8.99 in in UPReward coupons (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $4 in UPRewards for purchasing the Zicam (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $1 UPRewards for purchasing the Trident (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $3 UPRewards for purchasing the Nail Polish (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $2 UPRewards for purchasing the Nail Polish (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.69 Rite Aid Single Check Rebate for purchasing the Sani-Hands

Giant: $9.04
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $5.94

Just got some things I needed and that were priced decently this week.  Haven’t been to Giant much lately because frankly, the deals haven’t been that great in my humble opinion.

On a side note, if you are in an area that sells Turkey Hill ice cream did you know that you can contact them and ask for coupons?  They will gladly send you some and typically it is a mix of $0.50/1 and $1/1 coupons.  Makes for some great ice cream deals!

Bought:

  • 2 Chi-chi’s Tortillas $1.50 each
  • 2 Domino Sugar (4 lb.) $2.50 each
  • Great Value Cups $1.00
  • 2 Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.55 Chi-chi’s printable coupon (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.75 Domino coupon from magazine (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.50 Turkey Hill coupons from manufacturer (doubled to $1.00 each)

Target: $3.33
Saved with Coupons: $9.89
Saved with Sales: $1.64

I had $2.94 left on a gift card that I had earned through a previous Target promotion (I think it was when I bought a certain amount of cleaning supplies) that I used towards this purchase.

My husband is a huge coffee fan and he loved this Archer Farms coffee that I got…and I loved that it was a great price.  Win-win!  I was also happy to get molasses for a good price.  I had just put it on my grocery list but figured I wouldn’t be able to find a deal on it.  Two of our favorite things that take molasses are molasses crinkle cookies and also gingerbread cake.  I just realized that I never posted the gingerbread cake recipe and decided I really need to.  I’m not a gingerbread fan but this cake is downright delectable. I’ll see what I can do about the recipe posting.

You’ll see below that I got a coupon for a FREE Glade Expression Oil Diffuser from BzzAgent.  I love BzzAgent and if you haven’t signed up you really should.  You’ll get the opportunity to try new products and share your opinion on them.  It’s a lot of fun!  Anyway, I was really impressed with the Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser.  It smells great and looks classy.  I also had a coupon for the Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist that I purchased earlier.  I wasn’t as impressed with that.  Not that it didn’t smell great and do the job but I’m just not a fan of sprays….I hate that stuff sticking all over my floor after I spray it.  (We have lots of hardwood.)  Overall, I was impressed with both Glade Expression products though.

And that Dannon yogurt that you see?  Well, I needed yogurt to use as starter for my homemade yogurt and while I knew it would be cheaper to get it elsewhere, sometimes it just isn’t worth the little bit of money you save to go to the hassle of waiting till you go to the less expensive store.

Bought:

  • 4 Archer Farm Coffee $1.75 oz. $0.99 each
  • 2 Brer Rabbit Molasses $2.27 each
  • Glade Expression Oil Diffuser $5.39
  • Dannon Yogurt $2.27

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.50/2 Archer Farms Target printable coupon (from Target website)
  • Two $0.75 Brer Rabbit molasses from manufacturer’s website
  • Free Glade Expressions coupon from BzzAgent (took off $5.39)

Sharp Shopper: $10.52

I was going by this discount grocery store and figured I might as well stop and see what I could find.

I’ve been hankering for some French Onion Soup so I bought the onions for that.  The cheese sticks were right at my buy price for cheese ($2/lb.) so I went ahead and bought them.  We’ll enjoy them with soup meals the next several weeks.  And those cookies?  Well, my son conned me into buying them.  :)   He saw them and remembered his Grandma having them last Christmas.  They are really good and so for $0.50 I decided that they were worth the fun…albeit unhealthy fun!

Bought:

  • 2 1/2 doz. eggs $2.85
  • 3 String Cheese 8oz. $0.99 each
  • Sweet Onions $1.72
  • Potatoes $0.99
  • Cookies $0.50

Walmart: $0 (money card)
Saved with Coupons: $9.00

Ugh!  I can’t find my receipt, although I’m sure it will turn up somewhere.  I’ll try to give you a run down on this purchase from what my memory tells me.

I had received a bunch of baby wash, lotion and oil as a baby gift when our daughter was born and didn’t really need it.  So I finally decided to take it to Walmart and get a store credit to use on items that I actually could and would use.  So that is why this purchase shows as $0.

The Lindt truffles were free and let me tell you, they were delicious!  I love dark chocolate and wow, I’m having a hard time not eating them all immediately!

I used 4 $0.75/1 Earthbound farm coupons to get the carrots for just $0.37/bag.   Love paying great prices for good for you things!  (Note: the coupon are for ANY Earthbound Farms product even though it appears as if they are for specific products when you go to print them.  And remember, you can print each coupon twice.)

The Luvs I bought just because I needed some size 6 diapers for my son to wear at night and there hasn’t been a great deal on diapers lately.  I’m all stocked up on diapers for the baby but I don’t buy ahead much for the son because I keep hoping we can break his habit of wetting himself at night.

And those Farm Rich products?  I know, I’m giving those of you that criticize using coupons only on unhealthy, processed foods fuel for your fire.  And we don’t typically buy that kind of thing but after a $3/2 coupon it made each box about $0.50 and I just thought they would be a fun treat sometime.  And honestly, I don’t think eating that kind of thing once in a while is a big deal.  I know some of you feel differently and that is okay.  Stick with using coupons for Organic Earthbound Farm carrots.  :)

Misc.: $0

My two random misc. items this week: organic lettuce from our local farmer’s market that I bought with grocery cash and a 9V battery that I bought at Christmas Tree Shops for $1.39.  I paid for the battery with a merchandise return credit.

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  1. by Monica

    On October 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the Turkey Hill hook up. Their vanilla “homemade recipe” ice cream is my favorite!

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On October 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Monica, you are more than welcome! The Turkey Hill ice cream in the black boxes are our absolute favorite!

  3. by Lauren

    On October 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I am so glad I found you! Parents.com posted one of your articles on Pinterest, and I found this spending summary looking around on their website. Awesome to see someone else in Central PA. I love that you include Sharp Shopper in your spending- one of my favorite places to stop! Thanks for doing this! Much appreciated!

  4. by Lydia Beiler

    On October 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Lauren- Welcome fellow Pennsylvanian! :) Yup, I love finding deals at Sharp Shopper as you already saw. I look forward to having you continue to stop by my blog and I’d love any input or feedback you have too!

  5. by Jennifer

    On November 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    This is a fantastic blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. It will really help me with my budgeting and shopping!!

  6. by Lydia Beiler

    On November 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for your kind words Jennifer! If you have any questions about something, please feel free to ask. I love to try to help people learn more about saving money.