Weekly Spending Summary (10/28-11/3)

Lots of amazing deals this week. In fact I made $15.89 on my purchases! Read on for details!

Total Spent: $23.00
Total Saved with Coupons: $135.96
Total Saved with Sales: $63.79
Total Saved: $199.75

CVS: $3.00 (+ gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $96.96
Saved with Sales: $45.68

What a week at CVS! It’s been probably a year or more since I’ve done this good couponing and I didn’t even get all the deals. I had to get a rain check on an Aveeno deal that was also a moneymaker.

I made a total of $11.14 on my purchases. I got all the hair care products, the Revlon, the chips, the make-up free and the Purex for free after coupons and sales. I paid just $3.98/pack for the Pampers plus got 3 Dawn dish detergents free. And the 5th Ave. bars and Puffs tissues? Well, they weren’t the most thrifty buy ever but I had Extra Bucks to use and so I just grabbed those items to get my total up to the dollar amount that I needed to reach.

A couple of other notes… We love Homemade Caramel Pudding with 5th Ave. bars crumbled on top so I try to get them inexpensively whenever I can. And I love using Dawn not only to wash my dishes but also to make my Homemade Bathroom Cleaner. Do you find yourself often paying full price for diapers? Why not stock up on them when they are on sale and use some coupons to save even more? It’s one of the top 10 ways that I save on baby expenses.

Bought:

  • 2 Purex detergents $6.29 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)
  • 4 Dawn dish soap $0.99 each
  • 3 Pampers $8.99 each
  • 8 Herbal Essence Shampoo or Conditioner $2.99 each
  • 3 Aussie Shampoo $2.99 each
  • 2 Puffs Tissues $0.99 each
  • 3 Covergirl Eye Shadow $3.89 each
  • 3 Covergirl Eye Shadow $1.94 each (on sale for Buy One, Get One 50% off)
  • CVS Pocket Tissue $0.50
  • CVS Brand Potato Chips $1.00
  • 5 Revlon Nail Clippers $2.99 each
  • Revlon Emery Board $3.49
  • 2 Fifth Ave. Bars $0.72 each

Coupons Used:

  • Purex Free product coupon from Purex Insiders (took off $6.00)
  • Two $1/2 Dawn coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $2 Pampers coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $4/$20 CVS Baby Care purchase coupon from the Red Coupon Machine in CVS
  • 3 Buy One Herbal Essence Hair Care, Get One Free (took off $6.99 each) from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • 1 Buy One Herbal Essence Hair Care, Get One Free (took off $2.99) from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/2 Aussie coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Three $3/2 Covergirl coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1  CVS Chips coupon from Red Coupon Machine in CVS
  • $45 n Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register)

Got Back:

  • Two $10 Extra Bucks coupons for purchasing the $30 worth of select items (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • Three $7 Extra Bucks coupons for purchasing 2 Revlon implements (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $1 Extra Bucks coupons for using my Green Bag Tag – and using reusable bags (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $15 P&G Rebate

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $34.50
Saved with Sales: $17.61

I have a Rite Aid gift card that I purchased for a discounted price online that I used for this purchase which cost me $2.92.

It was another good week at Rite Aid! Got toothpaste for free, made $2 on the Thermacare, made $0.50 on the Prep-H, got big boxes of tissues for $0.25 each, and made $2 on the hairspray! So in all I made $4.75 on what I purchased.

Honestly, I don’t really need more toothpaste. I get so much free toothpaste that I can keep my husband’s large family, my family, a couple of friends and ourselves fully supplied and still have extra. I have a large enough stockpile right now that I think I’ll donate a bunch of it to our local food bank and bless some more people.

Bought:

  • 4 Colgate toothpaste $3.50 each
  • Thermacare $6.29
  • Preparation H Wipes $3.99
  • 4 Rite Aid Facial Tissue $1.50 each
  • 2 SG Hair Spray $6.99 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1/2 Colgate coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $2 Thermacare in-ad coupon (from Rite Aid flyer)
  • $3.00 Thermacare printable coupon from manufacturer website
  • $1.00 Preparation H printable coupon from manufacturer website
  • Two $2/1 SG printable coupons from manufacturer’s website
  • $22.50 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Four $3 UPRewards for purchasing the Colgate (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $1 in UPRewards for purchasing the Thermacare (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $3 in UPRewards for purchasing the Preparation H (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $5 in UPRewards for purchasing the Rite Aid Tissues (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $5 in UPRewards for purchasing the SG Hair Spray (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $2 Rite Aid Single Check Rebate for purchasing the Thermacare

Walmart: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $4.50
Saved with Sales: $0.50

A couple of weeks ago I returned a bunch of baby wash/lotion that I had received as baby gifts and they gave me a gift card in exchange. I used that gift card to pay for this purchase which was $5.10.

I continue to print the coupons from Earthbound Farm Organic for $0.75 off any product. When you go to print the coupons it looks like they will be for specific items such as salad, frozen fruits or veggies etc. But in reality, when you print the coupon it says “Any Earthbound Farm Organic product.” So I print the coupon (can print it twice each time) and have been using them for organic carrots at Walmart. The carrots are $1.12/lb., so with the coupon you can get them for just $0.37. We’ve eaten some raw, we’ve eaten some cooked, I’ve used some in soups, I’ve made carrot muffins, and I’ve chopped some and frozen them for future use. I just don’t think I can pass up buying organic veggies for that price!

I keep having people recommend price matching at Walmart but have never tried it. This week I saw that Dollar General had Gold Medal flour on sale for $2.00/bag and so I decided to try price matching it at Walmart. I found it to be super simple. I simply told the cashier that  wanted to price match it to Dollar General’s sale price of $2.00 and he obliged without any questions. I don’t shop at Walmart very much but I think I might try price matching some more when I shop there. And just a total side note, I’ve been using unbleached flour for the last couple of years and really like it. It is healthier because it doesn’t go through the bleaching process and honestly, I haven’t noticed any difference in the way it makes my baked goods. It’s priced the same as regular flour so I figure why not go with the healthier one?

Oh and if you like the idea of price matching at Walmart, I just found out about this website called PriceMatcherz that should help you out. It appears to be fairly new so I’m hoping that they’ll continue to add more stores and cities to their list. Do note though that if you live within 50-100 miles of the cities that they list, your Walmart will typically honor the prices of stores within that distance.

One more thing… I want to mention that as I was looking over my receipt today to enter it here I noticed that the cashier missed ringing one of the bags of carrots. So in case you wonder why I only purchased 5 bags but used 6 coupons that is why. I intend to take my receipt with me when I got to Walmart the next time and make it right. I strive to be honest and I figure if I want stores to honor times that they mess up ringing coupons and owe me money I also should be willing to do the same. I rarely go to Walmart though….so I just hope I remember to take the receipt with me!

Bought:

  • 5 Earthbound Farms organic carrots (1 lb.) $1.12 each
  • 2 Gold Medal Flour $2.00 each (price matched to Dollar General)

Coupons Used:

Misc.: $20.00


The $20 was for “milk money.” We purchase milk from a local dairy and just pay them cash for it.

The items you see pictured above? The lettuce was from our local farmers market. It is organic and I paid about $1.75 for it from my grocery cash. The 5 dozen eggs were from my mother-in-law. My father-in-law does deliveries for a local orchard and someone at an egg farm he was delivering stuff too gave him a whole crate of eggs, so they kindly shared with us.  :)   And the cake? Well, as you can see, we’ve been enjoying it! It was a friendship bread from my mom-in-law too. I had given her some pumpkin bars in that pan and she sent it home to me with the bread in it. The bread was really more like a coffee cake and is really good!

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