Weekly Spending Summary (12/9-12/15)

Here’s another Weekly Spending Summary for you all. Some of you may wonder just why I post them. Is it to “show off” how great of a deal shopper I am? No, not hardly. In fact, truth be told it would be much easier to not do these posts at all because they are time consuming and feel a little like I am throwing my life in front of the world. 

I do these posts because in the past I had readers ask how I deal shop and also how I keep our monthly grocery/household spending at $200/mo. I hope by doing these posts that you will be inspired that a real-life, normal person can get great grocery and household deals without too much trouble. I also hope that these posts will debunk the huge myth that all couponers eat pretty much only junk food.  :)  Yes, I do occasionally by junk or processed foods. But the majority of my shopping is for real, whole foods.

Some of you have wondered recently where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facbook pages are another great source. 

My favorite buys this week:

  • Moneymaking greeting cards at CVS (made almost $2!)
  • Inexpensive sour cream at Giant
  • $0.87 tilapia at Giant…loved getting fresh fish for a great price!

Total Spent: $21.29
Total Saved with Coupons: $38.35
Total Saved with Sales: $16.64
Total Saved: $54.99

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $29.35
Saved with Sales: $6.05

I used a gift card earned through MyPoints to pay for this purchase.

I bought the Hot Wheels, Scooby Doo Fruit Chews and the Sprite with rain checks from Black Friday. Basically everything was free or better than free (moneymaker) other than the Rice Krispies which were $0.50 after coupons/sales and the toilet paper which was $4.49 each.

I actually purchased two more Scott toilet papers for my mother-in-law. She’ll reimburse me for them.


  • Lindsay Olives $1.00
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies $1.99
  • Hot Wheels Car $1.00
  • Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks $2.00
  • Sprite $0.99
  • 3 Hallmark Greeting Cards $0.99 each
  • 4 Scott Toilet Paper 12pks. $7.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Lindsay printable coupons
  • $1.50 Kellogg’s coupon from My Family Rewards
  • $2/3 Hallmark Greeting Cards printable coupon
  • Two $0.75 Scott printable coupons from Scott website
  • Two $1.25 Scott printable coupons from Scott website
  • $20.85 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Hot Wheels (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Scooby Doo Snacks (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $0.99 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Sprite (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $3.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Hallmark Cards (can use on next purchase of any item)
  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing $30 worth of Scott products (can use on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift cards)
Saved with Coupons: $4.00
Saved with Sales: $1.00

Don’t you love my big purchase this week? I was going to buy some cough drops too but they were out of them. And I had UPRewards expiring so I kind of needed to get something.


  • Dimetapp $5.99

Coupons Used:

  • $2 Dimetapp printable coupon
  • $2 Dimetapp coupon from Rite Aid Flu Booklet

Got Back:

  • $2 UPReward coupon for purchasing the Dimetapp (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $5.87
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $9.59

I had fun shopping at Giant this week…got some amazing deals! The coffee was $0.25 each after coupons/sales. I love using it to make my Homemade Iced Coffee. The soup was free after a coupon and the sour cream was only $0.83 after coupons and sales plus I got $5 off fresh meat too for purchasing 5 Breakstone sour cream. I chose some fresh tilapia. We don’t often eat fresh fish since it is pretty expensive so I thought I’d do this as a treat.


  • 2 Taster’s Choice Coffee $1.25 each
  • Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup $1.00
  • 6 Breakstone Sour Cream $1.66 each
  • 3 Tilapia Fillets $5.87 (priced at $5.99/lb.)

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Taster’s Choice printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $1.00 Campbell’s Soup coupon from the Catalina machine (the machine at the register that spits out coupons)
  • Four $1.00 Breakstone printable coupons
  • $1/2 Breakstone’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Aldi: $15.42

Just did my usual stock up at Aldi. Loved getting citrus for $0.47/lb!


  • 4 lb. Oranges $1.89
  • Bananas ($0.44/lb) $0.72
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • Great Northern Beans (2 lb.) $2.29
  • 2 Butter $1.99 each
  • Powdered Sugar (2 lb.) $1.39
  • 2 Cream Cheese $0.99 each
  • Brown Sugar (2 lb.) $1.39
  • Yeast $0.79

Misc.: $0

Our neighbor gave us this lovely fruit basket. We’re enjoying all the fresh fruit!

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  1. by Monica

    On December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for taking the time to do these intensive posts. It shows many people how to do it, rather than just what to do. But I could see how it could lead to some misconceptions about eating habits. Hmm…they must eat sour cream straight from the container every day. ;)

    Have a very merry Christmas, Lydia & family!

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On December 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Monica, I love your humor. Your comment about sour cream made me laugh. Funny thing is, I probably could eat it straight from the container. :)

    Hope you have a merry Christmas too!