Weekly Spending Summary (3/31-4/6)

Some of you have wondered 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 Facebook pages are another great source.

Yes, I know.  I’m rather late in posting this.  I only have pathetic excuses like I was trying to figure out a couple of receipt issues and I had a picture that needed downloaded and well…there were just lots of other deals to post.  But I figured I’d really better get this posted before I have to post this past week on Monday.  Sometimes it’s good to have a little something like that to give you some incentive.  :)

My favorite deals this week:

  • Decaf Instant Coffee for $1.99- a great price for decaf!
  • Free shampoo
  • Making money on products at Rite Aid
  • Making money on Reach floss at Giant
  • $0.99 Turkey Hill ice cream!
  • 14 cans of tomatoes for $0.13 each

Total Spent: $3.64
Total Saved with Coupons: $27.68
Total Saved with Sales: $32.78
Total Saved: $60.46

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $6.49
Saved with Sales: $9.49

Was excited to get decaf instant coffee for a decent price!  I’m kind of addicted (not truly, but I do have it almost every day) to my homemade iced coffee and will use this up in no time.  And free shampoo?  Yes, please!

Bought:

  • Clear Men’s Shampoo $4.99
  • Maxwell House Instant Coffee $3.99

Coupons Used:

  • $4.99 Clear Men’s coupon from Red Coupon Machine in-store
  • $1.00 Maxwell House coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.50 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $4.99 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Clear Men’s Shampoo (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $1.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Maxwell House (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0.82
Saved with Coupons: $10.99
Saved with Sales: $3.75

I only bought these things because they were moneymakers.  I made $1 in the Simple Face Wash and $2.26 on the Platyex.  Love making money on things I buy!

Bought:

  • Simple Face Wash $4.99
  • Playtex Wipes $6.74

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Simple printable coupon
  • $2.00 Simple Rite Aid Video Values coupon
  • $5.00 Playtex printable coupon
  • $1.99 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $2.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Simple (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $4.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Playtex (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $13.05
Saved with Coupons: $10.20
Saved with Sales: $11.54

The Reach floss was a moneymaker of $0.24- not much but we can always use floss.  There was a catalina coupon printing when you bought 4 Reach products and I also had $1/2 coupons as well. (Catalina coupons are the ones that print from the coupon machine at the register.)

The Turkey Hill ice cream- our favorite!- was only $0.99 after coupons/sales.  If you love coffee ice cream and Turkey Hill is sold in your area you really should try it.  So good!

The tomatoes were part of a gas deal where you got $0.20/gal. off gas when you bought 7 of them.  So I bought 14 and will get $0.40/gal. off my gas.  This should save me about $8.00 which you’ll see below under “Credits”.

Bought:

  • 14 Hunts Tomatoes $1.00 each
  • 2 Texas Toast Croutons $1.25 each
  • 4 Reach Dental Floss $1.19 each
  • Turkey Hill Ice Cream $1.99 (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • Six $0.55/2 Hunts printable coupons (2 doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1/2 Reach printable coupon
  • $1.00 Turkey Hill coupon from manufacturer
    - you can call and request coupons from them any time
  • $3.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the Reach products
    - this printed from the coupon machine at the register when I did my first transaction, I then used it on my second transaction

Aldi: $7.27

Bought:

  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 2 Potato Chips $1.79 each
  • Sour Cream $1.29
  • Tomato Paste $0.39
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • Grapes $1.29/lb.

Misc.: $6.00

I babysat for a friend and as a thank you she brought me the homemade granola, homemade yogurt and homemade red beats and pickled eggs.  All of them were SO yummy- especially the pickled eggs.  I absolutely love a good pickled egg (and the ones you can buy just aren’t as good as homemade ones) but can’t make them since you need red beet juice and I don’t can red beets.    So the red beet eggs were a really special treat and I mmm’d my way through each  one.   I loved the idea of giving some homemade goodies as a thank you and wondered why I never thought of it myself.  So funny how sometimes the most obvious things don’t seem so obvious.  :)   Thanks Maria for all the yumminess!

The $6 that you see listed above is for a $10 Walgreen’s deal that I bought through Facebook.  Yes, Facebook.  They now have gift cards that you can gift to someone else.  Well, my husband had this offer in his account that he could get $4 off any gift card so I went into his account and had him gift me a $10 Walgreen’s gift card for just $6.  Sneaky aren’t I?  :)   Anyway, I plan to use it when I buy the occasional diapers at Walgreens.  Hopefully I’ll remember that I have it- I shop there so rarely!

Credits: $23.50

I had an item ring up incorrectly at Giant and $5 of this was the refund for that.

$10.50 was a Saving Star deposit.  If you haven’t checked out Saving Star, check them out now.  It’s an e-coupon site that you can use along with paper coupons allowing you to save even more!

$8.00 was for the amount saved on gas at Giant (see note above under Giant purchases).

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  1. by eunice b

    On April 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

    You can make red-beet eggs!!! :-) I don’t can redbeets either, but I’ve found 2 15 oz cans using the beets & juice works well to make 1 dozen eggs…I’ve also started cooking up fresh redbeets, and using them the same way. I’ll gladly share my recipe if you’re interested!

    ~eunice

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Eunice, this intrigues me because after I posted this I was wondering if it was possible to make them from bought red beets. I always thought the beets had to be pickled though to get the pickled taste. Am I wrong? And is your recipe for more sour tasting eggs or sweet ones? We prefer the sour. Oh and one more thing, as much as I like pickled eggs I do NOT like beets. Thankfully my husband kind of does so I guess he can eat them. :)