Weekly Spending Summary (5/12-5/18)
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.
* Finish dishwashing detergent for $0.75/box
* Free Philadelphia cream cheese
* Oreos for $0.75/pack
* Breakstone’s sour cream for $0.69
* Planters peanut butter for $0.75 each
Total Spent: $99.52
Total Saved with Coupons: $77.49
Total Saved with Sales: $84.26
Total Saved: $161.75
CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $32.00
Saved with Sales: $23.92
Also purchased a small 4×6 photo book that is not pictured.
This week I again used a gift card that we had earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for my purchase which was $2.11. (And no, we have never carried a credit card balance. We pay them off in full every month.)
I was super excited to get Finish dishwasher detergent for just $0.75 each after coupons/sales! I had gotten a bunch free about 2 1/2 years ago but was starting to get low again. I missed a really good deal back when we were gone for 6 weeks in Jan./Feb. and was starting to think I would just have to resign myself to paying $1.50/$2.00 a box for it. While that is still a good deal it isn’t what I was hoping for and I knew that I often can do much better. So when I saw this deal I jumped on it. I had 8 coupons from the coupon inserts I typically get (we get a subscription and I often get 3 inserts from family/friends.) Then another 4 coupons came from a sweet lady on a couponer group that I’m part of. She wouldn’t let me give her anything in return and happily sent me the other 4 that I needed.
The photo book is just a really cheap 20 page book that holds one 4×6 picture on each page. I got it for a project that I’m making for 4 yr. old. If he loves it, you’ll see a post about it in a couple of weeks.
- Photo book $1.99
- 8 Finish Dishwashing detergents $4.00 each
- Eight $1.25 Finish coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
- $6/$30 CVS coupon received via email
- $16 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)
- $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Finish (can be used on next purchase of any item)
Rite Aid: $1.32
Saved with Coupons: $12.00
Saved with Sales: $9.53
As much as I try to avoid processed foods and pretty much never buy store-bought cookies, I cave when it comes to Oreos. They just can’t be matched with anything homemade. And they.are.so.good! So, when I saw that I could get them for $0.75 this week I happily bought them. I have a couple of cheesecakes that call for Oreo crusts so things are looking bright for enjoying cheesecakes in the near future.
We don’t buy lots of chips either and I got these because I thought they were supposed to be free. They ended up costing me $0.32 which is a good enough deal it was worth buying them. I’m not crazy about the Hot Sauce flavor but the husband will love them and it will be a nice addition to his packed lunches.
- Herr’s Potato Chips $3.32
- 4 Oreos $2.50
- Four $1.00 Oreo printable coupons
- $8.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)
- $3.00 UPReward coupon for purchasing the Herr’s (can be used on next purchase of any item)
- $3.00 UPReward coupon for purchasing the Oreos (can be used on next purchase of any item)
Saved with Coupons: $33.49
Saved with Sales: $50.81
Scored BIG at Giant this week! I got $84.30 worth of groceries for just $14.07.
The Belvita, Oscar Mayer, Breakstones and Philadelphia Cream Cheese were part of the buy 10 get $10 off promotion. When I was at the store I suddenly remembered that I had FREE product coupons for both the Belvita and the Oscar Mayer from past Facebook promotions that they did so I used them to make money on those two items! The Belvita also had a peelie coupon on it for a free yogurt so the Liberte was free too.
The Philadelphia cream cheese was free after sales thanks to coupons from Kraft First Taste. And because my total was over $25 originally, I was able to use the in-ad coupons and get the bacon for $1.99 and the carrots for $0.79. (To use those coupons you had to purchase at least $25 worth of items.)
The Planters peanut butter ($0.75 each) and Sour Cream ($0.69 each) were amazing prices thanks to the buy 10 get $10 off deal. And I used a coupon from the Natural Organic Spring Savings Coupon booklet (found in Giant) to save $1 on the Nature’s Promise ketchup making it only $0.99. Not a bad price for organic ketchup!
The soups are not something that I would typically buy as I don’t like to use pre-packaged foods. But I had 10 coupons from Smiley 360 which made them free so I decided to get them and use them in my husband’s lunch for those days when life is busy and I don’t have time to pack him sandwiches. If he’s not crazy about them then I’ll donate the soups to our local food bank.
- 8 Planters peanut butter $2.00 each
- Belvita breakfast biscuits $2.99
- Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.99
- Giant baby carrots 1 lb. $1.00
- Oscar Mayer lunch meat $3.50
- Giant bacon $2.99
- 6 Breakstone’s sour cream 16 oz. $1.69 each
- 4 Philadelphia cream cheese $1.99
- Liberte yogurt $0.99
- 10 Campbell’s Go Soup $2.00 each
- Belvita Free Product coupon from manufacturer Facebook promo ($2.99)
- $1.00 Nature’s Promise coupon from booklet found in store
- $0.21 Giant baby carrots coupon (could use if you bought $25 worth of groceries)
- Oscar Mayer Free Product coupon from manufacturer Facebook promo ($3.50)
- $1.00 Giant bacon coupon (could use if you bought $25 worth of groceries)
- Four $1.00 Philadelphia cream cheese coupons from Kraft First Taste
- $0.99 Liberte coupon (found on Belvita box- could use to get any yogurt free if you bought Belvita biscuits)
- Ten $2.00 Campbell’s Go coupons from Smiley 360
I forgot my shopping list and couldn’t remember what all I had on it and ended up buying several things I didn’t really need. Not the worst thing ever since it stuff that we will use eventually, but I would have preferred not to lay out the money right now. Oh well…it’s better than being out of something and needing to run to the store when I don’t have time!
The one thing I want to note is that the one package of tortillas was free. One of the packages of tortillas that I purchased the other week had a weird greasy looking spot on the tortillas. Since Aldi has a money back guarantee on their products they gave me a free package when I returned the old one. I want to say that I buy stuff from Aldi all the time and love their store. I think this is only the 2nd time that I’ve ever had a problem with anything I bought there.
- Saltines $0.99
- Parsley $0.99
- Canola Oil $2.69
- Parmesan Cheese $2.39
- 2 Black Beans $0.59
- Tomato Paste $0.39
- Pure Vanilla $1.99
- Corn Chips $0.99
- 2 Chocolate Chips $1.79 each
- 2 Brown Sugar $1.29 each
- Bananas $0.44/lb.
- 3 Tortillas $0.99 each
If you read my Weekly Spending post last week you’ll remember that I got a $10 Walmart gift card from Smiley 360 to purchase a product that they wanted me to review and that there was extra money left over. Well, I used that extra money to buy this flour. I love Gold Medal flour and can tell a difference when I don’t use it. I really love their unbleached flour. The less processed my food is, the better in my opinion.
- 2 Gold Medal Unbleached Flour $2.14 each
The picture you see above was mushrooms and lettuce from our local farmer’s market. The plants were a hot pepper plant, 2 zucchini plants and a 6 pack of zinnias that I bought at a local greenhouse. I know, zinnias aren’t a grocery item but they were only $1.50 and I didn’t feel like trying to deal with putting it in a separate budget category. I’m having fun trying to grow more of my own things this year. We’ll see how it goes!
The money you see listed above was for a lot of different things.
* $7.73 was for printing paper. I’ll get $7.29 back in Staples easy rebates, so it is almost free. You might wonder why I put this under grocery. I figure with all the coupons that I print at least occasionally I should put the cost of paper and ink in my grocery costs.
* $20.00 was cash for milk from a local dairy and produce from our local farmer’s market
* $30.14 was for a Rite Aid gift card that I bought online for 6% off the actual dollar value. It’s not a lot of savings but every little bit helps and it was an easy way to save a couple of dollars.
* $2.64 was for heirloom, organic spinach seeds. I’m still trying to decide if I should go ahead and plant them now or wait until fall.Add a Comment