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.

Favorite buys:

* 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.

Bought:

  • Photo book $1.99
  • 8 Finish Dishwashing detergents $4.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • 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)

Got Back:

  • $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.

Bought:

  • Herr’s Potato Chips $3.32
  • 4 Oreos $2.50

Coupons Used:

  • Four $1.00 Oreo printable coupons
  • $8.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $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)

Giant: $14.07
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.

Bought:

  • 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

Coupons Used:

  • 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

Aldi: $22.88

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.

Bought:

  • 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

Walmart: $0.74

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.

Bought:

  • 2 Gold Medal Unbleached Flour $2.14 each

Misc.: $60.51

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.

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