Weekly Spending Summary (7/7-7/13)

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.

My favorite deals this week:

* Free Kit-Kat Mini’s
* Free Softsoap body wash
* $0.50 Snickers Ice Cream Bars (6 ct. box)
* Carrots for $0.59/lb.
* 2 lovely zucchini from my “garden”  :)
* blueberries for $1.65/lb.

Total Spent: $83.99
Saved with Coupons: $26.99
Saved with Sales: $22.90
Total Saved: $49.89

CVS: $0
Saved with Coupons: $8.99
Saved with Sales: $4.98

This purchase actually cost me all of 4 cents….which I dug out of my wallet and happily got rid of.  :)

The two Kit-Kat coupons gave me overage which made my Softsoap totally free!  Funny thing was, I was tired and my brain was muddled and I was thinking that the coupons would just make the Kit-Kat’s free and that is it.  So I was really confused when my total was just 4 cents.  Finally after I got out to the car I realized what had happened.  It was a nice little surprise!  I’m actually not a huge Kit-Kat fan but I’ve been enjoying these little mini’s.  I stuck them in the freezer and it makes them so good!  And I love that I can just pop 2 and easily satisfy my sweet tooth.

Some of you may be wondering how I was able to use 2 coupons on the Kit-Kat’s and if you haven’t done much couponing, that can be a confusing thing!  Here’s the deal.  You are allowed to use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon per item.  So since CVS occasionally puts out their own coupons for items, I like to take advantage of that and try to combine those coupons with manufacturer’s coupons to get maximum savings.  Make sense?  If not, leave me your questions in the comments and I’ll happily try to answer them.

Bought:

  • 2 Kit-Kat Minis $3.00 each
  • Softsoap Body Wash $2.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2.50 CVS Kit-Kat printable coupons
  • Two $1.00 Kit-Kat manufacturer printable coupons
  • $1.99 Softsoap CVS coupon from Red Coupon machine (located inside store)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $10.00
Saved with Sales: $11.98

You’ll probably remember that several weeks ago I bought a Rite Aid gift card online for 5% savings.  I used that gift card to pay for this purchase which was $3.96.

I had $6 in UPRewards that were expiring so I bough the Crystal Rock even though it’s not something I would typically purchase.  The annoying thing is, I forgot my shopping list and had I remembered it, there were other deals I had jotted down that I could have done too and gotten a better bang for my buck.  Oh well.  This is life, right?

The Blue Diamond almonds weren’t the best price ever (often there are coupons available too) but it was pretty decent and we were needing them so I jumped on it.

Bought:

  • 2 Crystal Rock deodorant $2.99 each
  • 4 Blue Diamond Almonds $3.99 for two (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2.00 Crystal Rock printable coupons
  • $6.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Two $1.00 UPReward coupon for purchasing the Crystal Rock (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $8.00
Saved with Sales: $5.94

I used a Visa gift card that I earned through a Proctor & Gamble rebate to pay for this purchase which was $10.95.

Yes, I bought more ice cream.  And yes, my husband laughed.  I informed him that the bars don’t expire until 2014 so we have plenty of time to eat them.  :)   Although I really doubt they will last that long- they are so yummy!  Anyway, I bought them because they are part of Giant’s gas deals.  I will get at least $8.00 back in gas savings which I will then credit to my grocery budget.  That makes the bars just $0.50/box.

The Reynolds baking cups were better than free after the $1.00 coupon.

Bought:

  • 5 Snickers Ice Cream Bars $3.00 each
  • Twix Ice Cream Bars $3.00 each
  • Reynolds Baking Cups $0.89

Coupons Used:

  • Four $1.50 Snickers printable coupons
  • $1.00 Twix printable coupons
  • $1.00 Reynolds coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Aldi: $12.99

I went to make something with potatoes only to realize that the 5 lb. bag of red potatoes that I purchased at Aldi less than 2 weeks earlier were all rotten!  The weird thing was, I had a partial bag that I bought at least a week before that and they were still good.  Anyway, I was heading to Aldi the next day and while I was there I decided to ask one of the managers what their policy is on produce.  (I know that they stand behind a lot of their products with a double money back guarantee so I figured they’d have some kind of guarantee on their produce too.)

Anyway, I explained what happened and the manager said that normally they would give me both my money back and another bag of potatoes.  However, since I didn’t have my receipt they only would give me another bag of potatoes—which was plenty enough in my opinion!  In fact, I didn’t expect anything since I didn’t have my receipt, I simply was curious what their policy was.  This is just one of the many reason Ilove Aldi.  They stand behind their products and have great customer service!

I was super happy to find baby carrots and mushrooms on sale for great prices.  We love adding sauteed mushrooms to breakfast wraps.  And buying them made me remember my Easy Egg Stacks…haven’t made them in way too long!

Bought:

  • Canola Oil $2.69
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • Mushrooms $0.79/8 oz.
  • 2 Baby Carrots $0.59/lb.
  • Parmesan Cheese $2.39
  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.29/2 lb.
  • Potatoes (free)

Amazon: $6.32

(batteries pictures below under Misc.)

We were really needing 9 volt batteries- several of our smoke detector batteries had died- but I just wasn’t seeing a good deal on them.  The other day I was on Amazon and checked prices there and found some that were what I thought was a good deal.  I got Duracell Procell 9 Volt Batteries, Pack of 12 for $16.32 (looks like the price jumped a bit), however I had recently redeemed some of my Recyclebank points for two $5 Amazon gift cards, so I used them toward this purchase making my cost only $6.32!

Misc.: $71.00

$66 of this was for two 20 lb. boxes of blueberries that I bought at a local Amish store.   We ate some fresh and then I froze the rest and will use them in smoothies, baked things and for just plain eating.  I’ve bought blueberries in “bulk” like this for the last number of years and just assumed it was way cheaper.  This year, after I purchased them I suddenly had this nagging worry that it wasn’t actually cheaper after all.  So when I was at Giant this week I checked the price their on their frozen blueberries and was happy to see that yes, I’m saving a bundle!  They wanted $3.29 (or something close to that) for 12 oz. of frozen blueberries.  I only paid $1.65/lb!  This is one of the many ways that my freezer saves me money.

$5 was for cash for spending on various grocery items.

And those 2 lovely zucchini and that little hot pepper?  They are from my garden!  I’m so incredibly excited!  We live in the city so I don’t have much space but this year I planted 2 tomato plants, 2 pepper plants, some onions, a hot pepper plant, some lettuce and 2 zucchini plants.  I’ve never had much success with zucchini but this year is looking hopeful.  I already got these 2 and there are lots more coming.  I can.not.wait.  I’m already dreaming of what all I’m going to make with them.

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