Weekly Spending Summary (8/4-8/10)

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.

Got a number of good buys this week but you’ll have to read through to find out what.  :)   Don’t miss how I saved at least $60 by taking some free peaches we were offered!

Total Spent: $110.41
Total Saved with Coupons: $11.95
Total Saved with Sales: $50.58 ($36.48 of this was gas savings)
Total Saved: $62.53

Giant: $36.28
Saved with Coupons: $11.95
Saved with Sales: $14.10

Whew!  This was a crazy week at Giant.  My head was nearly spinning trying to make sense of all the coupons/sales/gas deals.  But I think I did everything right, thankfully!

Giant had another one of their promotions where if you buy so many of certain things you get $0.40 off a gallon of gas (up to 30 gallons).  I took advantage of the sale even though it meant buying things that I typically wouldn’t buy.  In fact, most of the items I’ll be donating to a local food bank since they are things that we either don’t care for or don’t eat (because we try to avoid processed foods as much as possible.)  Anyway, in the end I made $5.95 by purchasing all of this so I think that was worth it!

Since we don’t have a 30 gallon gas tank I only saved $36.48 in gas (you’ll see the credit at the bottom of this post).  If we had a 30 gallon tank or I had some gas cans I could have saved $48!  I also combined Saving Star ecoupons with my regular coupons and will get $5.75 back with that.

Bought:

  • 2 Chex Mix $2.00 each
  • 2 Fruit by the Foot $1.67 each
  • 3 Old El Paso Soft Shell Tacos $1.50 each
  • Cocoa Puffs $3.00
  • 4 Hamburger Helper $1.25 each
  • 2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $2.59 each
  • 2 Suddenly Salad $1.67 each
  • 2 Pillsbury Cookie Dough $2.50 each
  • 2 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles $2.00 each
  • 7 Betty Crocker Cake Mix $1.61 each

Coupons Used:

  • $0.60/2 Chex Mix printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50/2 Fruit by the Foot printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.60/3 Old El Paso printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Cocoa Puffs printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.80/4 Hamburger Helper printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50/2 Pillsbury Rolls printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50/2 Suddenly Salad printable coupons (doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.10/2 Pillsbury Cookie Dough printable coupon
  • $0.75/2 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.85/2 Betty Crocker printable coupons (one doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.75/2 Betty Crocker printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

Aldi: $22.73

I’m doing a bunch of canning right now and was almost out of sugar- not a good thing when you are canning fruit!  So I ran to Aldi to get some and grabbed a few other things while I was there.  The pineapple and orange juice concentrate are for fruit slush.  I’m making a bunch of that to freeze too.

Bought:

  • 4 Crushed Pineapple $0.89 each
  • Chili Powder $0.99
  • 2 Saltines $0.99 each
  • 4 Sugar 4 lb. $2.19 each
  • 2 Orange Juice Concentrate $1.29 each
  • Canola Oil $2.69
  • 2 Baby Carrots $0.59 each
  • Tortillas $0.99

Glenwood Foods: $20.33

We were driving by this discount grocery store and stopped so I could grab some canning lids.   Of course I had to peruse their dairy section too since I know they often have some good deals there.  :)   Basically all I found was cream cheese for $0.79 and a few cheeses that were under my buy price of $2.00/lb.

Centerville Bulk Food: $22.20

Stopped by my favorite bulk store to get a few things I was needing- oatmeal, raw sugar, wheat germ, some spices, canning lids, bananas and sweet potatoes.

Misc.: $75.05

This was for a variety of things, some of which, in all my busyness, I forgot to take pictures of!   Oh, I also was the happy recipient of 2 bushels of FREE peaches!  Yes, free.  See, my father-in-law works at an orchard and they had some peaches that had some sort of blight on the skin and as a result had a few spots here and there.  They didn’t feel like it was worth their time to pay their workers to pick them but told my father-in-law that they would love if he would take them since it is bad for the trees to not have the fruit picked.  So, we got 2 bushels of those peaches.  They weren’t perfect but really were pretty nice and I was more than thrilled to have them.  I figure I saved at least $60 by taking them.  I could have had more but, well, there is a limit to how much one lady can do!  :)   Anyway, I canned most of them and froze the rest.  Of course we’ve been enjoying a bunch of them fresh too!  So good!

* $10.00 was cash I got out to pay for various random grocery expenses

* $4.00 was for a 1/2 bushel of cucumbers that I got to make pickles

* $2.20 was for some peppers and zucchini from a local produce stand

* $47.85 was for 1 1/2 bushels of peaches that I got to freeze

* $11.00 was for 140 ears of corn that I got to freeze

Credit: $66.18

This is what I saved in gas savings as I mentioned above under my Giant purchase summary.

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