Weekly Spending Summary (8/11-8/17)

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:

  • All-natural sausages for better than free- I made money on them!
  • Shredded cheese for under my buy price of $2/lb.
  • Free Stayfree pads

Total Spent: $41.00
Total Saved with Coupons: $10.97
Total Saved with Sales: $28.57
Total Saved: $39.54 (+ 101.70 in gas savings!)

Giant: $128.00
Saved with Sales: $24.04

I did more gas deals this week.  The deal this time was that for every 6 select items that you bought you got 40¢ off a gallon of gas.  I then roll the gas savings into my grocery budget since the only reason I buy the food is for the money it saves me. You are allowed to save the 40¢ on up to 30 gallons of gas.  My awesome husband brought home some gas cans from work for me to use so that we could get the full 30 gallons since neither of our vehicles have that big of tanks!

The sausages were a money maker of $4.00 and that made the cheese just $1.49/lb.  I already had a bit of cheese in the freezer and now with this, I was starting to think maybe I was crazy!  But it will keep for months in the freezer and so I just made a pact with myself that I will not buy any more shredded cheese until the end of the year (unless I happen to actually need it) unless it is $1/lb. or less.

Oh, and you’ll see the $101.70 gas savings credit at the bottom of this post.

Bought:

  • 12 Jones All-Natural Sausages $1.66 each
  • 36 Sargento Cheese 8 oz. $3.00 each

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $10.97
Saved with Sales: $4.53

I bought a Rite Aid gift card at 6% savings online several months ago and I used it to pay for this purchase which cost me $1.17.  All the items were free after coupons and sales.

Bought:

  • 2 La Bella Hair Gel $2.99 each
  • 2 Stayfree pads $3.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 La Bella printable coupons
  • Two $1.00 Stayfree coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $6.97 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Two $2.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the La Bella (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $2.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Stayfree (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Aldi: $12.70

Also 3 OJ concentrate that I forgot to picture

Needed some more orange juice concentrate, grapes and bananas to make more fruit slush so I did a quick Aldi trip and of course grabbed a few other things while I was there.

Bought:

  • Pretzels $1.29
  • Chips $1.49
  • 3 Orange Juice Concentrate $1.29 each
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Grapes 2 lb. $1.98
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.

Misc.: $2.00

The $2 was for some cash I got out to pay for some fresh produce.

I received both of these items as part of Purex Insiders in exchange for a review.

If you read my 10 Ways to Save Money when Doing Laundry post you know that I love to use Fels-Naptha soap as a stain remover.  I use it to remove food stains, grass stains and all sorts of other things.  I simply rub the Fels-Naptha soap on the stained area and scrub a bit, rinse under water and repeat if necessary.  It is definitely an inexpensive way to remove stains.  A bar of Fels-Naptha costs just a bit over $1 at our local grocery store and since you only use a tiny bit at a time one bar lasts a long time.

I don’t use fabric softener sheets a lot in the summer since I don’t have much trouble with static then.  But I did try the Purex fabric softener sheets and thought they did a good job.  My only complaint is that they are pretty heavily scented.  For some of you, that might be a good thing.  For me?  I prefer little to no scent on my laundry.

I also put them to use in another, rather unconventional way.  Our diaper pail can get smelling pretty badly in the summer even if I keep it scrubbed clean.  So I put one of the Purex fabric softener sheets in the pail and presto!  Instead of smelling stinky diapers we got whiffs of sweet lavender when we opened it.  I guess this is one case where the stronger scent is a good thing!  :)

Our neighbor got some corn that he shared with us.  It was a real treat since we barely had any fresh corn this year!

My in-laws had more beans than they needed so my mother-in-law sweetly picked these and gave them to me.

And these, my friends, are two more tomatoes from our struggling “garden”.  Not sure why they get those cracks but they are still edible.  We are down to our 2 tomato plants and our hot pepper plant now.  The 2 pepper plants that we planted were gorgeous and had lots of blooms but didn’t produce a thing.  The zucchini plant got a blight of some sort and died after giving me only 2 zucchini.  Not sure I’d have what it takes to be a real gardener!

Credit: $101.70

This was the gas savings that I talked about under my Giant purchases above.  It was amazing to see that dollar amount show up under “amount saved”!

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