Weekly Spending Summary (8/18-8/24)

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:

  • Skippy peanut butter for $1.20 each
  • Free Crayola crayons and Mead composition notebook
  • Free ham steaks
  • Printer paper for just the cost of tax
  • Huggies wipes delivered to my door for just 1.4¢/wipe  (this would be the same as paying about $1 for a regular small 72 ct. pack of wipes)

Total Spent: $50.52
Total Saved with Coupons: $33.58
Total Saved with Sales: $18.40
Total Saved: $51.98

CVS: $0
Saved with Coupons: $2.20
Saved with Sales: $5.96

I had a rain check for the Skippy that I used.  It worked out perfectly because I had $10 in Extra Bucks that were expiring and I really didn’t need anything else.  I love saving my rain checks for weeks like this…when I have EB’s that are expiring but don’t need anything that is on sale.  It’s a win-win!

Anyway, I was able to get the peanut butter for just $1.20 each, which is a pretty decent price for peanut butter.  We love peanut butter around here and I use a lot of it over Christmas when I make Christmas cookies and candy so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to add to my stockpile a bit now.

If you do the math below you might get confused as to how I could use so many Extra Bucks.  I had a package of Huggies that I exchanged.  They had to refund them to me and then they re-rang them with this purchase.  So I was able to use more Extra Bucks than just the cost of the Skippy.

Bought:

  • 4 Skippy peanut butter $2.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $0.55 Skippy printable coupons
  • 11.50 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $3.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Skippy (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $19.38
Saved with Sales: $6.48

My out of pocket would have been $0.99 but I paid it with a gift card that I purchased for 6% savings online.  Everything was free after coupons/sales.

Bought:

  • Mead Composition Book $0.50
  • Crayola Crayons 8 ct. $0.50
  • Anacin $4.99
  • 2 Aveeno Shampoo $7.19 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1/2 Select School Supplies Rite Aid in-ad coupon
  • $2.00 Anacin printable coupon
  • Two Aveeno free product coupons from Smilely 360 ($7.19 each)
  • $2.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $3.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Anacin (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $0
Saved with Coupons: $8.00
Saved with Sales: $5.96

Didn’t buy much but was happy to get some meat for free.  That is definitely something that doesn’t happen very often!

Bought:

  • 4 Hatfield Ham Steaks 8oz. $2.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $2.00 Hatfield printable coupons

Aldi: $12.39

Only thing I have to say about this is that I was happy to get baby carrots and mushrooms again for a great price!  Oh and that Aldi’s spices/herbs are a great deal too.  In fact, I used to buy all my spices/herbs at a local bulk food store but recently realized that Aldi is actually cheaper!

Bought:

  • 2 Mushrooms 8oz. $0.69 each
  • 2 Baby Carrots 1 lb. $0.69 each
  • 2 Sugar 4lb. $2.19 each
  • Bread Crumbs, seasoned $0.99
  • Onion Powder $0.99
  • 2 Corn Chips $0.99 each
  • Brown Sugar $1.29

Staples: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $3.00

A couple of months ago I purchased a $40 Staples gift card for $25.  I used it to pay for this purchase which was $8.78.

It might seem strange that I put this purchase under my grocery spending but here’s why I do.  For one thing, most of the paper that we use gets used for printing coupons and so I figure I might as well count it as a grocery expense.  The other thing is, I only buy paper when I can get it free after rebate.  I still pay the tax but it really is only about $0.25 so it’s not a big deal.  Both of these items were free (other than the $0.50 tax) after rebate so I didn’t see why I shouldn’t put them under my grocery spending.  Besides, I bought the Staples gift card that I used to pay for the purchase out of my grocery money since I knew it would end up making me quite a bit of money in the long run!

Bought:

  • Hammerhill Copy Paper $6.99
  • Staples 12 pk. pencils $4.29

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Hammerhill Staples in-ad coupon

Amazon: $6.94

I used the $5 off $25 Amazon coupon I posted about to get a great deal on wipes.  I also had $10 in Amazon gift cards that I had earned through Swagbucks that I applied towards this purchase.

So I paid $16.94 after the $5 off (this price does not reflect the Amazon gift cards…that brought my total down to $6.94) which comes to 1.4¢/wipe.  This is a good price and I’ve found that wipes keep for a long time.  I still am using some that I purchased over a year ago at an amazing price and they are just as good as if I would have bought them yesterday.  I also purchased another item for $5 that I needed and that brought my total to just over $25 and allowed me to get Free Super Saver Shipping.  I pretty much never order from Amazon unless I can get free shipping, because most of the time it’s more expensive than what I could get the item otherwise.

Misc.: $38.74

* $11.24 was for hamburger my sister-in-law bought for me a couple of weeks ago…and I forgot to record!  I don’t even remember the cost per lb. but I know it was just a bit under $2/lb.

* $20 was cash that I got out to buy milk from a local dairy

* $7.50 for 1/2 bushel of green beans from a local produce farm….what you see above was only part of them!  I blanched them and then froze them.

Credit: $7.55

I finally had enough in my Saving Star account to cash out.  If you don’t use Saving Star, check it out!  It’s an easy way to save some money on your groceries….and you can combine them with manufacturer coupon savings too!

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