Weekly Spending Summary (10/13-10/19)

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, Ibotta and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

I was realizing recently that I have a bunch of new readers that have no idea why I even do these Weekly Spending Summary posts and figured that it was time to explain again just why I do them.

Maybe you think I do these posts to show off what a great shopper I am.  That’s hardly the case!  Truth be told, it would be much easier to not do these Spending Summaries at all because they are very time consuming and I often feel like I am throwing my life in from of the world.   In all honesty, I’m not crazy about everyone knowing exactly what all I purchase every week!

No, I do these posts because I hope that they can inspire you and give you ideas on how to cut your grocery spending.  In the past I had readers ask for details about how I deal shop and also how in the earth I keep our monthly grocery/household spending at what might seem like an impossible $200/mo. for our family of four.  My hope is that by doing these Weekly Spending Summary posts that you will be inspired that a real-life, normal person can really, truly get great grocery and household deals without too much trouble.  I also hope that these posts will debunk the myth that all couponers eat pretty much only junk food.  Yes, we do occasionally buy junk or processed foods.  But the majority of my shopping is for real, mostly unprocessed foods.

If there is something that doesn’t make sense or that you’d like more clarity on, feel free to comment and ask me questions about it.  I’d love to try to help make it more clear!  I do my best, but I realize that some of this coupon/deal-saving stuff has become such second nature for me that I probably don’t always make things as easily understood as what I should.

Okay….now onto the details about what I purchased this week!

Favorite buys:

* Sugar for $0.87/bag
* Tresemme shampoo that I made money on
* Colgate toothpaste that I made money on
* Free Chobani yogurt
* Pampers wipes for $0.89/pack
* Bacon for $1.99/lb.

Total Spent: $93.29
Total Saved with Coupons: $64.57
Total Saved with Sales: $62.95
Total Saved: $127.52

CVS: $17.22
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $13.95

 

After coupons/sales this ended up being about $5/pack each for the Scott and Huggies.  Not the best price ever but also not the worst!  And when you are getting low on toilet paper it’s a good idea to stock up when the price isn’t horrible.

Actually two of these packs were for my in-laws so I’ll actually be getting $10 back for this purchase.  I often do these toilet paper deals and share with them.  It helps me out because I have to buy $30 worth of products (and we really don’t need THAT much tp) and it helps them out by giving them tp at a great price.

Bought:

  • 3 Scott 12 pks. $7.44 each
  • Huggies diapers $9.49

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Huggies printable coupon
  • $9.00 CVS in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Huggies and Scott (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $4.14
Saved with Coupons: $31.60
Saved with Sales: $36.22

I actually also used $0.51 that I had in grocery cash to pay for part of this purchase.

This was a fun week at Rite Aid.  All of the above, except the Oberto jerky, was free or better than free after coupons and sales.  Several of the items were purchased with a rain check as you’ll notice below.

The Colgate toothpaste was a moneymaker of $0.48 each.  The Colgate mouthwash was a small moneymaker of $0.11.  The Crest was a moneymaker of $1.00.  The Ocean was free.  The Lindt truffles were free.  The Noxema shave gel was free.  The Dove was a $0.50 moneymaker.  The Tresemme was a moneymaker of $4.25 (see my next paragraph).  The Oberto was just a small splurge for my husband.  He loves jerky and so if I can find it for cheap I try to get it for him and slip it into his lunch as a little surprise.  I figured for $1.50 each it was a good little “I love you” gift.

The Tresemme deal turned out a bit differently that I expected.  I forgot I had added a Tresemme load-to-card coupon to my Rite Aid card and so I used two Tresemme coupons from the Sunday paper on my purchase.  Well, today as I was tallying this up I realized that the $2.50 Tresemme load-to-card coupon also came off my purchase!  That really shouldn’t have happened as they are all manufacturer coupons.  I wasn’t sure what to do but finally decided to leave it since from past experience, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t bother refunding me my money anyway.  The deal was done last week and since they are all manufacturer coupons, Rite Aid should still get their money for the coupons.  Anyway, all that to say, that this turned into a moneymaker of $4.25 instead of $1.75 like I had figured.  (You can see below that I had purchased some other products to meet a $15 purchase requirement to earn a $5 UPReward.  I also used several coupons on those other products which helped reduce my actual out of pocket.  I’m sure some of you are pretty confused by now!  I’m sorry!  I find it hard to know how to clearly explain all of this sometimes.   If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.)

Bought:

  • 2 Colgate toothpaste $3.27 each
  • Colgate Mouthwash $0.99
    - bought with rain check
  • Crest toothpaste $0
    - bought with rain check, was free after UPRewards so this is how they rang it
  • Ocean Nasal Spray $0.99
  • 2 Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffles $2.00 each
    - bought with rain check
  • Noxema Shave Cream $0
    - bought with rain check, was free after UPRewards so that is how they rang it
  • 2 Dove shampoo $3.00 each
  • 2 Tresemme shampoo $3.50 each
    - bought with rain check (actually was given a $5 UPReward to use on a later purchase as part of the rain check too!)
  • 2 Oberto Jerky $3.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.75 Colgate printable coupons
  • $1.10 Colgate mouthwash printable coupon
  • $1.00 Crest coupon that sister-in-law gave to me
  • $1.00 Ocean printable coupon
  • Two $2.00 Lindt printable coupons
  • $2/2 Dove Rite Aid Video Values coupon
  • $1.50 Dove coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Dove printable coupon
  • Two $2.50 Tresemme coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $2.50 Tresemme Load-to-Card coupon
  • $1.00 Tresemme Rite Aid Video Values coupon
  • $3.00 Oberto printable coupon (was for Buy One, Get One Free)
  • $7.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Two $3.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Colgate (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 UPRewards coupon for purchasing the Dove (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $5.00 UPRewards coupon for purchasing the Tresemme (can be used on next purchase of any item)
    - this was part of the rain check…the Tresemme was part of $15 worth of products that I purchased to earn the $5 UPR

Giant: $4.76
Saved with Coupons: $19.17
Saved with Sales: $8.56

I did this purchase in several transactions and since some of them were under $1.00 total I just used my extra grocery cash.  In all, I used $2.54 in grocery cash on top of the $4.76 recorded above.

I was almost totally out of flour and so was really happy to find the Pillsbury Unbleached on sale for $2.00.  Flour is one of the things that I don’t buy generic brand of- I’ve just found that certain things turn out much better with name brand flour.  Plus, I can’t get the unbleached in generic brands.  So instead, I just watch for sales and stock up then and usually I don’t end up paying much more than $0.25/bag more.  Also, just in case you are interested, flour is something that often goes on sale a lot in November and December.  Baking supplies get put on sale for all the holiday baking.  Often there are also coupons available too and so I try to watch for deals where I can combine a sale with a coupon for flour and then stock up.  Last year I bought 6 bags I think for about $1 each and put them in our deep freeze.  They lasted me for several months and I was able to save quite a bit as flour doesn’t often go on sale much again until around Easter.

The Hunts tomatoes were part of a gas deal where I got $6.00 back in gas rewards, so really I only paid $1.00 for 7 cans of tomatoes.  I probably can hardly can them for that cheap, plus even if I can, this is a lot less work and that’s worth something as a busy mom!

All the yogurt was totally free after coupons.  While I usually make my own yogurt, I’ll happily take bought yogurt if it’s free!

The Pampers wipes were $0.89 each after coupons.  That’s a decent price for wipes, although Pampers recently shrunk their package size by 8 wipes per pack (and I guess hoped consumers wouldn’t notice!) and so it’s not as good of a deal as it used to be!

Bought:

  • 2 Pillsbury Unbleached Flour $2.00 each
  • 7 Hunts tomatoes $1.00 each
  • 5 Chobani Greek Yogurt $1.00 each
  • 5 Pampers Wipes $1.89 each
  • Stonyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt $1.67

Coupons Used:

  • Five $0.55 Chobani printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Five $0.50 Pampers printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Stonyfield FREE product coupon from previous Facebook promotion ($1.67)
  • $7.00 in Catalina coupons (these coupon printed previously at the register because I purchased specific items, they can be used on any future purchase)

Got Back:

  • $6.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Hunts

Weis: $9.45
Saved with Coupons: $2.80
Saved with Sales: $4.22

I was happy to get sugar for so cheap- $0.87 a 4lb. bag!  And the brown sugar and confectioners sugar were a decent price too, although in all honesty, it was only a couple of cents cheaper than what I pay at Aldi.  The Zest was just $0.99 after coupons/sales and since I haven’t been able to get men’s body wash free lately I decided I’d better jump on this deal.  Seems my man goes through soap so fast and he’s about out again!

A little tip.  A lot of stores markdown meat that is getting close to it’s sell by date.  So if you are at a store that sells meat, if you have time just quickly peruse the meat cases and look for specially marked packages.  Weis is one of the stores that I know that does this a lot and most times, their meat is pretty decent quality.  I was happy to find bacon ends for just $1.99/lb.  We don’t eat a lot of bacon because it is so expensive but I do like to use it sometimes.  And at this price I happily grabbed the two packages that they had.

Bought:

  • 2 Domino Sugar 4lb. $1.37 each
  • Domino Brown Sugar 2lb. $2.00
  • Domino Confectioners Sugar 2lb. $2.00
  • Zest 3 bar soap $1.99
  • 2 Packages of Bacon Ends for $1.99/lb. ($3.40 total)

Coupons Used:

  • $0.75/2 Domino Sugar coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.40/2 Domino 2lb. Sugars coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $0.80)
  • $0.50 Zest printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)

Aldi: $30.48

Not a lot to say about my Aldi trip.  I was excited about getting sweet potatoes for such an awesome price.  I love them and often use them in place of regular potatoes when I can.  I often add more sweet potatoes than regular potatoes to our Herb Roasted Chicken when I make it and then my husband and I eat them and the kiddos eat the regular potatoes.  Not only do I think they are yummier than regular potatoes, they are also healthier so it’s a win-win!

Bought:

  • 5lb. Potatoes $2.99
  • 80 ct. Kitchen Trash Bags $4.99
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $1.99
  • 2 Tuna $0.68 each
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Ranch Dressing $1.39
  • Sour Cream $1.29
  • 2 Saltines $0.95 each
  • 3lb. Sweet Potatoes $1.19
  • 2 lb. Tilapia Fillets $5.99

Misc.: $27.24

I bought a Rite Aid gift card from GiftCardRescue.com for 6% savings.  It’s not like I saved a lot but it does help!

I’ll be doing a review about GiftCardRescue soon. It’s a great way to save on gift cards!

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