Weekly Spending Summary (11/17-11/23)

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

Favorite Buys:

  • 11 Breakstone’s sour cream for $0.19 each
  • Huggies diapers for $4.99
  • FREE U by Kotex
  • FREE Giant turkey (20 lb.)
  • 7 Revlon nail clippers that were an almost $4 moneymaker!

Total Spent: $50.36
Saved with Coupons: $37.50
Saved with Sales: $69.01
Total Saved: $106.51 + $20.50 in gas reward savings

CVS: $1.99
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $2.80

My total was $0.99 so I just used money from my grocery cash to pay for this purchase.  The NatureMade was a $1 moneymaker and the U by Kotex was free.

Bought:

  • NatureMade Vitamin C $6.99
  • U by Kotex $3.99

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 NatureMade printable coupon
  • $2.00 U by Kotex CVS printable coupon
  • $1.00 U by Kotex coupon (came with a sample)
  • $2.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $5.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the NatureMade (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the U by Kotex (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $13.00
Saved with Sales: $6.79

I paid for this purchase of $1.28 with a gift card that I had purchased at a discount through Gift Card Rescue.

The Lays were $1.29 each after coupons/sales and the Huggies were $4.99 after coupons/sales.

Bought:

  • Huggies $9.99
  • 2 Lays Chips $4.29 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Huggies printable coupon (via Hopster)
  • $2/2 Lays printable Rite Aid coupon (received via email)
  • $8 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $2 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Huggies (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $9.37
Saved with Coupons: $3.50
Saved with Sales: $39.50

The teas were for the mom’s group at our church that I help organize.  The nail clippers were actually a gas deal moneymaker from a previous week.  The deal was that if you bought 7 of the nail clippers at $0.29 each you got $6.00 off a $30 gallon tank of gas.  I had a rain check for them but Giant never had 7 in stock.  So I finally decided to ask if I could just buy what they had and get a rain check for the other 4.  But the lady at customer service offered me a better deal.  She said she’d let me pay for all 7 and just write on the rain check that they owed me 4 so that I could go ahead and use my gas points right away!  I was quite happy with that!  So all told, it was a moneymaker of $3.97.

Somehow the cashier missed ringing the $0.50 Twinings tea coupon (it doubled to $1.00) and the $2.50/$10 Giant purchase coupon that I had.  So I had to go to customer service and they just gave me the cash for it which I put with my grocery cash.

The Giant turkey was free after reward points.  I chose to use 400 of my gas rewards points to get this free turkey instead of using them on gas.

Bought:

  • 2 Bigelow Tea $2.50 each
  • Lasagna $1.25
  • Twinings Tea $3.49
  • 7 Revlon nail clippers $0.29 each
  • Giant 20 lb. turkey FREE!

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Twinings coupon that I received for contacting the manufacturer (doubled to $1.00)
  • $2.50/$10 Giant purchase (printed from catalina machine on previous visit)

Got Back:

  • $6.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Revlon nail clippers

Weis: $3.13
Saved with Coupons: $15.00
Saved with Sales: $19.92

This was another amazing week at Weis.  As I said last week, I don’t usually shop there because I can get better deals at Giant but this week was another exception.

The Breakstone’s cost me $0.55 total or $0.05 each!!  Yes, you really did read correctly!  There was a deal running where you saved $5 instantly when you bought $25 worth of select products.  The Breakstone’s was part of that deal and since Weis uses the shelf price, not the sale price, to count towards the $25 I was able to get 11 Breakstone’s for just $11.55 after sales and discounts.  Then I also used eleven $1.00 Breakstone’s coupon from the Sunday paper to save even more!  No, I don’t get 11 newspapers.  I actually paid $1.50 to get 10 Breakstone’s coupons shipped to me from WizClips, a coupon clipping company.  So technically, the sour cream cost me $2.05 total or $0.19 each once you count in the cost of the coupons.  (I recorded the coupon cost below under my Misc. expenses.)

Update:  Reader Heidi asked me on my Facebook page what in the world I plan to do with 11 sour cream!  I was glad she asked because I meant to talk about that and forgot.  Here’s what I told her:

Heidi, thanks for asking…I meant to mention that in my post and forgot! For starters, most of it doesn’t expire until Jan. 15, 2014 and I learned a long time ago that sour cream will usually keep at least a good month past it’s expiration date. And if I get desperate I will freeze it and use it in soup since you don’t notice the change in consistency there. BUT as far as how I plan to use it? We love sour cream and I often make breakfast burritos or rice and bean burritos and we add it to that. I also frequently make Salsa Chicken Soup and Creamy White Chili- both use sour cream. I’ll also probably make things like Mexican Chicken Roll-ups, Bean and Sour Cream Enchiladas, Crockpot Tamale Pie and Creamy Crockpot Chicken. And I have a cheesecake that I want to make that takes sour cream too. I typically try to plan our menus around things I can get on sale so the next couple of months I’ll just make more dishes that take sour cream. Does that make sense? Maybe it still seems crazy to you!

The Ronzoni was to be free after coupons but for some reason my coupons didn’t double so I actually paid $0.18 each.  I didn’t notice it until I was home and didn’t think it was worth running back to the store for!

The Arm and Hammer dryer sheets were $0.99 each after coupons/sales.  I actually bought them for my mother-in-law since I don’t need them.

There was also a deal where you could get free paper towels and inexpensive Scott toilet paper but they were out of stock on both of those items so I had to get a rain check.

Bought:

  • 4 Ronzoni Pasta $0.88 each
  • 11 Breakstone Sour Cream $1.05 each (after $5 instant savings)
  • 2 Arm & Hammer Dryer Sheets $2.99 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)

Coupons Used:

  • Four $0.75 Ronzoni printable coupons
  • Eleven $1.00 Breakstone coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/2 Arm and Hammer printable coupon
  • $5.00 Instant Savings for purchasing the Breakstone’s

Aldi: $27.27

Our 7th anniversary was Monday and we decided to keep things low key this year as far as celebrating since money is tighter with Vince in school and since we have been planning for several months to go away for a weekend sometime in Dec. or Jan.  Anyway, I decided last minute that it really would be fun to at least make a special dinner and since my husband loves my lasagna and also loves cheesecake I decided to make those two things.  Only problem was, I didn’t have the ingredients for lasagna!  So I made a quick run to Aldi and grabbed the noodles, spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese.  Of course I had to grab a couple of other things while I was there too!

Bought:

  • 5 lb. Red Potatoes $3.29
  • Lasagna $1.49
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • 3 Spaghetti Sauce $1.19 each
  • Cottage Cheese $2.29
  • 5 Butter $1.69 each
  • Ranch Dressing $1.39
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.

Target: $0
Saved with Coupons: $1.00

I forgot to take a picture of this…but it was a pack of 7 BIC pens.

I needed to go to Target to get a couple of other things (wanted to use the $5/$30 coupon for some pillows that we needed) and picked up these pens while I was there.  I also had fun earning some money using the Shopkick app while I was there!

Bought:

  • BIC Pens $0.99

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 BIC printable coupon

Centerville Bulk Food: $20.63

I was driving by this store anyway, so stopped and got a few things like oatmeal, raw sugar, sea salt, cocoa powder, brown rice, some seasonings, apples for $0.79/lb. and sliced ham for $2.29/lb.  I just bought oatmeal two weeks ago but I’m trying to make extra Easy Homemade Granola to put in the freezer to help save my sanity when the baby arrives.  And really, it’s not hard to just make a second batch when I’m already making one since everything is already dirty anyway!

Misc.: $11.47

$1.50 of this was for coupons that I ordered through WizClips as I mentioned above under my Weis purchase summary.

$9.97 of this was for 3 packs of Scott toilet paper that my friend Esther bought for me.  (She blogs at Coupon Cutting Mom.) She doesn’t use Scott tp but knew I did and offered to get it for me when there was a great deal on it several weeks back.  Isn’t she sweet?  When I actually met her to get them she had a 4th package along and wondered if I wanted it too.  Of course I did, but since I already had my check written out I just gave her cash from my grocery cash for the 4th pack.  So all told, I paid $3.75 a pack for it.

I forgot to include these things last week…the tomato and pepper were from one of my friends who stayed here for a weekend.  Her family owns a big greenhouse and so she shared some of their bounty with us.  There were actually 3 tomatoes but we had already used 2 of them before I thought to take a picture.

The pain meds are from a lady across town who saves here Sunday newspaper coupon inserts for me.  She got these free and wondered if I could use them since she won’t.

Stopped by at a local farm where we get eggs for $1.10/doz.  I usually get 5 dozen at a time but since I’ll probably be doing more baking this month and since I hope to make some breakfast burritos to put in the freezer I decided to get 7 dozen.  The lettuce is from our local farmer’s market.  I think I paid $2.40 total for it.  I paid for both things out of my grocery cash.

Credits: $23.50

I earned $3.00 via Ibotta for purchasing several different things.  I love this app and it’s super easy to use!

I also saved $20.50 on gas at Giant thanks to gas rewards that I earned the last several weeks for purchasing select items.

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