Weekly Spending Summary (1/19-1/25)

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.

This was kind of an unusual week in that I didn’t really do much “deal” shopping at all.  In fact, I only went to Giant and that was it.  I did end up going to a couple of other stores as well but that wasn’t so much for my usual deal type of things.

Favorite buys:
* FREE Dole frozen fruit
* Carrots for $0.29/lb.
* Various kinds of meat for $1.99/lb. or less

Total Spent: $111.14
Total Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Total Saved with Sales: $1.58
Total Saved: $3.58

Giant: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $1.58

I used $1.00 cash from my grocery cash to pay for this.

I was really happy to get fruit for free this week at Giant!  I paid $1.00 for these 2 Dole fruits but then got a catalina coupon (prints out at the register) for $1.00 off any next purchase at Giant!  I was so annoyed though, because I knew I had printed out 4 coupons and therefore could do the deal twice.  Problem was, I couldn’t find the one coupon.  I looked high and low and finally gave up and now today when I was at Giant I found the missing coupon nicely tucked in with my stash of coupons to use at Giant.  Don’t ask me how I missed it multiple times last week when I looked!  At any rate, it’s too late to use now.

I had intended to get a few other things as well, but unfortunately had to get rain checks instead since they were out of stock.  Kind of a pain, but at least I can still get the deals later!  For that I am grateful.


  • 2 Dole Frozen Fruit Cups $1.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Dole printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $1.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 2 Dole (coupon prints at register and is good on any future purchase at Giant)
  • The Dole will also count towards the $5/$20 Dole Saving Star eCoupon

Aldi: $8.76

Last week when I was at Aldi they overcharged me $1.90 for potatoes.  I took in my receipt this week and they put the credit amount towards this purchase.

I decided to grab more carrots and mushrooms while they were still reduced to such a great price!  I have a couple of recipes that use fresh mushrooms and I plan to make them this week or next.  And if I have trouble getting the carrots used up, I’ll simply chop them and freeze them to use in soups later.

I bought more tortillas because I made a huge recipe of my variation of these Breakfast Burritos and totally wiped myself out of tortillas!  By the way, these burritos are so good and are perfect for a quick on-the-go meal.  I was excited to get some made to help increase my list of freezer meals to help me stay more sane once this baby arrives.


  • Mushrooms $0.69
  • Saltines $0.95
  • 2 Carrots (2 lb. each) $0.59 each
  • 4 Tortillas $0.99 each
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Coconut $1.29

Centerville Bulk Food: $38.14

I over in the area of my favorite bulk food store and so I stopped by and stocked up on a few things.  I bought lots of oatmeal mainly because I wanted to have plenty on hand so that I could keep making granola even if I don’t get there for several weeks.  Again, it’s just one of those things that I’m trying to do to keep things easy post baby.  Oh and those onions?  Some of the went into some homemade French Onion soup.  So incredibly delicious- and frugal too!

Dutchway: $64.24

I totally blanked on getting a picture of this purchase but it would have been kind of gross anyway since it was a bunch of raw meat.  :)

I saw that this grocery store over close to my in-laws was having some great prices on meats.  My mother-in-law was planning to go anyway and she was kind enough to stop and get me a bunch of stuff.  I got chicken thighs for $0.99/lb., bonless, skinless chicken tenders for $1.99/lb., ham loaf for $1.99/lb., and ground turkey for $1.99/lb.  I sometimes can get ground turkey and chicken for less than $1.99/lb. but I was getting a bit low on both and figured I might as well get them while I could.  I heard chicken prices are going to be rising this summer too, so that influenced my decision as well.

I cooked up some of the chicken tenders and the ground turkey and put it in the freezer to pull out for quick meal prep later.

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