Weekly Spending Summary (3/2-3/8)

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, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Pampers wipes for $0.99/pack
  • General Mills cereal for $0.30/box
  • Better than free Kleenex
  • Free Thomas English Muffins
  • Moneymaking Dole Smoothie Shakers
  • $0.30 Magnum and Fruttare frozen bars

You might notice that my total spent amount below is a negative number.  This is because I redeemed my gas rewards points and put that savings into my grocery budget as explained under “Credits” below.  Just wanted to clarify in case some of you got confused by it!

Total Spent: -$39.34
Total Saved with Coupons: $36.76
Total Saved with Sales: $64.77
Total Saved: $101.53 + $51 in gas rewards savings

Giant: $48.66
Saved with Coupons: $14.51
Saved with Sales: $32.19

Once again I did a number of gas deals.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $10.50 on the Dole Fruit Smoothies,$1.00 on the Kleenex and the Thomas English Muffins were free.

If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $1.70 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Dole, Kleenex and Thomas English Muffins.

The Pampers wipes were a great buy at $0.99 a pack and the sugar and hot dogs were also good buys with in-ad coupons.

Some of you might be amazed that I bought so many Kleenex and Thomas English Muffins.  Why would you buy so many at one time you might be thinking?  This is what Monica was referring to in her post as The Thrifty Frugal Mom system.  By purchasing items that we use regularly, like the Kleenex, in large quantities at low prices I am able to save a lot.  I can semi-frequently find deals on Kleenex for $1/box, so just by buying these 8 boxes now I saved at least $9.  (Assuming I saved $1 a box on 8 boxes, plus the $1 I made on them.)  The same goes for things like the Thomas English Muffins.  No, they are not something I typically buy because they are expensive and we don’t really need them.  But since they were free after sales/gas rewards I decided to get a bunch of them and put them in the freezer.  They’ll make a delightfully delicious and easy meal later when I use them for breakfast sandwiches.  It’s not always huge savings up front, but over time it really adds up and saves me a lot of money!

Bought:

  • 8 Kleenex $2.00 each
  • 7 Dole Fruit Smoothie Shakers $1.50 each
  • 10 Thomas English Muffins $2.10 each (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)
  • 4 Pampers Wipes $1.99 each
  • Nature’s Promise Ketchup $1.99
  • Giant brand Sugar $2.00
  • Hebrew National Hot Dogs $2.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50/3 Kleenex printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.75 Dole Smoothie printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Four $1.00 Dole Smoothie printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Pampers printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.51 Giant brand sugar in-ad coupon
  • $1.00 Hebrew National in-ad coupon

Weis: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $22.25
Saved with Sales: $32.58

I had a gift card that I had received as part of a previous promotion at Weis that I used to pay for this purchase of $7.39.  (Several weeks ago I bought some items with a rain check.  The items I bought were supposed to trigger a $10 catalina coupon to print when you purchased them.  So instead of the coupon they just gave me a gift card.)

We don’t eat a lot of cereal around here since we prefer homemade granola.  But I like to have it on hand for when we have company and my husband and children like to sometimes add a small amount to their granola just for something different.  So when I saw that I could get cereal for just $0.30 a box after coupon and sales I jumped on it.  The worst thing about it is that it takes up so much room to store….but I have a tote in the basement that works perfectly to keep it in.  And I may end up donating several boxes to our local food bank too since cereal is something they are always needing.

I also decided to take advantage of a frozen food deal and I got the Dole, Magnum and Fruttare for just $0.30 each!  We love the Magnum and Fruttare bars and they’ll be a special treat for us.  I basically just bought the Dole to help meet the $20 amount that I needed to do the frozen food deal.  They aren’t something I typically would buy but I can’t imagine that they’ll not be good either.  And they’ll make a quick breakfast or snack for us.

Bought:

  • 2 Total cereals $1.49 each
  • 4 Golden Graham cereals $1.47 each
  • 6 Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals $1.49
  • 2 Magnum Ice Cream Bars $3.50 each
  • 2 Dole Shakers $1.50 each
  • 2 Fruttare Bars $3.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 any General Mills cereals printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Golden Graham printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Four $0.50 Cinnamon Toast Crunch printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.60 Cinnamon Toast Crunch printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1.25 Magnum printable coupons
  • Two $0.75 Dole printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1.00 Fruttare printable coupons
  • Two $1.50 Catalina coupons (print from register when purchasing specific items)
  • $0.75 Catalina coupon (print from register when purchasing specific items)
  • $5 Instant Savings when you purchase $20 worth of select frozen products

Got Back:

  • $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing the Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • $1.50 Catalina coupon for purchasing the Magnum (used in next transaction)
  • $1.50 Catalina coupon for purchasing the Fruttare (used in next transaction)
  • $0.75 Catalina coupon for purchasing the Dole Shakers (used in next transaction)
  • FREE Milk catalina coupon for purchasing the General Mills cereal

Misc.: $20.00
We typically buy our milk at a local dairy and this is money that I got out to pay for that over the next couple of weeks.

Credits: $108.00
The last number of weeks, including this week, I’ve been buying various items that are part of the Giant gas deals.  Basically, you get points for purchasing the products and then you can redeem those points for gas.  I was able to get $108 worth of gas for free as a result.  And since I only buy the grocery items that are part of these deals because they either get me free gas or make me money I put the savings back into my grocery budget.  (To see the details of these purchases look at my previous Giant purchases under my Weekly Spending Summaries.)

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