Weekly Spending Summary (3/9-3/15)

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.

I’m kind of late at getting last week’s Spending Summary up.  This week has just been that way…barely staying on top of things…until today.  I had a lovely, refreshing day.  I puttered around in the kitchen (my way of relaxing) and made two kinds of biscotti.  I hung out laundry- another thing that makes me happy.  And I walked with my two girls to the Farmer’s Market downtown to get some lettuce and we enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and lovely, although somewhat chilly weather.  I also enjoyed snuggling my baby who is rapidly leaving the infant stage (want to soak up this baby sweetness while I can) and of course took care of our other two children and all the usual things that go along with that too.  Anyway, it was a good day and I feel like I’m kind of getting back on top of things again.

Recently I had someone say to me something like this, “How do you manage to keep up with blogging, couponing and everything else when you just had a baby?”  Well, let me assure you that I’m not super woman!  I couldn’t keep up at all had it not been for the help of my lovely sister-in-laws the last several weeks.  I’ve had help at least one day a week and several weeks I’ve been blessed to have help two days.  It’s been wonderful and I’ve loved being able to spend more time with them too.

Okay, now on to the details of last week’s spending!

Favorite buys:

  • Free Bird’s Eye veggies
  • Pampers wipes for $0.99 each
  • Huggies diapers for $3.49 each
  • $0.93 Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Free Planters peanuts

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: -$54.89
Total Saved with Coupons: $35.75
Total Saved with Sales: $29.93
Total Saved: $65.68 + $90.53 in gas savings

CVS: $0 (used gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $22.75
Saved with Sales: $15.20

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of  $13.21.

If you are a regular reader you know that one of the big ways that I save on diapers is to buy ahead.  So I was quick to jump on this deal to get Huggies for just $3.49/pack!

Bought:

  • 4 Huggies $8.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $3.00 Huggies printable coupons
  • $10.75 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

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

Rite Aid: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $1.50

 

I had an UPReward to use up and since we needed some almonds and they were on sale I decided to get them even though they weren’t the best price ever.  And since my out of pocket was just $0.79 I used up some change from my grocery cash to pay for this purchase.

Bought:

  • Blue Diamond almonds $2.79

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Giant: $22.46
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $13.23

The Bird’s Eye veggies were part of a gas deal that I had a rain check for.  After coupons, sales and gas rewards I got all the veggies for free.  You can’t beat deals like that!

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 $0.40 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Bird’s Eye veggies.

The Philadelphia cream cheese was part of a deal where you saved $4.00 instantly when you purchased 7 of various products.  I wasn’t really interested in any of the other items that were part of the deal so I just stocked up on cream cheese for $0.93 each.  I plan to make a cheese cake and probably either these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars or Cream Cheese Potato Soup with the rest.

The Planters peanuts were free after coupons and the Pamper’s wipes were a great buy at $0.99 each.  Oh and get this.  This week Giant has Pampers wipes on sale for $1.39 each but I already used up all my coupons so I have to miss out on an even better deal!  That’s just how it goes with deal shopping.  You can often win but sometimes you lose too!

Bought:

  • 5 Planters peanuts $1.00 each
  • 4 Pampers wipes $1.99 each
  • 7 Philadelphia cream cheese $1.50 each
  • 7 Bird’s Eye peas $2.00 each
    (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • Five $1.00 Planters printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Pampers printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1/2 Bird’s Eye coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $4 instant savings for purchasing 7 Philadelphia cream cheese

Got Back:

  • $12.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Bird’s Eye vegetables

Aldi: $13.18

It’s been several weeks since I shopped at Aldi and I think I was going through withdrawal!  Ha!  But seriously, I do love that place.

Funny thing was, the main reason I went was because we needed napkins and I totally forgot to get them!  I’m finding that kind of thing has been happening around here a lot lately- guess it’s just part of having a new little one to take care of and being pulled in more directions than ever.

Bought:

  • 2 Mushrooms $0.69 each
  • Romaine Hearts $1.39
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Vegetable Chips $1.79
  • Tortillas $1.19
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • Brown Sugar $1.19

Misc: $0

I received these Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps from Purex Insiders.  These deep cleaning soaps have a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes the skin while at the same time deeply cleaning as well.  I was really impressed with how even though they are deep cleaning, they really didn’t dry out my hands.  And that’s saying a lot because the stage of life that I’m in, I’m washing my hands all.the.time!  (Think little children and lots of diaper changes.)  I also loved the scents.  The Water Blossoms scent was a bit strong for me but the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar was simply lovely.  It smelled so fresh and spring-y which was just what I needed after this long winter.  Oh and I made the awesomeness stretch further by using these soaps to make my own homemade foaming hand soap.

Learn more about Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap.

Credits: $90.53
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 $90.53 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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