Weekly Spending Summary (4/20-4/26)

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.

Whew, this week has been full!  I was gone at least part of every day except today doing fun things like taking lunch to my son’s school, hanging out with a neighbor/friend and attending the last Mom’s Morning Out of the year (a Mom’s group at a local church).  And actually I would have been gone today too but my hubby was kind enough to watch the children last night so that I could go do my grocery shopping then instead of today.  It’s amazing how being at home all day can make such a difference in how busy you feel!

Anyway, I was so busy with all of those things and the usual household/mom duties that I totally forgot until today that I hadn’t posted my Weekly Spending Summary!  Not that it necessarily matters, but I do like to usually post it at the beginning of the week sometime.  But, better late than never right?

Favorite buys:
* Free Kit-Kat
* Ham steak for $0.50
* Huggies wipes that were a moneymaker
* 3 lb. cottage cheese for $1.99

Total Spent: $85.93
Total Saved with Coupons: $10.00
Total Saved with Sales: $2.89
Total Saved: $12.89

Rite Aid: $2.20
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $0.90

The Kit-Kat was free thanks to Saving Star’s  freebie Friday offer.  Have you ever eaten Kit-Kat’s frozen?  I think they are best that way!

The brush was bought just because I needed to use up some UPRewards and it was something we needed.

Bought:

  • Hair brush $7.19
  • Kit-kat $0.89

Coupons Used:

  • $6.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $0.89 via Saving Star for purchasing the Kit-kat (weekly 100% back offer)

Giant: $15.54
Saved with Coupons: $4.00
Saved with Sales: $1.99

Not pictured: 1 gallon milk

The Huggies and Reach floss were both gas deals that I did.  I actually bought the Reach using a rain check and I only needed to buy those two to finish out the gas deal and get the points.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Huggies were a moneymaker of $5.44.  I’m not sure how much of a moneymaker the Reach was since it’s been a couple of weeks since the deal ran but I think that one was about a $6 moneymaker.

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 $0.80 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.

We usually buy our milk from a local dairy and my husband gets it on his way home from work (the dairy is about 20 min. away).  But he’s not been working the last couple of weeks because he’s been trying to get some papers done for college and so we’ve had to resort to buying milk at the store again.  I’m thankful that Ibotta has been having milk rebates lately.  That sure helps at least a little!

The Ham was $0.50 after coupons/sales.

Bought:

  • Gallon store brand milk $4.42
  • 4 Huggies wipes $2.39 each
  • Hatfield Ham Steak $2.50
  • 2 Reach Floss $1.59 each
    - bought using a rain check

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Hatfield printable coupon
  • Two $1.00 Reach coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk
  • $24.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Reach and Huggies

Aldi: $21.45

I needed to take a salad to a lunch and so I got stuff to make a Caesar salad.  Yum!  It’s been a while since I made one of them.  While I was there I grabbed corn chips and some mushrooms (they were on weekly special).

Bought:

  • 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
  • 2 Mushrooms $0.69 each
  • Romaine Hearts $1.99
  • Parmesan Cheese $1.99
  • Caesar dressing $1.39
  • Croutons $0.89
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $1.99
  • Onions $2.49
  • 2 Sour Cream $1.29 each
  • Mayo $1.99
  • 2 Potato Chips $1.49 each

Sharp Shopper: $15.32

Sharp Shopper is a local discount grocery store.  I never know what deals I’ll find there.  This time wasn’t the greatest but I did okay.  I got a huge (3 lb.) tub of cottage cheese for $1.99.  It doesn’t expire until June sometime so I’ll have a while to get it used.  I’ll probably use it to make some Oven Ready Lasagna and Orange Cottage Cheese Salad.  I also have a delicious dill bread recipe that takes cottage cheese too and I’d love to make some of that again.  It makes the best toasted cheese sandwiches!

The lunch meat was $1.50 or $1.99 each (can’t remember!).  I needed to take some to a family get together and I also got some to put in the freezer to use for ourselves whenever we need it.  Lunch meat is something that freezes really well!

I like to get my vanilla at this store because they have bottles of real vanilla.  It has better flavor than the imitation stuff, is healthier and you can use less and get the same amount of flavor too.

Centerville Bulk Foods: $28.31

I was in the area of my favorite bulk food store so thought I’d stop and get a few of my usual things: apples, oatmeal, raw sugar, cocoa powder, wheat gluten(for my homemade bread) and gelatin (for my homemade yogurt).  I also got strawberry gelatin so that I could make strawberry pie with some of the free strawberries that I got last week at Target.  I really need to share my recipe with you.  It’s so basic but absolutely delicious.

Shenks Greenhouse: $3.11

I’m not much of a gardener and truth is, we really don’t have much room to even plant stuff since we live in the city.  But I still like to get a few things just to have the fun of harvesting them.  So I stopped by a local greenhouse and got these 2 tomato plants and 6 lettuce plants.  The lettuce is New Red Fire and it’s the same kind that I buy from the market stand at our local farmer’s market.  I love both the texture and the flavor of it.

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