Weekly Spending Summary (5/25-5/31)

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, it’s been a busy last week!  This past weekend my husband’s family went to a cabin for a long weekend making the beginning of last week busy trying to get everything done in preparation to go.  We split meal responsibilities which made the work of preparing so much easier which was so nice!  The place we stayed was beautiful and so relaxing.  It was in not far from civilization but was still in the rural enough that it felt like a retreat.  And we had an absolutely wonderful time together!  I’m so grateful to be married into this family.  No, they are not perfect but they truly enjoy each other, can still love each other even though they don’t see eye to eye on everything, are willing to try to grow and learn from each other and just have lots of fun together.

We also buried my husband’s grandmother today.  She passed away last week before we left for the cabin and we almost ditched our plans but ended up being able to make it work in the end- we just had to leave a bit earlier yesterday than we would have otherwise.  Lena was a lady of strong faith in God; a lady who dealt with some really tough circumstances but didn’t let them make her bitter.  And she was a lady of lots of spunk.  She was 91 but up until just a few years ago had enough energy to still work hard- at least for a lady her age!  She helped us a number of different times here as we worked at remodeling our house.  She is going to leave a big hole in her families’ lives but she wasso very ready to enjoy the wonder of Heaven and that made it much easier to release her.

So it’s been kind of a different week around here and as a result I didn’t do quite as much deal shopping as usual.

On to the weekly spending summary.  Here are my favorite buys:

  • California Pizza Kitchen pizza for $0.50
  • Prego pasta sauce that was better than free

Total Spent: -$62.70 (negative due to gas rewards listed below)
Total Saved with Coupons: $21.38
Total Saved with Sales: $11.81
Total Saved: $33.19

Giant: $9.36
Saved with Coupons: $16.69
Saved with Sales: $6.32

Got a few deals at Giant this week including the Prego pasta sauce which was a gas deal.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Prego was a moneymaker of $2.04.

(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 Prego.)

And just a note about the Fels-Naptha.  I love using it as a stain remover.  It’s super cheap and does a great job of getting out grass stain, baby blowouts and lots of other things.

Bought:

  • 4 Texas Toast Croutons $1.59 each
  • 4 Prego Pasta Sauce $2.99 each
  • Wishbone Ranch Dressing $2.59
  • 2 Purex Detergent $1.99 each
  • Fels-Naptha $1.39

Coupons Used:

  • Four $0.40 Texas Toast coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $0.80)
  • Two $0.75/2 Prego printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two Purex Free Product coupons from Purex Insiders (took off $4.55 each)
  • Fels-Naptha Free Product coupon from Purex Insiders (took off $1.39)

Got Back:

  • $0.75 via Ibotta for purchasing the Wishbone dressing
  • $12.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Prego

Target: $2.55
Saved with Coupons: $4.69
Saved with Sales: $5.49

I forgot to take a picture but I bought 2 California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas and Kraft Dressing.

I saw this deal for California Pizza Kitchen pizzas for just $0.50 each after coupons and sales and was trying to figure out how I could take adavantage of it since I wasn’t really going to be in the area of Target this week.  Then I got the brilliant idea to use the pizzas for our lunch when we arrived at the cabin since we needed to provide our own lunch that day and I knew that a Target was right along our route.  So we stopped and got two as well as the Kraft Ranch dressing since I had forgotten that for the salad that I made.

I never had CPK pizzas before but they were really, really good and I was wishing so badly that I could have gotten a few more!  But I didn’t really feel want to have to deal with the hassle of taking the pizzas to the cabin and then back home again.

Oh and when I realized that I had forgotten the Ranch dressing for my salad I decided to do a quick check and see if there were any Target Cartwheel offers available for any salad dressings.  Sure enough, there was one available for the Kraft brand which made it significantly cheaper than the Target brand.  It only saved me $0.19 but it was such an easy way to save.

Speaking of Target Cartwheel, did you know that there is a search feature for it?  If you go the app, at the top of the menu there is a “search” option.  You can click on the barcode logo and scan any item to find out if it has a Cartwheel coupon that can be used with it.  Pretty awesome!  And I can’t tell you how often I’ve discovered that I could save a bit more on something I was already planning to purchase.

Bought:

  • 2 California Pizza Kitchen pizzas $5.49 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Kraft dressing $1.88

Coupons Used:

Aldi: $20.01

I was to take baked potatoes to our family weekend at the cabin but since we love sweet potatoes too I decided to take some of both.  So the potatoes and the sour cream were for that.

Bought:

  • 4 lb. Oranges $3.49
  • Two 3 lb. Sweet Potatoes $1.79 each
  • 5 lb. Red Potatoes $3.49
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $1.99
  • 3 Sour Cream $1.29 each
  • 3 lb. Apples $3.59

Sharp Shopper: $16.08

Stopped by my favorite local discount grocery store to grab a few things.  The lunch meat was just a little bit over $2/lb., which is my usual buy price, but it was didn’t have any nitrates in it and so I felt it was worth the extra $0.40.  The Simply Lemonade was a little treat for us- it’s so good!  And that brown package to the right?  It’s Oreo cookie wafers.  I recently discovered them there and they are delicious plain but really, I bought them to use in my cheesecake crusts.

Credit: $110.70
The last number of weeks 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 $110.70 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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