Weekly Spending Summary 6/1-6/7

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.

Last week was another busy week for us.  I mentioned in my last Weekly Spending Summary that my husband’s grandma had died and with having her funeral on Monday, it kind of made the week seem short and out of kilter.  Then on Saturday, my husband’s cousin got married.  Thankfully it was a local wedding which made things so much nicer!  We had out-of-area family come for that and they stayed the weekend with us.  It was so much fun to have them around and the lack of sleep from staying up and hanging out was so worth it.

But I’m quite ready for a more normal week again.  It’s been a little rough so far with everyone kind of being behind on sleep and the kiddos getting used to just being here again and having no one else to play with.  They were all kind of grumpy the last couple of days and I was trying hard not to join them!  (Wasn’t terribly successful too many times!)  This morning I decided we needed something to help us out so I went to my Educational Ideas for Kids Pinterest board and found some fun things for my 5 yr. old to do.  He was kept occupied for a while and my 2 ½ yr. old joined him at the table and pretended she was doing school stuff too.  There were a few fights but it was much better than it had been!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing quite as much shopping the last several weeks.  Or maybe you didn’t.  I’m sure some of you think I still do a lot of shopping compared to what you are used to doing.  Anyway, if you are really observant you likely noticed that I haven’t been going to CVS and/or Rite Aid nearly every week.  I kind of decided to take a bit of a shopping break this summer for several reasons.  For one thing, summer always tends to feel busy for us, especially since I do a lot of canning and freezing.  Also, my son had been going to kindergarten 3 days a week and now his school year is over so that means most weeks I have to take 3 of them to the store with me, not just 2.  And while I’ve found things that help keep it somewhat stress-free, I still don’t like to make it too complicated!

I’m also not doing as much shopping simply because I have a great stockpile of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, deodorant and all of those sorts of things that I typically can get for free at Rite Aid and CVS.  So I think that even if I rarely hit those stores this summer, I should still be just fine.  And if I do actually end up needing one of those things anyway?  Well, I’m okay with having to spend some money on it.  After all, I’m ahead with my grocery budget by quite right now and so it shouldn’t hurt me too much.

Here are a few of this week’s favorite buys:
* Pull-ups for $3.99
* Moneymaking paraben/sulfate free body wash
* Wishbone dressing for $0.69
* Moneymaking Domino brown and confectioner sugar
*32 oz. Olive Oil for $3.99
* Glad trash bags for $2.71
* $0.99 Hellman’s mayo

Total Spent: $25.11
Total Saved with Coupons: $21.75
Total Saved with Sales: $30.24
Total Saved: $51.99 (+ $12 in gas rewards and $6.50 in Ibotta savings)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $5.00

I had a gift card that I had received from returning an item that I used to pay for this purchase of $3.17.  I wasn’t planning to go to Rite Aid at all this week but when I saw that I could get this paraben/phosphate free body wash and actually make $2.01 on it, I figured I might as well stop by.  I had some light bulbs that I needed to exchange there sometime anyway.  Unfortunately, they were still out of stock on the light bulbs so I’ll still need to stop back by sometime to exchange them.

Bought:

  • Sebamed face and body wash $7.99

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

  • $5.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Sebamed

Giant: $29.23
Saved with Coupons: $10.50
Saved with Sales: $25.24

I had fun getting some great deals at Giant again this week.  Seriously, I save so much money by couponing here!  The only other grocery store that we have in this area (other than Aldi and a few family owned stores) is Weis and while I like them okay, their prices are overall quite a bit more than Giant’s.  And Giant’s sales totally rock compared to Weis too.  So I’m very grateful to be within easy shopping distance of two Giants!

We were really low on trash bags so last week I grabbed both kitchen and regular black trash bags at Aldi.  Go figure, this week they go on sale for a killer price at Giant!  Oh well, I bought them anyway since we seem to go through trash bags really fast these days.   And really, how could I pass them up when they were only $2.71/box after coupons and sales.  I’m actually kind of kicking myself that I didn’t get more since that is about half of what I pay at Aldi and I rarely can get good deals on trash bags.

Yes, I know I just bought flour.  But I guess I’ve been doing a lot of baking for various events and I was almost out again.  I’m still hoping for a good sale on it one of these days soon!

Oh I was super excited to get Extra Virgin Olive Oil for an incredible price!  I’ve been wanting to get away from canola oil as much as possible to avoid GMO’s and so I’m trying to use more butter, olive oil and coconut oil.  Anyway, several weeks ago I was browsing the olive oil section at Giant just to see what their prices were and noticed that the 32 oz. bottles of Pompeian Olive Oil were on sale for just $4.99!  They regularly are $12.49 (sells for even more on Amazon!) and I knew that in the past I had paid about that price for bottle around half that size.  So I double checked the shelf tag several times to make sure I wasn’t missing something.  (I wasn’t.)  I nearly grabbed a bottle right then and there but since I’m so cheap frugal and since the sale was good through 6/14 (yes, you can still get the deal!) I decided to come home and check to see if there were any coupons available and sure enough there was!  So I used them to get 2 bottles for just $3.99 each!  And I also used a Pompeian coupon to get some balsamic vinegar for a decent price too.  It’s not something I use a lot but I like to have it on hand for when I make something that calls for it.

The Hellman’s mayo was a good deal at just $0.99 after coupons and sales and the NP Organic ketchup ended up being $1.29 after coupons and sales.  I like to buy this brand because it uses real sugar instead of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) like most brands.  I can’t avoid that stuff in everything but ketchup is one thing that I can easily and fairly inexpensively buy without it in.

I had a rain check for the Domino sugars and after coupons and gas rewards they ended up being a moneymaker of $6.05!  I go through brown sugar kind of fast since I make lots of Easy Homemade Granola.

(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 Domino sugar.)

Bought:

  • 2 Glad kitchen bags $4.82 each
  • Glad ForceFlex trash bags $6.49
  • Gold Medal Flour $2.99
  • Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar $2.59
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.79
  • 2 Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 32 oz. $4.99 each
  • Hellman’s mayo $1.99
    -bought with rain check
  • Domino Confectioner Sugar $1.79
  • 4 Domino Brown Sugar $1.79 each
    - bought with rain check

Coupons Used:

  • $5.00 instant savings for purchasing $15 of Glad bags
  • $0.50 Pompeian vinegar printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $1.00 Pompeian olive oil printable coupons
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon from coupon machine inside store
  • $1.00 Hellman’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Five $0.50 Domino’s coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (one doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

  • $12.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Domino sugar

Target: $1.63
Saved with Coupons: $6.25

Several weeks ago I made a grocery purchase at Target where I earned a $5 gift card for purchasing the items that I did.  I used this gift card to pay for what I bought this time and so I only needed to spend $1.63 out of pocket.

I hadn’t actually planned to go to Target this week but we were over that direction one evening and I had a clothing purchase that I needed to return so we decided to stop by.  And of course, if I was going to go there anyway, why not get a few deals too, right?

After coupons and sales, the Pull-ups were just $3.99 and the Wishbone dressing $0.62 each.  I don’t usually buy Pull-ups because I can get diapers for less.  But with the package sizes of diapers changing, this is just as good of a deal as diapers of the same size.  Plus they are easier to use with a semi-potty trained child.  And while I prefer homemade salad dressing (such as this Homemade Mexian Dressing), our kids don’t care for it.  They’ll eat huge mounds of salad if they can have Ranch dressing and since I have yet to find a good homemade Ranch dressing recipe, I just buy it and look for ways to get it as cheap as possible.

Bought:

  • Pull-ups $8.99
  • 2 Wishbone salad dressing $1.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $3.50 Pull-ups printable coupon
  • Two $1.00 Wishbone printable coupons
  • $0.75/2 Target Wishbone printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $1.50 via Ibotta for  purchasing the Pull-ups

Credits: $5.75

I cashed out my Ibotta credits.  LOVE this app!

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