Weekly Spending Summary (6/15-6/21)

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.

This past week felt like one of those weeks where all you do is just get enough done to survive!  It was the week for Vacation Bible School at our church and so every evening found us rushing out the door to get there in time.  My husband taught the adult class for part of the evening so in addition to the usual busyness those kinds of weeks bring, that made it extra full.   We really enjoyed Bible School though and the children’s excitement was so contagious!  Every day Logan, our 5 yr. old, would wake up and pretty much count down the hours until it was time to leave.

Saturday afternoon we went on a date while my husband’s four younger siblings baby sat for us.  Then we came back home and enjoyed dinner and some game playing with them and a family friend.  Good times!

I did manage to get a bit of shopping done one day though was happy to score several decent deals.  Read on for the details!

Favorite buys:
* Better than free Dial men’s body wash
* Free toothbrushes
* Eggs for $0.97/dozen
* Utz chips for $1.00 each

Total Spent: $17.43
Total Saved with Coupons: $29.77
Total Saved with Sales: $44.11
Total Saved: $73.88

CVS: $1.10
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $6.98

I had a $5 CVS gift card that I earned through Recyclebank that I used to pay for part of this purchase.

The toothbrushes and deodorants were all free after coupons and sales.

Bought:

  • 2 Colgate toothbrushes $2.99 each
  • Right Guard deodorant $3.00
  • Dry Idea deodorant $3.00

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Colgate coupons from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Right Guard coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Dry Idea coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Colgate toothbrushes (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Right Guard and Dry Idea (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $10.89
Saved with Coupons: $5.98
Saved with Sales: $17.20

Yes, I truly bought 11 dozen eggs!  Or 132 eggs if you like how that sounds better.  I saw this deal early in the week and kept trying to decide if I was crazy to do it or not.   I mean, that’s a lot of eggs, after all but they were only $0.97 a dozen.   The more I thought about it, the more I really felt like I should go for it.  Here’s why:

1.  Eggs here are anywhere from $1.50 to $1.99 dozen so this saved me at minimum $5.83.  That’s pretty significant savings.
2.  We can use eggs pretty fast around here.  If I have a lot of them I’ll make breakfast for dinner, egg salad and/or homemade egg custard, all of which use up eggs pretty quickly.
3.  The expiration on these eggs are the end of July.  That’s quite a ways off and besides, I’m not scared to use eggs several weeks past their expiration date since that date is really just a “best if used by” date.

So, I’m having fun making lots of egg things with my cheap eggs.  Honestly, the worst part about the whole deal was how much space they took up in our fridge!

Oh, I also got BBQ sauce too.  Not that we needed it- I still have a couple of bottles from when I got them free last summer.  But I figured I’d either give them away to friends or donate them to the food bank.  How could I pass up free when I was going to be at the store anyway?

Bought:

  • 2 KC BBQ Sauce $0.99 each
  • 11 Egglands Best Eggs $1.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $7.00 instant savings for purchasing $20 worth of Egglands eggs
  • Two $0.50 KC printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Four $1.00 Egglands coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

Weis: $5.43
Saved with Coupons: $17.79
Saved with Sales: $19.93

I decided to head to Weis this week since they had a deal that I was hoping to do and get ham steak for $0.78/lb.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the flavor in stock that my coupon was for and so I couldn’t do that deal.  But I got some other great bargains anyway.

I was really excited to get Utz chips for just $1.00.  We don’t eat just a lot of chips but in the summer we tend to more because they are so handy to take along on picnics and eat with hotdogs and hamburgers.  And the Grandma Utz ones are my husband’s absolute favorite so that was a double score!

The Dial body wash ended up being a $2.00 moneymaker after coupons and sales.  I was very excited about getting this since it seems my husband goes through body wash incredibly fast.  (He has a construction job and gets filthy, so it takes a lot of soap to get him squeaky clean.  Don’t hear me wrong, I’m not complaining about it.  I’m grateful that he is particular and cares about being clean!)

The Truvia and the Pompeian vinegar were both $0.99 each.   The Malt-O-Meal cereal was free.  They contacted me and wondered if they could send me some free product coupons and of course I didn’t turn that down!  I was happy to see they carried something comparable to Lucky Charms since that is one of the children’s and my husband’s favorite bought “junk” cereal.  We haven’t tried it yet, but in the past I’ve always been very happy with Malt-O-Meal!

Bought:

  • Truvia $2.99
  • Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar $1.99
  • 4 Utz Chips $2.00 each
  • Malt O Meal Cereal $4.29
  • 3 Dial Mens Body Wash $1.83 each
    - priced at$3.50 each but saved $5 instantly when you bought 3

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Truvia printable coupon
  • $0.50 Pompeian printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Four $0.75 Utz printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Free Malt O Meal product coupon received from manufacturer ($4.29)
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts ($3.50)
  • Free Dial body wash from Purex Insiders (only took off $3.00)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing Dial Men’s body wash

Misc.: $0

A friend gave us 2 beautiful heads of lettuce from their garden.  So kind of them!

Some friends from church gave us this “smore ingredient” gift as a thank you.  Isn’t it such a neat, creative idea?  Should make for a fun, family night sometime this summer!

And another friend blessed us with fresh sugar peas and a scrumptious chicken lasagna.  We are quite blessed with kind, generous friends don’t you think?

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