Weekly Spending Summary (6/22-6/28)

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 was full but much less busy than the last several weeks which was so refreshing!  The first part of the week I was busy getting caught up on some things that had been kind of neglected during the previous busy weeks.  And I also organized and priced stuff for the yard sale that we had on Saturday.  We did the yard sale with my mom-in-law and sister-in-law at my husband’s cousin’s place (did you follow that all?!) and we did really well!  Her house is located along one of the main roads in the area and we got a lot of business.  It was so nice to get rid of most of our stuff, except for kid’s clothes.  For some reason the customers we had were mostly not young moms so the clothes didn’t get much attention.  But the rest of our stuff mostly disappeared.  So fun!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, you might enjoy reading my post on 5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale.  You’ll find out the things that we’ve found helpful in doing well in the many yard sales that we’ve had.  One thing we discovered this year that seems like a no-brainer but didn’t occur to any of us until halfway through the morning, was to not put totes of clothes right beside your “checkout” table.  It just so happened that the way we set the clothes up, there were 2 totes of kids clothes (organized by size) right beside our checkout table.  It suddenly occurred to us that not many people are going to want to dig through that when they are pretty much right under our nose, so we moved it up to the front of our display and then people actually did start to look through them.  I think it was actually my smart husband who had the “light bulb” moment.  <grin>  But it was a good illustration of how the way things are displayed and set up really do affect how much you’ll sell!

I kind of broke my “not shopping much this summer” rule this week.  I hadn’t really intended to go to so many stores, it just sort of happened for a number of reasons.  But I realized again that it really is probably wise to limit my shopping this summer after a particularly stressful shopping trip one day!

I did get some really good buys though.  Here are my favorites:

* 5 packs of Huggies/Pull-ups for $3 or less each
* Better than free Jones sausage (preservative/nitrate free)
* Free toothbrushes
* $18 moneymaker on Bays English muffins!
* $1.69 Eight O’Clock coffee
* Bird’s Eye veggies for $0.21/bag
* Turkey Hill All Natural ice cream for $0.30
* Free Dial soap
* Cherries for $2.50/lb.

Total Spent: $36.26
Total Saved with Coupons: $56.13
Total Saved with Sales: $87.60
Total Saved: $143.73 + $88.70 in gas savings

CVS: $12.25
Saved with Coupons: $22.76
Saved with Sales: $19.14

You might remember the Huggies and Pull-ups coupons that I posted about earlier.  I used them several times this week to get some great deals on diapers.  The diapers and Dial were part of a deal where if you bought $30 worth of products you got a $10 gas gift card.  So after the coupons, Ibotta rebates and sales, I paid $2.49 for each pack of diaper plus got the Dial body wash for free!  I was pretty happy about that deal!

You might remember that I just got 2 bottles of Dial men’s body wash for free last week too so even though my husband seems to go through it pretty fast, I decided to share 2 of the bottles that I bought with one of our friends and his housemate.  See, the housemate gets the Sunday paper every week and always threw out the coupons.  Our friend discovered that I coupon and could use those Sunday coupons so he asked his housemate if he could start saving them for me.  It’s been wonderful!  I get the Sunday coupons without spending a cent!  They don’t expect a thing in return, but I do appreciate it a lot and so i try to occasionally some of my freebies with them, bake them something yummy or give them some of the fresh fruit and veggies that I get for good prices (since I can get much better deals on those things than they do at a regular grocery store).

The Aquafina was free as well after coupons.  I’ll probably save it to use when we do some traveling later this summer.

Bought:

  • 3 Huggies diapers $9.00 each
  • 2 Dial body wash $2.99 each (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)
  • 2 Aquafina $0.88

Coupons Used:

  • Three $4.00 Huggies printable coupons
  • Two $0.88 Aquafina CVS printable coupons
  • $9.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $10 Gas Gift Card for purchasing the Huggies and Dial
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Dial men’s body wash
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Dial ladies’s body wash
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing two Dial (this was a bonus rebate)
  • $0.50 via  Ibotta for redeeming three offers (this was a bonus rebate)

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $11.59
Saved with Sales: $12.22

I used a couple of rain checks this week and got the Depends and Reach for free.  The Pull-ups were $2.24 after coupons and sales.  I loved getting these for such a great price to use with our nearly potty trained daughter!

Bought:

  • 2 Depend Fit Kits $0
    - purchased with rain check (sale made item free after UPRewards)
  • Reach toothbrushes $0
    - purchased with rain check (sale made item free after UPRewards)
  • Huggies Pull-ups $11.24

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Huggies Pull-ups printable coupon
  • $5.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that I earned for doing a 10 minute survey that they sent me)
  • $3.59 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $6.00 UPRewards coupon for purchasing the Pull-ups (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $81.10
Saved with Coupons: $8.50
Saved with Sales: $51.06

I found out that the Giant gas rewards policies are going to be changing and now the deals will only be good on 25 gallons of gas instead of 30 gallons.  We were needing to fill up our minivan anyway, so I decided that I might as well use up most of the rain check that I had for gas reward items before the policy changes.  So you’ll see a number of “bought with rain check” items below.

The Eight O’Clock coffee was $1.69 each after coupons and sales.  It’s not winter, but we still use quite a bit of coffee.  I love this homemade iced coffee and I also have a delicious homemade frappe that I’ve been enjoying a lot too.  I hope to get the recipe for it posted one of these days soon.

The Pampers wipes were $0.99 after coupons/sales.  I try not to pay more than that for a pack of wipes and usually have no problem finding them for that price when I combine coupons and sales at places like Giant, Weis and CVS.

The rest of the items that I bought were gas rewards deals.  Here’s how they broke down: the Jones sausage was a moneymaker of $0.38 (love getting good sausage for better than free!), the Bird’s Eye veggies were $0.21/bag, the Bays English muffins were a moneymaker of $18.15 and the Turkey Hill ice cream was $0.30 each.

Yes, I bought a ridiculous amount of English muffins and I still had some in the freezer from when I got a bunch of the Thomas brand back a while.  But I could hardly pass up an $18 moneymaker and I knew I had room in the freezer to store them anyway.  We’ve loved having English muffins on hand for a delicious easy meal of breakfast sandwiches.

(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 $2.50 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.)

Bought:

  • 6 Eight O’Clock Coffee $1.86 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 3 Pampers wipes $1.99 each
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.79
  • 7 Jones All Natural Sausage $1.66 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 7 Bird’s Eye Veggies $2.00 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 15 Bays English Muffins $1.79 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 5 Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream $3.50 each
    - bought with rain check

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Eight O’ Clock coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Three $0.50 Pampers printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon printed from kiosk in store
  • $0.50 off any frozen food item coupon printed from kiosk in store
  • Two $1.00 Turkey Hill coupons received from calling Turkey Hill and requesting
  • Two $0.50 Turkey Hill coupons received from calling Turkey Hill and requesting (one doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Turkey Hill printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

  • $12.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Jones sausage
  • $12.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Birds Eye
  • $36.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Bay English Muffins
  • $15.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Turkey Hill

Weis: $9.27
Saved with Coupons: $13.28
Saved with Sales: $5.18

 I decided to make a trip to Weis again this week since I was going to be getting enough decent deals to make it worthwhile.  I got 1 lb. Domino sugar for $0.55 each, Dial soap for free, Huggies for $2.99 and Ritz Crackerfuls for free.

I actually kind of goofed with the Domino sugar.  I forgot that Weis only doubled 4 like coupons in one transaction, so the 5th coupon that I used didn’t double which meant that I paid a bit more for the sugar than I had intended.  It was still a tiny bit less than what I typically pay at Aldi, but not as good of a deal as I had hoped for.

Bought:

  • 10 Domino sugars 1 lb. $1.00 each
  • Ritz Crackerfuls $2.50
  • Huggies diapers $8.99
  • Dial bar soap $1.00

Coupons Used:

  • Five $0.50/2 Domino sugar coupons ( four doubled to $1.00)
  • Free Ritz Crackerfuls coupon received via Facebook promotion (took off $2.78)
  • $2.00 Huggies Weis coupon
  • $4.00 Huggies printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Dial

Ken’s Gardens: $1.09

I was driving by this local greenhouse and decided to stop and get the rest of the flowers I wanted to finish our flowerbeds and pots.  I saw that they had a 6 pack of the New Red Fire lettuce and decided to get it.  It may not have been the wisest thing since lettuce tends to get bitter once it gets hot, but I have a mostly shaded area that I can plant it in and since it hasn’t been hot, hot here I’m going to try it.  I figure even if it just grows a little before I cut it, I’ll still get my money’s worth out of it.

Centerville Bulk Foods: $0

I spent $20 something at this local bulk food store but I used grocery cash to pay for my purchases which is why it shows as $0 above.

This store has great prices on a lot of items including oatmeal for $0.54/lb., yeast for $2.95/lb, cocoa powder for $2.38/lb., unsweetened coconut for $3.81 and carrots for $1.19 for 2 lb.  I also got wheat germ (to use in my homemade granola), lady finger popcorn (makes the best popcorn because of it’s small kernals), brown basmati rice, sunflower seeds and a jar lid.

Misc.: $21.25

* I used grocery cash to buy 2 big head of lettuce at our local farmer’s market.  I think I paid $3.50 total for them.

This was only about 1/3 of the cherries that I bought.  Aren’t they pretty?

* I also got 8 ½ lbs. of cherries from a local orchard for $2.50/lb. ($21.25 total) and my husband and kids have been thoroughly enjoying them.  (I don’t like them at all!)  I also gave about 1/2 lb. to one of our neighbors who really likes them too.

I don’t often buy many cherries because they tend to be so expensive but because I have such a good cushion in my grocery budget right now, I decided to go ahead and splurge a little.   And as I mentioned in my 8 Things that I’m Loving post, thanks to Fridgesmarts, I can keep fruit fresh for a long time so I wasn’t worried that they’d go bad very soon.

Credits: $88.70
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 $88.70 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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