Weekly Spending Summary (7/13-7/19)

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.

I did very little grocery shopping this week since I was short on time and also because the deals are just slow right now.  I find that the deals always die down in the summer but this year I think it’s more than normal.  At any rate, thanks to my stockpile it’s not really been a huge issue and for that I’m grateful.

Favorite buys:
* Better than free Huggies diapers
* Free Starbucks Refreshers

Total Spent: $70.96
Total Saved with Coupons: $3.00
Total Saved with Sales: $0.98
Total Saved: $3.98

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $3.00
Saved with Sales: $0.98

I stopped by Rite Aid because I had a $1.00 coupon to use there before it expired and figured I might as well get these two Starbucks drinks since I could get them for free after coupons and sales.  I was intending to also get some shampoo but they were out of stock so I got a rain check.

Bought:

  • 2 Starbucks Refreshers $1.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Starbucks Refresher printable coupons
  • $1.00 Catalina coupon (coupon that prints at the register) that I received from a previous transaction

Got Back:

Aldi: $46.99

 My husband and the men and boys in his family went camping this past weekend.  He was responsible to take bacon for two breakfasts, fruit, as well as all of the paper supplies which is why I bought 4 lbs. of bacon, apples, bananas, cups, napkins and plastic utensils.  I’m actually going to take back the cups, napkins and utensils because we ended up not using them.  We had a bunch of packets of plastic utensils wrapped in napkins that someone had given to us and so they used those instead.  And the day before they left I realized that everyone was going to be taking a water bottle along anyway so there was really no need for cups so we skipped those as well!

I bought the blueberries thinking they were a good deal but realized once I got home that they weren’t as great as I thought.  They were $0.99 a pint but it is a dry pint, not a liquid pint, so it’s not actually a lb.  I was thinking that I was paying $0.99/lb. when in actuality I paid $1.98/lb.  That’s not a bad price for many of you but around here I can get 20 lb. boxes of blueberries for $1.69/lb.  I was rather annoyed at myself but chalked it up as a learning experience.  I think I’ll remember from now on that a dry pint is not a lb.!  :)

Bought:

  • 4 Bacon $3.49 each
  • 2 Canned Salmon $2.39 each
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • 12 Blueberries pts.  $0.99 each
  • 3 Apples $3.69 each
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 3 lb. Sweet Potatoes $2.39
  • Cups $2.49
  • Plastic Utensils $3.49
  • Napkins $1.49

Got Back:

Walmart: $8.97

I kept hearing things about TopCashBack, an online cashback website, and finally decided to use it.  They had an offer last week you could make almost $1.00 just by purchasing Huggies diapers online via Walmart.  Since I’m always looking for ways to save on diapers I jumped on the deal.

TopCashBack periodically does promotional offers like this one where you can get something for free or better than free after cashback.  I’m hoping to let you all know about them on here when they have them in the future.

Bought:

  • Huggies diapers $8.97

Got Back:

Misc.: $15.00

I withdrew some cash to use at our local farmer’s market for produce.

* $6.50 (used grocery cash)
I got more fresh ground wheat flour from my in-laws.  They buy big 50 lb. bags and then grind it for me.  It’s so much better and cheaper than just buying whole wheat flour in the store.  I love using it to make my 100% Whole Wheat Bread as well as numerous other things.

* These two lovely tomatoes came from our small backyard garden.  I have about 13 more still hanging on.  The plants seem to have gotten a blight though, so I’m not sure if it will affect the tomatoes or not.

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