Weekly Spending Summary (8/3-8/9)

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.

Favorite buys:
* Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Tacos $0.08 each
* Oikos Greek Yogurt Dips $0.49 each
* Scott toilet paper 12 pk $4.49 each
* Organic ground turkey $1.99/lb.

Total Spent: $95.49
Total Saved with Coupons: $8.50
Total Saved with Sales: $28.44
Total Saved: $36.94

Giant: $22.96
Saved with Coupons: $8.50
Saved with Sales: $28.44

It’s been a while since I did any gas reward deals at Giant mostly because the deals just weren’t that good lately.  But I decided to do one this week when I saw that I could get 6 Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Tortillas for $0.5o total or just $0.08 each.  We love these- they are perfect for breakfast wraps or rice, beans and beef burritos.

(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 $0.30 off a gallon, up to 25 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Old El Paso.)

I also grabbed some organic ketchup for $1.49 with a coupon that I got from the little machine located right inside the front door.  I buy this ketchup mostly because it is HFCS free (high fructose corn syrup free) and am willing to pay a bit more for it as a result.  The peanuts were free after a coupon that I received from the manufacturer.  Several months ago I had bought some Planters peanuts that were supposed to be salted and were not.  I contacted Planters and they sent me some coupons as a result.

The toilet paper was a stock-up deal that I did at Giant.  It might seem kind of crazy to buy 3 big packs of toilet paper but one of the ways that I save a lot is by stocking up on things that we use regularly like this when they are at rock bottom prices.  Just by purchasing these 3 packs of toilet paper now when I could get them for just $4.49 each after coupons and sales saved me at least $10.50!  I try not to pay more than $5 a pack for Scott toilet paper and it’s been a number of months since I saw it for that price.  So even though I had to buy 3 to get this deal (it was part of a promo where you had to buy 3 to get this price) I didn’t mind because I know it is something that we’ll end up using and I can easily store it under our basement steps until we need it.

Bought:

  • 6 Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Tortillas $2.00 each
  • 3 Scott tissue $5.49 each
    - bought with rain check
  • Planters peanuts $1.00
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.99

Coupons Used:

  • Four $0.75 Old El Paso printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Three $0.55 Scott printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $1.00 Planters coupon received from manufacturer
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon printed at coupon machine in store

Got Back:

  • $7.50 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Old El Paso

Aldi: $49.03

Yes, I kind of went crazy buying eggs!  The Amish farm where I used to get them no longer has chickens and I miss being able to get them for such a good price.  You might remember that the last while they’ve been running anywhere from $1.59 to $1.99 around here.  So when I saw that they were only $1.29 right now I jumped on it and bought a bunch.  I’m always amazed at how fast eggs disappear around our place.  We love having breakfast for dinner and can go through up to 10 eggs a meal anymore!

The Bugles were a total splurge.  For some reason I love those things even though I know they are totally not good for you!  We were preparing to go on a week long vacation and I bought them and the maple syrup as part of our “special vacation food” .  We save money when we go on trips/vacations by taking most of our own food along.  But then I also don’t feel bad spending a bit more and buying fun or more expensive things to enjoy during those times too.

Oh and the tilapia?  It’s not something that I buy a lot since I try to not spend more than $2/lb. on meat.  I guess tilapia is technically seafood and not meat but I still consider it meat.  Anyway, because it’s healthy, I do occasionally buy fish when I can get it for a decent price if I have room in my budget.  I noticed that Aldi had lowered their price on tilapia right now and it was $3/lb. again so I went ahead and got a pack.

The rest of the stuff?  Just my usual stuff that I buy at Aldi when I need it and can’t get it for a better price elsewhere.

Bought:

  • Pure Maple Syrup $3.99
  • Canola Oil $2.49
  • Saltines $0.89
  • Almonds $4.99
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Bugles $0.99
  • 2 Great Northern Beans $0.59 each
  • Sweet Potatoes $2.39
  • 2 Flour Tortillas $1.19 each
  • Butter $2.69
  • Cream Cheese $1.29
  • 2 Sour Cream $1.29 each
  • 3 lb. Apples $3.69
  • Mayo $1.99
  • Tilapia 2 lb. $5.99
  • 8 Eggs $1.29 each

Sharp Shopper: $23.50

I wanted some lunch meat and cheese to take on our trip and so I headed to a local discount grocery store to see if I could find any deals there.  I didn’t luck out on cheese but I did find some lunch meat for $2/lb. or less and was happy about that!  I also got some ground turkey that was organic, no-antibiotic ever and no hormones ever (as opposed to lots of meats that say no hormones added) for $1.99/lb.

They also had cottage cheese for $0.99/lb. so I grabbed several of those.  The grapes ($1.19/lb), gummi worms, Cheez-Its ($1.49) and Oikos dips ($0.49 each) were all things that I bought to take on our trip.  Oh and those Oikos Greek Yogurt dips are really good!  I wish now that I had bought a couple more but it was one of those things that I figured if I bought a bunch it would end up being something we didn’t really like.

Misc.: $0

A friend generously shared one of her yellow zucchini with me!  We love zucchini things and I was delighted to receive this.  Did you know that there was such a thing as yellow zucchini?  Me neither.  They intrigue me!

I’ve tried growing zucchini the last couple of years and they always end up getting some blight for some reason.  I always ended up getting about 3 little zucchini and that was it.  So this year I decided to skip planting them and am counting on my friends having bountiful crops and sharing because they don’t know what else to do with them!  (Hint, hint dear friends that are reading this!)  Ha!

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