Weekly Spending Summary (8/10-8/16)

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.

Well, we were on vacation this week so I did very little shopping!  I kind of missed it but at the same time it was a nice breather too.  One of the things that we did to save money was to take along all of our food for our trip.  (Well, we did actually eat two meals out but that comes out of our vacation/eating out budget.)  We saved alot by doing this- probably at least $350, very likely more!  It takes a bit of work to plan and prepare and it requires a little bit of work while you are gone but the savings make it so worth it.  And I kept our meals very simple so we didn’t really even have to work that much while we were there.

Which makes me wonder, would you all enjoy seeing a menu of what we ate while we were gone?  I was thinking about posting it but wasn’t sure if it would be helpful or not.

Total Spent: $11.58

Kroger: $7.78

To save money, we took along most of the food that we needed for our trip and used the kitchen at the guest house we stayed at to prepare our own meals.  (We did enjoy two restaurant meals while we were gone, but those come out of our eating out/vacation budget.)  You might remember that I had bought a small bottle of maple syrup to use on our trip.  Well, the pancakes we made we super fluffy and soaked up syrup like crazy!  We ended up using all that syrup up really fast and since we felt like eating more pancakes for breakfasts, I ran to a local Kroger and got some all natural Log Cabin syrup.  I didn’t know they even made such a thing, but it was high fructose corn syrup free and made from rice.  It was actually quite tasty and a bit cheaper than maple syrup.

I also grabbed a gallon of milk too since we were almost out.  I couldn’t believe how much cheaper milk is in KY.  Around here we pay about $4 a gallon at the store!  I had considered getting a half gallon but it was only $0.79 more to get a gallon and I knew we would have room to take the extra home with us in our cooler so I decided to shop smart and save money by buying the gallon.

Bought:

  • Log Cabin All Natural Syrup $4.99
  • Milk $2.79

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk

Sally Beauty Company: $3.80

I’ve been wanting to get a spray bottle to use for when I comb my 2 yr. old’s hair and so on a whim I decided to run into Sally Beauty Supply and see if they had something.  Sure enough, they did and as usual, it was nice and inexpensive.  I also grabbed some hair bands too since we were almost out.  Sophia’s hair is so fine that any other band doesn’t really work.  I love these hair bands and I’ve found that this brand truly does not break, unlike some other brands that I’ve tried!

Bought:

  • Spray Bottle $1.39
  • Hair Bands 200 ct. $2.19

Misc.:  $0


We enjoyed spending a couple of days at the end of our vacation with my husband’s sister and her family.  It had been a couple of years since we were at their place (although we’ve seen them much more often than that at my in-laws) and it was good to be there again.  We had so much fun just enjoying life with them, watching our children have a blast together and staying up late hashing many things.  It made me grateful again for the gift of family that cares about us!

Anyway, my sister-in-law shared two of her zucchini with us!  She said she has plenty and she saw my shameless begging the other week and figured she’d be generous.  So I thanked her and we enjoyed some this week when I made my Crustless Zucchini Quiche.  I want to make some kind of dessert with the rest of it.

Oh, I about forgot!  I picked the small zucchini at the guest house where we stayed.  They had this neat little garden out back and we were allowed to harvest anything we wanted from it.  I actually picked some green beans and a carrot from it too, but we ate them while we were there.

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