Monday, November 10th, 2014
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, Snap, Hopster, Checkout 51, and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.
* Huggies diapers $1.49
* Pampers diapers $3.49
* Eight O Clock coffee $1.27 each
* Free Newman’s Own Greek yogurt
* Finish dishwashing detergent $1.32
* Oreos $0.97
* Kraft sour cream $0.83/lb.
Total Spent: -$6.91 (negative number due to gas rewards credit- see end of post)
Total Saved with Coupons: $34.50
Total Saved with Sales: $51.50
Total Saved: $86.00 + $72.25 gas savings
Saved with Coupons: $15.50
Saved with Sales: $6.00
I was super excited to get Huggies diapers for just $1.49 a pack after coupons/sales/gift card promo. Back when I first started couponing, I often got diapers for this cheap but it has been a long time since I’ve I last was able to get a deal this good.
Looking to save on diapers and wipes? You might enjoy my post about How to Save Money and Build a Diaper Stockpile.
- 2 Huggies diapers $11.99
- used two $3.00 Huggies printable coupons
- used $4.50/2 Huggies CVS printable coupon
- Huggies diapers $5.99
- used $3.00 Huggies printable coupon
- used $2.00 Huggies CVS printable coupon
- $10.00 CVS gift card for purchasing $30.00 worth of Huggies products
Giant: $32.91 + $2.00 grocery cash
Saved with Coupons: $13.00
Saved with Sales: $27.94
Before I tell you anything else about this shopping trip, I have to let you know that I shop lifted. Yes, you read that right. I got home from shopping and my husband was taking our 9 mo. old out of her car seat when he calmly hands me a jar of JIF peanut butter and says, “Not sure why that’s in there with her.” My mouth just kind of fell open and I was speechless for a moment. See, I had given it to Adelyne for her to play with as I shopped. Eventually it rolled down beside her and I totally forgot about it and walked out of the store without paying for it! Obviously I’ll be taking it back with me when I go this week to make amends. I’m grateful the employees at customer service know me because otherwise I’d feel quite silly explaining it all!
As for the things I paid for….I got the Malt O Meal for free, the Newman’s Own Greek yogurt for free (thanks to Saving Star!), the Giant eggs were $1.09, the Pampers were $3.49, the General Mills cereal $0.33 each, the Eight O Clock coffee $1.27 each and the banana was free (thanks to Checkout 51). The Pledge was not a great deal but I was totally out so I pretended it was a good deal. <grin> I paid $2.19 for it which I suppose isn’t too bad but it feels expensive when I haven’t paid more than $0.50 for dusting spray in a couple of years.
The grapes were a goof and not a good buy at all. There was a coupon in the ad to get grapes for $0.99/lb. if you bought $25 worth of groceries. Since the children love grapes I figured I’d get some since they were that cheap. But unfortunately missed the fine print of “minimum of $25 must be met after all coupons and discounts” and alas, but my out of pocket was under $25 in that particular transaction. (Yes, I often go through self check out and do multiple transactions so that all of my coupons will double. Giant has policy that only one like coupon will double per transaction.) So, um, those grapes were actually a bust. But it’s proof that I’m human and prone to messing up- something I’m quite aware of, but something that I realize you all probably don’t see a lot of on this blog. So, let it be known that I’m no different than you!
The Pillsbury, Crisco canola oil and Jif peanut butter (that I shop lifted) were all part of the weekly Giant gas reward deals. And actually, I was to have bought 8 items to get the deal and wanted to get 2 more Crisco oils but they were out of stock. So I got a rain check for them and will buy them another week. Anyway, after the sale prices/coupons and gas rewards I’ll essentially be paying $1.28 each for those things.
(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 $7.50 worth of free gas for purchasing the Nestle and Blue Diamond products.)
- Pledge $4.19
- used $1.00 Pledge printable coupon
- used $1.00 Checkout 51 offer
- 4 Malt O Meal cereals $1.00 each
- used four $0.75 Malt O Meal printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
- Newman’s Own Greek yogurt $1.49
- used FREE Newman’s Own Saving Star offer ($1.49)
- Giant brand eggs $1.59
- used $0.50 Giant store ecard offer
- 3 Pillsbury flour $2.29 each
- Cheerios $1.66
- used $0.75 Giant store ecard offer
- Golden Grahams $1.66
- used $1.50/3 General Mills printable coupon
- Trix $1.66
- used $0.75 Trix printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
- used $0.75 Saving Star offer
- 2 Crisco canola oil $4.79 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
- Grapes $4.62
- Pampers $6.99
- used $1.50 Pampers printable coupon
- used $2.00 Ibotta offer
- 4 Eight O Clock coffee $2.65 each (bought with rain check)
- used $2/2 Eight O Clock printable coupon
- used two $1.00 Eight O Clock printable coupons
- used $1.50/3 Ibotta offer
- Banana $0.25
- used $0.25 Checkout 51 offer
- used 20% back Saving Star offer
- $7.50 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Pillsbury, Jif (see note above) and Crisco
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $17.56
I know, this is an odd combination to purchase, right? But it was an amazing deal! I was able to get the Finish for just $1.32. I’ve always used my dishwasher some but I’ve started using it more the last couple of months as a way to help decrease my work load more. I figure it’s a relatively inexpensive maid. <grin> And deals like this make it really inexpensive!
I’m not much of a bought cookie fan- typically I much prefer homemade from scratch. But Oreos are one of my weaknesses. I mean who could not like them? And I’m in the minority that I like the regular and not the double stuffed. Anyway, I was able to get these for just $0.97 each. I figured we’d enjoy them as a special treat every now and then. I’ll probably actually throw at least one pack in the freezer to enjoy later on. And yes, they are good after they are frozen. I mean, Oreos are good any time, any way right?
- Finish $4.99
- used $0.55 Finish printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
- 2 Finish $3.49 each
- used two $0.55 Finish printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
- saved $5.00 instantly for purchasing $15 worth of Finish products
- 3 Oreos $1.97 each
- used three $0.50 Oreo printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
Sharp Shopper $10.84
This local discount store had some great buys again. I rarely buy fish sticks but knew that we were going to have some busy days coming up and figured they’d make a quick, easy dinner. And yes, I got more Oreo cookies! But these were already crushed and I plan to use them for cheesecake crusts. You can’t beat that price- and the fact that they are already crushed is definitely nice too. I don’t know about you, but crushing cookies is not one of my favorite things to do. Especially chocolate cookies that make it really messy.
The cheese is to send along with a meal that I’m making for a friend. The sour cream? Well, I was quite happy to get it for the equivalent of $0.83 a small container! And this time of year we can use a lot of sour cream in soups etc. For instance, I made 3 recipes of Creamy White Chili tonight and used 3 cups right there. And no, it wasn’t all for us. Although we did eat a large portion of it! Seriously, I can’t believe how much we eat these days! My children (that eat) are only 6 and almost 3 but I’m already wondering how I’m going to keep enough food in the house when they are teenagers!
I also grabbed a container of lunch meat. I really like that this particular kind has no nitrates added instead it uses celery juice as a natural form of nitrates.
- Two 3 lb. Sour Cream $2.29 each
- Colby Cheese $2.49
- Crushed Oreos $1.09 ($0.99/lb.)
- Fish sticks $1.49
- Oscar Mayer lunch meat $1.19
Bet you all are wondering what this is! The color is a little off in the picture but it’s the equivalent of almost 4 cans of homemade pumpkin puree. My sister-in-law shared a pumpkin that they grew with us and I finally got it cooked up and put in the freezer.
Speaking of pumpkin. You really should try these No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes. So good!
The last couple 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 $72.25 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 What I Spent & What I Saved posts.)