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Weekly Spending Summary (4/13-4/19)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 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, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Free strawberries
  • Free Dove Men’s body wash and shampoo
  • Enchilada sauce for $0.19/can
  • Moneymaking Puffs tissues
  • $0.06 Domino brown sugar
  • $0.49 baby carrots
  • Free Crayola washable markers

Total Spent: -$7.66 (negative due to gas credits as seen below)
Total Saved with Coupons: $24.92
Total Saved with Sales: $41.17
Total Saved: $66.09 + $107.90 in gas savings

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $4.50
Saved with Sales: $6.68

I bought these Dove products with a rain check and was excited to be able to get them free after coupons.  Seems that we go through body wash so fast!  And my husband is always happy when I can get him shampoo that smells ‘manly’.

Bought:

  • Dove Men’s body wash $2.50
  • Dove Men’s shampoo $2.00

Coupons Used:

  • $2.50 Dove Men’s product coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $2.00 Dove Men’s product coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Giant: $68.69
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $34.49

I did a couple of gas deals again this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Puffs tissues and Johnson baby wash were a moneymaker of $4.66, the Carnation milk and Domino sugar were $0.06 each, the Dole fruit smoothies were a moneymaker of $0.49 and the Mentos were a moneymaker of $1.50.

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 $1.50 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.

I also got the 4 cereals and the milk for a total of $3.97 which is less than the milk would have cost by itself!  The enchilda sauce was $0.19/can and the Starkist tuna salad was free.

The ham was just $0.79 with a $25 purchase.  My husband’s family is getting together for a long weekend in May and I’m in charge of taking food for Sunday lunch.  I decided to use this ham (and the one that you’ll see below that I purchased at Aldi) as the meat part of that meal.  With almost 30 people, it takes quite a bit of food anymore to feed us all!

I know people say that they don’t use coupons because they are always for name brand and the generic is cheaper or they’ll say that the coupons are for items that they don’t buy.  But this week (and most weeks) I used coupons to purchase brand items for much less than the generic brand and saved myself quite a bit.  Take the Dominoes brown sugar.  At Aldi I typically pay $1.19 for a 2 lb. bag but by combining coupons and sales at Giant this week I was able to get it for just $0.06!

And while enchilada sauce is something I pretty much never buy, when I saw that I could get it for just $0.19/can I knew it was an easy way to stretch my grocery money.  Since I recently bought a bunch of tortillas for cheap I’ll find a recipe to uses both the enchilada sauce and tortillas to make an inexpensive meal.

Bought:

  • Chocolate Toast Crunch $2.50
  • Lucky Charms $2.50
  • Chocolate Cheerios $2.50
  • Reese Peanut Butter Puffs $2.50
  • Swiss Milk gallon $4.72
  • 4 Chi-chi’s Enchilda Sauce $1.19 each
  • Starkist tuna salad $1.69
  • 3 Johnson’s baby products $3.00 each
  • 7 Mentos $1.50 each
    - purchased with rain check
  • 9 Dole Smoothie $1.39 each
  • 5 Puffs $1.66 each
  • 2 Carnation Evaporated Milk $1.25 each
  • 5 Domino Brown Sugar $1.79 each
  • Giant brand Ham Shank $0.79/lb.

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Chocolate Toast Crunch printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Lucky Charms printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Four $0.55 Chi-chi’s printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Saved $3.50 instantly on the milk for purchasing 4 General Mills cereal
  • $0.75 Johnsons printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Johnsons printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.55 Johnsons coupon found on package (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50/2 Carnation printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.65/2 Domino coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Chocolate Toast Crunch
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Chocolate Cheerios
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the two General Mills cereal (Chocoholics Bonus!)
  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the Swiss milk
  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk and cereals (Milk bonus- needed to redeem the milk offer & two other offers)
  • $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing the Lucky Charms
  • $0.75 via Saving Star for purchasing the Chocolate Cheerios
  • $1.69 via Saving Star for purchasing the Starkist Tuna Salad (weekly 100% back offer)
  • $4.00 via Saving Star for purchasing the Dole Fruit Smoothies
  • $45.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Johnsons, Carnation, Dominoes, Dole, Puffs and Mentos

Aldi: $22.36

I did an Aldi trip the beginning of the week because I needed canola oil to make homemade granola and I also wanted to get some sweet potatoes and carrots since they were part of the weekly specials.  Well, then later in the week I realized that I had wanted to get a ham there while they had them for Easter and figured if I waited until after Easter they wouldn’t have any left.  So I was going to be in the area anyway and decided to stop again.  I also got chips for a family get together that we are having this week.

Bought:

  • 2 Canola Oil $2.59 each
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 2 Baby Carrots $0.49 each
  • Sweet Potatoes $1.19
  • Powdered Sugar $1.19
  • 3 Potato Chips $1.49 each
  •  Smoked Ham $0.99/lb.

Target: $9.19
Saved with Coupons: $9.42

I haven’t done a good Target deal shopping trip in a long time but this week was fun!  I was most excited about the strawberries which were actually a moneymaker of $0.12!  Who says you can’t eat healthy and coupon?  {grin}

The mushrooms were $0.50 after a coupon, the eggs were $0.47/dozen, the wipes $0.95 each, and the Suave & Q-tips $1.67 total after sales and coupons.  I can get enough shampoo for free with my couponing and so normally wouldn’t have paid for shampoo.  But we were needing Q-tips and since I could get all 3 things for less than I could pay for Q-tips (even the generic brand) themselves I figured I might as well get all three!

Bought:

  • 4 Up & Up wipes $1.00 each
  • Mushrooms $1.50
  • 2 Driscoll’s strawberries $1.50 each
  • 4 dozen Eggs $0.99 each
  • Suave shampoos $2.89 each
  • Q-tips $3.89

Coupons Used:

  • 5% off Up & Up baby wipes Cartwheel coupon (saved $0.05 each, $0.20 total)
  • $1.00 Target mobile coupon (off any fresh vegetables)
  • 5% off fresh berries Cartwheel coupon (saved $0.06 each, $0.12 total)
  • Two $1.00 Target mobile coupons (off any fresh fruit)
  • Two $0.50 Driscoll’s printable coupons
  • Two $55/2 dozen eggs printable coupons
  • Two $0.50 Target mobile coupons (off any eggs)
  • Two $1.50 Suave printable coupons
  • $0.63 saved using Target REDcard

Got Back:

  • $5.00 Target gift card for purchasing the Suave and Q-tips

Staples: $0 (gift card)

I was happy to get these two things for just the cost of sales tax (which was $0.27).  Staples has a rebate program that is super easy to use and I will get back the full amount of what I paid for each of these items with that.

My son’s washable markers are just starting to wear out so this is perfect timing to get these for free!  And if you have little children, you know how fast pencils seem to just grow legs and walk off!  Seriously, I really wonder where they all end up.  So these free pencils were perfect!

Bought:

  • BIC mechanical pencils $1.50
  • Crayola washable markers $3.99

Got Back:

Credits: $107.90
The last number of weeks, including this week, 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 $107.90 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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Weekly Spending Summary (4/6-4/12)

Wednesday, April 16th, 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, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Finish detergent $1.00/box
  • Free Right Guard deodorant
  • $0.05 Liberte organic yogurt
  • $0.78/lb. Hatfield ham steaks
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.39/lb.

Total Spent: $89.84
Total Saved with Coupons: $30.15
Total Saved with Sales: $30.96
Total Saved: $61.11

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $3.38

 

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of $1.06.  Unfortunately, the CVS that I went to was out of stock on the other things that I wanted so I ended up just getting these deodorants that were free after coupons/sales.

Bought:

  • 2 Right Guard deodorants $3.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2.00 Right Guard coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $2.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Right Guard (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $5.30
Saved with Coupons: $7.35
Saved with Sales: $14.07

As I’ve said before, I don’t typically buy baby food because by the time our children start to eat, they can usually eat table food, mashed.  And besides, it cheaper to make your own baby food anyway.  But when I can get it free like I did this week, I’ll take it.  I find these little sealed containers so handy for when we are traveling or away from home.

The Anacin was a $1.01 moneymaker and the Finish detergent is about $1 a box after the mail-in rebate (and that includes the cost of the stamp!).

Bought:

  • 2 Gerber baby foods $0
    (bought with rain check and they were free after UPRewards during that promotion)
  • 2 Finish detergents $6.49 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Anacin $4.99

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Anacin printable coupon
  • $5.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $4.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Anacin (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $4.99 via a Finish mail in rebate from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Giant: $1.11
Saved with Coupons: $1.80
Saved with Sales: $0.73

Don’t you love my huge Giant purchase this week?   I really wasn’t planning to go at all but then my husband unknowingly took the last of the homemade yogurt in his lunch and so I had no yogurt to use as starter for my next batch.  Unfortunately I didn’t find this out until I was in the middle of making it, so I had to make a quick run to the store for some unflavored yogurt which is what the Dannon was for.  I was happy that I had a Checkout 51 yogurt offer to help cut my cost and I ended up paying just $0.19 for it.

The Plum Organics was free and the Liberte yogurt was only $0.05 after coupons/Saving Star.

Bought:

  • Plum Organics baby food pouch $1.00
  • Dannon plain yogurt $0.69
  • Liberte yogurt $1.25

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Plum Organics printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.40 Liberte printable coupon (doubled to $0.80)

Got Back:

  • $0.50 via Checkout 51 for purchasing yogurt (the offer was forany yogurt!)
  • $0.40 via Saving Star for purchasing the Liberte yogurt

Weis: $2.18
Saved with Coupons: $16.00
Saved with Sales: $12.78

We love these Hatfield ham steaks- they are so flavorful, tender and delicious!  So I was really excited to get them for just $0.39 a piece or $0.78/lb.  We’ve already enjoyed some in a green bean/potato/ham dish as well as on salad.

Bought:

  • 8 Hatfield Ham Steaks $2.39 each

Coupons Used:

  • Eight $2.00 Hatfield printable coupons

Aldi: $6.45

Headed to Aldi to take advantage of their special on carrots and sweet potatoes and grabbed some sour cream and red potatoes while I was there.  Speaking of sour cream, I’m quite ready to find a good deal on it again!  Usually I can get it for less than $1.00 a container and I stock up but it’s been quite a while since there has been any decent deal on it.

Bought:

  • Sweet potatoes 3 lb. $1.19
  • Red potatoes 5 lb. $2.99
  • 2 Baby Carrots $0.49 each
  • Sour Cream $1.29

Misc.: $74.80

$20 of this was for money to buy milk for $2/gal. from a local farm.  The other $54.80 was for 40 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I got at a local stores meat sale for just $1.37 lb.  I canned some of it, froze some raw and froze some cooked and chopped.  I’m hoping that I’ll be all set on meat for several months now since I just bought ground beef this month too!

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Weekly Spending Summary (4/6-4/12)

Wednesday, April 9th, 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, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Free Crest toothpaste
  • Free Nexcare medical tape
  • $1.69 Eight O’Clock coffee
  • Free fish sticks
  • Bacon for $1.24/lb!

Total Spent: $69.90
Total Saved with Coupons: $24.00
Total Saved with Sales: $28.03
Total Saved:$52.03

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $12.50
Saved with Sales: $4.99

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of $1.47.

The toothpaste was free, the Nexcare a moneymaker of $0.50, the Dawn cost $0.50 and the nuts were just a decent price.  I was very happy to get the medical tape as we were needing some.  I’m amazed how often something unusual like that that we need just “happens” to be on sale about the time we need it!

Bought:

  • Dawn dish soap $0.99
  • Crest toothpaste $4.99
    (bought with rain check)
  • CVS brand almonds $3.50
  • Nexcare medical tape $4.49

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Crest printable coupon
  • $0.50 Dawn coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $11.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items

Got Back:

  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Crest (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $5.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Nexcare (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $14.61
Saved with Coupons: $11.50
Saved with Sales: $23.04

I got some wonderful deals this week even though I didn’t do any of the gas deals.  There were some decent gas deal that I could have done but I didn’t really need any of the products and just decided to pass them up this time.

The Ragu was $0.75 each, the Eight O’Clock coffee was just $1.69, the ketchup was $1.49, the Fisher Boy fish stick were free and the Farmland bacon only $1.24 each!  I was super excited to get bacon for such a great price.  We’ve already enjoyed some in homemade Egg McMuffin sandwiches using some of the Thomas English Muffins that I got several weeks ago for incredibly cheap.  Such a delicious, easy meal!

I also was happy to get more coffee before summer hits.  This will likely be the last good deal I’ll be able to get on it until fall or early winter.  And while we don’t go through coffee as fast in the summer as we do in the cold months, we still do use it- especially for homemade iced coffee. (You’ll find a link to the recipe below where I talk about it and the free coffee that I got!)

Bought:

  • 2 Ragu pasta sauce $1.25 each
  • 4 Eight O’Clock coffee $2.69 each (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.99
  • 2 Fisher Boy Fish Sticks $0.99 each
  • 4 Farmland Bacon $2.24 each (on sale buy one, get one free)

Coupons Used:

  • $1/2 Ragu coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $2/2 Eight O’clock printable coupon
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon from in-store coupon machine
  • Two $1.00 Fisher Boy printable coupons
  • Four $1.00 Farmland printable coupons

Aldi: $16.54

Stopped by Aldi for a few of my “regular” things as well as a few things that I don’t normally purchase like canned Great Northern Beans.  We were having guests for dinner the one evening and while I like to have people over, I always get hung up on what to serve.  There were lots of things that I could have made using ingredients that I had on hand but for some reason my Creamy White Chili just felt like the thing to make.  It’s delicious and so easy to throw together.  And so I decided to go ahead and get the beans and sour cream to make that.  Silly?  Maybe.  But sometimes it’s worth spending a tad more just to alleviate the stress!

Bought:

  • Sweet Potatoes 3lb. $1.79
  • 2 Sour Cream $1.29 each
  • Coffee Filters $1.19
  • Cinnamon $0.99
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $1.99
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • Napkins $1.49
  • Brown Sugar $1.19
  • 4 Great Northern Beans $0.59 each

Misc.: $38.75

  • $20.00 of this was for grocery cash.  I’ll use this to purchase produce at our local farmer’s market as well as eggs from a local farm.

  • $18.75 of this was for 15 lbs. of ground beef that we bought from my in-laws.  My dad-in-law works for a farmer and they had a cow go down that needed to be butchered.  His boss told him that he could have it for the cost of butchering it and they generously allowed us to enjoy some of at that price too- just $1.25/lb.!  And that other little pack of meat that you see?  It’s some bologna that they got made as well.  My mom-in-law just threw that in as a little bonus!I’m going to use my trick of mixing ground turkey with the ground beef to make it last longer, since I can get ground turkey for much less than I can typically find ground beef.

  • This Dunkin’ Donuts coffee was totally free!  Yes, you read right.  I was so excited!  I won a giveaway from my favorite couponing blog, For the Mommas and this was part of it.  Even better than the coffee was the $250 Visa gift card that was part of the giveaway package as well.  I’m serious, I nearly fell off my chair when I read the email saying that I had won that!  Such a fun surprise!  And the coffee is really good too.   I’ve been enjoying it in my homemade iced coffee.
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Weekly Spending Summary (3/23-3/29)

Monday, March 31st, 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, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:
* Free Gerber baby food
* 3 Free bottles of shampoo
* Free Old El Paso Stand & Stuff kits
* Better than free Campbell’s soup
* Bananas for $0.17/lb.
* Free Reese’s peanut butter egg

Total Spent: $36.75
Total Saved with Coupons: $32.01
Total Saved with Sales: $29.29
Total Saved: $61.30 + $36.00 in gas rewards savings

Rite Aid: $0.67
Saved with Coupons: $15.00
Saved with Sales: $4.67

I had a gift card that I bought online from GiftCardRescue for a discount.  I used that to pay for $3.11 of this purchase.  All of the items that I purchased were free after coupons and sales.  I don’t typically buy baby food because I prefer to make my own but these little packs come in really handy for when we are traveling or away from home and so I do take advantage of deals like this where I can get them free and then use them on those occasions.

Bought:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg $0.67
  • 2 Gerber Baby Food $1.50 each
  • Tresemme shampoo $5.00
  • 2 Clear shampoo $5.00 each

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

  • $3.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Gerber (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $5.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Tresemme and Clear products (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $39.51
Saved with Coupons: $17.01
Saved with Sales: $24.62

I did a couple of gas deals again this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Old El Paso Stand & Stuff kits were free and the Campbell’s soup was a moneymaker of $9.83.  Old El Paso had sent us a pack of the Stand & Stuff tortilla shells a while back and we loved them!  They made eating taco style things so easy!

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 $1.20 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Old El Paso and the Campbell’s.

I rarely purchase things like Triscuits and Ritz but I got these 3 products for $0.33 each after coupons and sales.  Actually, had I been paying attention I could have bought Ritz Bits and redeemed a $1.00 Checkout 51 offer and gotten all 3 boxes for free.  But I didn’t think about that until I was home which obviously didn’t help too much.  Oh and just in case you think I don’t ever mess up or miss deals I definitely do….this was just one of or 4 such cases in the last 2 weeks.  The biggest goof was when I forgot to use the $0.30 off a gallon of gas coupon that was in the Giant flyer the other week.  I could have saved $9.00 had I remembered to use it!

The Chi-chi tortillas were $1.16 each which is just a tiny bit cheaper than Aldi’s new price of $1.19.  I do like that the Chi-chi brand is just a bit more flexible and so even ha they been a couple of cents more expensive I think I would have gotten them.  We love using them for breakfast wraps, Bean and Sour Cream Enchiladas, Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps and lots of other things.

The bananas were just $0.26 after coupons, the Yoplait yogurt was free, the Planters peanuts were free and the tea was just a good deal at $1.50.

Bought:

  • Celestial Tea $2.50
  • Ritz Crackerfuls $2.00
  • Ritz Chips $2.00
  • Triscuits $2.00
  • 6 Chi-chi’s tortillas $1.66 each
  • 6 Ortego Stand & Stuff Kits $2.50 each
  • Planters peanuts $1.00
  • 2 Yoplait yogurts $0.88 each
  • Bananas $0.94 (think they were $0.59/lb.)
  • 12 Campbell’s soup $1.66 each
    (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • 0.75 Celestial coupon received with tea sample via mail (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.50 Ritz printable coupons (one doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Triscuit printable coupon
  • Three $0.55/2 Chi-chi’s tortilla printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.60/3 Ortego printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $1.00 Planters printable coupon
  • Two $0.50 Yoplait printable coupons (doubled to $0.88 each)
  • Two $0.75/2 Campbell’s soup coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.75/2 Campbells printable coupon
  • Three $1.00/2 Campbells printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Ritz Crackerfuls
  • $1.00 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the Triscuits
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Kit
  • $0.50 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • 20% of purchase via Saving Star for purchasing bananas ($0.18)
  • $36.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Campbells soups

Walmart: $2.57

I needed to look for something else at Walmart so I decided to use a gift card to pay for a portion of the cost of these nursing pads that I needed.  I don’t remember where the gift card came from.  I just know that I’ve had it for a long time since I hardly ever shop at Walmart and I was so ready to get it out of my gift card bag.

Bought:

  • Lansinoh nursing pads $7.97

Misc.: $0

I received this Tone body wash as part of a BzzAgent campaign.  (If you don’t already do BzzAgent, you can sign up and try products too in exchange for your feedback.  You don’t have to have a blog to participate!)

This Tone body wash is supposed to be moisturizing but honestly, I didn’t think it moisturized that well.  In my opinion, it was average.  But I did love the Pink Peony and Rose Oil scent a lot!  It’s soft and subtle and smells just like spring which was just what I needed these last couple of weeks when it felt like winter would never end!

Credit: $6.00

I cashed out my Saving StarSaving Star. account.  I earned this money previously for purchasing select grocery items.

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Weekly Spending Summary (3/16-3/22)

Monday, March 24th, 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, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite Buys:
* Free Ziploc bags plus $12 back (so a money maker of $12!)
* Chi-chi burritos $0.67
* $0.29 Bird’s Eye veggies
* Pampers for $4.74
* Free Crest toothpaste
* Free Reach kid’s toothbrush
* $0.49 Dial body wash
* Free Wise potato chips
* $3.99 Scott toilet paper
* Free Florida Natural citrus smoothie
* Free Tabasco Sauce

Total Spent: $57.99
Total Saved with Coupons: $50.55
Total Saved with Sales: $61.18
Total Saved: $111.73 + $24.00 in gas rewards savings

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $26.00
Saved with Sales: $22.19

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of $21.02.

The Pampers were $4.74 each, just a bit under my buy price of $5.00 a pack.  The toothpaste was free and the Dial was $0.49 each plus it counts towards a $5/$15 Saving Star credit which I should easily be able to reach since I have until 4/23 to earn it.

As you see below, I got the Dial coupon because I am a Purex Insider.  Purex Insiders encourages those of us that participate to host giveaways to let our readers enjoy the coupons that they send to us.  But about a year ago Parents.com changed their policy and we bloggers are no longer allowed to do giveaways.  So I often end up using the coupons myself but I try to pass on the products to friends, family or acquaintances to try out.  Or sometimes I’ll just give them the coupon instead.  So just in case some of you are Insiders yourself and wonder why I use the coupons, that is why.

Bought:

  • 4 Pampers diapers $8.99 each
  • 2 Dial body wash $5.99 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Crest toothpaste $4.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2.00 Pampers printable coupons
  • Two $1.50 Pampers printable coupons
  • $1.00 Dial coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $3.00 Dial coupon received as part of Purex Insiders
  • $1.00 Crest printable coupon
  • $14.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $10.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Pampers (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Crest (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Dial
  • $5.99 towards Dial Saving Star credit

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $1.00
Saved with Sales: $0.30

I forgot to take a picture of this purchase.  :(

Several weeks ago some Rite Aid e-coupons that were loaded to my Rite Aid Wellness card didn’t come off when I purchased the products.  When I contacted Rite Aid’s customer service they weresuper nice about it and issued me a $10 Rite Aid gift card- almost twice the amount of the coupons that were missed.  I was impressed with the great service!  Anyway, I used that gift card to pay for this purchase of $1.69.

The toothbrush was free and I was super happy because we were needing a new toothbrush for one of our children.  Score!

Bought:

  • Reach kid’s toothbrush $2.69

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Reach coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $2.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Reach (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $25.06
Saved with Coupons: $12.40
Saved with Sales: $11.04 + $24.00 in gas rewards

I did two transactions to purchase these items and for one of them I used $3.00 grocery cash.

The Ziploc bags were part of Giant’s gas deals this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $12.00 on them!  I definitely don’t need that many bags but I figured that I can pass them on to my mom, mom-in-law and sisters-in-law.  I mean, I’d be kind of crazy to pass up getting paid to buy Ziploc bags, right?

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 $0.80 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Ziploc.

The tea was $1.50 a box.  I’m working at creating a hopefully yummy summer drink with it.  If I can get it to turn out I’ll be sure to share the recipe here!  The chips were free, the Pampers wipes were $0.94, the burritos were $0.67, the Scott was $3.99 and the Florida Naturals smoothie was free.  Well, actually it was supposed to be free with an in-ad coupon but for some reason that coupon didn’t come off so I’ll have to have customer service reimburse me the next time I am at Giant.  Just a heads up if you are a Giant or Martin’s shopper.  Watch those in-ad coupons!  This is the 4th or 5th time that one hasn’t come off for me!

And just a suggestion, if you don’t already use Saving Star e-coupons sign up now!  You’ll notice below that I saved $6 this week just by using them and they are super simple to use.  You simply load them to your account and then they automatically come off when you purchase those items at participating stores.  No clipping or anything.  Like I said- super simple!

Bought:

  • 2 Celestial Seasonings Tea $2.50 each
  • Wise chips $2.00
  • 10 Ziploc bags $2.00 each
  • Pampers wipes $1.34
  • Chi-chi Burritos $1.67
  • Scott toilet paper $6.99
  • Florida Naturals Citrus Smoothie $2.50

Coupons Used:

  • $0.75 Celestial Seasonings coupon found on package (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.55 Celestial Seasonings coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)
  • $2.00 Wise printable coupon from Facebook promo
  • Two $1/3 Ziploc coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.75/3 Ziploc coupon from magazine
  • $0.20 Pampers coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $0.40)
  • $0.55 Scott printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $2.00 Scott Giant store in-ad coupon (could use when you bought $25 worth of items)
  • $0.55 Chi-chi’s printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Florida Naturals printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $5.00 Saving Star credit for purchasing $20 worth of Ziploc products
  • $1.00 Saving Star credit for purchasing Florida Naturals Citrus Smoothie
  • $24.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Ziploc products

Weis: $10.15
Saved with Coupons: $11.15
Saved with Sales: $27.65

I had a gift card that I had received as part of a previous promotion at Weis that I used to pay for $1.07 of this purchase.  (Several weeks ago I bought some items with a rain check.  The items I bought were supposed to trigger a $10 catalina coupon to print when you purchased them.  So instead of the coupon they just gave me a gift card.)

I was super happy to get more veggies for a great price- $0.29/bag.  I mean, you can barely raise your own veggies for that cheap!  I also got Tabasco Sauce for free, milk for free, and I used this easy tip for saving money on meat and got Hebrew National hot dogs for just $1.42 lb.!  I know hot dogs aren’t the greatest food but they are handy to have for the occasional fast meal and of course the kids love them.  We also like to grill them when we go on picnics.  And so if we are going to eat them I prefer if they are the “healthier” version like these that have no fillers, by-products etc.  I know these packs are huge but I plan to use them to have a big picnic either this summer with some friends or with my husband’s family.

Bought:

  • Tabasco Sauce $1.00
  • 2 Hebrew National hot dogs 2lb. 2oz. $6.13 each
  • Milk $4.04
  • 14 Bird’s Eye veggies $1.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Tabasco printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $3.00 coupons found on Hebrew National packages
  • FREE Milk coupon (took off $4.15)
    (printed from previous promotion for buying 10 General Mills cereal
  • $10.00 Instant Savings for purchasing the Bird’s Eye veggies

Sharp Shopper: $9.78

Was driving by my favorite discount grocery store so of course I stopped.  The juice was $0.50 each (it’s blueberry pomegranate and really good too!).  The cheese was $1.50/lb., the lunch meat $1.99/lb. and the sour cream was the $0.50 for each 8 oz. container.

Misc.: $20.00

This was cash that I withdrew to use for purchasing produce at our local farmers market.

Credits: $7.00
This was for $5.50 earned through Saving Star and $1.50 earned through Ibotta that I redeemed and transferred to our bank account.

If you don’t use either of these programs I’d highly recommend signing up!

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