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Weekly Spending Summary (9/21-9/27)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.comCoupon NetworkSmart SourceRed PlumIbottaHopsterCheckout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

I didn’t do just a lot of shopping this week, which was rather nice after the crazy amount that I did last week!  But I got in on an amazing deal at Aldi this week and it totally made me crazily happy.  Am I the only one that gets excited about deals on groceries?  Maybe I’m odd, I don’t know.  I’m sure some of you are probably nodding at that.  That’s okay.  I’m happy to be odd.  :)

Total Spent: $64.05
Total Saved with Coupons: $6.98
Total Saved with Sales: $0.20
Total Saved: $7.18

Aldi: $50.39 (plus $11 cash)
Saved with Coupon: $5.00

PLUS: a whole bunch of chicken that I forgot to take a picture of!

(Oh, this is so annoying!  I got an awesome deal on meat at Aldi and forgot to take a picture of most of it!  Basically I got about 15 to 20 lbs. of chicken legs, tenders, drumsticks and breasts that I missed photographing.)

We had a new Aldi open on the other side of town this week and since I got a $5/$30 coupon in the mail for that location I stopped by there this week.  And wow, was I ever glad that I did!  They had a bunch of meat marked down because it was close to the “sell by” date and I was able to get ground beef for right about $2/lb.  They also had boneless, skinless chicken breast for about $1.50/lb.  I wasn’t sure how much to buy but ended up grabbed several packs of both (as you see in the pics above.)  The unfortunate thing was that in my excitement, I forgot to grab the 2 bags of Great Northern Beans that I really needed for a soup recipe that I was going to make to can!

So, the next evening, while my husband stayed home with the children, I decided to make a quick trip back to get the forgotten beans and hoped that maybe I could get more meat too.  I haven’t seen ground beef for less than $2/lb. in ages and was kicking myself for not getting more!

Well, they didn’t have any more marked down ground beef but they were practically giving the chicken away!  Most packages had a $3 coupons on them and I decided to get as much as I thought my already full freezer would hold.  I ended up paying $0.28/lb. for chicken leg quarters, $0.14/lb. for chicken drumsticks and $1.14/lb. for chicken tenders!!  I was wishing that my freezers weren’t so full!

They also had grapes marked down to $0.50/lb. so I grabbed some of those too since our kids love them!  And did you notice the HFCS-free ketchup?  I was excited to see that in their special products area.

But guess what happened on this second trip!  I got to the register with my huge pile of meat, a bag of grapes and those Great Northern Beans only to discover that I had forgotten my wallet!  I quickly dug around in my bag and found $11 in my little grocery cash pouch.  So I bought as much of the meat that I could and decided I’d figure out some other way to get the beans later on in the week since the meat was such an amazing buy that I didn’t want to pass it up!  As I was walking out I noticed a friend from a mom’s group that I attend paying for her stuff at checkout.  We started chatting a bit and I mentioned in passing that I forgot my wallet.  Without missing a beat, she offered to pay for my purchase and said that I could just pay her back later.  I was totally blown away by her kindness!  So I was able to get the rest of the food I had originally planned to buy and then I just sent her the money via Paypal the next day!  I truly don’t think she had any idea how much of a blessing she was!

Bought:

  • 2 Red Grapes 2 lb. bags $0.99 each
  • Brown Sugar $1.19
  • 2 Great Northern Beans 2 lb. bags $2.49 each
  • 3 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Onions $0.99
  • Ground Turkey $2.29
  • Chicken Tenderloin $9.05
  • 2 High Fructose Corn Syrup Free Ketchup $1.29 each
  • Almonds $4.99
  • Ground Beef (approx. 8½ lb.s) $16.69 total
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $8.69
  • plus a bunch of other chicken at the prices mentioned above

Target: $4.02
Saved with Coupons: $1.98
Saved with Sales: $0.20 (Target RedCard savings)

I was at Target to get some non-grocery stuff and decided to grab these greeting cards for free as well as the Cascade which will be better than free after the rebate that I have for it.  I also paid with my Target Red card and saved an additional 5% or in this case $0.20.  I love that card….especially because it also gets me free shipping at Target.com!

Bought:

  • Cascade $3.99
  • 2 Greeting Cards $0.99 each
    - $2/2 Target Greeting Cards coupon (only took off value of cards since it was under $2)

Get Back:

Misc.: $0

I actually bought this a week ago but forgot to post it.  I stopped by a semi-local produce stand and got all of this for somewhere around $5.50!  And this picture doesn’t show it very well, but the cauliflower and broccoli were both HUGE!  We have some great local produce farms….I only wish that they were closer and more in the areas that I typically travel.

Credits: $3.00
This was for a rebate I got from Staples for some pens that I bought several weeks ago.

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Weekly Spending Summary (9/14-9/20)

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.comCoupon NetworkSmart SourceRed PlumIbottaHopsterCheckout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

I guess I sort of did a lot of shopping this week!  It was kind of fun but let’s just say that I’m glad that every week is not like this because it is also a lot of work!

Favorite buys:
* $0.50 Kettle Chips
* Better than free Ziploc bags
* Better than free Newman’s Own salsa
* Diaper for $4/pack
* $0.99 eggs
* Free Johnson & Johnson baby wash

Total Spent: $102.04
Total Saved with Coupons: $31.39
Total Saved with Sales: $68.23
Total Saved: $99.62

Giant: $100.59
Saved with Coupons: $15.89
Saved with Sales: $32.93

Well, just when I thought that the deals at Giant had kind of died, they came back to life with a big bang!  Seriously, this week was crazy!  Basically, to make a long story short, all of the stuff that I bought cost me a total of $0.59!  Actually, make that $0.34 after my credit from  Checkout 51 for the bananas.

The Ziploc bags, Gatorade and Newman’s Own were all part of the gas rewards deals and were either free or moneymakers.  The Shout was also a gas rewards deal and was $0.75 and the Kettle chips were $0.50 each but the overage from the other items covered the cost of them.

I highly recommend the Kettle chips.  They are GMO free and are just really good.  They have this new flavor called Buffalo Bleu that I got for the first time.  I figured they would be just okay and maybe not that great but they were the best chips I’ve ever had!  They are sort of a bleu cheese, mild hot sauce flavor and the flavor is just perfect.  In fact when my 6 yr. old tasted them he declared that they were the absolute best!  I know I bought a ton but at that price I figured I might as well.  We’ll use them as a snack when we have people over, to go with our usual Sunday evening suppers of sandwiches and my husband is enjoying them in his lunch too.

Salsa is something that I typically can but when I saw that I could get it for free I decided to skip canning it and just buy it instead.  It will save me a lot of work too!  And the Gatorade?  Well, I can’t stand the stuff but my husband convinced me to buy it and let him resell it for $1 each at his work.  The guys there love when he does that because they are getting a great deal and obviously it’s a win for us too!

(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 $4.00 off a gallon, up to 25 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.  Since gas isn’t $4.00 a gallon right now, whatever amount is left will roll over for me to use later.)

Some of you might wonder what I use the Fels-Naptha soap for.  It works amazing wonders on stains.  I simply rub a little onto the stain and then rub the fabric together a little and wash it out.  It gets out everything from poop to grass to food.  And actually, I have a couple of friends that don’t even scrub the stains.  They just apply the Fels Naptha and throw the stained clothing into the wash.  At any rate, it’s a super cheap stain remover!

Bought:

  • 12 Ziploc bags $2.29 each
  • 2 Shout $2.50 each
  • 16 Kettle Chips $2.50 each
  • Pompeian red wine vinegar $2.10
  • Fels-Naptha $1.39
  • Bananas $0.45
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.79
  • 6 Gatorade $2.00 each
  • 12 Newman’s Own salsa $2.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $2/2 Ziploc printable coupons
  • Two $1/2 Ziploc printable coupons
  • $1/2 Shout coupons found in magazine
  • $0.50 Pompeian printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Fels-Naptha FREE product coupon received via Purex Insiders ($1.39)
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon from coupon machine inside store
  • $1/2 Newman’s Own salsa coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • $100.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Ziploc, Kettle chips, Shout, Gatorade and Newman’s Own

Rite Aid: $0.84
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $7.47

Haven’t shopped at Rite Aid in a long time but I decided to stop by this week to get free baby wash and cheap dishwashing detergent ($1.50 each).

Bought:

  • Johnson & Johnson baby wash $3.00
  • 2 Finish dishwashing detergents $3.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Johnson & Johnson printable coupon
  • Two $1.00 Finish printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $2.00 in UPRewards for purchasing the Dial body wash (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Walgreens: $21.18
Saved with Coupons: $10.50
Saved with Sales: $23.03

I had a Walgreens gift card that I used to pay for $6.82 of this purchase.

There haven’t been many great diaper deals lately and so when I saw this Walgreens sale where I could get diapers for $4/pack I knew I was going to stock up.  No, they aren’t name brand diapers but I knew from past experience that the Walgreens brand is really good.  I’ve been using them and they are every bit as good as Pamper and Huggies!

Bought:

  • 7 Well Beginnings diapers (Walgreen’s brand) $5.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Seven $1.50 Well Beginnings printable coupons

Aldi: $26.71

Stopped by Aldi to get some beans and a few other things for some ham and bean soup that I’m planning to can.  Of course while I was there, I had to get some other things too!

Bought:

  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • Ranch dressing $1.29
  • 2 Great Northern Beans $2.49 each
  • Saltines $0.89
  • 2 lb. Grapes $1.98
  • 2 Oranges 3lb. $2.29 each
  • Onions $0.99
  • 2 Red potatoes 5 lb. $1.89 each
  • Celery $1.69
  • 3 Baby Carrots $0.69 each
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • 2 Chocolate chips $1.59 each

Stauffers: $5.94
Saved with Sales: $4.80

I had no intention of shopping at this local grocery store this week but on my way home from getting gas I saw their sign advertising $0.99 eggs.  So since I only had the baby with me I made an impromptu decision to stop and get some.  I haven’t seen that price on eggs in at least 6 months maybe longer.  And I would have loved to have bought more but I simply did not have the fridge space for them!

Bought:

  • 6 Eggs $0.99 each

Misc.: $30.00

* $20 was cash that we withdrew to pay for milk at a local dairy

* $10 was for cash to pay for produce at our local farmers market, mainly lettuce

Credits: $83.22

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 $83.22 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 (9/7-9/13)

Friday, September 19th, 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.

Well, I usually try to post my Weekly Spending Summaries in the first part of the week but this week I just simply didn’t have time to get it typed up!  We were gone over the weekend and so Monday I was trying to get everything put away and organized again.  Tuesday I was gone to a local Mom’s Group that I attend and also ran some errands, including picking up 1 1/2 bushels of tomatoes.  Wednesday I did my grocery shopping and then started working at canning the tomatoes and yesterday I spent the whole day canning tomatoes and homemade vegetable soup.  Today?  Well, I caught my breath a little but the house was dirty and it is just hard for me to relax when it’s like that.  :)   So I did some cleaning.  And obviously throughout the week there was laundry to be done, children to take care of and meals to be made too.  Oh and blogging of course.  How could I forget that?  It’s a busy life, but a good life.  I am blessed!

Favorite buys:
* Dr. Oetker pizzas for $0.99 each
* Kraft cheddar cheese for $2.25/lb.
* Uncle Ben’s rice that was a moneymaker of $4.38

Total Spent: $147.86
Total Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Total Saved with Sales: $32.08
Total Saved: $38.08

Giant: $40.13
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $32.08

It was a good week at Giant!  The Uncle Ben’s rice was part of the gas rewards deals and basically I will make $4.38 on it after gas rewards!  You were actually supposed to buy the gas reward items in multiples of 7.  I had wanted to get 12 Uncle Ben’s rice and 2 Flipz pretzels which were also part of the gas deals, but the Flipz were out of stock.  So they gave me a rain check for 2 Flipz and attached the gas rewards to that.

There was also a coupon in the Giant ad for 300 gas points (or $0.30 off a gallon) when you bought $50 worth of groceries.  I had planned to buy Flipz pretzels but like I mentioned they were out of stock.  So I had to quickly rethink my shopping trip to hit the $50.  I needed sugar so I got some of that and then I looked through my coupons and realized that I could get decent deals on the Chi-Chi’s burritos ($0.99) , red wine vinegar ($1.10), olive oil ($6.99) and wipes ($0.99) with them and it just so made me get to $50 (before coupons).

(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 25 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.)

Later on in the week, I made 4 bushels of apples into applesauce and realized I needed more sugar so I had to get some.  That’s what the picture of 3 bags is all about.  Then unfortunately, the next day, I realized that we were going to run out of milk and had to go to the store again!  Thankfully we only live about 4 blocks from a Giant.  Still, I was rather annoyed that I hadn’t planned better than that.

(As I mentioned before, my husband is only working 1 day a week since he started back to school again this fall.  The farm where we get our milk is on his way home from work and so it’s going to make it harder to always get milk there.  I’m still getting used to being able to get milk once a week which is why we ran out.)

Bought:

  • 14 Uncle Ben’s Rice $1.67 each
  • Chi-Chi Burritos $1.99
  • Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar $2.10
  • Pompeian Olive Oil 48 oz. $7.99
  • 5 Sugar $1.99 each
  • Pampers wipes $1.99
  • 2% Milk $2.15

Coupons Used:

  • $1/4 Uncle Ben’s printable coupons
  • $0.55 Chi-chi’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Pompeian Vinegar printable coupon
  • $0.50 Pompeian Olive Oil printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

  • $25.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Uncle Ben’s Rice

Sharp Shopper: $47.72

I was over near my favorite discount grocery store so of course I had to stop by and see what I could find.  I got 2 dozen large eggs for $1.59 each and 1 ½ dozen extra large eggs for $2.29.  The extra large eggs were actually just a tad cheaper per dozen plus the eggs are larger so I got them to use for scrambled eggs and the like.  I was a little nervous about using them in recipes since most recipes are figured using large eggs and in baked goods that can make a significant difference!

And yes, I got more cheese too at just $2.25/lb.   I had bought some last week and later was wishing that I had gotten more.  So I grabbed a bunch this time.  It doesn’t expire until the end of October so I’m not worried about it spoiling.  Plus, I can I always shred it and freeze it if it starts to be a problem.  I really dislike shredding my own cheese but at this price, I figured it is worth the extra work!  Oh, and I actually gave two of the blocks to my parents as a thank you for coming to help me with my applesauce.  (See below.)  Their help was worth far more than that actually!

And I’m sure you are wondering about all the pizzas!  Well, they were only $0.99 each and decided to grab them to help give us some quick dinners here and there.  We actually used them for dinner the night we made applesauce and then again this week when I was canning tomatoes.  It was so incredibly handy!   We love Dr. Oetker’s pizzas.  They taste a little different than typical bought pizza but we think it’s a good different.  For one thing, they aren’t greasy at all and you can eat them and not feel all stuffed and on carb overload like you often do with regular pizza.  They’re just yummy!

Beiler’s Fruit Farm: $60.00

I got 4 bushels of Smokehouse apples to make into applesauce.  My parents were sweet enough to travel 2 hrs. (one way) to come help me do the big job!  I did can a few qts. but froze the majority of it.  The taste of frozen is just so much better in my opinion.  It tastes so much fresher and it’s absolutely wonderful when it’s just slightly thawed and slushy.  Almost as good as ice cream!  And if you know me and my love for ice cream, that’s saying a lot!

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Weekly Spending Summary (8/31-9/6)

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

Favorite buys:
* Free Reese’s cups
* $0.99 Pampers wipes

Total Spent: $31.15
Total Saved with Coupons: $3.00
Total Saved with Sales: $10.75
Total Saved: $

Giant: $4.19
Saved with Coupons: $3.00
Saved with Sales: $10.75

Plus 1 gal. milk (not pictured)

I headed to Giant primarily to do a couple of gas deals but ended up having to get rain checks because they were out of stock.  I checked my coupons and was able to get some other deals though while I was there.

The olive oil was $6.99 after coupons and sales- a great price for that size bottle I thought.  The wipes were $0.99 each, the brown sugar was $1.09 which is just a tiny bit less than I pay at Aldi and the Reese cups were free.  Can’t complain about free chocolate!

My husband is only working 1 day a week since he started back to school again this fall.  The farm where we get our milk is on his way home from work and so it’s going to make it harder to always get milk there.  This week we ran out and so we grabbed a gallon at the Giant that is a couple of blocks away.  Paying $4.19 a gallon feels crazy when we can get it for $2.50 normally!  I’m grateful that I can at least save $0.25 with Ibotta!  Pretty much every week they have a milk offer and while it’s not a lot, it gradually does add up!

Bought:

  • Milk  $4.19
  • Pompeian olive oil 48 oz. $7.99
  • 2 Pampers wipes $1.99 each
  • Giant brand brown sugar $1.79
  • Reese’s cups $0.79

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Pompeian printable coupon
  • Two $0.50 Pampers printable coupon (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.75 Giant sugar ecoupon (loaded to my store card)

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk
  • $0.79 via Saving Star for purchasing the Reese’s cups

Aldi: $26.96

Did a big stock up trip at Aldi!  I was glad to see that they have coconut again.  It’s a seasonal item for them and I always try to stock up on it during the fall and winter when they have it since their price is so good.

I know I bought 3 bags of brown sugar (one was at Giant) but I went through a bunch of it the last couple of weeks and my container that I store it in was pretty much totally empty!  I took several chocolate cakes with caramel icing to various events and it kind of used a bunch of brown sugar.

Bought:

  • 2 Coconut flakes $1.29 each
  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • Peppermint Extract $1.99
  • 3 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Powdered sugar $1.19
  • 2 Great Northern Beans $0.59 each
  • Tortillas $1.19
  • Ranch dressing $1.29
  • 3 lb. Oranges $2.29
  • Saltines $0.89
  • Pinto Beans $1.89
  • Canola Oil $2.49
  • Onions $2.29
  • Eggs $1.55

Got Back:

Misc.: $0

 * My mom-in-law shared some of their eggs and raspberries with us.  Actually she gave us about twice this many raspberries- it probably was close to 3 qts.!  Such a treat!

And my sister-in-law gave me more zucchini when they were in last week.  She actually gave me 4, but with everything that was going on, I forgot to take a picture of it before I used some of them.   I’m having fun using them to try some of these zucchini recipes.

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Weekly Spending Summary (8/24-8/30)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 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.

Well, I kind of jumped back into deal shopping again, although it wasn’t quite in full force.  But till I got done my Giant and Sharp Shopper trip I was pretty tired and ready to be done.  Couponing and shopping for deals is hard work you know!  I’m actually kind of serious about that.  It takes time and requires a lot of mental energy and often when I’m done a big shopping trip where I did a bunch of deals my brain feels really tired.

I did get some really great buys though as a result.  Here are some of my favorites:
* Oscar Mayer bacon for $2.33/lb.
* Free frozen yogurt
* Better than free ice cream bars
* $0.50 Turkey Hill all natural ice cream
* Lunch meat for $2/lb or less
* Sour cream for $0.66/lb.

Total Spent: $112.24
Total Saved with Coupons: $27.19
Total Saved with Sales: $25.01
Total Saved: $52.20

Giant: $41.42
Saved with Coupons: $21.75
Saved with Sales: $25.01

I did a number of gas reward deals this week.  Here’s how they broke down: the Magnum bars were a moneymaker of $2.00, the Turkey Hill ice cream was $0.50 each and the Lugi Italian ice and Dannon frozen yogurt were free.  If you are a long time reader you know that I love pretty much all things ice cream.  So I was pretty happy about these deals!  And while I’d never pay $3.00 for the Dannon frozen yogurt, I have to say that it is really, really delicious!  I love how creamy it is plus it has less calories than regular ice cream too which is an added bonus.

(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 various items.)

I needed to take chips to a meal we were providing over the weekend so I got these Utz ones for $1.28 each.  I thought they were going to be $0.25 less but for some reason the one coupon didn’t double.  I don’t feel like quibbling over $0.25 so were just going to leave it go.

The Nature Valley bars were free after coupons and sales.  I don’t typically purchase those kinds of things but I figured I’d get them since they were free.  If we end up not eating them, I know that I can always donate them to the local food bank!

The bananas were just $0.13 after app savings!  I love using my smartphone to save money.  Actually, you don’t even need a smartphone to use the Checkout 51 app and it’s an easy way to save a little extra.  The potatoes were on sale but I bought them mainly just because I needed them.

Bought:

  • 5 Magnum Bars $3.00 each
  • 5 Turkey Hill ice cream $3.50 each
  • 2 Utz Chips $2.15 each
  • 3 Nature Valley bars $2.50 each
  • Nature Valley bars $2.99
  • Bananas $0.48
  • Red Potatoes 5 lb. $3.99
  • 2 Lugi Italian Ice $2.00 each
  • 3 Dannon Frozen Yogurt $3.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $1.50 Magnum printable coupons
  • $1.00 Magnum printable coupon
  • Two $0.50 Turkey Hill coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
    - requested from Turkey Hill (you can call and ask for the monthly)
  • Three $1.00 Turkey Hill coupons
  • $0.75 Utz printable coupons (one doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.50 Nature Valley printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.60 Nature Valley printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.50 Nature Valley ecoupon offers (loaded to card)
  • $2.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 4 Nature Valley products
    (printed on the first transaction and I used in my second transaction)
  • $1/2 Lugi coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/3 Dannon frozen yogurt printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • $0.10 via Saving Star for purchasing the bananas (offer was for 20% cash back)
  • $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing the Nature Valley
  • $1.00 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the Lugi Italian Ice
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Turkey Hill ice cream
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Magnum bars
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Lugi and Dannon
  • $2.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 4 Nature Valley products
    (printed at register and I used on my second transaction)

Sharp Shopper: $31.97

I needed some meat and cheese for a meal that we were to provide for a family get together and so I headed to this local discount grocery store to see what I could find.  I found several packs of lunch meat for $2.00/lb. or less and cheese for $2.50/lb.  I was also very excited to find sour cream for $0.66/lb. and as you can see I stocked up.  Some of you might be surprised that I bought so much but I’ve learned that sour cream is one of those things that stays good for a long time past it’s expiration date.  (In case you didn’t already know, pretty much all expiration dates are more like “best if used by” dates.)  Plus, we use quite a bit of sour cream if I have it on hand in things like Sour Cream Chicken Quiche, Country Potato Soup and Bean and Sour Cream Enchiladas.

They had bacon for $2.33/lb. and since I was needing it to make homemade baked beans that were also for the family get together, I got it.  And really, even though it was a tad above my $2/lb. meat buy price, it was still a really good deal!  The sausages were just under $2/lb, the cream cheese $0.99/8 oz. and the eggs and pure vanilla were both just things I needed and since the price was decent I got them.

Walmart: $4.77
Saved with Coupons: $5.44

I had to go to Walmart to return something and grabbed some flour while I was there.  I used to use any brand of flour that I could get for cheap but I noticed that in baked things, especially cookies and homemade pie crusts, it seemed like Gold Medal just worked better.  My baked things always turned out nicer.  Pillsbury also did well although Gold Medal did seem to be the best.  Anyway, I finally decided that it’s just one of the things that I’m willing to pay a bit more for since the quality really did seem to be better.  I was almost out of flour and I know that the Walmart price is about $0.50 less than Giant so I figured I might as well get a couple of bags.

The Purex dryer sheets and Dial body wash were both free after coupons that I received via Purex Insiders.  Well, actually, I guess they weren’t quite free because I had to pay 6% sales tax.  But it was close enough to free for me!  I’m actually going to give the dryer sheets to my mom-in-law.

Bought:

  • 2 Gold Medal Flour $1.98 each
  • Purex dryer sheets $1.47
  • Dial body wash $3.97

Coupons Used:

  • Purex dryer sheet FREE product coupon ($1.47)
  • Dial body wash FREE product coupon ($3.97)

Centerville Bulk Food: $64.37

Plus 2 bushels of peaches

I got 2 bushels of peaches to can and paid somewhere around $23.00/bushel.  (I forgot to get a picture of them!)  I also got basmati rice while there and some fresh peaches, bananas and a watermelon to enjoy too.  The peaches you see here were not for canning- I got them specifically to eat fresh.

I actually bought the watermelon to have over the weekend at a family get together.  But we ended up not needing it so we are eating some of it and I shared some with a neighbor friend of ours too.

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm: $8.55


I got a couple more freezer boxes to use for freezing peaches and such.  I love this brand.  They are BPA free, microwavable and dishwasher safe.

Credits: $38.84

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 $38.84 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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