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Weekly Spending Summary (2/16-2/22)

Tuesday, February 25th, 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 Culturelle probiotic
* $0.38 Dr. Oetker pizzas, Cheetos and Progresso bread crumbs

Total Spent: $19.57
Total Saved with Coupons: $17.25
Total Saved with Sales: $21.27
Total Saved: $38.52 (+ $12 in gas savings)

CVS: $3.75
Saved with Coupons: $7.00
Saved with Sales: $15.43

Okay, so I just have to laugh.  When I went to upload pictures for this post I realized that I must have been really tired (new babies will do that to you!) when I took this picture because somehow the Texas Toast croutons that I purchased at Giant ended up on the CVS picture.  CVS doesn’t even carry croutons to my knowledge!  Anyway, so just mentally put the croutons on the Giant picture and it’ll all be good!

My midwife had recommended that I take some probiotics since I had to have antibiotics during labor/delivery so I was super excited to see that I could get Culturelle for free at CVS!  Do you know that the regular price of it is $25?!  Crazy!  And the M&M’s?  They were free after coupons/sales too.  I used a few of them as little treat for my 2 yr. old since she did so good on our first post-baby shopping trip.

Bought:

  • M&M’s $0.75
  • Culturelle $10.00

Coupons Used:

  • $7.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $0.75 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the M&M’s (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Culturelle (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0.98
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $0.30

My husband is still taking off work to get ahead on college studying and so we still haven’t been able to get milk from the local farm that we typically buy it from.  I was grateful to be able to save $1 on this milk though thanks to Checkout 51 and Ibotta!

I had UPRewards that were expiring and since we’ve been needing super glue I went ahead and bought it to “use up” the UPRewards.

Bought:

  • Milk $4.26
  • Krazy Glue $2.69

Coupons Used:

  • $6.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $0.50 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the milk
  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk

Giant: $14.84
Saved with Coupons: $3.25
Saved with Sales: $5.54

I did a gas deal again this week- basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I paid $0.38 each for the Progresso bread crumbs, Cheetos, and Dr. Oetker’s.

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 $0.40 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Progresso, Cheetos and Dr. Oetker’s.

I don’t often buy frozen pizzas partly because they are so expensive and partly because we honestly don’t care for most bought pizza and prefer homemade instead.  But these Dr. Oetker pizzas are really tasty and don’t taste like they are full of preservatives.  So whenever I see them for a really good price like this I like to get some to help bail me out on a busy day when I don’t have much time to make dinner.  And with baby Adelyne’s arrival, anything like that is helpful!

Bought:

  •  Texas Toast croutons $1.59
  • 2 Progresso bread crumbs $1.50 each
  • Cheetos $3.00
  • 3 Dr. Oetker pizzas $3.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Texas Toast printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Dr. Oetker catalina coupon (prints from coupon machine at register)
  • $1.25/2 Dr. Oetker catalina coupon (prints from coupon machine at register)

Misc.: $0

Purex Insiders sent me this Dial Vitamin Boost body wash to try out.   Dial Vitamin Boost body wash is lotion infused and contains Vitamin B to help promote healthy, soft skin.  My favorite body wash ever is this Olay Moisturizing Body Wash that leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft (even in the dry of winter!).  I honestly didn’t expect this Dial Vitamin Boost body wash to hold a candle to it.  But guess what?  I was surprised to find that it did as good of a job of cleansing my skin and and it left it feeling just as moisturized too!  I also loved that I didn’t have to use a lot of soap to get a good lather either.  I definitely will be keeping my eye out for good deals on this body wash to buy it in the future!

Bought more lettuce from our local farmer’s market- 4 small heads of leaf lettuce for $5.  I really should take a picture of the lettuce out of the bag sometime so you can see how nice it is.  And while they don’t market it as organic, for all practical purposes it is.  I feel spoiled to be able to get such healthy, beautiful lettuce all year round!

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Weekly Spending Summary (2/2-2/8)

Wednesday, February 12th, 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 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:
* Free light bulbs
* Free tooth paste
* All detergent for $0.79 each
* Airwick candles that were better than free
* Free Yoplait yogurt
* Thai Noodle Bowls that were better than free

Total Spent: $63.76
Total Saved with Coupons: $43.80
Total Saved with Sales: $48.37
Total Saved: $92.17

CVS: $1.62
Saved with Coupons: $21.25
Saved with Sales: $14.79

Not a bad week at CVS…after coupons/sales the All detergent was $0.74 each, the toothpaste was a $0.25 moneymaker and the Skintimate was a $2.00 moneymaker!

Bought:

  • 4 All detergent $3.99 each
  • Colgate toothpaste $3.00
  • Skintimate $3.79

Coupons Used:

  • $3/2 All printable coupon
  • $2/2 All printable coupon
  • $1.00 Colgate printable coupon
  • $2.25 CVS Colgate coupon from Red Coupon machine in store
  • Skintimate FREE product coupon received via BzzAgent ($3.79)
  • $10.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $3.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the All (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Skintimate (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $5.00 via Saving Star for purchasing $15 worth of All detergent

Rite Aid: $1.04
Saved with Coupons: $7.00
Saved with Sales: $6.00

We were getting low on light bulbs so I was very grateful to be able to get some for free this week!

Bought:

  • 2 GE Light Bulbs $3.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 GE printable coupons
  • $5.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Two $3.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the GE Light Bulbs (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $30.46
Saved with Coupons: $15.55
Saved with Sales: $27.58

I did a number of gas deals at Giant again.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $6.50 on the Thai Kitchen bowls and $2.02 on the Airwick.

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 Thai Kitchen and Airwick.

The Purex, Powerade and Yoplait were all free after coupons/sales.  I usually make my own yogurt but if I can get it for free I’ll take it.  In fact, the children usually fight over who gets to eat the bought stuff since it’s kind of a rare thing around here!  The Starkist was $0.19 each and the Tropicana was supposed to be $1.00 after coupons but apparently the $1.00 Giant store coupon didn’t come off for some reason.  If I think about it, I’ll see if they’ll honor it the next time I’m there.

Bought:

  • 2 Purex detergents $4.55 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • 2 Powerade $1.00 each
  • 2 Starkist tuna $1.19 each
  • 2 Yoplait yogurt $1.00 each
  • Tropicana Juice $3.00
  • 14 Thai Kitchen Bowls $1.25 each
  • 6 Airwick Candles $2.33 each
    - bought with rain check

Coupons Used:

  • Purex FREE Product coupon received via Purex Insiders ($4.55)
  • Two $0.50 Powerade printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.55 Starkist printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.50 Yoplait printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $1.00 Tropicana coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $1/2 Airwick printable coupons
  • $2/2 Airwick printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $36.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Thai Kitchen and Airwick

Aldi: $25.64

If you’ve read this blog for a while you know how much I love Aldi!  In fact, I even did a whole post on the 6 Reasons I Shop at Aldi (and think you should too).  This week I just tried to stock up on some of the usual things I buy there.  These are things that I typically can’t get cheaper anywhere else and that I often don’t find deals on otherwise.

Bought:

  • Bread Crumbs $0.99
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • 2 Saltines $0.95 each
  • Graham Crackers $1.39
  • Ranch Dressing $1.39
  • Mayo $1.99
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • Salmon $2.69
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Tortillas $1.19
  • Powdered Sugar $1.19
  • 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
  • Potatoes 5 lb. Red $2.49
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.

Misc.: $5.00

This was cash that I got to use to purchase lettuce from our local farmer’s market.

I received the Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze from Purex Insiders.  I don’t use fabric softener a lot but since Purex Crystals is natural and not oil based and therefore doesn’t reduce the absorbency of towels I like to use it on my towels and bedding for a bit of softness and gentle scent.  The Fresh Mountain Breeze is a new Purex Crystals scent and is so springy and fresh- especially great for this long, cold winter!

Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Weekly Spending Summary (1/26-2/1)

Monday, February 3rd, 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 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

This was an amazing week for deals!  I had a lot of fun shopping and it was a good way to pass the time as I wait for baby.  (For those of you that are wondering, I’m due this week.)

Favorite buys:
* Diapers for $1.99!
* Diapers for $4.99
* Pull-ups for $3.64
* Bananas for $0.26/lb.
* Free Colgate toothpaste
* Free shampoo
* Bird’s Eye Veggies for $0.36
* Moneymaking Lysol
* Moneymaking Post cereal
* Planters Peanut Butter for $0.33
* Free gum

Total Spent: $99.10
Total Saved with Coupons: $80.79
Total Saved with Sales: $53.80
Total Saved: $134.59 (+ $60 in gas savings!)

CVS: $21.15
Saved with Coupons: $20.79
Saved with Sales: $16.80

I’m still working at my diaper stockpile for this baby dear.  I have all of my newborn and size 1 diapers and about half of the amount of the size 2 diapers that I want.  I also have a bunch of size 3′s because I’ve learned that I can buy about as many of them as I want because our children are in the size for what seems like forever!  Anyway, after coupons and sales, I was able to get these for $4.99 each.

The toothpaste was free after coupons/sales.

Bought:

  • 2 Colgate toothpaste $2.99 each
  • 4 Pampers diapers $8.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Colgate printable coupons
  • Four $1.50 Pampers printable coupons
  • $12.79 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • Two $2.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Colgate (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Pampers (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $12.12
Saved with Coupons: $18.50
Saved with Sales: $5.77

I had added three Load 2 Card coupons to my Rite Aid rewards card that were supposed to be applied to this purchase but for some reason they wouldn’t come off.  I contacted Rite Aid cooperate and they said they’d send me a gift card for the amount of the coupons.  So I included that in my “Saved with Coupons” total at the top.  After coupons and sale this purchase ended up being a $0.50 moneymaker!

Bought:

  • Clean & Clear Shampoo $5.00
  • Tresemme Shampoo $5.00
  • Vaseline Spray $5.00

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

  • $5.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing $15 worth of specific products (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $53.44
Saved with Coupons: $22.00
Saved with Sales: $30.62

This was quite a week for shopping at Giant!  They had some really awesome gas deals that I took advantage of.  Unfortunately they didn’t have more Bird’s Eye veggies in stock so I ended up getting a rain check for more of them.  At this price they are way cheaper than what I pay for the ones I get from a local produce farmer and freeze myself.  Plus, they are so much less work too!

This was a really good week at Giant!  I did a number of gas deals at Giant again.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $2.64 on the Lysol, $7.00 on the Post cereals, paid $0.33 each for the Planters peanut butter and $0.36 each for the Bird’s Eye veggies and Arby’s fries.

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 $2.00 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Lysol, Post cereal, Planters, Bird’s Eye and Arby’s fries.

I was also happy to get some free gum!  Our stash was getting low and I was starting to think that I was actually going to have to pay for some!  <gasp>

Bought:

  • 2 Lysol Wipes $2.00 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 4 Lysol Sprays $2.00 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 3 Post Honeycomb $2.00 each
  • 12 Post Cocoa Pebbles $2.00 each
  • 6 Planters peanut butter $2.50 each
  • 4 Extra gum $1.00 each
  • 6 Bird’s Eye Vegetables $2.00 each
  • Arby’s Curly Fries $2.50

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Lysol wipes printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.50/2 Lysol printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Three $1/2 Planters printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Extra gum printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $12.00 in Catalina coupons (coupons that print out at the register for purchasing specific products)

Got Back:

  • $60.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Lysol, Post cereal, Bird’s Eye, Planters and Arby’s
  • Three $3.00 Catalina coupons for purchasing 12 Post Cocoa Pebbles
    - I used these right away on my next transaction as you see above
  • Two $1.00 Catalina coupons for purchasing the Post Honey Combs
    - I used these right away on my next transaction as you see above

Target: $12.39
Saved with Coupons: $19.50
Saved with Sales: $0.61

I had a $2 Target gift card that I had earned through Shopkick that I used towards this purchase.  (Learn more about Shopkick.)

I was happy to get some diapers for a great price this week at Target.  The Babyganics were only $1.99 after coupons/sales.  I’ve never used that brand before but followed my own advice of being willing to try other brands.  At $4.99, the Huggies were just so at my buy price of $5 or less.  I’m not entirely sure how I got the $2.50 Huggies coupon emailed to me but I think maybe it had something to do with signing up for the Huggies New Moms Club.

I don’t think I’ve ever bought Pull-ups before in my life.  We usually just manage with diapers since they are much cheaper.  But these Pull-ups were actually much less than I often pay for diapers so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and get them!  They only cost $3.64/pack!  And the bananas?  They ended up being $0.79 for 3 lbs. after a Target coupon.  Gotta love cheap fruit!

Bought:

  • Babyganics diapers $8.49
  • Huggies diapers $8.99
  • 2 Pull-Ups $7.64 each
  • 3 lb. Bananas $1.79

Coupons Used:

  • $4.00 Babyganics Target printable coupon
  • $2.50 Babyganics printable coupon (via Hopster)
  • $2.50 Huggies printable coupon received via email
  • $1.50 Huggies Target printable coupon
  • Two $2.00 Pull-ups printable coupons
  • Two $2.00 Pull-ups Target printable coupons
  • $1.00 off Fresh Fruit Target Cartwheel coupon
  • Also saved $0.61 by using my Target Red Card

Misc.: $0

I used grocery cash that I had previously withdrawn to pay for these purchases.

Got 5 dozen eggs from a local farm for just $1.10 a dozen.

$4 worth of beautiful lettuce from our local farmer’s market.

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Monthly Spending Summary (Dec.)

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

 

 

If you want to see exactly what I purchased, check the posts under My Deals for more details.

Oh my.  This post is rather over due!  I thought I had posted this back in January but when I was looking back over some of my old posts this week (I was trying to get some info for a future post) I realized that I had somehow never posted this Monthly Spending Summary.  And so here is, better late than never.

I was really happy to be able to end the year in the black.  It took a bit of work since I was over budget for the last couple of months and also since I was slowly buying ahead on some items in anticipation of our daughter’s birth.  But I managed to do it and that is what matters!

Monthly Grocery/Household Budget: $200
Total Spent:
$136.14
Total Saved with Coupons: $174.19
Total Saved with Sales: $174.09
Total Saved: $348.28 + 72 gas savings

Week 1: $69.08
Week 2: $16.06
Week 3: $90.61
Week 4: $-28.11

Credits: $11.50

This was for a money that I got back for redeeming offers with Ibotta.

Ending Monthly Balance: $63.86
This is the amount that I am under budget for the month!

Ending Annual Balance: $13.53
In case you are confused, this is the amount I am under budget for the year.   I had been over budget the last number of months but finally was able to get under budget this month and ended the year well.  Thankfully!

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Weekly Spending Summary (1/19-1/25)

Monday, January 27th, 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 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

This was kind of an unusual week in that I didn’t really do much “deal” shopping at all.  In fact, I only went to Giant and that was it.  I did end up going to a couple of other stores as well but that wasn’t so much for my usual deal type of things.

Favorite buys:
* FREE Dole frozen fruit
* Carrots for $0.29/lb.
* Various kinds of meat for $1.99/lb. or less

Total Spent: $111.14
Total Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Total Saved with Sales: $1.58
Total Saved: $3.58

Giant: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $1.58

I used $1.00 cash from my grocery cash to pay for this.

I was really happy to get fruit for free this week at Giant!  I paid $1.00 for these 2 Dole fruits but then got a catalina coupon (prints out at the register) for $1.00 off any next purchase at Giant!  I was so annoyed though, because I knew I had printed out 4 coupons and therefore could do the deal twice.  Problem was, I couldn’t find the one coupon.  I looked high and low and finally gave up and now today when I was at Giant I found the missing coupon nicely tucked in with my stash of coupons to use at Giant.  Don’t ask me how I missed it multiple times last week when I looked!  At any rate, it’s too late to use now.

I had intended to get a few other things as well, but unfortunately had to get rain checks instead since they were out of stock.  Kind of a pain, but at least I can still get the deals later!  For that I am grateful.

Bought:

  • 2 Dole Frozen Fruit Cups $1.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Dole printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $1.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 2 Dole (coupon prints at register and is good on any future purchase at Giant)
  • The Dole will also count towards the $5/$20 Dole Saving Star eCoupon

Aldi: $8.76

Last week when I was at Aldi they overcharged me $1.90 for potatoes.  I took in my receipt this week and they put the credit amount towards this purchase.

I decided to grab more carrots and mushrooms while they were still reduced to such a great price!  I have a couple of recipes that use fresh mushrooms and I plan to make them this week or next.  And if I have trouble getting the carrots used up, I’ll simply chop them and freeze them to use in soups later.

I bought more tortillas because I made a huge recipe of my variation of these Breakfast Burritos and totally wiped myself out of tortillas!  By the way, these burritos are so good and are perfect for a quick on-the-go meal.  I was excited to get some made to help increase my list of freezer meals to help me stay more sane once this baby arrives.

Bought:

  • Mushrooms $0.69
  • Saltines $0.95
  • 2 Carrots (2 lb. each) $0.59 each
  • 4 Tortillas $0.99 each
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Coconut $1.29

Centerville Bulk Food: $38.14

I over in the area of my favorite bulk food store and so I stopped by and stocked up on a few things.  I bought lots of oatmeal mainly because I wanted to have plenty on hand so that I could keep making granola even if I don’t get there for several weeks.  Again, it’s just one of those things that I’m trying to do to keep things easy post baby.  Oh and those onions?  Some of the went into some homemade French Onion soup.  So incredibly delicious- and frugal too!

Dutchway: $64.24

I totally blanked on getting a picture of this purchase but it would have been kind of gross anyway since it was a bunch of raw meat.  :)

I saw that this grocery store over close to my in-laws was having some great prices on meats.  My mother-in-law was planning to go anyway and she was kind enough to stop and get me a bunch of stuff.  I got chicken thighs for $0.99/lb., bonless, skinless chicken tenders for $1.99/lb., ham loaf for $1.99/lb., and ground turkey for $1.99/lb.  I sometimes can get ground turkey and chicken for less than $1.99/lb. but I was getting a bit low on both and figured I might as well get them while I could.  I heard chicken prices are going to be rising this summer too, so that influenced my decision as well.

I cooked up some of the chicken tenders and the ground turkey and put it in the freezer to pull out for quick meal prep later.

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