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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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JCPenney: $10 Off $10 Purchase Coupon

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Shopping this weekend?  Use this coupon to save $10 off a $10 or more purchase at JCPenney.  Coupon is valid on apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry and home items.  Coupon is good through September 1, 2014.

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Weekly Spending Summary (8/17-8/23)

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

Wow, we got back from vacation and dove right back into our usual busy life!  And this week sure felt busy!  I did 2 bushels of peaches, with the help of my sister-in-law and also made some fruit slush too.  (Recipes found below.)  We had enough other things going that I didn’t even bother to do any couponing this week.  The deals weren’t amazing and when I saw how busy I was going to be I simply decided to nix it.  It just didn’t feel worth it!

It wasn’t that I did no shopping though!  You’ll see below that I still did some shopping and ended up spending quite a bit in the process.

Total Spent: $147.52

Aldi: $29.51

Plus 2 corn chips, carrots, tortilla chips and bananas.

As I mentioned, this week was quite busy and I guess as a result I totally missed including a bunch of stuff that I purchased in the picture!  I noted those items underneath the picture above.

I headed to Aldi to get orange juice concentrate to make my Easy Frozen Peaches and Fruit Slush and of course while I was there I had to grab some other things too.

I got the chips for my husband and son to take as a snack to the father/son campout that they went to with some other men from our church last weekend.   The honey mustard was just for fun.  When we were at my brother and sister-in-law’s place last weekend they had some and it was really good.  I often make my own but I don’t think I could make it for this price and the ingredients were nothing strange so I felt good about buying it.  It’s great on sandwiches and would be good on chicken or soft pretzels too!

I wasn’t planning to get a can of pumpkin but I’ve been so hungry for fall desserts and when I saw it I couldn’t resist.  Okay, well I could have but truth is I have the room in my budget so I figured it was okay!  That’s the beauty of having a budget!  I can buy things on a whim and not feel guilty because I know the money is there to pay for it all fair and square.  I ended up using it to make this popular Pumpkin Crunch Cake to enjoy when my parents were around last weekend.  So good!

Bought:

  • BBQ Chips $1.49
  • 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
  • Kettle Chips $1.79
  • Tortilla Chips $1.19
  • Bananas $0.44/lb
  • Carrots $1.29
  • Mayo $1.99
  • 2 Honey Mustard $0.79 each
  • Ranch Dressing $1.29
  • 3 Crushed Pineapple $0.89 each
  • Pumpkin $0.89
  • Pesto $1.49
  • 7 Frozen Orange Juice $1.29 each

Staples: $3.18

I had to go to Staples to return something and so I grabbed these pens that will be free after Staples Easy Rebate while I was there.

Bought:

  • Papermate pens $3.00

Beiler’s Fruit Farm: $47.80

Um, so I forgot again to take a picture until I was almost done using all of my peaches!  And by then it was dark outside and the lighting was terrible so hence the awful picture!

Anyway… I bought 2 bushels of Red Haven peaches to freeze.  I know that is a lot and I also will get some more peaches to can but we love peaches around here!  The children have them pretty much every day as part of their lunch.  In fact, on the rare day that I decide to change things up and do some other fruit they get annoyed because they love their peaches!

I froze most of them using this recipe which is delicious as is but tastes great in smoothies too.  I also cut a few up into slices, dipped them in a lemon juice/water mixture and then froze them that way.  I had read about it somewhere and thought I’d like to try it and see what I thought.

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm: $9.03
I forgot to take a picture of this but I bought a couple of freezer containers and about a lb. of lunch meat.

Springville Foods: $48.00

My sister-in-law told me about a local store that had butter on sale for $2.25/lb. and offered to get some for me.  In the past, I’ve usually been able to find butter on sale for $2/lb. or less but the prices keep rising so I jumped on this deal.  She got me all that they had at that price, which was 18 lbs.  Then she said they also had 3 lbs. at $2.50/lb. so I had her get those for me too since it’s still less than what I pay for it at Aldi.  Right now butter is $2.99 so by stocking up like this now I saved $14.79!  And since butter freezes well, I just froze it all and will pull it out as needed.

Misc.: $10.00

I withdrew some cash from our checking account to use to pay for grocery things that I buy at our local farmers market.

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