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Our $200/mo. Grocery Budget: What I Spent & Saved This Week (11/2-11/8)

Monday, November 10th, 2014

 

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

Favorite buys:
* Huggies diapers $1.49
* Pampers diapers $3.49
* Eight O Clock coffee $1.27 each
* Free Newman’s Own Greek yogurt
* Finish dishwashing detergent $1.32
* Oreos $0.97
* Kraft sour cream $0.83/lb.

Total Spent: -$6.91 (negative number due to gas rewards credit- see end of post)
Total Saved with Coupons: $34.50
Total Saved with Sales: $51.50
Total Saved: $86.00 + $72.25 gas savings

CVS: $14.47
Saved with Coupons: $15.50
Saved with Sales: $6.00

I was super excited to get Huggies diapers for just $1.49 a pack after coupons/sales/gift card promo.  Back when I first started couponing, I often got diapers for this cheap but it has been a long time since I’ve I last was able to get a deal this good.

Looking to save on diapers and wipes?  You might enjoy my post about How to Save Money and Build a Diaper Stockpile.

Bought:

  • 2 Huggies diapers $11.99
    - used two $3.00 Huggies printable coupons
    - used $4.50/2 Huggies CVS printable coupon
  • Huggies diapers $5.99
    - used $3.00 Huggies printable coupon
    - used $2.00 Huggies CVS printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $10.00 CVS gift card for purchasing $30.00 worth of Huggies products

Giant: $32.91 + $2.00 grocery cash
Saved with Coupons: $13.00
Saved with Sales: $27.94

Before I tell you anything else about this shopping trip, I have to let you know that I shop lifted.  Yes, you read that right.  I got home from shopping and my husband was taking our 9 mo. old out of her car seat when he calmly hands me a jar of JIF peanut butter and says, “Not sure why that’s in there with her.”  My mouth just kind of fell open and I was speechless for a moment.  See, I had given it to Adelyne for her to play with as I shopped.  Eventually it rolled down beside her and I totally forgot about it and walked out of the store without paying for it!  Obviously I’ll be taking it back with me when I go this week to make amends.  I’m grateful the employees at customer service know me because otherwise I’d feel quite silly explaining it all!

As for the things I paid for….I got the Malt O Meal for free, the Newman’s Own Greek yogurt for free (thanks to Saving Star!), the Giant eggs were $1.09, the Pampers were $3.49, the General Mills cereal $0.33 each, the Eight O Clock coffee $1.27 each and the banana was free (thanks to Checkout 51).  The Pledge was not a great deal but I was totally out so I pretended it was a good deal.  <grin>  I paid $2.19 for it which I suppose isn’t too bad but it feels expensive when I haven’t paid more than $0.50 for dusting spray in a couple of years.

The grapes were a goof and not a good buy at all.  There was a coupon in the ad to get grapes for $0.99/lb. if you bought $25 worth of groceries.  Since the children love grapes I figured I’d get some since they were that cheap.  But unfortunately missed the fine print of “minimum of $25 must be met after all coupons and discounts” and alas, but my out of pocket was under $25 in that particular transaction.  (Yes, I often go through self check out and do multiple transactions so that all of my coupons will double.  Giant has policy that only one like coupon will double per transaction.)  So, um, those grapes were actually a bust.  But it’s proof that I’m human and prone to messing up- something I’m quite aware of, but something that I realize you all probably don’t see a lot of on this blog.  So, let it be known that I’m no different than you!

The Pillsbury, Crisco canola oil and Jif peanut butter (that I shop lifted) were all part of the weekly Giant gas reward deals.  And actually, I was to have bought 8 items to get the deal and wanted to get 2 more Crisco oils but they were out of stock.  So I got a rain check for them and will buy them another week.  Anyway,  after the sale prices/coupons and gas rewards I’ll essentially be paying $1.28 each for those things.

(If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $7.50 worth of free gas for purchasing the Nestle and Blue Diamond products.)

Bought:

  • Pledge $4.19
    - used $1.00 Pledge printable coupon
    - used $1.00 Checkout 51 offer
  • 4 Malt O Meal cereals $1.00 each
    - used four $0.75 Malt O Meal printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Newman’s Own Greek yogurt $1.49
    - used FREE Newman’s Own Saving Star offer ($1.49)
  • Giant brand eggs $1.59
    - used $0.50 Giant store ecard offer
  • 3 Pillsbury flour $2.29 each
  • Cheerios $1.66
    - used $0.75 Giant store ecard offer
  • Golden Grahams $1.66
    - used $1.50/3 General Mills printable coupon
  • Trix $1.66
    - used $0.75 Trix printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
    - used $0.75 Saving Star offer
  • 2 Crisco canola oil $4.79 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Grapes $4.62
  • Pampers $6.99
    - used $1.50 Pampers printable coupon
    - used $2.00 Ibotta offer
  • 4 Eight O Clock coffee $2.65 each (bought with rain check)
    - used $2/2 Eight O Clock printable coupon
    - used two $1.00 Eight O Clock printable coupons
    - used $1.50/3 Ibotta offer
  • Banana $0.25
    - used $0.25 Checkout 51 offer
    - used 20% back Saving Star offer

Got Back:

  • $7.50 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Pillsbury, Jif (see note above) and Crisco

Weis: $7.12
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $17.56

I know, this is an odd combination to purchase, right?  But it was an amazing deal!  I was able to get the Finish for just $1.32.  I’ve always used my dishwasher some but I’ve started using it more the last couple of months as a way to help decrease my work load more.  I figure it’s a relatively inexpensive maid.  <grin>  And deals like this make it really inexpensive!

I’m not much of a bought cookie fan- typically I much prefer homemade from scratch.  But Oreos are one of my weaknesses.  I mean who could not like them?  And I’m in the minority that I like the regular and not the double stuffed.  Anyway, I was able to get these for just $0.97 each.  I figured we’d enjoy them as a special treat every now and then.  I’ll probably actually throw at least one pack in the freezer to enjoy later on.  And yes, they are good after they are frozen.  I mean, Oreos are good any time, any way right?

Bought:

  • Finish $4.99
    - used $0.55 Finish printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • 2 Finish $3.49 each
    - used two $0.55 Finish printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
    - saved $5.00 instantly for purchasing $15 worth of Finish products
  • 3 Oreos $1.97 each
    - used three $0.50 Oreo printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)

Sharp Shopper $10.84

This local discount store had some great buys again.  I rarely buy fish sticks but knew that we were going to have some busy days coming up and figured they’d make a quick, easy dinner.  And yes, I got more Oreo cookies!  But these were already crushed and I plan to use them for cheesecake crusts.  You can’t beat that price- and the fact that they are already crushed is definitely nice too.  I don’t know about you, but crushing cookies is not one of my favorite things to do.  Especially chocolate cookies that make it really messy.

The cheese is to send along with a meal that I’m making for a friend.  The sour cream?  Well, I was quite happy to get it for the equivalent of $0.83 a small container!  And this time of year we can use a lot of sour cream in soups etc.  For instance, I made 3 recipes of Creamy White Chili tonight and used 3 cups right there.  And no, it wasn’t all for us.  Although we did eat a large portion of it!  Seriously, I can’t believe how much we eat these days!  My children (that eat) are only 6 and almost 3 but I’m already wondering how I’m going to keep enough food in the house when they are teenagers!

I also grabbed a container of lunch meat.  I really like that this particular kind has no nitrates added instead it uses celery juice as a natural form of nitrates.

Bought:

  • Two 3 lb. Sour Cream $2.29 each
  • Colby Cheese $2.49
  • Crushed Oreos $1.09 ($0.99/lb.)
  • Fish sticks $1.49
  • Oscar Mayer lunch meat $1.19

Misc.: $0

Bet you all are wondering what this is!  The color is a little off in the picture but it’s the equivalent of almost 4 cans of  homemade pumpkin puree.  My sister-in-law shared a pumpkin that they grew with us and I finally got it cooked up and put in the freezer.

Speaking of pumpkin.  You really should try these No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes.  So good!

Credits: $72.25
The last couple of weeks I’ve been buying various items that are part of the Giant gas deals.  Basically, you get points for purchasing the products and then you can redeem those points for gas.  I was able to get $72.25 worth of gas for free as a result.  And since I only buy the grocery items that are part of these deals because they either get me free gas or make me money, I put the savings back into my grocery budget.  (To see the details of these purchases look at my previous Giant purchases under my What I Spent & What I Saved posts.)

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Our $200/mo. Grocery Budget: What I Spent & Saved This Week (10/26-11/1)

Monday, November 3rd, 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 PlumIbottaSnap, HopsterCheckout 51, and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Better than free Nestle chocolate chips
  • Blue Diamond almonds for $1.33 each
  • Banana for $0.02
  • Free Trident gum
  • Free Colgate toothpaste

Total Spent: $68.37
Total Saved with Coupons: $15.75
Total Saved with Sales: $57.47
Total Saved: $73.22 + $85.03 in gas savings

Giant: $126.74
Saved with Coupons: $6.75
Saved with Sales: $55.80

Not pictured: 1 gallon milk

Wow, this was a crazy, crazy week at Giant!  Yes, I  bought a ridiculous amount of chocolate and other flavored chips.  But this deal was just too good to pass up!  Basically when all was said and done I made $1.75 on them!  It was one of those deals where I felt like I was a bit nuts to buy so many and yet it’s something that I will use and they don’t expire until 2016 sometime so I decided I didn’t have anything to lose.  I do a lot of baking over the holidays so I’ll go through quite a few bags then.  And I got some white chocolate chips too and will use them to make several snacks that use them.  I also may end up selling some of them to family and friends for $0.50/bag if I don’t use them fast enough.

The Blue Diamond almonds were another great deal.  They ended up being $1.33/can or the equivalent of paying $2.66 for the larger size bags.  Those bags cost $4.99 at Aldi so this was decent savings!  We love almonds.  I use them in various recipes, on salads and of course for snacking 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 $100 worth of free gas for purchasing the Nestle and Blue Diamond products.)

We typically buy milk from a local dairy, partly because it’s cheaper (just $2.50/gal.) and partly because we like it better.  But this week, my husband forgot to stop and get it on his way home from work so I ended up buying a gallon at the store.  Wow, it made me realize how much we save typically by buying it from the farmer direct!  I was thankful for an Ibotta offer that least helped me save a little bit.  I also grabbed a banana for $0.02 after Checkout 51 savings.

Bought:

  • Store brand 2% milk $4.22
    - used $0.25 Ibotta offer
  • Banana $0.27
    - used $0.25Checkout 51 offer
  • 42 Nestle chocolate chips $2.50 each
    - used three $2.25/5 Nestle coupon that printed at register on previous transaction
    - $30.00 in instant savings for purchasing the Nestle
  • 18 Blue Diamond almonds $3.00 each

Got Back:

  • $70.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Nestle
  • $30.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Blue Diamond

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $4.00
Saved with Sales: $1.67

I used $0.70 in grocery cash to pay for this purchase.

This summer I took a break from shopping at drug stores and am just getting back into it again.  My toothpaste stockpile had dwindled to just a couple of tubes as a result so I was glad to be able to get a free tube this week.  Actually, it was a moneymaker of $0.59, which is even better!  And I got the gum because it was Saving Star’s Freebie Friday item, meaning it was free after Saving Star credit.  I didn’t realize it until I was at the store that they had it on sale for buy one, get one free, so I ended up getting both packs for free!  Yay!

Bought:

  • Colgate Total $3.41
    - $1.00 Colgate printable coupon
  • 2 Trident gum $1.29 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
    - $1.29 Saving Star rebate

Other Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $3.00 in UPRewards for purchasing the Colgate (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Aldi: $26.66
Saved with Coupon: $5.00

Not pictured: 2 packs of Romaine Hearts

I wasn’t planning on shopping at Aldi this week but had another $5/$30 coupon to use at the new Aldi store, so I figured I might as well use it and stock up on things that I typically buy there.

They had several things on markdown including the lettuce and spinach which I happily bought.  The Romaine hearts and Parmesan cheese were my contribution to a family meal with my husband’s family.  I haven’t made Caesar salad in a while and it was good!  I’m going to have to get more ingredients to make it again soon for us.

Bought:

  • Croutons $0.89
  • 2 Romaine hearts $1.99 each
  • Spinach $0.99
  • Mustard $0.89
  • Sour cream $1.29
  • Parmesan Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Baby Lettuce $1.00
  • Coconut flakes $1.29
  • Celery $1.69
  • Ketchup (high fructose corn syrup free) $1.29
  • Apples $1.99
  • 2 Black beans $0.59 each
  • 5 Great Northern beans $0.59 each
  • Tortillas $1.19
  • Powdered sugar $0.99
  • Brown sugar $0.99
  • 2 Canola oil $2.39 each
  • Salmon, canned $2.29

Credits: $85.03

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 $85.03 worth of gas for free as a result.  And since I only buy the grocery items that are part of these deals because they either get me free gas or make me money, I put the savings back into my grocery budget.  (To see the details of these purchases look at my previous Giant purchases under my What I Spent & What I Saved posts.)

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Our $200/mo. Grocery Budget: What I Spent & Saved This Week (10/19-10/25)

Monday, October 27th, 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 PlumIbottaSnap, HopsterCheckout 51, and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:
* Better than free Dole Squish ‘Ems
* Free Tresemme conditioner
* $0.25 Lindt truffles
* $31.55 Visa gift card moneymaker!

Total Spent: $74.49
Total Saved with Coupons: $21.00
Total Saved with Sales: $12.44
Total Saved: $33.44

Giant: $12.95
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $2.10

I bought the Dole with a rain check and after coupons and gas rewards they were a $3 moneymaker!  Not something I would typically buy, but my kid’s think they’re fun and for better than free?  I’ll take them!

The Visa gift card was also a gas rewards deal.  If you bought a $500 Visa gift card you got back $37.50 in gas rewards.  There is a $5.95 activation fee per gift card so after that cost, it was a moneymaker of $31.55!  I decided to get one to use on future grocery purchases and then roll the savings into my grocery budget.  However, for sake of keeping things easy to follow, I didn’t record the $500 here as an expense, only the $5.95 activation fee.  I did this mainly because I was afraid it would get too confusing later when I showed purchases as costing $0 because I paid with the Visa gift card.  So instead, I’ll just show every purchase that I make using the gift card here and record it that way.   Not sure if you followed that or not, but long story short, I’ll still be recording the $500, it will just be over a longer period of time as I use it to purchase things.

Bought:

  • 6 Dole Fruit Squish ‘Ems $2.00 each (bought with rain check)
    - used $0.50 Dole coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)
    - used three $1.00 Dole printable coupons
    - used $1/2 Dole printable coupon
  • $500 Visa gift card + $5.95 activation fee

Got Back:

  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Dole Squish ‘Ems
  • $37.50 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Visa gift card

Rite Aid: $3.41 + $0.59 grocery cash
Saved with Coupons: $16.00
Saved with Sales: $10.34

I haven’t shopped at Rite Aid for a long time!  This summer was rather busy with canning and just life in general and so I decided to skip shopping at CVS and Rite Aid for the most part.  I wasn’t sure when I’d jump back into going there, but when I happened to see that I could get super cheap Lindt chocolate and free shampoo this week, I thought maybe it was a sign!

The Tresemme was free after coupons and sales.  They were out of shampoo by the time I went so I grabbed two conditioners and plan to exchange at least one, maybe both of them later for shampoo.  The Lindt truffles were just $0.25 each after coupons and sales and I just couldn’t pass that up!  I like chocolate but I wouldn’t say I’m a major fan but these truffles are a different story.  Or maybe I should say that these Lindt dark chocolate truffles are a different story.  They are absolutely amazing!  Creamy, rich and just melt in your mouth.  And no, I get nothing for telling you this- just sheer love for the chocolate!  : )  I’m keeping the bags of dark chocolate ones and plan to gift the other two bags.

Bought:

  • 2 Tresemme conditioner $4.00 each
    - used $5/2 Tresemme coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • 4 Lindt truffles $3.00 each
    - used 4 $2.00 Lindt printable coupons

Other Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $3.00 in UPRewards for purchasing the Lindt truffles (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $3.00 in UPRewards for purchasing the Tresemme (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Sharp Shopper: $3.96

I was driving by a Sharp Shopper, not the one I typically shop, but a Sharp Shopper nonetheless, and stopped to see get some Oreo wafers for a dessert I wanted to make and also quickly scanned the dairy department for deals too.  Unfortunately this location doesn’t carry the Oreo wafers so that was a no-go, but I did find some low fat cream cheese for $0.99.  I’m planning to use it to make Cream Cheese Potato Soup and also these yummy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.

Bought:

  • 4 Cream cheese $0.99 each

Darrenkamps: $2.99

This was a total bummer of a purchase.  I made some homemade yogurt and had it in the oven culturing overnight.  The next morning I made some granola and as I was mixing it up I thought about the yogurt and the fact that I should take it out.  But I got interrupted by the kiddos several times and turned the oven on for the granola, put it in and went on to the next thing.  It was at least a good 30 min later, maybe more before I thought about the fact that the yogurt was still in there!  By that point, the temp of the yogurt had gotten high enough that any good bacteria was dead.  The yogurt was still edible but I knew there was no way that I could use it as starter for my next batch.  I happened to be going by this local family owned grocery store the next day so I stopped to get some plain yogurt to use as starter for a new batch.  I assumed they’d have some small cups of plain yogurt, but no, they only had this big huge container for a whopping $2.99!  So much for cheap homemade yogurt!  Really, it’s okay.  I was mostly just annoyed at myself for creating so much extra work.  But if that’s the biggest problem I have in life, then I’m a very blessed lady, right?

Oh, and when I made that second batch of yogurt that evening I made sure and stuck a nice yellow Post-it note to the oven saying YOGURT in big letters to remind me that it was in there!  And yes, it worked.

Bought:

  • Dannon yogurt $2.99

Centerville Bulk Food: $51.18

I stocked up majorly at our local bulk food store in hopes that I won’t have to go there again for a while.  I just don’t get by there very often any more and I hate making a special trip.  I got lots of oatmeal for $0.56/lb., some raw sugar, cornstarch, unflavored gelatin, cocoa powder, honey and a couple of apples.  I don’t remember the prices of everything and since it’s an Amish store they don’t have computerized registers and the receipts don’t list it all neatly.  But I do know that the 5 lbs. of honey was $15.39 and also their cocoa powder is way cheaper than anywhere else I’ve looked.  I got a big huge bag of it which should last me a long time, unless we drink copious amounts of homemade hot cocoa this winter, which I guess is rather a possibility since we love hot drinks around here!

Misc.: $0

* Sweet Potatoes
Someone had a big huge box of sweet potatoes at church for people to enjoy so I grabbed 3 of them.

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Our $200/mo. Grocery Budget: What I Spent & Saved This Week (10/12-10/18)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 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 PlumIbottaSnap, HopsterCheckout 51, and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

It’s time for my weekly post about how I spent our grocery money last week.  But first, I thought it might be good to explain exactly why I do these posts.  Some of you are long time readers and so you’ve heard me say all of this before.  But I know a lot of you are new and may be wondering why I bother doing this anyway.

One of my goal for these posts is to show you what real life couponing and deal shopping looks like.  Unfortunately, the whole view of couponing kind of got skewed by a couple of reality TV shows where people were able to shop and use coupons in ways that we actually aren’t allowed to in real life.  No, you can’t typically get a whole cart full of groceries for free!  That’s not real life couponing!  But you can still get plenty of great deals and save a lot of money.

I also hope that these posts can be inspiring.  No, I don’t think that everyone has to shop like I do or that they should be spending the same amount that we have chosen.  Each family and budget is going to be different and that is totally okay!  But I hope that by seeing the different ways that I save it can inspire you to think creatively about ways that you also can trim your spending.  I also usually try to give random tips throughout these posts too about things that I’ve found helpful in saving money, recipes that I like and all sorts of other things.

Of course, if there is something that you think would be helpful to include in these posts or something that would improve them, I’d love to hear from you!  My goal is to help you and I want to do that in any way that is possible.

Okay….now on to the details!

Favorite buys:
* Eight O’Clock coffee for $1.69
* Moneymaking Revlon nail clippers

Total Spent: $85.90
Total Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Total Saved with Sales: $10.39
Total Saved: $12.39

Giant: $6.10
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $10.39

We love Eight O’Clock coffee and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to get a good deal on it.   So I was pretty happy to see that I could get it for just $1.69 a bag this week by combining sales and coupons.  Here’s a tip for you: to maximize savings, try to always combine a coupon with a sale.  And even better, if you can find a buy one, get one free sale like this one was and then use a coupon on both products you’ll really save!

I had a rain check for Revlon implements that I decided to use this week.  I plan to donate the nail clippers to our church’s sewing circle and they’ll get sent in care packets to needy people.  The nail file I’m keeping because I was needing a new one.  The Revlon items were part of a gas deal when I got the rain check so I actually got $10 worth of gas savings for purchasing them too.  So actually, they ended up being a moneymaker of $7.45!  I reality, I was to have gotten $12.00 in gas points but the guy that added them to my store card for me goofed and only added $10.00 worth.  I noticed but felt kind of cheap asking him for the extra since I was already getting such a great deal, so I left it.

Bought:

  • 2 Eight O’Clock coffee $5.39 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
    - use $2.00/2 Eight O’Clock coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • 4 Revlon nail clippers $0.39 each (bought with rain check)
  • Revlon nail file $0.99 (bought with rain check)

Got Back:

  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Revlon implements

Misc.: $79.80

  • $15.00
    One of the ways that I save on ink for our printer is to buy it at Cartridge World.  Their prices are always less than Staples plus they almost always have vouchers that I can buy and save even more on Double Take Deals!  This $15 bought me a voucher for $31 for Cartridge World.  I used it to buy ink there and all told saved $38 (compared with Staples price)!You may be wondering why I put printer ink under grocery and that is a legitimate question.  I don’t put the full amount under grocery but I do typically put some of here simply because I print a decent amount of coupons and figure that to be fair, I should compensate for some of that cost.

  • $58.80
    I bought 40 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.47/lb. from a local bulk food store during a sale that they had.   I froze all of it, some raw and some cooked and chopped.  I love having meat already cooked in the freezer!  It seriously makes meal prep so much faster.

  • $6.00
    My in-laws have a wheat grinder and so I buy fresh ground wheat from them to make my 100% Whole Wheat Bread.  In some ways it would be nice to have my own grinder but then I’d have to store it (and remember I’m decluttering!) plus they are pretty expensive too.  So for now, this arrangement works out pretty well for us.

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Our $200/mo. Grocery Budget: What I Spent & Saved This Week (10/5-10/11)

Thursday, October 16th, 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 PlumIbottaSnap, HopsterCheckout 51, and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:
* Huggies diapers for $2.32 each!
* Better than free Dole Squish Ems
* Roast Beef lunch meat for $2.40/lb.
* 5 lb. carrots for $1.99

Total Spent: $0.88
Total Saved with Coupons: $20.40
Total Saved with Sales: $20.14
Total Saved: $40.54

Giant: $33.33
Saved with Coupons: $20.40
Saved with Sales: $20.14

It was a fun week at Giant.  I got 6 packs of Huggies diapers for just $2.32 each!  I love when it works out that I can combine awesome sales with good coupons as well as app savings!  It’s been years since I’ve been able to get diapers for less than $3.50 a pack.  Back when I first started couponing about 6 years ago, I regularly was able to get diapers for $3/pack, sometimes less.  Obviously things have changed a bit since then!

I bought the Dole Squish Ems because they were a money maker after gas reward points.  Basically after coupons and gas rewards I made $1.00 on them.  They are definitely not something I’d typically buy because I don’t think they are worth the extra money (I’d rather give my kids homemade applesauce) but they are convenient and my kiddos are having a lot of fun eating them.

Bought:

  • Sugar 1.79
    - used $0.40 in-ad coupon
  • 6 Huggies diapers $8.99 each
    - used Five $3.00 Huggies printable coupons
    - used $2.00 Huggies printable coupon
    - 9.00 via Snap for purchasing the Huggies diapers
    - saved $7.00 instantly for purchasing $25 worth of Huggies (did twice for a total of $14.00)
  • 6 Dole Squish Ems $2.00 each
    - used Three $1/2 Dole printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Dole

Aldi: $25.11

Stopped by Aldi to get cream cheese and chocolate chips to make these yummy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars to take to a baby shower for my sister-in-law.  Grabbed a couple of other things while I was there too.

Bought:

  • Eggs $1.29
  • Napkins $1.49
  • Almonds $4.99
  • Canola Oil $2.39
  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • 2 Ranch Dressing $1.29 each
  • 2 Chocolate Chips $1.59 each
  • Mayo $1.95
  • Sweet Potatoes 3lb. $1.29
  • 2 Cream Cheese $1.29 each
  • Cinnamon $0.99

Sharp Shopper: $11.26

This local discount grocery store is a favorite of mine.  I love that I never know what I’m going to find when I stop by.  It’s kind of like a giant treasure hunt where you look for deals!  The downside is that I never know if it’s going to be a complete waste of my time or not.  Usually though, I find enough great deals that I’m not disappointed.

I was pretty happy with what I found this week.  I think my favorite find was the 5 lb. bag of carrots!  Yes, that’s a lot of carrots, I know.  But I’ve been wanting to make carrot fries (they’re incredibly yummy and my kid’s don’t even know they are eating carrots) and so I’ll use a lot of them up for that.  This time of year we eat a lot of soup and many of my recipes call for carrots, so that will help use them up as well.  And if I get worried that they will spoil I’ll just dice them and freeze them that way and then they’ll be handy to pull out later when I need them for recipes.  Of course if you have any favorite dishes that use carrots, feel free to send them my way!  I’m always game to try a new recipe!

Bread is not something I normally buy since I make my own.  But when I saw these Alexia rolls for just $0.50 and the ingredient list looked pretty normal (as in not lots of crazy things I didn’t recognize) I decided to grab a few.  They’ve been really handy to have!

I usually try not to pay more than $2/lb. for lunch meat but lately I’ve fudged a few times because I have room in my budget and because I’ve been able to find nitrate free lunch meat for just a bit more than $2/lb.  This roast beef was one of those cases.  I rarely have bought roast beef even though we love it, just because it is typically so super expensive.  So I was excited when I saw this and then even more excited when I noticed that it was nitrate free and didn’t have any added colors etc.

Want in on a little secret?  Obviously if you are a blogger and do recipes, pictures are a pretty important thing for those posts to do well.  I have a lot to learn about food photography, but one thing I learned recently is that if you want a bowl of soup to look nice and heaped up in the center to showcase what all is actually in it, you simply cut an apple in half and put it in the bottom of the bowl.  Genius, right?  The apple I bought here?  It’s purpose is to help make some soup pictures hopefully look amazing.  Let’s hope it does it’s job well!

Bought:

  • Juice $0.50
  • 3 Oikos Greek Yogurt dips $0.50 each
  • 4 Alexia Frozen Rolls $0.50 each
  • Apple $0.51
  • 4 Sare Lee Roast Beef 8 oz. $1.19 each
  • 5 lb. Carrots $1.99

Misc.: $15.00


This was cash that I withdrew to use for produce that I buy at our local farmers market.  I mostly get lettuce there and it is just the nicest.  It’s basically organic and very reasonably prices.  Usually I pay anywhere from $1.25 to $2.00 a head, it just depends on the size and how much they have right then.  Love it!

Credits: $83.82

* $6.32
This was a credit from Saving Star for rebates that I had redeemed over the last several weeks.  I love this program!  It’s super simple to use and once a week they have an offer where you can get an item totally free, which is just awesome!

* $77.50
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 $77.50 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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