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Weekly Spending Summary (3/23-3/29)

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

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

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

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

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

Bought:

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

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

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

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

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

If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $1.20 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Old El Paso and the Campbell’s.

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

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

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

Bought:

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

Coupons Used:

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

Got Back:

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

Walmart: $2.57

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

Bought:

  • Lansinoh nursing pads $7.97

Misc.: $0

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

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

Credit: $6.00

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

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Checkout 51: Fresh Tomatoes, Kellogg’s cereal, Windex, All detergent, Frigo Cheese Heads & More!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

If you like Checkout 51, you might be interested in some of the other 8 Money Saving (and money making) apps that I recommend!

Checkout 51 has some new offers that you might be interested in.  You also may have additional offers that are specific to you alone.  For instance, this week I also got an offer for $0.50 off any bananas.

(Not sure what Checkout 51 is?  Read my post explaining it.)

* $0.25 on any variety fresh tomatoes
* $1.00/2 Kellogg’s Special K cereal, any variety
* $1.00/2 Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal, any variety
* $1.00/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheat cereal, any variety
* $0.75 on Windex, any spray variety
* $0.75 on Scrubbing Bubbles All Purpose Cleaner with Fantastik
* $1.00 All Laundry detergent, 20 load or larger
* $0.35 Frigo Cheese Heads, 5 oz. or larger, any variety
* $1.00 Triscuit crackers, any variety, 7.6 oz. or larger
* $1.00 Honeymaid Grahamfuls, any variety, 8 count or higher
* $0.50 BelVita Soft Baked Breakfast biscuits, any variety 8.8 oz.
* $1.00/2 Halls Drops
* $1.00 Trans-Ocean Crab Classic
* $1.25 Trans-Ocean Smoked Salmon
* $1.00/2 Blue Dragon products, any variety
* $1.00 on People magazine, any newsstand issue

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

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bought:

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

Coupons Used:

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

Got Back:

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

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

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

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

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

Bought:

  • Reach kid’s toothbrush $2.69

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Reach coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

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

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

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

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

If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $0.80 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Ziploc.

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

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

Bought:

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

Coupons Used:

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

Got Back:

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

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

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

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

Bought:

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

Coupons Used:

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

Sharp Shopper: $9.78

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

Misc.: $20.00

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

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

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

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Target: Luvs Diapers Value Packs $12.75 (reg. $25)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

 

Through 3/29/14 you can get an awesome deal on Luvs diapers at Target.  After coupons and gift cards, you’ll be paying just $12.75 a pack (regular $25) or just $0.08 a diaper!  (In case you are wondering, this is based on size 3 diapers and I consider anything less than $0.13 a diaper to be a good price.)  Just for comparison, here’s the current price on Amazon.

Here’s how to do the deal:

Buy 4 Luvs Value Packs $25.00 each
-use $20/$100 Target Baby printable coupon (can also be found in-ad)
- use 5% off Luvs Target Cartwheel (will deduct $5.00)
- use four $1/1 Luvs diapers printable coupons (will need two computers to print four)
Pay: $71.00
Get back two $10 Target gift cards
Final cost: $12.75 each!

Thanks Coupon Cutting Mom!

I know this might seem like a lot of diapers but doing deals like this is one of the big ways that I save on diapers!  It’s so much cheaper than paying full price for them whenever you run out!

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Weekly Spending Summary (3/9-3/15)

Friday, March 21st, 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.

I’m kind of late at getting last week’s Spending Summary up.  This week has just been that way…barely staying on top of things…until today.  I had a lovely, refreshing day.  I puttered around in the kitchen (my way of relaxing) and made two kinds of biscotti.  I hung out laundry- another thing that makes me happy.  And I walked with my two girls to the Farmer’s Market downtown to get some lettuce and we enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and lovely, although somewhat chilly weather.  I also enjoyed snuggling my baby who is rapidly leaving the infant stage (want to soak up this baby sweetness while I can) and of course took care of our other two children and all the usual things that go along with that too.  Anyway, it was a good day and I feel like I’m kind of getting back on top of things again.

Recently I had someone say to me something like this, “How do you manage to keep up with blogging, couponing and everything else when you just had a baby?”  Well, let me assure you that I’m not super woman!  I couldn’t keep up at all had it not been for the help of my lovely sister-in-laws the last several weeks.  I’ve had help at least one day a week and several weeks I’ve been blessed to have help two days.  It’s been wonderful and I’ve loved being able to spend more time with them too.

Okay, now on to the details of last week’s spending!

Favorite buys:

  • Free Bird’s Eye veggies
  • Pampers wipes for $0.99 each
  • Huggies diapers for $3.49 each
  • $0.93 Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Free Planters peanuts

You might notice that my total spent amount below is a negative number.  This is because I redeemed my gas rewards points and put that savings into my grocery budget as explained under “Credits” below.  Just wanted to clarify in case some of you got confused by it!

Total Spent: -$54.89
Total Saved with Coupons: $35.75
Total Saved with Sales: $29.93
Total Saved: $65.68 + $90.53 in gas savings

CVS: $0 (used gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $22.75
Saved with Sales: $15.20

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of  $13.21.

If you are a regular reader you know that one of the big ways that I save on diapers is to buy ahead.  So I was quick to jump on this deal to get Huggies for just $3.49/pack!

Bought:

  • 4 Huggies $8.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $3.00 Huggies printable coupons
  • $10.75 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

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

Rite Aid: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $1.50

 

I had an UPReward to use up and since we needed some almonds and they were on sale I decided to get them even though they weren’t the best price ever.  And since my out of pocket was just $0.79 I used up some change from my grocery cash to pay for this purchase.

Bought:

  • Blue Diamond almonds $2.79

Coupons Used:

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

Giant: $22.46
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $13.23

The Bird’s Eye veggies were part of a gas deal that I had a rain check for.  After coupons, sales and gas rewards I got all the veggies for free.  You can’t beat deals like that!

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 Bird’s Eye veggies.

The Philadelphia cream cheese was part of a deal where you saved $4.00 instantly when you purchased 7 of various products.  I wasn’t really interested in any of the other items that were part of the deal so I just stocked up on cream cheese for $0.93 each.  I plan to make a cheese cake and probably either these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars or Cream Cheese Potato Soup with the rest.

The Planters peanuts were free after coupons and the Pamper’s wipes were a great buy at $0.99 each.  Oh and get this.  This week Giant has Pampers wipes on sale for $1.39 each but I already used up all my coupons so I have to miss out on an even better deal!  That’s just how it goes with deal shopping.  You can often win but sometimes you lose too!

Bought:

  • 5 Planters peanuts $1.00 each
  • 4 Pampers wipes $1.99 each
  • 7 Philadelphia cream cheese $1.50 each
  • 7 Bird’s Eye peas $2.00 each
    (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • Five $1.00 Planters printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Pampers printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1/2 Bird’s Eye coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $4 instant savings for purchasing 7 Philadelphia cream cheese

Got Back:

  • $12.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Bird’s Eye vegetables

Aldi: $13.18

It’s been several weeks since I shopped at Aldi and I think I was going through withdrawal!  Ha!  But seriously, I do love that place.

Funny thing was, the main reason I went was because we needed napkins and I totally forgot to get them!  I’m finding that kind of thing has been happening around here a lot lately- guess it’s just part of having a new little one to take care of and being pulled in more directions than ever.

Bought:

  • 2 Mushrooms $0.69 each
  • Romaine Hearts $1.39
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Vegetable Chips $1.79
  • Tortillas $1.19
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • Brown Sugar $1.19

Misc: $0

I received these Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps from Purex Insiders.  These deep cleaning soaps have a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes the skin while at the same time deeply cleaning as well.  I was really impressed with how even though they are deep cleaning, they really didn’t dry out my hands.  And that’s saying a lot because the stage of life that I’m in, I’m washing my hands all.the.time!  (Think little children and lots of diaper changes.)  I also loved the scents.  The Water Blossoms scent was a bit strong for me but the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar was simply lovely.  It smelled so fresh and spring-y which was just what I needed after this long winter.  Oh and I made the awesomeness stretch further by using these soaps to make my own homemade foaming hand soap.

Learn more about Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap.

Credits: $90.53
The last number of weeks, including this week, I’ve been buying various items that are part of the Giant gas deals.  Basically, you get points for purchasing the products and then you can redeem those points for gas.  I was able to get $90.53 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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