Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use:
Coupons.com, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.
If you are new here and unfamiliar with my weekly What I Spent & Saved posts, it probably is helpful to understand a bit about how I shop. I do something called stockpile shopping. This simply means that when I see an item at rock bottom prices that I regularly use or know that I can use, I’ll buy several of it. This might seem kind of crazy, but it honestly saves me hundreds of dollars a year! Simply put, by buying 6 bags of frozen veggies when I can get them for $0.50/bag with a coupon and sale instead of paying the full price of $1.50, I save $6.00. This savings adds up pretty quickly! Want to know more about this kind of shopping? Check out my post on How to Start Building a Grocery Stockpile.
I also buy meats and veggies in bulk. The meat I either can or freeze and then obviously have it on hand whenever I need it. I purchase large quantities of fruits and veggies when they are in season and I can get them at really great prices. By canning or freezing them, I save a lot and we are able to enjoy great produce for less cost all year long. I do still buy some fresh fruits and veggies too. In fact, every 7 to 10 days I go to our local farmer’s market and get several heads of lettuce so that we can enjoy salads at least 4 times a week.
I hope that helps you make sense of some of this. I realize at first glance it can look like we eat rather strangely but I think we really eat quite well! Of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments! I’ll be more than happy to try to answer them.
It was kind of an unusual week. I didn’t do any regular shopping other than a run to Aldi. The deals weren’t that great and I didn’t really need anything, so I stayed put. I did do some online shopping though as you’ll see, which is why my total spent is still rather high.
Total Spent: $88.80
Total Saved: $14.48 (online shopping discounts)
Rite Aid: $3.52
I forgot to take a picture off my purchase. Oops! 🙁
- milk, 1 gallon $3.52
So annoyed that I didn’t buy butter last week at Aldi when it was $2.49/lb. I just assumed that since it wasn’t a weekly special that they would leave the price dropped, but they didn’t. I bought some anyway because I am very nearly out and we use it quite a lot around here.
I was happy to be able to get a bottle of peppermint extract- one of Aldi’s seasonal items. I love using it to make Peppermint Mocha Frappes as well as another peppermint drink that I’m working at perfecting.
The rest of the items were just things that I needed and I don’t really have anything special to say bout them.
- pretzels $1.29
- cream cheese $0.89
- corn chips $0.79
- almonds $5.99
- yellow onions $0.99
- 2 coconut flakes $1.29
- bananas ($0.22/lb.) $0.39
- peppermint extract $1.99
- 4 butter $2.69 each
- milk $3.50
Target: $31.86 (used gift cards too)
Before I forget, I should mention that my actual order total was higher than this. I had $14.96 worth of Target gift cards that I had earned in a variety of ways (Swagbucks and previous Target promotions) that I used to pay for part of my expense.
This deal felt like a huge lifesaver! The diaper deals have been really scant lately, especially at CVS which is where I typically get them for my diaper buy price of $5.00/pack or less, and we were getting awfully low on diapers. So when I saw this awesome deal at Target, I jumped on it! Plus I could get it from the comfort of my own home, which I always love.
After a 15% off promo code, 5% savings thanks to my REDCard, and a $10 Target gift card that I received for purchasing the diapers, my cost comes to $0.13/diaper or the same as $3.64 for a small pack of diapers. An amazing price and I have always been happy with the quality of Target brand diapers in the past, so it was an easy way to save!
If you are interested in getting a similar deal this week, check out this deal that my friend Coupon Cutting Mom posted. It does require visiting an actual Target store though.
- 2 boxes Target brand diapers $28.99 each
- $8.70 saved with 15% off promo code
- $2.46 saved thanks to 5% off for paying with my Target REDCard
- $10 Target gift card for purchasing 2 packages of diapers
I had fun taking advantage of a Cyber Monday sale at Vitacost, an online store that sells lots of healthy, more natural products. I had been wanting to place an order for a while and just hadn’t gotten it done so the chance to get 15% plus a few sale prices was good incentive.
I have been looking for a new facial moisturizer and have had several people recommend Marula oil to me. So far I’m really liking it! The Bragg nutritional yeast is a new product for me, but I’m super excited about it. It’s supposed to be very good for you and I’ve heard that it’s a good, healthy way to give popcorn a nice cheesy flavor. Can’t wait to try it!
I was almost out of honey and haven’t had a chance to get over to the local bulk food store that I typically buy it from to get more. So I decided to just go ahead and get it from Vitacost since it was on sale buy one, get one free. It was a tad more than I pay locally, but sometimes the convenience is worth the extra cost!
I love drinking the Bragg raw apple cider vinegar in water with a little bit of stevia or honey. Sometimes I add ginger too for some extra oomph. It’s super healthy and I find that I drink more water too when I do this.
The natural liquid smoke is an item that I’ve never used before, but I have a couple of recipes that I’ve been eyeing that use it and so I decided to grab a bottle. And I’m excited about the Better than Bouillon beef base. Most bouillons have plenty of ingredients in them that aren’t that good for you, plus I’ve had a hard time finding a beef bouillon that actually tastes great. I’ve been told that this one is really good, so I thought I’d give it a try.
- Marula oil $9.65 (was on sale)
- Bragg nutritional yeast $5.59
- 3 Bragg organic raw apple cider vinegar 32 oz. $5.49 each
- Colgin liquid natural smoke 4 oz. $1.89
- 4 Vitacost organic raw & unfiltered honey 16 oz. $11.98 total (buy one, get one free)
- Better than Bouillon organic beef base 8 oz. $5.89
- $30 credit earned for referring other people to shop at Vitacost
- $3.32 from promo code that was to give me 15% off
– The weird thing with Vitacost is that their refer-a-friend promo codes mess up other discount promo codes. 15% off my full order should have been $8.62, but somehow because of the $30 off promo, it skewed it and ended up only being $3.32. Still a good deal, just not as good as I had thought it would be.
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