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?
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 buy 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 really look like we eat rather strangely! 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.
* Domino brown and confectioner sugar for better than free
* Pillsbury flour for $0.49
* Pampers for $3.99
* Free Kit-Kat
* Free Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Total Saved with Coupons: $7.49
Total Saved with Sales: $11.20
Total Saved: $18.69
Saved with Coupons: $11.49
Saved with Sales: $11.20
This was a fun week at Giant! Basically after gas rewards, I only paid $5.35 for all of this! Let me explain.
The Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Kit Kat were totally free after coupons and sales. After coupons and sales, the Domino white sugar and Pillsbury flour were $0.49 each, the Campbell’s soup $0.05 each, the Hellman’s $1.02 and the Pampers $3.99.
The Domino brown sugar and confectioner sugar ended up being a money maker of $0.68! They were part of the gas reward deals and basically what that means is that as a result of buying them, I got back $30 worth of free gas. I then put the money that I saved back into my grocery budget.
I was really excited about the Domino sugar deal since that is something that I use regularly, especially the brown sugar. I make a lot of granola and baked oatmeal for our breakfasts so we go through brown sugar somewhat rapidly. I had gotten some Pillsbury flour recently for really cheap thanks to gas deals so I didn’t really need another bag. But I’ve learned not to pass up super great buys like this if it is something that I use regularly. I’ll simply put this bag in the freezer and it will keep until I need it. I mean think about it. I can rarely get Pillsbury or Gold Medal flour for less than $2.00. So this was a savings of $1.50! That doesn’t sound like much, but over time, by doing this with lots of different products, it really does add up!
I’m going to include the Kit-Kat as a little addition to one of my nephews Christmas’ gifts. And the Campbell’s cream soup? Yeah, I usually don’t buy that since I make my own which is so much healthier. But here’s the thing. The homemade version works fine for most things but when it comes to Poor Man’s Steak, using the homemade just doesn’t quite taste the same. I actually rarely make Poor Man’s Steak, but it’s something that my husband loves. And so when I realized that I could get cream of mushroom soup for just $0.05, I took that as my sign that it was time to make him happy and make one of his favorite dishes. 🙂
- 6 Domino confectioner sugar $1.74 each
– used $0.65/2 Domino sugar coupon from magazine (doubled to $1.00)
- 12 Domino brown sugar $1.74 each
– used $0.75/2 Domino sugar coupon from magazine (doubled to $1.00)
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispies $1.99
– used $1.99 Giant store Kellogg’s Rice Krispies ecard offer
- Domino sugar 4 lb. $1.49
– used $1.00 Giant store Domino’s ecard offer
- Pillsbury unbleached flour $1.49
– used $1.00 Giant store Pillsbury flour ecard offer
- 2 Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup $0.80 each
– used $0.50/2 Campbell’s soup printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
– used $0.50 Giant store Campbell’s ecard offer
- Hershey’s Kit-Kat $1.09
– got back $1.09 via Saving Star’s Freebie Friday offer
- Hellman’s mayo $2.77
– used $1.00 Hellman’s printable coupon
– got back $0.75 via Ibotta
- Pampers diapers $8.99
– used $2.00 Giant store Pampers ecard offer
– used $1.00 Pampers printable coupon
– got back $2.00 via Ibotta
$30.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Domino sugar
Rite Aid: $2.81 + gift card
I had an old American Express gift card that I had earned through a grocery rebate offer a while back that I used to pay for $1.26 of this purchase.
My husband usually stops and gets raw milk for us from a local dairy on his way home from work, so we rarely purchase milk from the store. But his back was giving him problems and so he couldn’t work and we had to end up buying some from Rite Aid to hold us over till we could get more from the farm. The one benefit for buying milk from the store is that I get to save a little bit on it thanks to Ibotta. They almost always have some kind of offer for any brand of milk. If you don’t use it, you should check it out. It’s a wonderful way to save!
- 2% Milk $4.22
– used $0.25 any brand milk Ibotta offer
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 $60.00 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.
I returned an item at Aldi.
I redeemed my Saving Star credit.