See the details of my $200 a month grocery shopping trips and learn the things that I do to save and live well on a low grocery budget with my family of five!
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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, Fetch Rewards (use code GEOEG at sign-up for $2.00 in points!) and Checkout 51. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are also great sources.
If you are new here and unfamiliar with my 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 on a budget! 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.
This week you’ll see that I saved significantly by using money saving apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51. While these kinds of apps aren’t going to make you rich, in my opinion, they are an easy way to save and I love being able to use them to stretch my grocery budget.
Total Spent: $51.27
Total Saved with Coupons: $46.75
Total Saved with Sales: $34.86
Total Saved: $81.61 + $37.50 in gas savings
Saved with Coupons: $7.75
Saved with Sales: $20.86
It was a good week at Giant! And before I forget, you should be able to get all of these deals yourself (other than the Cabot cheese) through Thurs. 6/23/16.
A while back I received a short survey from Cabot cheese and in exchange for doing it, I got some coupons from them to use on their products. I was disappointed when I got them because they said “Do Not Double” on them and I knew that would make it much harder for me to use them and get a good deal. But I got lucky and Giant had a deal last week where you saved $10 instantly when you bought $20 worth of Cabot cheese. I found some printable Cabot coupons and by combining them with the coupons that I received from the manufacturer as well as the sale, I was able to get a great deal and paid just $1.63/lb. for the cheese! I was grateful, because I was on my last block of cheese and really like not having to pay more than $2.50/lb. which can be a bit tricky. I did have to get a rain check because they were totally sold out the day that I went shopping, but it wasn’t a big deal, because they were well stocked this week.
Oh, and the Enjoy Life bars were just an item that I was able to get for free by combining a coupon, sales and app offers. You can see the details of that below. The Checkout 51 offer may only be available today yet since those offers typically reset on Thurs.
Other than the milk, the other items that I bought were all part of Giant’s gas deals. Basically, with these deals, you earn savings on gas when you purchase a certain amount of specific products. So while my initial out of pocket might be higher, once I get the savings in gas, it makes or some really good deals!
The Kettle chips ended up being a moneymaker of $1.50 after coupons, sales and gas savings. We love these chips and most of their flavors are GMO free too, which is nice. Just today we tried the Dill Pickle ones and they were really good!
The Classico pasta sauce was a moneymaker of $3.67. I am positive that I printed out more coupons for them, but can’t figure out what happened to them. I had hoped to buy at least another 4 since pasta sauce is something that lasts for pretty much forever, but I’m glad I could at least get these 8. The deal was to buy 6 and get enough gas points to save $12.50 in gas. So since I had two coupons for 4 pasta sauce each, I added some Crisco oil that was also part of the gas deals to get my 6 items the second time. After gas points, I paid $0.91 for the Crisco canola oil. Since this is something that I use regularly, I was happy to get it for such a good price. I usually buy it at Aldi and it’s never cheaper than $1.79 a bottle there, so this was decent savings.
- milk $3.36
– got back $0.25 via Ibotta (offer was good on any brand milk)
- 8 Cabot cheese $2.50 each (bought with rain check)
– saved $10 instantly for purchasing $20 worth of Cabot products
– used three $0.50 Cabot coupons received via the manufacturer
– two $1/2 Cabot printable coupons
- 6 Kettle chips $2.50 each
– used three $1/2 peelie coupons found on chip package (there are also coupons on Coupons.com)
– used $1/2 Kettle load-to-card Giant ecoupon
- 8 Classico pasta sauce $2.00 each
– used two $1.50/4 Classico printable coupons (from the Classico website)
- 4 Crisco canola oil $2.99 each
- Enjoy Life bars $3.50
– used $0.55 Enjoy Life printable coupons (doubled to $1.00)
– got back $1.00 via Checkout 51 app
– got back $1.50 via Ibotta
- $12.50 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Kettle potato chips
- $12.50 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Classico
- $12.50 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Crisco & Classico
Saved with Coupons: $39.00
Saved with Sales: $14.00
I love stocking up on diapers when I can get them for $5/pack or less. By stocking up when they are cheap like this, I never have to pay full price and save a lot!
Recently there were $3.oo printable Pampers coupons available. I haven’t seen that high value of coupons for diapers in a long time! I didn’t know of any deals for Pampers right then, but went ahead and printed them hoping that I’d be able to use them before they expired. So I was pretty happy when I saw that CVS had a deal where you got $10 Extra Bucks when you spent $30 or more on certain items and Pampers were part of the deal. Then, amazingly, the Checkout 51 app had offers on Pampers too! So, by combining the sales and coupons, I paid just $1.99 for each pack of Pampers!
If you are interested in doing this deal, the sale is valid through Sat. 6/25/16. The $3.00 Pampers coupon is regional and isn’t available for everyone, however, I think that if you don’t see the $3.00 one, you’ll have one for $1.50 that shows up. Also, Huggies diapers are also part of the deal and there are $2.00 Huggies printable coupons that you could use and still get a pretty decent deal.
- 4 Pampers $8.99
– used four $3.00 Pampers printable coupons from Coupons.com
– got back $3.00 via Checkout 51 app for purchasing Pampers Swaddlers
– got back $3.00 via Checkout 51 app for purchasing Pampers Cruisers
OTHER COUPONS USED:
- $16.00 in Extra Bucks earned by purchasing items previously at CVS
- $10.00 Extra Bucks for purchasing the Pampers (can be used on future purchase of any item at CVS)