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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!), Checkout 51 and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are also great sources.
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.
I’m posting this week’s What I Spent & Saved post a little early since I don’t really plan to do any more shopping this week and also so that you can take advantage of some of the deals that I did before they end too! So I hope that is helpful for you.
Also, I’m working on a post that goes into a lot of detail about how the Ibotta app works, but if you love to save money on groceries and are looking for a pretty easy way to do it, I highly recommend downloading Ibotta! Plus, now is a great time to give it a try, because they are offering a $10 account credit to anyone that signs up and redeems an offer within 2 weeks. You definitely can’t beat that! 🙂 One of my favorite things about Ibotta is that they regularly have “Any Brand” offers that you can use to save on grocery basics like milk, produce, laundry detergent and more- and you can choose to use it on whatever brand you want! Plus, the Ibotta offers can be combined with coupons too, allowing you to save even more. Check it out!
Total Spent: $25.01
Total Saved with Coupons: $23.00
Total Saved with Sales: $15.03
Total Saved: $38.03
Saved with Coupons: $8.50
Saved with Sales: $9.54
FYI: The Furmano’s deal will be available through midnight 5/19/16 if you want to take advantage of it!
I almost didn’t go to Giant this week, but then I saw this Furmano’s tomato deal that someone posted on the Giant Coupon Deals Facebook Group. I usually can my own diced tomatoes and while it’s really not difficult to do and it’s something I actually enjoy doing, with having a new baby this summer and prepping to move a couple of hours away later this year, I’ve been trying to think of ways to reduce my work load. After coupons and sales, the Furmano’s tomatoes came to just $0.36 each, which is is still more than it costs me to do my own, I’m sure. (I have a local produce farm that I can get 5 gallon buckets of tomatoes for $3!) But it was still a great price and will be a big time saver- and right now that feels worth a lot!
I pretty much never buy baby food, because it’s so easy and cheap to make your own plus better for baby too. But I used a rain check to buy these Gerber Lil Bites and actually made $3.25 on them after coupons/sales/gas savings! I had actually bought a few when the sale originally ran too and thought maybe my older kids would enjoy eating them. And they have. But I had to laugh when I found out my husband had thrown some in his lunch the one day! He insisted that they were actually pretty good and that he kind of liked them. 🙂 I’m sure his co-workers must have thought he was a bit crazy though!
I haven’t talked much about the Mobisave app on my blog, but if you are into coupon apps it’s worth checking out. They don’t have a lot of offers and often the ones that they have aren’t for things that I buy. But they regularly have savings on any brand items like milk, produce etc. The neat thing is that they also automatically pay you immediately, even if it’s just $0.25! So you get the money right away instead of needing to wait until $20 accumulates in your account like you do with Ibotta and Checkout 51. This week I noticed that they had a $0.25 offer on milk, so I happily used it!
Oh, and just a fun little side note. I recently entered a giveaway for a $25 Giant gift card on Family Balance Sheet and I won!! I admit that I was a little excited when I got the email. 🙂 So, I actually used the gift card to pay for this week’s Giant purchases, which was obviously a nice little budget boost!
- 18 Furmano’s diced tomatoes $0.69 each
– used two $1/3 Furmano’s coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
– used four $1/3 Furmano’s printable coupons
- 6 Gerber Lil Bites baby food $1.50 each (bought with rain check)
– used two $1/3 Gerber printable coupons (no longer available)
– got back $0.25 via Ibotta (offer good on any baby food)
- milk $3.35
– got back $0.25 via Mobisave
- $10.00 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Gerber baby food
Saved with Coupons: $5.50
Saved with Sales: $0.49
By combining a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon, I was able to actually make $0.73 on the Colgate! (It was supposed to be on sale for $3.00 and I just now noticed that it rang up for $2.77 instead. I have no idea why!)
Since I had a $2.00 Extra Bucks coupon that was expiring, I needed to buy something else too. So I got some glue for our 4 yr. old who is currently going through sticks at a fierce rate.
CVS also has a good deal on Huggies diapers this week, but I decided to pass since I could do just as good at Rite Aid and I had lots of Plenti Points to use there. But I wanted to mention it in case anyone wants to take advantage of the deal before Sunday!
- Colgate toothpaste $2.77
– used $2.50 CVS Colgate printable coupon (printed at Red Coupon Machine in store- coupon should be printing for everyone)
– used $1.00 Colgate printable coupon from Coupons.com
- Elmer glue sticks $2.77
OTHER COUPONS USED:
- $2.00 in Extra Bucks earned by purchasing items previously at CVS
Rite Aid: $7.96
Saved with Coupons: $9.00
Saved with Sales: $14.00
You regular readers know that I love to save money with my diaper stockpile! Right now I’m stocking up for our soon-to-arrive baby as well as trying to keep up with what we are needing for our 2 yr. old, so I’m jumping on lots of diaper deals. This week I was able to get Huggies diapers for $4.24 each by combining coupons and sales. If I had been a little smarter, I could have maximized my savings even more and bought some Huggies Little Snuggler and Huggies Little Movers and saved an additional $2.00 with Checkout 51 offers. But I didn’t think about it until I was home and I didn’t feel like going back to exchange them.
- 4 Huggies diapers $8.99 each
– used four $2.00 Huggies printable coupons from Coupons.com
– got back $1.00 via Checkout 51
OTHER COUPONS USED:
- $20.00 in Plenti Points earned by purchasing items previously at Rite Aid
- $10.00 Plenti Points for purchasing the Huggies (can be used on future purchase of any item at Rite Aid)