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 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, Ibotta, and Fetch Rewards (use code GEOEG at sign-up for $2.00 in points!). 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.
Total Spent: $84.94
Total Saved with Coupons: $26.53
Total Saved with Sales: $12.21
Total Saved: $38.54
Saved with Coupons: $12.28
Saved with Sales: $6.65
I know, I know. What was I thinking buying five deodorants? Well, it’s pretty simple really. I was thinking about making money. See, Old Spice deodorants were on sale, there were coupons for them too and they were also part of the gas rewards this week and so I got $10 back in gas savings for buying them. All told, I made $1.50 them- it’s not much, but it’s enough to buy me a bag of flour at Aldi! I kind of figure I’ll give the deodorant to our local rescue mission to share with the people there.
The Cheez-It’s were another gas deal that I made money on, this time $5.00. They aren’t something I typically buy, but I won’t deny that we do enjoy them. And when I can make money on them, it seemed to only make sense to buy them.
We love the Kettle brand potato chips and several months ago I contacted them and told them how much we love them. As a thank-you, they sent me some coupons, including these FREE products ones. That was pretty awesome, don’t you think?
I don’t avoid high fructose corn syrup in everything (I mean really, the Cheez-It’s probably have it in them!), but since ketchup has so much sugar in it, and since I can get high fructose corn syrup free versions fairly inexpensively, it’s one of the things that I’ve been trying to make a healthier choice on. Maybe that seems odd to you, but hey, we all have our things, right? 🙂
- Giant brand milk $3.61
– got back $0.20 via Ibotta (good on any brand milk)
- 10 Cheez-It $1.00 each
– bought with rain check
- Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $2.99
– used $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon that I printed from the coupon kiosk at the front of the store
- 5 Old Spice deodorant $2.50 each
– used four $1.00 Old Spice printable coupons
- Giant brand tortillas $0.99
- 2 Kettle potato chips $3.79 each
– used two Kettle FREE product coupons received via manufacturer ($3.79 each)
- $10.00 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Old Spice
- $15.00 in gas reward savings for purchasing the Cheez-Its
Rite Aid: $0.41
Saved with Coupons: $14.00
Saved with Sales: $5.56
Ugh! As I was typing up this post, I realized that majorly overcharged for the Dove shampoo and conditioner. It was supposed to be $1.50 each, and instead, I was charged $3.00 and $3.99 for them. After the coupon that I used, it should have made it free. I’m hoping that they’ll make it right when I go back this week, but since I used a rain check for it, I’m not counting on it. Note to self: always double check receipts before leaving store!
The toothpaste was free after coupons and sales. Thanks to coupons, toothpaste is one of those things that I haven’t had to pay a penny for in years.
- Dove shampoo $3.00
– bought with rain check
- Dove conditioner $3.99
– bought with rain check
– used $3/2 Dove coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
- 2 Colgate toothpaste $3.50 each
– used two $1.00 Colgate printable coupons
OTHER COUPONS USED:
- $9.00 in Plenti Points earned by purchasing items previously at Rite Aid
- $6.00 in Plenti Points for purchasing the Colgate (can be used on next purchase of any item)
Just a typical stock-up trip to Aldi! Nothing of interest to note other than the fact that the red potatoes were a great price, which I was happy about since I needed some.
- 5 black beans $0.59 each
- canola oil $2.09
- mayo $1.89
- 4 brown sugar $1.19 each
- heavy whipping cream $1.69
- corn chips $0.79
- cucumber $0.29
- pretzels $1.29
- 2 sweet onions, 2 lbs. $1.19 each
- 5 lb. red potatoes $1.79
- bananas $1.27
– got back $0.25 via Checkout 51
I bought 1 ½ bushels of Baby Gold peaches from a local orchard. Baby Gold’s are a cling-stone peach that are only good for canning. A lot of people don’t like cling-stone peaches, but I have this nifty little tool that makes cutting the seeds out super easy, so I don’t really mind. What I love about Baby Gold peaches is that when canned, they have a wonderful, firm texture. They also aren’t as “stringy” as regular peaches and stay such a pretty peach color. They also are a tad cheaper than other peaches too, although not by much anymore. I guess more people have discovered their awesomeness and it’s driven the price up!
I cashed out my Saving Star account. I just roll that money back into my grocery budget since I earned by buying certain groceries anyway.