Welcome to Week 26 of the How I Saved Series! We’re halfway through the year, and still hard at work to save as much as possible.
If you’re interested in learning some money saving hacks, keep reading to find out how I’m trying to save money on everything I possibly can.
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ON TO THE DEALS!
Here’s how I saved from June 25 – July 1:
Kroger was having one of their fabulous Mega Event sales, and the savings really added up.
This week, I bought:
- Large sour cream (89 cents) – Mega Event priced at $1.29, less a 40 cents off coupon Kroger mailed me
- (5) Post cereal (99 cents) – Two-day digital coupon on a variety of Post cereals for 99 cents
- (2) Buddig lunchmeat (69 cents) – These weren’t on sale, but there was an Ibotta rebate for 70 cents off two. That’s the same as paying 68 cents total for both packs.
- (2) Bomb Pops ($1.50) – Sale priced for $2.50, less a $2 off two Kroger digital coupon. There was also an Ibotta rebate for 65 cents off two, technically making these $1.28 per box of 12.
- (3) Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade (25 cents) – On sale for $1.25, less three $1 off newspaper insert coupons
- (2) Red Baron pizzas ($2.99) – Sale priced at $2.99, less an Ibotta rebate for $1 off two. That made them $2.49 each after rebate.
- Morningstar bean burgers ($1.74) – At regular price of $3.99, less one digital coupon for $1 off, and another for $1.25. I have no idea why both of them came off, but I was happy they did.
- (2) Almond Breeze milk (50 cents) – Mega Event priced at $1 each, less a $1 off two printable coupon
- Activia yogurt (99 cents) – On Mega Event for $1.99, minus a $1 off printable coupon
- Cottonelle wipes ($2) – On sale for $2.50, less a 50 cents off coupon. There was also an Ibotta rebate for 50 cents off, technically making them $1.50.
- (5) Shredded cheese (99 cents) – Two day digital coupon for Kroger brand shredded cheese for 99 cents.
- (3) Stonefire Naan bread (99 cents) – Mega Event sale priced for $1.99, less three $1 off printable and newspaper insert coupons. These make excellent pizzas!
Related reading: 10 cheap and easy meals that ANYONE can make
Amount Spent (before Ibotta rebates): $27.61
Amount Saved (before Ibotta rebates): $44.93
Percentage Saved: 62%
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Ibotta Savings: $3.10
As mentioned above, my Ibotta rebates were:
- 25 cents off any item
- 65 cents off bomb pops
- $1 back on Red Baron
- 70 cents back on Buddig
- 50 cents earned with Cottonelle
I earn cash back from Ibotta on almost every shopping trip. You can redeem your earnings for money or gift cards to zillions of places.
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Gasoline Savings: $3.06
I noticed one gas station I passed was 34 cents a gallon cheaper than everywhere else. Even though I wasn’t on empty, I figured I better fill up my tank before it spikes again.
For some reason, a pizza place in our area mailed my husband a birthday coupon for a free pizza. His birthday isn’t for 5 months, but we happily enjoyed a free dinner. The pizza was worth $13.
We washed and detailed our car ourselves, using this kit. Car detailing in our area costs at least $50, and a car wash is $5.
My daughter was in need of a piccolo, and the best price we found for a good new one was $750. My sister found a great used one in her area for us on Craigslist for $250, saving us $500!
I really hope you enjoyed these money saving hacks. Start by combining sales and coupons at the grocery store, fill your gas tank as cheaply as possible, and be sure to search Craigslist when you’re in the market for something expensive.
Be sure to notice how much all your ‘little savings’ add up to be!
GRAND TOTAL SAVINGS FOR WEEK 26: $619.09
TOTAL SAVED YEAR-TO-DATE: $3068.86
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You can catch up on the rest of the How I Saved posts here.
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How did you save money this week?