Welcome to Week 32 of the How I Saved Series! Each week I use my own shopping trips as examples of how to keep your grocery budget low by combining sales and coupons. If you add Ibotta rebates into the mix, you’ll really be saving big time.
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ON TO THE DEALS!
Here’s how I saved the week of August 6 – August 12:
Thanks to Kroger sales and coupons, I was able to stock up on a few household staples.
This week I purchased:
- (2) Angel Soft toilet paper double roll 12-packs ($2.74 each) – Sale priced at $3.99, less a $1 off one newspaper insert coupon and a $1.50 off one coupon that Kroger mailed me
- (2) Brawny paper towel 6-packs ($2.94 each) – On sale for $3.99, minus two 55 cents off coupons, and one $1 off paper towels coupon that Kroger mailed me. (Since the $1 off was a ‘store coupon,’ I was able to combine it with the manufacturer coupons.)
- (2) General Mills cereal (99 cents each) – Priced at 99 cents each with a Kroger digital coupon
- (3) Nature Valley Granola Cups (99 cents each) – Priced at 99 cents each with a Kroger digital coupon
- (5) Quaker Chewy yogurt bars (99 cents each) – On sale for $1.99, less a $1 off 5x Kroger digital coupon (can use for $1 off up to 5 of the item in the same transaction)
- Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar (FREE) – Kroger Free Friday digital coupon
I also had a 25 cents off ‘any item’ Ibotta rebate.
Amount Spent (not including Ibotta rebates): $21.26
Amount Saved (not including Ibotta rebates): $35.78
Percentage Saved: 63%
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This week at Meijer, I bought:
- (2) State Fair beef corn dog 5-packs ($1.54 each) – On sale for $2.79, less two 50 cents off newspaper insert coupons and two 75 cents off Ibotta rebates
- 1 lb. Potato Salad ($1) – Sale priced at $2, with a 50% off coupon that Meijer mailed me
- (2) Old El Paso refried beans (39 cents each) – On sale for 89 cents, less a $1 off two Meijer digital coupon
- Parmesan & Romano grated cheese ($1.99) – Sale price
- Eckrich Beef Smok-y Links ($1.29) – On sale for $1.79, with a 50 cents off coupon that Meijer mailed me
- I also had a 25 cents ‘any item’ off Ibotta rebate.
Amount Spent (not including Ibotta rebates): $8.14
Amount Saved (not including Ibotta rebates): $9.99
Percentage Saved: 55%
Ibotta Savings: $2
As mentioned above, my Ibotta rebates were:
- 25 cents off any item at Kroger
- 25 cents off any item at Meijer
- $1.50 on State Fair corn dogs (75 cents back on each)
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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Miscellaneous Savings: $6.90
Kroger has a lot of their school and office supplies on sale, and I picked up 10 notebooks at 20 cents each.
I hope this post gave you some ideas about how to keep your grocery budget low by combining sales with coupons.
A quick note: We also save money by doing as many things as we can ourselves: from yard work to car washes to house cleaning, etc. We try to not eat at restaurants very often either. All that adds up to a lot of savings each year!
GRAND TOTAL SAVINGS FOR WEEK 32: $54.67
TOTAL SAVED YEAR-TO-DATE: $3456.06
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You can catch up on the rest of the How I Saved posts here.
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Do you have any tricks for how to keep your grocery budget low?