Weekly Spending Summary (3/31-4/6)

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Yes, I know.  I’m rather late in posting this.  I only have pathetic excuses like I was trying to figure out a couple of receipt issues and I had a picture that needed downloaded and well…there were just lots of other deals to post.  But I figured I’d really better get this posted before I have to post this past week on Monday.  Sometimes it’s good to have a little something like that to give you some incentive.  :)

My favorite deals this week:

  • Decaf Instant Coffee for $1.99- a great price for decaf!
  • Free shampoo
  • Making money on products at Rite Aid
  • Making money on Reach floss at Giant
  • $0.99 Turkey Hill ice cream!
  • 14 cans of tomatoes for $0.13 each

Total Spent: $3.64
Total Saved with Coupons: $27.68
Total Saved with Sales: $32.78
Total Saved: $60.46

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $6.49
Saved with Sales: $9.49

Was excited to get decaf instant coffee for a decent price!  I’m kind of addicted (not truly, but I do have it almost every day) to my homemade iced coffee and will use this up in no time.  And free shampoo?  Yes, please!


  • Clear Men’s Shampoo $4.99
  • Maxwell House Instant Coffee $3.99

Coupons Used:

  • $4.99 Clear Men’s coupon from Red Coupon Machine in-store
  • $1.00 Maxwell House coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.50 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $4.99 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Clear Men’s Shampoo (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $1.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Maxwell House (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0.82
Saved with Coupons: $10.99
Saved with Sales: $3.75

I only bought these things because they were moneymakers.  I made $1 in the Simple Face Wash and $2.26 on the Platyex.  Love making money on things I buy!


  • Simple Face Wash $4.99
  • Playtex Wipes $6.74

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Simple printable coupon
  • $2.00 Simple Rite Aid Video Values coupon
  • $5.00 Playtex printable coupon
  • $1.99 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupons that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $2.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Simple (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $4.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Playtex (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $13.05
Saved with Coupons: $10.20
Saved with Sales: $11.54

The Reach floss was a moneymaker of $0.24- not much but we can always use floss.  There was a catalina coupon printing when you bought 4 Reach products and I also had $1/2 coupons as well. (Catalina coupons are the ones that print from the coupon machine at the register.)

The Turkey Hill ice cream- our favorite!- was only $0.99 after coupons/sales.  If you love coffee ice cream and Turkey Hill is sold in your area you really should try it.  So good!

The tomatoes were part of a gas deal where you got $0.20/gal. off gas when you bought 7 of them.  So I bought 14 and will get $0.40/gal. off my gas.  This should save me about $8.00 which you’ll see below under “Credits”.


  • 14 Hunts Tomatoes $1.00 each
  • 2 Texas Toast Croutons $1.25 each
  • 4 Reach Dental Floss $1.19 each
  • Turkey Hill Ice Cream $1.99 (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • Six $0.55/2 Hunts printable coupons (2 doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $1/2 Reach printable coupon
  • $1.00 Turkey Hill coupon from manufacturer
    - you can call and request coupons from them any time
  • $3.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the Reach products
    - this printed from the coupon machine at the register when I did my first transaction, I then used it on my second transaction

Aldi: $7.27


  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 2 Potato Chips $1.79 each
  • Sour Cream $1.29
  • Tomato Paste $0.39
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • Grapes $1.29/lb.

Misc.: $6.00

I babysat for a friend and as a thank you she brought me the homemade granola, homemade yogurt and homemade red beats and pickled eggs.  All of them were SO yummy- especially the pickled eggs.  I absolutely love a good pickled egg (and the ones you can buy just aren’t as good as homemade ones) but can’t make them since you need red beet juice and I don’t can red beets.    So the red beet eggs were a really special treat and I mmm’d my way through each  one.   I loved the idea of giving some homemade goodies as a thank you and wondered why I never thought of it myself.  So funny how sometimes the most obvious things don’t seem so obvious.  :)   Thanks Maria for all the yumminess!

The $6 that you see listed above is for a $10 Walgreen’s deal that I bought through Facebook.  Yes, Facebook.  They now have gift cards that you can gift to someone else.  Well, my husband had this offer in his account that he could get $4 off any gift card so I went into his account and had him gift me a $10 Walgreen’s gift card for just $6.  Sneaky aren’t I?  :)   Anyway, I plan to use it when I buy the occasional diapers at Walgreens.  Hopefully I’ll remember that I have it- I shop there so rarely!

Credits: $23.50

I had an item ring up incorrectly at Giant and $5 of this was the refund for that.

$10.50 was a Saving Star deposit.  If you haven’t checked out Saving Star, check them out now.  It’s an e-coupon site that you can use along with paper coupons allowing you to save even more!

$8.00 was for the amount saved on gas at Giant (see note above under Giant purchases).

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  1. by eunice b

    On April 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

    You can make red-beet eggs!!! :-) I don’t can redbeets either, but I’ve found 2 15 oz cans using the beets & juice works well to make 1 dozen eggs…I’ve also started cooking up fresh redbeets, and using them the same way. I’ll gladly share my recipe if you’re interested!


  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Eunice, this intrigues me because after I posted this I was wondering if it was possible to make them from bought red beets. I always thought the beets had to be pickled though to get the pickled taste. Am I wrong? And is your recipe for more sour tasting eggs or sweet ones? We prefer the sour. Oh and one more thing, as much as I like pickled eggs I do NOT like beets. Thankfully my husband kind of does so I guess he can eat them. :)