Weekly Spending Summary (7/21-7/27)

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.

This week has been a little busy thanks to me doing a bunch of tomatoes and well, just life.  And so I didn’t get this posted as usual on Monday.

My favorite buys of the week:

  • Huggies diapers for under $5/pack
  • Free paper towels
  • Free Utz chips
  • Free Stayfree pads
  • not buys, but some tomatoes and hot peppers from my “garden”!  :)

Total Spent: $50.80
Total Saved with Coupons: $19.79
Total Saved with Sales: $11.30
Total Saved: $31.09

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $12.79
Saved with Sales: $8.80

I used a CVS gift card that we earned through our credit card program to pay for this purchase which was $18.01.  The diapers were $4.66/pack- just so under my $5 buy price- and the paper towels were free.  Of course those prices are after all coupons and sales!


  • 3 Huggies diapers $9.99 each
  • Just Basic paper towel $0.79

Coupons Used:

  • Three $2.00 Huggies printable coupons
  • $0.79 Just Basics CVS coupon from Red Coupon Machine in store
  • $6.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Huggies (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $7.00
Saved with Sales: $2.50

Well, I guess I forgot to take a picture of this purchase.  :(   Sorry!

My out of pocket would have been $0.86 but I paid it with a gift card that I purchased for 6% savings online.

Everything I bought was free after coupons/sales…in fact the chips were a slight moneymaker.


  • Utz Chips $0.89
  • 2 Stayfree $2.99 each
  • Sweet Leaf Tea $0.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Stayfree coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Sweet Leaf Rite Aid coupon received via email
  • $4.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 UPReward coupon for purchasing the Utz (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $2.00 UPReward coupons for purchasing the Stayfree (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $3.36

I had a Visa gift card that I earned by doing a Proctor & Gamble rebate that I used to pay for $0.73 of this transaction.

I like to use the Dannon plain yogurt as starter for my homemade yogurt.  It works better than any other yogurt that I’ve tried.

Our son turned 5 last week and desperately wanted a train cake.  Without really trying, I guess I started a tradition of making our children’s birthday cakes…not that I’m that amazing at it or anything.  But back to the train cake—he was insistent that he wanted a train cake and so I began to peruse Pinterest and thankfully came up with something that was doable.  Trouble was, I wanted (or maybe rather needed to because of time!) to make the day before his birthday and because of how big it was going to be I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep it nice and covered.  So I checked at Giant and sure enough, they sell their cake holders.  The $1.50 was worth it to me!


  • Dannon plain yogurt $2.59
  • Cake Holder $1.50

Aldi: $17.44

My usual Aldi stuff…with a few explanations.  :)

I don’t often buy chips but I wanted to have some for our son’s birthday party.  The Cream Wafer Rolls and marshmallows were for decorating his cake.  The orange juice concentrate?  I’ll use it in a week or two when I freeze a bunch of peaches.  I have this recipe where you slice up peaches and add some sugar and orange juice concentrate and then freeze it.  It’s so good!


  • Bleach $1.29
  • Kettle Chips $1.79
  • Potato Chips $1.49
  • 3 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate $1.29 each
  • Canola Oil $2.69
  • Cream Wafer Rolls $2.69
  • Powdered Sugar $1.29
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • Mini Marshmallows $0.89

Misc.: $30.00

The $30 was for cash for milk and eggs from a local farm and produce from local produce stands.  I love buying and supporting local!

The tomatoes and hot peppers?  They’re from our very little “garden”!  My tomato plants aren’t doing much but I am getting a few tomatoes from them.  My hot pepper plant on the other hand is going nuts!  I think I’ll easily be able to get all the hot peppers I need to make 3 1/2 batches of salsa plus I’ll probably have some extra.  Unfortunately my zucchini seems to have gotten a blight or something and is hardly doing a thing.  So much for all my dreams of being able to make all sorts of zucchini things!  :(

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