Weekly Spending Summary (11/3-11/9)

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, Ibotta, Hopster and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

I had a friend here this past weekend that shares my love of couponing and so we spent part of our time together doing our deals.  As a result I went to a few more stores than I typically would have but it was so fun and I got some great buys!

Favorite Buys:

  • Free Caress body wash
  • Free St. Joseph’s aspirin
  • Free paper towels
  • Gillette shaving cream that made me$0.63!
  • Free Axe body spray and deodorant
  • Free turkey bacon
  • Lots of free Lindt Chocolate
  • Domino sugar for $1.50/bag
  • Smucker’s All-natural peanut butter for $0.93 each
  • Energizer batteries for $1.12/pack

Total Spent: $82.93
Total Saved with Coupons: $59.28
Total Saved with Sales: $21.05
Total Saved: $80.33

CVS: $2.55
Saved with Coupons: $0.79
Saved with Sales: $0.40

I probably wouldn’t have gone to CVS just for these two things but I had a couple of packs of diapers that I needed to exchange for a bigger size so I figured while I was there I might as well take advantage of the free paper towels and moneymaking shave gel.


  • Just the Basic paper towels $0.79
  • Gillette shaving cream $2.37

Coupons Used:

  • $0.79 Just the Basics coupon that printed from coupon machine in store

Got Back:

  • $3.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Gillette (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $18.00
Saved with Sales: $9.24

I paid for this purchase of $5.97 with a Rite Aid gift card that I bought from Gift Card Rescue.

All but the packing tape was free after coupons/sales.  I have been low on body wash and my husband just informed me last week that we are out of aspirin, his pain med of choice, so those two deals were perfect timing!  The Axe is something that is on my nephews Christmas wish list and I loved being able to get it without having to dip into my Christmas gift budget.

I paid full price for the packing tape.  We are selling some books and kid’s clothes online and ran out.  I had a package that needed to be shipped that day and so there was no time to wait around for a deal!  And for whatever it is worth, I was pretty impressed with the quality of the Rite Aid brand tape.  I kind of expected it to be cheap and poorly made but honestly, I would never know that it wasn’t the Duck brand.  So if you need packing tape, go ahead and save yourself some money with the Rite Aid brand!


  • Caress Body Wash $2.00
    (bought with a rain check)
  • 2 Axe Body Spray $8.98 total (on sale for Buy One Get One Free)
  • Rite Aid Clear Mailing Tape $3.14
  • 2 St. Joseph’s Aspirin $4.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Caress coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • Two $2.00 Axe printable coupons
  • Two $1.00 St. Joseph’s printable coupons
  • $10.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $5.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Axe (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • Two $4.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the St. Joseph’s (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Walgreens: $0
Saved with Coupons: $6.99
Saved with Sales: $3.97

Free chocolate and free turkey bacon?  Yes please!


  • Butterball Turkey Bacon $0.99
  • 3 Lindt Chocolate $2.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Butterball printable coupon
  • Three $2.00 Lindt printable coupons

Giant: $17.87
Saved with Coupons: $19.00
Saved with Sales: $7.44


The sugar was $1.50 a bag after coupons and I figured I might as well stock up while I can get it for such a good price!  The chocolate was free, the Texas Toast croutons (our favorite!) were $1.00 each, the soy sauce $0.79, the Glad $1.00 each and the Smuckers just $0.93 each after coupons/sales/gas rewards.

I actually split the peanut butter with a friend- she took 3 and I took 4.  But what an awesome price for all natural peanut butter!


  • 2 Domino Sugar $2.50 each
  • 3 Lindt Chocolate $2.00 each
  • 2 Texas Toast Croutons $1.50 each
  • Kikkoman Soy Sauce $1.79
  • 2 Glad Wrap 200 ft. $2.00 each
  • 7 Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter $2.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Domino printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Three $2.00 Lindt printable coupons
  • $1/2 Texas Toast coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.75 Kikkoman printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $1.00 Glad Wrap printable coupons
  • Five $1.00 Smucker’s printable coupons
  • $3.00 Catalina coupon from previous purchase (coupon that prints at the register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $6.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Smuckers

Aldi: $35.31

My usual stock up trip to Aldi.  Butter was $1.99/lb. again and so I bought a bunch to freeze.  It seems like I go through a lot of it, especially in the winter when I tend to do more baking.


  • Mayo $1.99
  • 2 Sour Cream $1.29 each
  • Milk $2.03
  • Canola Oil $2.59
  • 5 Butter $1.99 each
  • Ranch Dressing $1.39
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • Great Northern Beans 2 lb. $2.29
  • 3 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • Graham Crackers $1.39
  • Spinach $1.79
  • Black Beans $0.59
  • Tortilla Chips $1.19

Target: $0.67
Saved with Coupons: $12.50

Also purchased a Colgate toothbrush, not pictured.

I paid for $2.18 of this purchase with a gift card that I earned from doing a deal previously at Target.  All of what I purchased was free after coupons/sales.  In fact the Axe and Degree were a moneymaker of $0.73.  Oh and the Lindt Hello Coffee Blast bars are yummy if you like coffee flavored things!  Haven’t tried the Cheesecake one yet so I can’t tell you about that one.


  • Colgate toothbrush $0.94
  • 2 Lindt Hello Chocolates $2.00 each
  • Degree $3.99
  • 2 Axe $3.89 each

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Colgate Target printable coupon
  • Two $2.00 Lindt printable coupons
  • $1.50 Degree printable coupon
  • Two $2.00 Axe printable coupon
  • $2/2 Target Axe printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $5 Target gift card for purchasing the Degree and Axe

Walmart: $26.53

I’m still trying to decide if I was smart to do this deal.  Yes, it ends up being a good price but since I rarely shop at Walmart I’m not sure if it was worth me doing it.

Anyway, here’s how it worked.  See those little blue stickers on the packages?  They are rebates that you submit online and get a $10 Walmart gift card for every 2 packages of specially marked batteries that you purchase.  I also had two $1.00 Energizer coupons that I used on this purchase (but I forgot to use them at the register and so had to go to customer service and they gave me cash for them, which is why I don’t have them listed below, because it would skew my out of pocket amount).  So after all is said and done I’ll be paying $4.50 total or $1.12 for each pack of batteries.

And by the way, this deal is something you could easily still do.  I don’t think the coupon is available anymore but it’s still a good price.  Just look for the specially marked packages at Walmart and then submit the rebate.  My store had big displays of batteries in front of the registers and that is where I found these.


  • 2 Energizer AA Batteries $6.28 each
  • 2 Energizer Batteries $6.97 each
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