Weekly Spending Summary (1/12-1/18)

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.

Favorite buys:
* Pampers and Luvs for $4.74/pack
* Free Garnier Fructis shampoo
* Eight O’Clock coffee for $1.74/bag
* 2 lb. Carrots for $0.59
* 5 lb. Red Potatoes for $1.39
* A bunch of things at Giant that made me $22.64 after gas rewards
* Free Barilla Pasta
* Free Starkist tuna

Total Spent: $21.53
Total Saved with Coupons: $47.76
Total Saved with Sales: $44.30
Total Saved: $92.06 (+ $60 gas rewards)

CVS: $13.25
Saved with Coupons: $21.50
Saved with Sales: $12.00

I was really happy to get more diapers for $4.74/pack after coupons/sales.  Pampers recently shrunk their package size though so it’s not as good of a deal as it had been.  Hate when companies do that!   The candy bar was free.  Not going to complain about free chocolate!


  • 2 Luvs diapers $7.99 each
  • 2 Pampers diapers $8.99 each
  • Nestle Candy Bar $0.79

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.50 Pampers printable coupons (from Coupons.com)
  • Two $1.00 Luvs printable coupons (from Coupons.com)
  • $16.50 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $0.79 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Nestle Candy (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Pampers and Luvs (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $7.00
Saved with Sales: $3.99

I used a gift card that I bought discounted through Gift Card Rescue to pay for this purchase which was $6.01 total.

I love Garnier Fructis shampoo so I was very excited to get these 2 bottles for free after coupons/sales!  The Max Freeze was a moneymaker of $2 after coupons/sales.  I think our older neighbor man will be able to use it and it’ll be fun to give it to him and help him out while at the same time making a bit of money myself!


  • Max Freeze Gel $8.00
  • 2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo $2.99

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

  • $8.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Max Freeze (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Garnier (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Giant: $26.14
Saved with Coupons: $20.26
Saved with Sales: $30.23

This was a really good week at Giant!  I did a number of gas deals at Giant again.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $5.04 on the Hormel Rev Wraps, $7.80 on both the Carefree and Stayfree (for a total of $15.60) and $2.00 on the Canada Dry.  All told, those things made me a whopping $22.64!

If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $1.20 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Hormel, Canada Dry, Carefree and Stayfree.

The Starkist was actually an item I purchased last week and forgot to list.  Both it and the Barilla were free after 100% back Saving Star eCoupons.  The Powerade was also free, the Hanover veggies $0.87 each and the coffee was $1.70 each.


  • Starkist Tuna $0.99
  • 2 Powerade $0.88 each
  • 6 Hormel Rev Wraps $1.66 each
  • Barilla Whole Grain Pasta $1.00
  • 2 Eight O’Clock Coffee $5.39 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)
    - bought with rain check
  • 5 Hanover Petite Peas $1.27 each
  • 5 Carefree $1.64 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 5 Stayfree $1.64 each
    - bought with rain check
  • 10 Canada Dry seltzers $1.00 each
    - bought with rain check

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.50 Powerade printable coupon (doubled to $0.88 each)
  • Three $1/2 Hormel printable coupons
  • Two $1.00 Eight O’Clock printable coupons
  • Two $1/2 Hanover printable coupons
  • Four $0.50 Carefree printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Four $1.00 Stayfree printable coupons
  • $0.50/$7.00 Health and Beauty Giant coupon (printed from coupon machine in store)

Got Back:

  • 100% of Tuna cost via Saving Star eCoupon
  • 100% of Barilla cost via Saving Star eCoupon
  • $48.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Hormel, Carefree, Stayfree, Canada Dry (credit shown at bottom of post)

Aldi: $17.61

I’m slowly trying to stock up on my usual Aldi items so that I don’t have to go out for a week or two after the baby arrives.  I also am making a few dishes for the freezer to make my life easier post baby and so it’s taking a bit more food than sometimes.

I was super happy about the sale they had on carrots, mushrooms and potatoes!  (See prices below.)  They actually rang the potatoes up at regular price so I’ll need to get a refund later.  They were supposed to be just $1.39!  Oh and I’ve mentioned it before but I love their taco seasoning mix because it is MSG free.  Plus it tastes really good too.  Yes, it’s true, these are some of the 6 reasons I shop at Aldi (and think you should too)!


  • Celery $1.29
  • 2 Mushrooms $0.69 each
  • Red Potatoes 5 lb. $3.29
  • 2 Carrots $0.59 each
  • Tortillas $0.99
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • 3 Taco Mix Seasonings $0.35 each
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 4 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • Saltines $0.95

Target: $0 (gift card via Shopkick)
Saved with Coupons: $2.00

I was at Target for a few other things and while I was there decided I might as well take advantage of these 2 deals.

I had a gift card that I had earned through the Shopkick app (I explained how it works in my 8 Best Money Saving and Money Saving Apps post).  I used that gift card to pay for this purchase which was a whopping $0.79!  :)   That was for the 3 lb. bananas which made them just $0.26/lb.  The toothbrush was free after a coupon.


  • 3 lb. Bananas $1.79
  • Colgate toothbrush $0.94

Coupons Used:

Sharp Shopper: $24.53

We were almost out of lunch meat so I decided to make a trip to Sharp Shopper a local discount grocery store.  You never know just quite what you’ll find there but they typically have good lunch meat for $2/lb. or less.  I was happy to get all the meat and cheese for $1.99/lb. or less.

Credits: $60.00
This was what I saved in gas rewards at Giant over the last couple of weeks.  We finally redeemed our points and got gas this week.  (See note above under Giant purchases for more details.)  You may wonder why I put this savings under my grocery budget when we are actually saving on gas.  I do it because the items I purchase as part of the gas rewards are almost always things I purchase exclusively because of the savings I get on gas.  So we figured it made sense to take that savings out of our food budget.

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