Weekly Spending Summary (3/16-3/22)

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, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite Buys:
* Free Ziploc bags plus $12 back (so a money maker of $12!)
* Chi-chi burritos $0.67
* $0.29 Bird’s Eye veggies
* Pampers for $4.74
* Free Crest toothpaste
* Free Reach kid’s toothbrush
* $0.49 Dial body wash
* Free Wise potato chips
* $3.99 Scott toilet paper
* Free Florida Natural citrus smoothie
* Free Tabasco Sauce

Total Spent: $57.99
Total Saved with Coupons: $50.55
Total Saved with Sales: $61.18
Total Saved: $111.73 + $24.00 in gas rewards savings

CVS: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $26.00
Saved with Sales: $22.19

I used a gift card that we earned through our credit card rewards program to pay for this purchase of $21.02.

The Pampers were $4.74 each, just a bit under my buy price of $5.00 a pack.  The toothpaste was free and the Dial was $0.49 each plus it counts towards a $5/$15 Saving Star credit which I should easily be able to reach since I have until 4/23 to earn it.

As you see below, I got the Dial coupon because I am a Purex Insider.  Purex Insiders encourages those of us that participate to host giveaways to let our readers enjoy the coupons that they send to us.  But about a year ago Parents.com changed their policy and we bloggers are no longer allowed to do giveaways.  So I often end up using the coupons myself but I try to pass on the products to friends, family or acquaintances to try out.  Or sometimes I’ll just give them the coupon instead.  So just in case some of you are Insiders yourself and wonder why I use the coupons, that is why.


  • 4 Pampers diapers $8.99 each
  • 2 Dial body wash $5.99 total (on sale buy one, get one free)
  • Crest toothpaste $4.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $2.00 Pampers printable coupons
  • Two $1.50 Pampers printable coupons
  • $1.00 Dial coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $3.00 Dial coupon received as part of Purex Insiders
  • $1.00 Crest printable coupon
  • $14.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $10.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Pampers (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Crest (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Dial
  • $5.99 towards Dial Saving Star credit

Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $1.00
Saved with Sales: $0.30

I forgot to take a picture of this purchase.  :(

Several weeks ago some Rite Aid e-coupons that were loaded to my Rite Aid Wellness card didn’t come off when I purchased the products.  When I contacted Rite Aid’s customer service they weresuper nice about it and issued me a $10 Rite Aid gift card- almost twice the amount of the coupons that were missed.  I was impressed with the great service!  Anyway, I used that gift card to pay for this purchase of $1.69.

The toothbrush was free and I was super happy because we were needing a new toothbrush for one of our children.  Score!


  • Reach kid’s toothbrush $2.69

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Reach coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $2.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Reach (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $25.06
Saved with Coupons: $12.40
Saved with Sales: $11.04 + $24.00 in gas rewards

I did two transactions to purchase these items and for one of them I used $3.00 grocery cash.

The Ziploc bags were part of Giant’s gas deals this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards I made $12.00 on them!  I definitely don’t need that many bags but I figured that I can pass them on to my mom, mom-in-law and sisters-in-law.  I mean, I’d be kind of crazy to pass up getting paid to buy Ziploc bags, right?

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 $0.80 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the Ziploc.

The tea was $1.50 a box.  I’m working at creating a hopefully yummy summer drink with it.  If I can get it to turn out I’ll be sure to share the recipe here!  The chips were free, the Pampers wipes were $0.94, the burritos were $0.67, the Scott was $3.99 and the Florida Naturals smoothie was free.  Well, actually it was supposed to be free with an in-ad coupon but for some reason that coupon didn’t come off so I’ll have to have customer service reimburse me the next time I am at Giant.  Just a heads up if you are a Giant or Martin’s shopper.  Watch those in-ad coupons!  This is the 4th or 5th time that one hasn’t come off for me!

And just a suggestion, if you don’t already use Saving Star e-coupons sign up now!  You’ll notice below that I saved $6 this week just by using them and they are super simple to use.  You simply load them to your account and then they automatically come off when you purchase those items at participating stores.  No clipping or anything.  Like I said- super simple!


  • 2 Celestial Seasonings Tea $2.50 each
  • Wise chips $2.00
  • 10 Ziploc bags $2.00 each
  • Pampers wipes $1.34
  • Chi-chi Burritos $1.67
  • Scott toilet paper $6.99
  • Florida Naturals Citrus Smoothie $2.50

Coupons Used:

  • $0.75 Celestial Seasonings coupon found on package (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.55 Celestial Seasonings coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)
  • $2.00 Wise printable coupon from Facebook promo
  • Two $1/3 Ziploc coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $0.75/3 Ziploc coupon from magazine
  • $0.20 Pampers coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $0.40)
  • $0.55 Scott printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $2.00 Scott Giant store in-ad coupon (could use when you bought $25 worth of items)
  • $0.55 Chi-chi’s printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Florida Naturals printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $5.00 Saving Star credit for purchasing $20 worth of Ziploc products
  • $1.00 Saving Star credit for purchasing Florida Naturals Citrus Smoothie
  • $24.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Ziploc products

Weis: $10.15
Saved with Coupons: $11.15
Saved with Sales: $27.65

I had a gift card that I had received as part of a previous promotion at Weis that I used to pay for $1.07 of this purchase.  (Several weeks ago I bought some items with a rain check.  The items I bought were supposed to trigger a $10 catalina coupon to print when you purchased them.  So instead of the coupon they just gave me a gift card.)

I was super happy to get more veggies for a great price- $0.29/bag.  I mean, you can barely raise your own veggies for that cheap!  I also got Tabasco Sauce for free, milk for free, and I used this easy tip for saving money on meat and got Hebrew National hot dogs for just $1.42 lb.!  I know hot dogs aren’t the greatest food but they are handy to have for the occasional fast meal and of course the kids love them.  We also like to grill them when we go on picnics.  And so if we are going to eat them I prefer if they are the “healthier” version like these that have no fillers, by-products etc.  I know these packs are huge but I plan to use them to have a big picnic either this summer with some friends or with my husband’s family.


  • Tabasco Sauce $1.00
  • 2 Hebrew National hot dogs 2lb. 2oz. $6.13 each
  • Milk $4.04
  • 14 Bird’s Eye veggies $1.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Tabasco printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $3.00 coupons found on Hebrew National packages
  • FREE Milk coupon (took off $4.15)
    (printed from previous promotion for buying 10 General Mills cereal
  • $10.00 Instant Savings for purchasing the Bird’s Eye veggies

Sharp Shopper: $9.78

Was driving by my favorite discount grocery store so of course I stopped.  The juice was $0.50 each (it’s blueberry pomegranate and really good too!).  The cheese was $1.50/lb., the lunch meat $1.99/lb. and the sour cream was the $0.50 for each 8 oz. container.

Misc.: $20.00

This was cash that I withdrew to use for purchasing produce at our local farmers market.

Credits: $7.00
This was for $5.50 earned through Saving Star and $1.50 earned through Ibotta that I redeemed and transferred to our bank account.

If you don’t use either of these programs I’d highly recommend signing up!

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