Weekly Spending Summary (3/23-3/29)

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 Gerber baby food
* 3 Free bottles of shampoo
* Free Old El Paso Stand & Stuff kits
* Better than free Campbell’s soup
* Bananas for $0.17/lb.
* Free Reese’s peanut butter egg

Total Spent: $36.75
Total Saved with Coupons: $32.01
Total Saved with Sales: $29.29
Total Saved: $61.30 + $36.00 in gas rewards savings

Rite Aid: $0.67
Saved with Coupons: $15.00
Saved with Sales: $4.67

I had a gift card that I bought online from GiftCardRescue for a discount.  I used that to pay for $3.11 of this purchase.  All of the items that I purchased were free after coupons and sales.  I don’t typically buy baby food because I prefer to make my own but these little packs come in really handy for when we are traveling or away from home and so I do take advantage of deals like this where I can get them free and then use them on those occasions.


  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg $0.67
  • 2 Gerber Baby Food $1.50 each
  • Tresemme shampoo $5.00
  • 2 Clear shampoo $5.00 each

Coupons Used:

Got Back:

  • $3.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Gerber (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $5.00 UPRewards coupons for purchasing the Tresemme and Clear products (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $39.51
Saved with Coupons: $17.01
Saved with Sales: $24.62

I did a couple of gas deals again this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Old El Paso Stand & Stuff kits were free and the Campbell’s soup was a moneymaker of $9.83.  Old El Paso had sent us a pack of the Stand & Stuff tortilla shells a while back and we loved them!  They made eating taco style things so easy!

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 Old El Paso and the Campbell’s.

I rarely purchase things like Triscuits and Ritz but I got these 3 products for $0.33 each after coupons and sales.  Actually, had I been paying attention I could have bought Ritz Bits and redeemed a $1.00 Checkout 51 offer and gotten all 3 boxes for free.  But I didn’t think about that until I was home which obviously didn’t help too much.  Oh and just in case you think I don’t ever mess up or miss deals I definitely do….this was just one of or 4 such cases in the last 2 weeks.  The biggest goof was when I forgot to use the $0.30 off a gallon of gas coupon that was in the Giant flyer the other week.  I could have saved $9.00 had I remembered to use it!

The Chi-chi tortillas were $1.16 each which is just a tiny bit cheaper than Aldi’s new price of $1.19.  I do like that the Chi-chi brand is just a bit more flexible and so even ha they been a couple of cents more expensive I think I would have gotten them.  We love using them for breakfast wraps, Bean and Sour Cream Enchiladas, Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps and lots of other things.

The bananas were just $0.26 after coupons, the Yoplait yogurt was free, the Planters peanuts were free and the tea was just a good deal at $1.50.


  • Celestial Tea $2.50
  • Ritz Crackerfuls $2.00
  • Ritz Chips $2.00
  • Triscuits $2.00
  • 6 Chi-chi’s tortillas $1.66 each
  • 6 Ortego Stand & Stuff Kits $2.50 each
  • Planters peanuts $1.00
  • 2 Yoplait yogurts $0.88 each
  • Bananas $0.94 (think they were $0.59/lb.)
  • 12 Campbell’s soup $1.66 each
    (bought with rain check)

Coupons Used:

  • 0.75 Celestial coupon received with tea sample via mail (doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.50 Ritz printable coupons (one doubled to $1.00)
  • $1.00 Triscuit printable coupon
  • Three $0.55/2 Chi-chi’s tortilla printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.60/3 Ortego printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $1.00 Planters printable coupon
  • Two $0.50 Yoplait printable coupons (doubled to $0.88 each)
  • Two $0.75/2 Campbell’s soup coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • $0.75/2 Campbells printable coupon
  • Three $1.00/2 Campbells printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Ritz Crackerfuls
  • $1.00 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the Triscuits
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Kit
  • $0.50 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • 20% of purchase via Saving Star for purchasing bananas ($0.18)
  • $36.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Campbells soups

Walmart: $2.57

I needed to look for something else at Walmart so I decided to use a gift card to pay for a portion of the cost of these nursing pads that I needed.  I don’t remember where the gift card came from.  I just know that I’ve had it for a long time since I hardly ever shop at Walmart and I was so ready to get it out of my gift card bag.


  • Lansinoh nursing pads $7.97

Misc.: $0

I received this Tone body wash as part of a BzzAgent campaign.  (If you don’t already do BzzAgent, you can sign up and try products too in exchange for your feedback.  You don’t have to have a blog to participate!)

This Tone body wash is supposed to be moisturizing but honestly, I didn’t think it moisturized that well.  In my opinion, it was average.  But I did love the Pink Peony and Rose Oil scent a lot!  It’s soft and subtle and smells just like spring which was just what I needed these last couple of weeks when it felt like winter would never end!

Credit: $6.00

I cashed out my Saving StarSaving Star. account.  I earned this money previously for purchasing select grocery items.

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