Weekly Spending Summary (7/6-7/12)

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:
* Planters cashews for $2.50 each
* Hamburger buns for $0.64
* 24 oz. Cottage cheese for $1.29
* Antibiotic, hormone free chicken breast for $1.99/lb.

Total Spent: $51.79
Total Saved with Coupons: $8.00
Total Saved with Sales: $6.99
Total Saved: $14.99

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $7.00
Saved with Sales: $6.99

I had $6 in UPRewards that were going to expire so get some cashews at Rite Aid since they were on sale for buy one, get one free.  Imagine my surprise when a $1 catalina coupon printed at the register and sweetened the deal!  So after coupons and sales I paid just $2.50 for each container.

I’ve been buying nuts more frequently lately because I’ve been finding that with nursing I’m hungry much more often and end up needing snacks.  (I don’t remember being that way with our others.)  And nuts are one thing that I can feel good about snacking on plus just a small amount takes care of my hunger usually.


  • 2 Planters Cashews $6.99 total (on sale Buy One, Get One Free)

Coupons Used:

  • $1/2 Planters coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $6.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 Catalina coupon (coupon that prints at the register) for purchasing the Planters…can use on any item

Giant: $1.19

I went to Giant to actually do a gift card deal that I could make $15 on and since I was in the store anyway, I couldn’t pass up grabbed this toilet paper that was Saving Star’s freebie offer of the week.


  • Scott toilet paper

Got Back:

Aldi: $6.71

I wasn’t planning to stop by Aldi at all this week but unfortunately the bag of red potatoes that I purchase there just 4 days earlier were starting to rot!  And I mean seriously rot.  Since Aldi has a double money back guarantee on most of their products, I returned the potatoes and got my money back plus another bag of potatoes!  I love typically love Aldi’s produce but for some reason, in the summer it seems like their potatoes just spoil really, really fast.  I’ve had trouble other years too and each year I am optimistic and think that it will be different.  So I guess for the next month or two I’ll just try to purchase potatoes elsewhere unless I know that I’ll be using them super fast.

I wasn’t planning to buy the hamburger buns until I saw that I had an offer from Checkout 51 where I could save $0.25.  I figured I might as well get them and put them in the freezer for when I need them since they were only going to cost me $0.64!


  • 5 lb. Red Potatoes FREE
  • Hamburger Buns $0.89
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59 each
  • 3 lb. Fuji Apples $3.69
  • Steak Sauce $0.95

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the hamburger buns

Sharp Shopper: $28.89

I stopped by my favorite local discount grocery and picked up a bunch of good buys.  I don’t remember the price for everything but I know the cream cheese was $0.99 each, the Simply Lemonade was $0.99 each and the cottage cheese was $1.29 for a 24 oz. container.  Oh and that white bag contains onions in case you were wondering!

The green packages of meat were antibiotic and hormone free boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.99/lb.  A lot of chicken will say it has no added hormones but this chicken had no hormones or antibiotic ever according to the package.  I can typically find boneless, skinless chicken thighs for about $1.59/lb. but went ahead and bought this because I love the fact that it contains no hormones or antibiotics- something that I figure was worth paying an extra $0.40/lb. for!  In fact, later I was kicking myself for not buying more.

If you read these spending summaries frequently, you know that I don’t often buy juice.  But when I saw these lemonades for such a good price I decided to buy them as a surprise for my husband.  He loves lemonade and the Simply Lemonade brand is so good!  He was happily surprised when he opened the fridge and saw those two bottles in there.

Target: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $1.00

I had a gift card that I had earned through Shopkick, one of the 8 money saving apps I love, that I used to pay for this purchase.  I’m experimenting with eating a bit differently in an effort to lose a little bit of weight that I’d like to say good-bye to.  I bought this milk to use in some of the food that I’m making for my “diet”.  I love milk and so I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this almond milk.  I don’t think I could drink it plain but I was surprised to discover that it’s not bad in recipes.


  • Silk almond milk $3.00

Coupons Used:

  • $1.00 Silk printable coupon

Misc.: $15.00

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