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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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When it comes to cleaning up messes, you want to be sure you have plenty of paper towels on hand. So this week are taking a look at how to recognize a good price for paper towels.

Like with toilet paper, paper towels come in a variety of sizes and packs. You have Big, Huge, Giant, Mega, SuperMega and other marketing words to make you think you are getting a lot for your money.

Is it cheaper to buy a 6 pack of “Big” size towels, or an 8 pack of “Regular” towels? To really figure out the best price, we need to take a close look at the math and square footage of paper that comes in the package.

For example, let’s look at Bounty White Paper Towels which come in sizes including Regular, Big, Huge, Giant, all the way up to Oversize (available only at Walmart).

The math that is on the front of packages can be misleading. On this 6 pack of Bounty Big Rolls, we see “6 Big Rolls = 8 Regular Rolls”.  A Regular Roll has 41.3 sq ft of paper. A Big Roll has approximately 50.83 sq ft, and when we do the math, we get a very different comparison.


8 Regular Rolls at 41.3 sq ft each = 330.4 sq ft
6 Big Rolls at 50.83 sq ft each = 304.98 sq ft which is equivalent to 7.29 Regular Rolls

That’s is more than half a roll off…I guess they are rounding up. Who said that math class would never come in handy?

Let me show you a short cut to really figure out the cheapest price per square foot. At some stores, they have done the math for you on the price tag:

If your store doesn’t do this, you can do it yourself using the same formula. Take the current price and divide it by the total square feet of paper in the package. This gives you the Unit Price Per Square Foot.  So when you are in stores this will make it easier to find the best price on paper towels. You can also factor in any coupons you have into the price per square foot to get your true bottom line.

On weekly lists that you can pull using the Item Search feature here on Southern Savers, you won’t find a Unit Price Per Sq Ft. Most people tend to buy the same exact brand and size of paper towel on a regular basis without thinking to compare. To get the best deals on your favorite paper towels, you’ll need to plan ahead a little.

Next time you think about it, take a look at the paper towels you normally buy. Make a note of what size rolls they are, how many come in the package and the square footage. Then when you use the Item Search feature, you can search for that specific package (or ones similar if you aren’t brand loyal). Divide the sales price after coupons by the total square footage and you’ll see the price per sq ft.

For example:
Sweetbay – Bounty Big Roll Paper Towels, 6 ct., $9.99
Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
(use $1/2, makes it $9.49 ea.)
This package has 304.98 sq ft of paper in it, so…
$9.49/304.98 sq ft = 3.11¢ per sq ft.

Typically we see the best prices on paper towels at drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. Sometimes even the office supply stores have great deals using an in ad coupon. Using the Item Search, I went ahead and searched for the best paper towel deals available this week if you need to stock up!

Paper Towel Deals This Week

  • CVS – Bounty Paper Towels, 12 pk., $9.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    (use $1/2, makes it $9.49 ea.)
  • Walgreens – 3,000 BR wyb $15 in Bounty Paper Towels, 6 rolls, $5.49
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    (buy (3), use $1/2 and .25/1, makes it $4.07 ea. After Points)
  • Staples – Bounty Basic Paper Towels, 8 pk., $4 (with in ad coupon), limit 1
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 1/27
    (use $1/2, makes it $3.50)
  • Office Max – Bounty Basic Paper Towels, 8 pk., $9.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    (use $1/2, makes it $9.49 ea.)
  • Office Max – Sparkle Paper Towels with Thirst Pockets, 6 pk., $5.99
  • Ingles – Sparkle Print Paper Towels, single big roll, $1
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Sparkle paper towels, 6 roll+ printable (limit reached)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Ingles – Sparkle Paper Towels, 6 rolls, $4.88
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Sparkle paper towels, 6 roll+ printable (limit reached)
    (makes it $3.88)
  • Kroger – Home Sense Paper Towels or Bath Tissue, 6 big rolls or 8 regular rolls, or 12 double rolls, $4.99
  • Food City – Valu Time Paper Towels, 3 pk., $1.94
  • Food City – Sparkle Paper Towels, Selected Varieties, 6-8 rolls, $5.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Sparkle paper towels, 6 roll+ printable (limit reached)
    (makes it $4.99)
  • Food City – Sparkle Paper Towels, 6-8 Rolls, $6.49
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Sparkle paper towels, 6 roll+ printable (limit reached)
    (makes it $5.49)
  • Walmart – Brawny Paper Towels, 3 big rolls, $4.97
  • Sweetbay – Scott Mega Roll Paper Towels, 6 ct., $5.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Scott towels, 6 ct., October All You magazine
    Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Scott towels, 6 ct., November All You magazine
    Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Scott paper towels, 6 rolls+ printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Scott paper towels printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scott towels, 6 rolls +, SS 1/13
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.25/2 Scott towels, 6 rolls +, SS 1/13
    (use $1 off, makes it $4.99)
  • Food Lion – Angel Soft or Bounty Bath Tissue or Paper Towels, 8 triple, 12 double, 24 regular or 6 regular, $4.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Angel Soft bath tissue printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Angel Soft bath tissue, 12 double roll+ printable (limit reached)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -.45/1 Angel Soft bathroom tissue double roll, 4 pk. +, RP 1/06
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -.45/1 Angel Soft double roll bath tissue, 4 pk. + printable (limit reached)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Angel Soft bathroom tissue double roll, 4 pk. +, RP 1/06
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Angel Soft bath tissue double rolls, 12 pk. + printable (limit reached)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 1/27
    (use $1/2, makes it $4.49 ea.)
  • Publix – Bounty or Bounty Basic Paper Towels, 6 ct., $6.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30
    Store Coupon -$1 off Bounty Towels, 6 pk. +, (Publix Coupon), Special Olympics Donation Sheet
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 1/27
    (use $1 off store and .25/1 mfr makes it $4.99 or $5.49 in FL)
  • Winn-Dixie – Winn-Dixie Ultra Premium Paper Towels or Bath Tissue, 8 Orlls, 12 Rolls or 1000 Sheets, $6.99
    5¢ Fuelperk wyb (1)
  • Winn-Dixie – Sparkle Paper Towels, 6-8 Rolls, $5.50
  • Harris Teeter – Sparkle Paper Towels, 6-8 rolls, $4.97
  • Lowe’s Foods – Lowes Foods Paper Towels, 8 ct., $4.99
  • Rite Aid – Bounty Paper Towels, 12 rolls, $9.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30 (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30 (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 1/27
    (use $1/2, makes it $9.49 ea.)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Rite Aid – Bounty Basic Paper Towels, 1 roll, 99¢
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30 (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 12/30 (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Bounty towels or napkins, excl trial size, PG 1/27
    (use $1/2, makes it 49¢)
  • Walgreens – Scott Naturals Paper Towels , 6 rolls, $5
    Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Scott towels, 6 ct., October All You magazine (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Scott towels, 6 ct., November All You magazine (exp 01/31)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.25/1 Scott paper towel printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Scott Naturals flushable wipes tub or refill, SS 1/13
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Scott towels, 6 rolls +, SS 1/13
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Scott Naturals flushable wipes tub or refill, SS 1/13
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.25/2 Scott towels, 6 rolls +, SS 1/13
    Store Coupon -$1 off Scott Naturals paper towels, 6 roll, February Walgreens coupon book
    (use store and $1 off mfr, makes it $3)
  • H-E-B – Hill Country Fare Paper Towels, 8 Regular Rolls, $3.97 w/ in-store coupon
  • Winn-Dixie – Winn-Dixie Ultra Premium Paper Towels, 8 Roll
    5¢ Fuelperk wyb (1)

Do you have an tips or tricks you use to save on Paper Towels? What is your default brand?