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Target Shopping Trip (79% Savings!)

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    NEWSLETTERS

    I made a run to Target today and was able to snatch up several of this week's deals. I really wanted to do the Scrubbing Bubbles deal, but I didn't have the right coupons with me. Shame on me!

    I was so lucky to have my FAVORITE cashier there today...she makes my shopping experience so much easier & faster. The Benadryl coupons along with the Arm & Hammer coupons BEEP because of the overage and I always hate explaining how to either override or price modify to cashiers. In general, I have not found that experience to be a rewarding one....let's just say no cashier has ever thanked for my helpfulness!

    Here's how I did:

    Shout $1.97
    - Used 55¢ MQ & $1 Target IP (the 75¢ printable is no longer available)
    = 42¢

    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
    - Used FREE MQ (not sure where I got it from!)
    = FREE

    3 bags of various dried beans (kidney, pinto, & black) $3.78
    - No coupons :(

    Little Debbie Cakes $1.44
    - This was for my husband, but no coupons!

    Eggo Waffles $1.75
     - Used $1 Target IP from coupons.com

    Kraft Cheese $2
    - Used $1 MQ
    = $1

    GE Reveal Light Bulbs $2
    - Used $1 MQ coupon
    - Used $1.50 Target coupon
    = 50¢ Money Maker

    (6) Arm & Hammer Trial Size Toothpastes 97¢/each
    - Used (3) $2.50/2 coupon
    = $1.68 Money Maker!

    (3) Chapstick 3-packs - Clearance Priced to $1.48
    - Used $1/1 peelie coupon found on each pack!
    = 48¢ per 3-pack or 16¢ each!

    (7) Bounty single roll paper towels 99¢
    - Used $1 Target coupon - automatically adjusted down to 99¢
    = FREE

    (4) Benadryl Anti-Itch Sticks $2.29
    - Used $5/2 MQ
    = 84¢ Money Maker!

    (3) Little Pet Store Sets $1.48 (found near registers)
     - Used BOGO MQ from coupons.com
    - Meant to only buy 2!!!
    = Should have been 74¢ each, but I paid 99¢ each because I goofed!

    (2) Containers of sprinkles $1/each
    - No coupons, good for cookie-making!

    (5) Fiber One cereals $2.50 each
    - Used (5) 75¢ MQ coupons from target.com
    - Earned $5 gift card
    = Total cost was 75¢ each (after coupons & gift card)

    Total Cost (after coupons) = 19.51

    - Used previous gift cards for $17.65 & paid $1.86 out of pocket
    + Earned $5 gift card for next time!

    Total Savings = 72.32 (79%)