My Target Trip:Spent $4.58 & Saved $18.10

I stopped by Target this morning to grab a few free school supplies. Here is what I bought:

Wonka Bar (3.5oz)-$1.97
-Free coupon that printed last time I was at Target
Final cost=Free after coupon

8 Bic Crystal ballpoint pens (10 pk)-$0.50 each
-2 $1/2 Bic Writing Utensil Items, TARGET coupon and 2 $1/2  coupons that were available earlier on
Final cost=8 for Free after coupon

Sharpie Permanent Markers (2-ct)-$1.49
-$1/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.49 after coupon

Sharpie Permanent Highligters (2-ct)-$0.50
-$1/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free (YMMV on this one. I asked before I used this coupon for these and the cashier said it was fine.)

Papermate Pens (10 pk)–$1 (my target only had Red so I only bought 1)
-$1/1 Papermate Writing Utensil Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free after coupon

Scotch Magic Tape-$0.80 (My Target was out of the $.50 tape, and I we used all ours on a school project yesterday so I bought this)
-$0.50/1 Scotch Magic Tape Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.30 after coupon

Rose Art Glue Sticks (6 pack)-$.80

Room Essentials Pillow-$4.04
(we are having guests this weekend so I needed another pillow)
$2/1 Select Bed Pillow Target  coupon
Final cost=$2.04 after coupon

Room Essentials Shower Curtain Liner-$2.34
$1.50/1 Room Essentials Shower Curtain, TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.84 after coupon

Total I spent $4.58 including tax and saved $18.10, to make the trip even better another Free Wonka bar coupon printed off!

My CVS Trip, Saving Over Time

I went to CVS this morning becasue I had $8 in Extra Care Bucks (ECB) that expired today. Between life and fighting the overwhelming nausea and exhaustion of pregnancy I just had not made time to go spend them.

Today I used them for this deal.

Complete Multi-Purpose Solution (12 oz)-$7.99, Get $7.99 ECB (Limit 1)
Final cost=Free after ECB

I paid with my $8 in ECBs and got $7.99 in ECBs back. (That is a picture of the “new ECB”. What do you think?)

I know this seems like a less than spectacular trip. There was really no planning involved, no lists, not even a coupon. But, THE HUSBAND and I both wear contacts so we use a lot of contact solution around here.  I just wanted to encourage you that over time even small trips like this can mean a lot of saving or extra room in your budget.

The way I look at it, after today’s trip I now have $8 in this month’s budget to spend on fresh produce or milk or other things I can rarely get free! So, I am happy.

By the way another fun thing I learned at CVS today, they sell stamps (at least mine does). I was so excited, that saved me a trip to the post office with all three of the boys.


Taking Couponing Too Far? Coupon Katie Talks to Fox 43

A few stories were published this week regarding extreme couponing and store policy changes.  There was on in The Baltimore Sun and one in  The Consummerist.

WBIR and Fox 43 stopped by Tuesday to ask me my thought on the TLC Extreme Couponing Show and how it is affecting local shoppers.

I really believe what I said, for right now I think the changes in some store policies will not have much of an impact on those of us shopping for our families (and for charity when your are not buying 100’s of the same item).

On a positive note, some policies may start preventing people from clearing the shelves of good deals so everyone can get in on them. That would be a great thing! Also, it is encouraging more stores to make their policies available online. Having clear guidelines makes using coupons ethically at stores easier.

You can check out the changes to the Target Coupon Policy here and the Kroger Internet Printable Coupon Policy here. Rite Aid has tightened policies on Buy One Get One Free coupons and limiting the number of same coupons you can use to four. Publix, which will be in Knoxville soon, has limited the number of coupons you can use per product.

So watch the video and let me know what you think!


Rue La La:Free $10 Credit

RueLaLa is offering a $10 credit for taking a 3 minute survey about Rue La La.

To get this  credit:

Register or Login to your with RueLaLa account

Complete the survey.

You will be asked to enter the email address associated with your account at the end of the survey.

Wait for 72 hrs for your credit and save it for a great deal!

Recyclebank:"Green Your Vacation" Earn 150 Points

I admit I am a little behind on earning my Recyclebank points. I caught up this morning while playing their “Green Your Vacation” contest.
There are currently three suitcases open, you can earn 50 points in each. To get your points, just sign up for a new account or login to your account and play the game by clicking on the moving objects in the travel link category. You’ll be able to take the pledges and your free points will be added to your account when you hit the “Get my Points” button.

Haven’t signed up for Recyclebank? It is free to sign up and you can earn points through their household recycling program (not available everywhere) or through other activities, like short quizzes and games.

Once you earn points they can be redeemed for free products or some great high value coupons.

My Target Trip:A New Blender and a Few Freebies

THE HUSBAND makes everyone a protein shake every morning. Yesterday, our blender died. And by died I mean sparks were flying out the back and from underneath it and it smelled horrible.  The first of our wedding present appliances to bite the dust. (It has been 10 years, I would say that is a pretty good blender).

Anyway I went to Target this morning with $5/1 Oster Blender TARGET coupon in hand to replace it.  While there I picked up a few more freebies and good deals:

Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide-$.62
-$.75/1 Up & Up First Aid Item TARGET coupon
Final cost=Free after coupon

Papermate Crystal pens (10-pack)-$1.02
-$1/1 Papermate Writing Utensil Item, TARGET coupon
Final cost=$0.02 after coupon

Scotch Magic Tape-$1
Stack with $1/1 Scotch tape printable coupon
Final cost=Free after coupon

Market Pantry Bread-$1 & Market Pantry Eggs (126ct)-$1.49
$1 off sandwich bread and eggs Target coupon
Final cost=$1.49 for both after coupon

I took my $3 off denim Target coupon. There were a lot of jeans on the 75% clearance rack so it is definitely worth looking through! There were not any maternity jeans, and though I was tempted, I did not buy any.


Locally Grown Organic Blueberries for $1.25/lb (Maryville)

If you are looking for a great deal on locally grown, organic blueberries here it is. Thanks to a reader, Rochelle for letting me know the farm is open and the blueberries are “sweet and plentiful”.
I am hoping to get by there some time this week, probably early in the morning with this hot weather! The boys will love it. Here are the details:

Maxine and Bob Falls Blueberry Farm
111 Harmon Rd.
Maryville, Tn 37804
(865) 982-3457
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 6:30am-8:30pm
1.25/lb when you pick them yourself and 2.50/lb if you just stop in to purchase them.