…because I need to be on Extreme Couponing. Sure, I didn’t save 99%, but 53% is pretty dang respectable.
Here’s my haul:
- 2 Olay Gillette Razors: $8.99 each, $4 coupon for each one, plus $5 target gift card when you buy two. Final cost, not including gift card: $9.98 for both before taxes. This was transaction one.
- 4 bottles of Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner, ranging in price from $3.79-4.84. Had one $3.00/2 coupon and one $1.00/2 coupon, plus a Target mobile coupon for $3.00/2 (could only use one per transaction for the mobile coupon, but you can combine Target coupons and manufacturer coupons). Final cost: $9.41 for four.
- One box of Nice ‘N Easy foam hair color, $7.99 after $1 instant sale discount. Had Target mobile coupon for $2 off and regular coupon for $3.00 off. Final cost: $2.99
I used the $5 gift card from transaction one on transaction two. Final cost with tax for both transactions: $20.18, a savings of over 53%. Actual retail price, with tax: $43.18.
What I could have done differently:
Hindsight is always 20/20. As I left the store, I thought of a few more things I could have done to take another almost $6 off the total cost:
- Had a 5% target debit card and used my Target pharmacy rewards (you get 5% off coupon for every 5 prescriptions filled) coupon for 5% off that I used the day before (can combine Target debit card 5% and pharmacy rewards): probably saved about $2 total.
- Used a canvas bag for $0.05 off.
- Put two of the Pantene bottles in a separate transaction, so I could have gotten $3.00 off again using the mobile coupon (didn’t know you couldn’t use one mobile coupon multiple times in one transaction).
- Bought all ‘basic’ shampoo/conditioner types instead of one bottle of the “Brunette Expressions”, which was about $1 more. But, I wanted to try it.
Overall, I am feeling good about myself. Does this give me warrant to judge non-coupon users and get on my (heavily discounted) soapbox to preach about “free money”? Maybe. Just give me a few years.