couponing with kaseface part 4

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First, I have to apologize for the tardiness of this post. I will blog about what has been keeping me so busy next, but for now let’s get into some more couponing!

So we are finally going to talk a little bit about Target.  Target is such an easy place to coupon, in part because they allow you to “stack” (use one manufacture’s coupon and one store coupon per item).  You can use coupons on clearance items as well, making them even cheaper and sometimes even free!

In case you are wondering where to find Target store coupons, they can be found straight from Target’s website.  I have also had some luck finding Target coupons in Sunday inserts and in products sold at Target, such as toothpaste.

To prepare for my trip, I make a list of what the best deals are.  How do I find the best deals?  Remember that weekly ad we set aside?  Thumbing through the weekly ad with my binder handy can give me an idea of what is on sale and what can be made even  cheaper by the coupons that I have on hand.

In addition, there is an awesome website called Totally Target.  This website always has the latest price cuts and they even keep a rolling list of  the cheapest finds in the store.  I usually check out the cheap finds, then look at the best deals of the week.  This list also includes the gift card deals.

From there, I start building my shopping list.  My list is organized by transaction number and section of the store (if I’m feeling fancy that day).   Below I will show you an example of my list, as well as include which coupons I used to get the deal, and how much I ended up paying.

Transaction #1

(4) Colgate Action Pacs Trial Size  (@$0.97)

Used (4) $1.00/1 Cascade Complete,   P&G exp. 9/30/11 (Limit 4 coupons per transaction)

FREE

(2) Schick Hyro Razor (@$6.49)

Used (2) $2.00/1 Schik Hydo Razor exp 9/18/11

Paid 8.98 Received $5 gift card wyb 2 Schick Razors

(1) Sally Jensen Nail Color (@$1.27)

Used (1)  $1.00/1 Sally Jensen Nail Color Target Web Coupon (Limit 1 coupon per transaction)

Paid: $0.27

Once I got to the store, I found Sally Jensen nail color on clearance for $1.27. We will talk about where to find the clearance items in a bit.

(1) Colgate Optic White Toothpaste (@$2.99)

Used (1) $1.00/1 Colgate Optic White Target Web Coupon and

(1) $1.50/1 Colgate Optic White manufacture’s coupon

Paid $0.49

My total out of pocket for this transaction was $9.62 and I received a $5 gift card toward Transaction #2.

Transaction #2:

(4) Colgate Action Pacs Trial Size  (@$0.97)

Used (4) $1.00/1 Cascade Complete,   P&G exp. 9/30/11 (Limit 4 coupons/transaction)

FREE

(8) Trial Size Degree Women’s Deodorant (@$0.97)

Used (8) $1.00/1 Degree Antiperspirant, no size restrictions 

FREE

(1) Colgate Optic White Toothpaste (@$2.99)

Used (1) $1.00/1 Colgate Optic White Target Web Coupon and

(1) $1.50/1 Colgate Optic White manufacture’s coupon

Paid $0.49

(1) Sally Jensen Nail Color (@$1.27)

Used (1)  $1.00/1 Sally Jensen Nail Color Target Web Coupon

Paid: $0.27

(2) Bounty Basic Paper Towel Singles (@$1.02)

Used (1) $1.00/2 Bounty Towels P&G exp 9/30/11

Paid: $1.04

(2) Tide Singles, Trial Section (@$0.97)

Used (2) $1.00/1 Tide Detergent exp. 12/31/11

FREE

In the clearance section, I also found a really awesome Venus Embrace razor set that included 1 Venus Emrace razor, one refill razor, and one travel size shave gel all for only $4.98.

(2) Venus Embrace razor sets (@$4.98)

Used (2) $2.00/1 Venus Embrace Razor P&G exp. 9/30/11

Paid: 5.96

Total for this transaction was $8.23, using the $5 gift card it turned out to be just $3.23.

The deals I got on the nail polish and the Venus Razors are definitely why I like to have my coupon binder with me as opposed to just pulling the coupons I need ahead of time.  I got the last two razor sets. and those were a great deal with the refill and the shave gel for barely $3 each.

I suggest that you go to the Krazy Coupon Lady’s website and click on the section “Target 101” and read it thoroughly.  She offers up some great tips for success at Target, it really helped me.

You will notice that she mentions the famous orange clearance stickers.  They are pretty amazing.  In order to find the clearance items at Target this is what you need to do.  When you walk in, look at the red lines on the floor.  Now get away from them.  All the clearance items are going to be found away from those red lines on the back end caps in the various sections of the store.  I usually just head straight to the back of the aisles to check out the end caps and that’s how I find awesome deals like  the nail polish and the Venus Razors.  Easy enough, right?

Now, you will notice some of the items on my list turned out to be free after the coupons.  These items are now things that I stock up on every time I go to Target.  Colgate trial size action pacs, Degree deodorant, and Tide detergent singles are all items that are free at least once a month when the coupon comes out. The cheapest I have found paper towels is at Target, for around $0.50/roll. It also seems silly to pay more than $0.50 for toothpaste.   The Colgate dish detergent, Tide, and Bounty coupons are all in the P&G Brandsaver that comes the last Sunday of every month.  I always stock up with at least eight.

I also  want to mention that coupon denominations vary by region. I have noticed in Texas the coupons are generally for $0.50 less than in Baltimore.  However, if you have a store near you that doubles coupons under $0.99, I would hit up the travel section and see if you have any coupons with no size restrictions for what that store is offering.

I hope this helped you see how I am able to save money at Target, and why I have so much fun when I go.  I’ve found the best thing I can do for myself before I go coupon shopping is to be prepared!  Being frazzled at the register isn’t that fun.  Feel free to share how you do on your shopping trip! I want to see your savings too.

Next time I am going to share what I do with all my expired coupons and coupons that I clip but don’t plan to use.  It turned out to be a really great experience for me and I can’t wait to share it with you. Til next time (which I promise will be sooner than this time)!

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