My Take on Target


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By now, you have seen the series that has been published on navigating Target – where things are placed, how their sales work, even how their clearance is priced.  I am hoping to give you a perspective through a real life trip to Target that not only shows how their coupons work, BUT how I turned my own husband into a believer!

I need to start by saying that I love my Target.  I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a newer store ( by newer I mean it doesn’t show up on my 3 year old GPS, and they only have had fresh groceries about 6 months), but the staff is fantastic.  I never have had a problem with coupons, or sales, or even returns. NEVER. I am not jaded enough to know all stores are like that, but I shop there often because of it.



My husband, Brett, is never with me on shopping trips.  So this was a first for him. We dropped our oldest at preschool, and list in hand, headed to Target with the baby.  To him, it was just like I was throwing stuff in the cart.  Here’s how our trip fared:

Transaction 1:
(I need to start this off with I returned two items my mom  bought for me that were the wrong size. That gave me a gift card back in the amount of $23.92 to start).

Tommy Tippy Sippy Cups – $7.99
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers 2/$5
used 2 .50/1 coupons Mr. Clean Products (P&G Mailer)
Plum Organic Puffs – $2.99
Sun Chips (this is what happens when I go shopping hungry) $3
Trail Mix $10.89
Simply Orange $3
used $1/1 Target printable coupon
Organic Milk $3.79
Kraft Cheddar $2.50
Red Baron Frozen Pizzas 3/$9 on sale
Infant’s ibuprofen $6.99
Breathe Right 2 pack 12 @ $.99
used 12 $1.50/1 Breathe Right 10 Ct or smaller (exp 03/15/12) for $6.12 in overage
6 Mio Beverage enhancer B1@3.79 get 1@$1.
used 6 $1/1 any Mio beverage enhancer (exp 03/31/12)
used 1 $1/1 Mio Target coupon (no longer available)

Total before coupons: $89.77 before tax
used $5 gift card
used $10 gift card – I enrolled in Target’s pharmacy rewards and they sent me a coupon for a $10 gc with a prescription so when we brought Brett’s this morning we got that too
used gc for $23.91 from my return this morning

Total oop: $17.44

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Transaction #2:

Swiffer spray duster cleaners 2 @ $3.49
used Swiffer Cleaner BOGO (P&G 03/04)
used $1/1 swiffer from PG mailer
Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Gel 3 @ 3.99
used Target $1/2 scrubbing bubbles printable
used .75/1 scrubbing bubbles from package of toilet gel
used $2/2 scrubbing bubbles from 3/11 SS
received $5 gc for buying 3

Total before coupons: $18.95
Total oop: $11.07 with a $5 gc

Transaction #3:

Baby sunglasses $6.99
Pop Secret Kernels $3
Mederma Scar Gel 2 @ $14.99 on price cut for $2!
used 2 $2/1 any Mederma Product (printable, no longer available)

Total before coupons: $13.99 (if you are counting full price on the mederma total before coupons would be $39.97)
used $5 gc

Total oop: $5.07

Totals: Before coupons and gc today: $146.71
After coupons and gc: $33.58

Needless to say, my husband saw it with his own eyes – he’s a believer!

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