Wizard Challenge: Brianne’s Adventure

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The Coupon Wizards were issued our own challenge last week – we were to take $10 and see just how much product we could procure for that $10 using coupons, just to show that great deals can still be found.  I was super excited about this.  I had my own take on it, what special deals I was going to get myself, and which ones I knew we’d all go for.  I did not go out and get more freebie deals than we would use.  I only went shopping for things in our stockpile that are staples in our home.  One thing that’s always constant in shopping planning is David’s emphasis on having a raincheck file.  Mine came in extra handy for this challenge.  I’d been sitting on 4 rainchecks.  I was only able to use two, but two is better than none! I shopped Target, CVS, and Walmart for this challenge.  I had wanted to hit Walgreens as well, but by the time Wednesday rolled around, I was way too tired to pack up the kids and head out in that heat.  But I had done pretty well.  Let’s see how you all think I did:

Totals- Before Coupons & Sales: $226.76. Total OOP: $7.65 and I received 2 $10 gas cards. My savings was 97.6%, not including the gas cards!

Trip #1: Walmart

10 Bayer aspirin $2.22 each – $22.20
used (10) $3/1 Bayer aspirin coupons ($30.00)
Final Price: FREE, plus $7.80 overage
8 Blue Diamond Almonds $2.48, price matched to the BOGO at Walgreen’s, so paid $1.24 each (These are a staple in our home – I snack on them all the time and keep a can in the car, my husband keeps them in his work truck and eats them all day long) – ($19.84, price matched to $9.92)
used (2) $0.60/2 Blue Diamond Almonds ($1.20)
Final Price: $8.72

Total before coupons & price matching: $42.04
Total oop: $0.75

Trip #2: CVS

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(2) One Touch Ultra Mini Monitors $19.99.
Had Rainchecks from earlier sale for $10 each (these were promised to the local shelter in our town)
used (2) $10/1 One Touch Ultra Mini Monitor
Final Price: FREE
(2) Pantene (1 shampoo, 1 conditioner), reg $4.99, on sale 2/$6.97
used (1) $3/2 Pantene products (June P&G)
used (2) $2/1 any shampoo, conditioner, styling product from CVS Red Machine
Final Price: FREE, $0.03 overage
(1) Sally Hansen Advanced Nail Hardener $3.99
used $1/1 Sally Hansen Nail Hardener
Final Price: $2.99
(1) Conair Hairbrush $3.79
used $3 off Hairbrush or comb (CVS Red machine)
final price: $0.79
(1) candy $0.33 (I had too much overage after the coupon and needed something with tax to get me positive)
Also had a 30% off my purchase coupon from my email.

Total before coupons/sales: $58.07
Total oop: -0.15

Trip #3 – Target

(1) Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food Pouch $1.34
used (1) FREE Earth’s Best Organic baby food product (signed up for a free sample, got the coupon instead!) up to $1.79
register took off $1.79 automatically
Final Price: FREE, plus $0.45 overage
(5) Heinz Cider Vinegar $1.07 each
used (5) $1/1 Heinz Vinegar coupons
Final Price: $0.35
(1) Revlon Nail File to go $2.99 (I could have sworn this shelf said $1.99, but I didn’t realize it until I had the kids packed in the car.)
used (1) $1 any Revlon Beauty tool
Final Price: $1.99
(1) Bayer Aspirin $3.69
used $3/1 Bayer Aspirin
Final Price: $0.69
(2) Trial Size Aquafresh Toothpaste $0.97 each
used $1/1 ANY Aquafresh toothpaste
used $0.50/1 Aquafresh trial size toothpaste
Final Price: $0.44

Total before coupons: $15.31
Total oop: $3.02

Trip #4 – CVS

(1) Physician’s Formula SS Liner $10.99
(1) Physician’s Formula SS Kohl (reg $10.99) $5.49 (BOGO 50% off)
used BOGO Physician’s Formula coupon – register took off $10.99
used $3/$10 Cosmetics Purchase (CVS red machine coupon)
Final Price: $2.49 for two
(1) Physician’s Formula Facial Moisturizer reg $19.99, on clearance $4.99
used $15 off Physician’s Formula Facial Care (CVS red machine)
Final Price: FREE, plus $10.01 overage
(1) Sally Hansen clear nail hardener, $3.99
used (1) $0.50/1 nail polish Sally Hansen
Final Price: $3.49
(1) Sally Hansen Diamond Slick Polish $5.49
used $0.50/1 Sally Hansen Nail Polish
Final Price: $4.99
(1) Nexxus Hair detangler $2.99
used $3 off Any Nexxus hair product (CVS Red Machine)
Final Price: FREE
(1) Pantene Travel conditioner $1.49
used $2/1 any shampoo, conditioner or styler (CVS Red Machine)
Final Price: FREE, $0.51 overage

*Let me say this – I usually use overage for things like toilet paper, etc. Prior to this transaction (like directly prior) I had $15 ECB I had to roll and couldn’t use for the Challenge. So I spent $3.17 oop and got two 12 packs of toilet paper.* I used the overage on this purchase for the nail polish which was on sale for ECB this week.

Total before coupons/sales: $55.93
Total oop: $0.44
Received $10 gas card and $3 ECB.

Trip #5 – CVS

(4) Nivea tins – $0.99 each

Used $3 ECB from Transaction #4.
Total before coupons $3.96
Total oop: $0.96
Received $8 ECB!

Trip #6 – CVS

(1) Charmin big pack 9 roll $7.49, on sale $5.99
used $1.50/1 Charmin (received in mail)
Final Price: $4.49
(1) Physician’s Formula Blush $12.49, on sale $5.49
(1) Physician’s Formula Bronzer $14.49, on sale $7.49
used BOGO Physician’s Formula coupon (took off $5.49)
Final Price: $7.49 for two
(1) Covergirl Shadowblast $8.99
(1) CoverGirl Lip perfection $7.99, on sale $3.99 (BOGO 50% off)
used (1) $3/2 CoverGirl
used $5/$15 CoverGirl (CVS Red Machine)
Final Price: $4.98 for two
Also used:
$8 ECB from Transaction #5
$5 Beauty Club bucks (printed when scanned card)
$1.50 Quarterly reward bucks (printed when scanned card)

Total before coupons and sales: $51.45
Total oop: $2.62
Received $10 gas card

For those who think coupon values have gone down, sure they have.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get great deals! Stay the course, don’t chase after every deal – and you WILL save money! I had so much fun with this challenge – can’t wait for the next one that gets thrown our way!

See the other Wizard Challenge reveals…

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Wizard Valerie
Wizard Jessica


  1. Gale Kelly says:

    Brianne – this goes to show everyone that a little bit of money can go a looooong way! Awesome trips….

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