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Target and CVS Savings: Spent $36.30, Saved $171.58

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 21, 2010 · 36 comments

It's been awhile since I've been to CVS, but I had a good trip last Saturday. I started out with $9 in ECBs, and paid $11.39 out of pocket for everything pictured. I wiped out my ECBs to buy the toilet paper, but TP deals have been pretty scarce lately. Oh, almost forgot -- I'll get $8.97 back via the Schick Hydro Razor mail-in rebate, effectively making my OOP $2.42!

I hit Target on Saturday to use up a number of free product coupons that I had on hand along with a few other deals. The cashier gave me the overage on the FREE Travel Size K-Y Jelly, so I was able to pick up everything shown for just $2.54!

One of my favorite finds was the Ziploc Slider Bags that were on TPC for $2.33. I used the recent $1.50/2 Ziploc Products printable (no longer available) plus two $1/1 Ziploc Product Target printables to get them for $0.58 each.

I went back to Target yesterday to get a price adjustment on a suitcase (over a $40 difference!), and I used some free Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's coupons that I've been holding onto for awhile to maximize the buy 4 get 1 free offer.

A couple of other deals I found:

Kraft Salad Dressing (16 oz.), $1.02 on clearance
$1/1 Kraft Dressing, exp. 8-22-10 (SS 06/20/10)
$0.02 after coupon!

Starkist Tuna Pouches, $0.89 on TPC
Starkist Tuna Creations, $1.34

B2G1 StarKist Tuna Salad or Creations Pouch, exp. 8-15 (RP 6/20/10)
B2G1 Starkist Tuna Salad or Creations, exp. 8-13 (ALL YOU July '10)
$1/2 StarKist Pouch Products, exp. 8-6-10 (ALL YOU May '10)
$0.26 ea. wyb 2 Tuna Pouches and 1 Tuna Creations after coupons!

In the end I paid $31.34 for everything shown, and I received (2) $5 gift cards for the SoBe Lifewater deal. The Black and Blue Berry is my favorite drink, and my husband likes the Strawberry Dragonfruit, so I was glad to stock up at a decent price!

All three trips came to a total of $36.30, making for a savings of $171.58! Obviously these savings are a bit atypical since I had a number of free product coupons, but I think this demonstrates that often it pays to hold on to these coupons to use them when you can maximize their effectiveness by working them into other deals.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 [email protected] Loves It! June 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I seriously love that you admitted to buying the K-Y.


2 Tara Kuczykowski June 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Hehe, I'm not ashamed... :P


3 Scottie June 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Heck, it makes great lube for the clutch and brake cables on my old Harley :)


4 Tara Kuczykowski June 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

LOL, well, there's a creative use I've not heard of before!


5 Jessica June 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Eh, forget K-Y it stinks. Astroglide is where it's at haha! No coupon could make me get the K-Y! Awesome savings! I need to find more free product coupons! So far I just have one coming for a full sized shampoo.


6 Tara Kuczykowski June 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

It's not worth it even when you get overage, LOL? Maybe you could use it as hair gel like someone suggested in the original post. That really had me cracking up.


7 Kimber June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

We used it to "glue" hair bows in my daughter's hair when she was tiny! People would ask us how we kept the bows in her hair and we'd say, "Oh, you, know, gel ..."


8 melissa neier June 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Where do you find the free coupons at???


9 Tara Kuczykowski June 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Melissa, the Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's coupons were given to me when I hosted a Healthy Choice Twitter party awhile back. We've found a number of free product coupons on Facebook lately, so just watch for those type of posts.


10 Jen June 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Black and Blue Berry use to be our household favorite until the last Target deal when we got a variety and it's now Strawberry Dragonfruit. I thought that was funny that we have the same two favorites! =D


11 Tara Kuczykowski June 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Too funny! I like to put them in the freezer until they get a little slushy. In fact, one is calling my name right now!


12 pinetree22 June 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Half your SoBe waters have black caps! Don't forget to enter the codes inside the cap at Maybe you'll win a free bottle of SoBe or some B1G1 coupons. That'll make your great deal even better.


13 Suzanne June 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Wow, wow, wow! I am so impressed! You know, on toilet paper, I will not pay more than $.50/roll, and don't consider it a deal unless I can get it for that or less (or receive $5.00 GCs). What is your guideline for a price? [email protected]


14 Beth G. June 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm

A guideline I saw on another site is pretty easy to remember:

Look at the front bottom of the TP package to look at the total square feet. Move the decimal to the left 2 places. If the cost is less than or equal the sq ft with the decimal 2 places to the left, it's a decent deal. So basically 1 cent or less per sq ft.

TP Package = 400 sq ft; sale price = $6.00; not a fabulous deal....
TP Package = 650sqft; sale price = $5.00 ; Good deal to stock up!


15 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

I LOVE this tip, Beth! I'm definitely going to post it so no one misses it.


16 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

You know, Suzanne, toilet paper is one of those things that I find really hard to stockpile for our family. Seven people use a LOT, and I only have so much space to devote to it. I think $0.50 per double roll is reasonable when you need it. A good stockup price would be $0.25 or less per double roll.

That said, I'm definitely going to remember Beth's tip below for determining whether it's a really good TP deal or not.


17 Sharon June 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm

did they give you a hard time about using so many Sobe target coupons at once? The cashier told me I was not allowed to use that many Target coupons at once.


18 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

Sharon, I only had 4 Target coupons on hand to use, but I didn't have any issues. The Target coupons do state one per transaction; however, I've confirmed with Target customer service that this limitation is left up to the individual stores. You might try talking to the store manager to find out what guidelines are used at your particular location.


19 erika June 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Tara or anyone else who bought the KY,
Did the KY coupon beep at the register or did it just automaticlly go through. I wanna pick it up but my target is a pain in the b*** when things beep, so i dont want to print them & be disappointed


20 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 7:56 am

It doesn't technically beep, but it does prompt the cashier to either hit enter to accept the amount or enter in the adjusted amount. The Target coupon policy states that coupons should be adjusted down to the price of the item, so I'd encourage you to carry a copy of that with you. You can find it here:


21 Becky June 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

My Target is ridiculous with coupons, so I had to argue with the manager to get them free. She manually put in a mfr coupon for $.97. I have decided to boycott that Target because I asked her why I always have a hard time with coupons at her store and her response was "Maybe we are just more diligent with the rules."
but I did get them for free.


22 erika June 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm



23 losbuthere26 June 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I have just started out doing the coupons thing and I am learning slowly but surely.. When I get a good deal it makes me feel like I have stole something. Haha..


24 Courtney June 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Today i got the SoBe deal @ Target, used 5 B1G1 and 10 target .50 coupons. While i was looking around the power went out twice, for about 10 seconds each time . As i was standing in line an employee was passing out $3 vouchers with no expiration that said "sorry for the inconvenience" . That plus the $5 GC made it an Awesome Deal !


25 Courtney June 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

@Tara, i just noticed your dining table... is that a counter height in black ? i am looking for one but i cant seem to find just plain black thats not way too expensive.


26 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

Yep, it's a countertop height table. We purchased it at Oak Express. The 5-pc. set is $494, which is really good considering that it's solid wood and not a veneer like what you'll find in many stores these days. Plus it expands to seat 8 -- a must for us!


27 [email protected] Loves It! June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Yes... your table is gorgeous! Love it!


28 Kristi June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

How much wass the trial size Shout & which coupons did you use?


29 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

The travel size Shout Wipes are $0.97. I used the $0.75/1 printable that I posted here:

That particular coupon isn't available any longer, but the $1/1 Target coupon still is and should be able to be used. I forgot to print them before I shopped.


30 courtney June 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thanks for the table info!


31 Sarah June 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm I have a do you know when you have a good deal on paper towels? The toilet paper was awesome! I'm definitely going to remember that one...we have 5 in our family...and we go through it a lot...


32 Jeannemarie June 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Did you guys know that you can print the target coupons right at the wedding registry for the next time you forget them. Or aheam want more :)


33 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Did they fix it so you can now, Jeannemarie? I wasn't able to once they moved to the new coupon system, but I'd be ecstatic if they changed it!


34 sonia June 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

does anyone know how long the kraft is on clearance til? i want to go but am so busy for a while.


35 Tara Kuczykowski June 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Sonia, clearance deals are usually until the product is gone, so it just depends on how much product your store still has in stock.


36 Sharon June 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I was at Target again today and did the Aveeno body wash deal. ours was price cut to $1.25 and there were only 2 bottles left. When I went to the register, they rang them up at full price. had to get another clerk to verify the shelf have the price cut sign, so I did get the deal. I have noticed alot lately that I have had to tell cashiers in Target, Walgreen, CVS and Riteaid about things that were on sale after they ring them up at full price and it's in my total. It's not their fault the bar code sale item is not in the computer but it seems to be happening alot lately.


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