Let's add another $15 in gift cards to that total (it's why we purchased more toilet paper and coffee), plus I used the $15 gift card that I got on my previous Target shopping trip...
Immediate savings with in-store sales and coupons: $41.04
+ $15 in new Target gift cards (which replaced the $15 I used on this order)
+ previously "earned" $15 Gift Card (so the money didn't come out-of-pocket)
= $71.04 TOTAL SAVINGS (& a years worth of toilet paper!)
Needless to say, I was on a bit of a savings "high" after that trip, and then I topped it off by going around town collecting my birthday freebies (and other freebies I'd been collecting but hadn't cashed in on yet). This included: a small meat sauce & spaghetti and a slice of strawberry cheesecake from Fazoli's, a bottle of Victoria's Secret Dream Angel's Heavenly lotion, a travel size (3 oz.) bottle of lotion from Bath & Body Works (free with ANY purchase - I spent $1.64 total), a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough from Papa Murphy's Pizza (free with a pizza purchase - which we were doing anyway), and a 24 oz. fruit smoothie from Keva Juice to close off the day...YUM! I still have a free dessert at Chili's and a free 2.5 oz. scoop of ice cream from Baskin Robbins to use if I so chose - Birthday Clubs and email promotions rock. :-)
OK, enough about all of the things that weren't supposed to have been the topic of today's post! I just couldn't help myself - I love sharing deals and I hope it makes you look around to see where you can find deals, cut corners, and get free stuff! :-)
I started this post by saying that I'm always looking for ways to save a few pennies here and there. One of the ways I do that is by looking for the Managers Special in the produce department. A while back I got a bag of oranges for $0.99 that I've been sending to work with Peter in his lunch. When I went to the grocery on Wednesday I knew I didn't have a lot left in our grocery budget for the month, so I wasn't planning on picking up any produce this week. However, I spied a $0.99 special in the mushroom section (and since I'm married to a man who loves mushrooms, I try to get these when I see them) and then I grabbed another $0.99 special on two small heads of lettuce.
Lettuce always seems to go bad in our house before we use it all (which is why I loved growing it fresh in the garden this summer - I only picked what I needed!), but these heads were smaller, and they also gave me dinner inspiration last night. I picked up a couple of avocados and some tomatoes and made soft tacos for dinner. Yum! :-)
How do you save money on your groceries? And does anyone have any great ideas about dried beans? I think they would be cheaper (we go through black beans in this house like nobody's business!), but I HATED soaking them when we were overseas (and they never really turned out anyway)...thoughts?!?!
Have a great week-end!