If you are childless or have no other responsibilities Saturday is your time to shine, baby! Saturday is the day that allows you to do whatever the hell y0u want with an extra day to recover from your poor life choices, or in my case, GO TO TARGET AND COUPON LIKE HITLER IS BACK FROM THE DEAD!
I’m super cheap and get a thrill out of saving money and seeing how cheap I can get something. Maybe I need to see a therapist or maybe I’m just clever. I try to buy in bulk whenever I can, which can be hard for just one-two people (my husband and I like some different things so I won’t push my brands on him and vice versa. It’s how we keep our marriage fresh).
Buying several bulk items at around $15-$25 each can take a toll on the ol’ bank account if it’s a monthly occurrence. Instead of watching a nice chunk of change go bye-bye, I’ve started following weekly ads and coupons. The result has been fantastic and worth the effort. Couponing in accordance to the weekly ads is pretty much the same principal as my preferred bulk-buying method Amazon Subscribe and Save but requires more effort on your part.
Not that I’m turning my back on my beloved Subscribe and Save, I’m simply trying a different approach.
Target is the mecca when it comes to following ads, coupons, and deals due to the fact the store allows for manufacturers coupons to be used with a digital Cartwheel coupon AND a store coupon. Not to mention an additional 5 percent off with the Red debit or credit card. These savings can really add up over time. You also get a 5 cent discount per reusable shopping bag you bring (same goes for Whole
Wallet, I mean Foods. That’s a post for another day).
Another thing Target has recently started is the gift card promotion.
It goes like this: if you buy X number of said products you get a $5 gift card. Last week, my favorite brand of cleaning products, Method fell under this deal.
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I bought fifteen total items and ended up getting fifteen dollars in gift cards which I used today to buy tuna, juice, coffee creamer, laundry detergent (also Method), hummus and a few other items. With coupons including manufacturers, store, and Cartwheel I paid $8.32. I also had a store pick-up order, which is a nice feature Target now has. I use it mainly for time saving (I’ve been known to spend 2 hours or more in Target. It’s fun, you should try it!). I got more tuna (which I had 3 manufacturers coupons for and a Cartwheel coupon), protein powder, pasta, and a candle. All was around $25.
I think I did a good job today 🙂
One important thing to remember about couponing and following weekly ads is to ONLY BUY WHAT YOU WILL USE/NEED! Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need it or need to buy it. I understand the temptation in a magical wonderful like Target is strong like I’m saying the AA mantra every time I go in the red-highlighted slice of Heaven. But you can find the courage to accept the things you can change, like buying useless shit at Target. Store Pickup is a good way to fight this temptation and get only what you need, as does their flexible return policy.
An example from my own sordid Target past, last week I gave in and bought an adult coloring book. It was in that weird little area at the front of the store where everything is under $5. I’m not a frequent visitor to this part of the store, for once I wanted to see what it was all about. Adulting coloring is something I’ve considered and do want to try at some point, it’s not something I have time for right now. For starters, I got this blog now and I’m writing a book series. AIN’T GOT NO TIME FOR ADULT COLORIN’!
I meant to return the coloring book today but forgot it (whomp, whomp).
I’ll take it back next week, pocket the $5 and go to Starbucks with it.
YES, SOME TARGETS NOW HAVE
STARBUCKS a.k.a another way to suck you into the bright abyss.