Mar 19, 2014

Extreme Couponing

Apparently couponing isn't a word per the English dictionary. Oh well, that's what I did, so that's what I'm calling it. Although I'm not sure everyone would call it "extreme," for me it was. Ang pointed out on her blog last week that Target had a coupon for $15 off your purchase of $40 of Up & Up products (the Target brand). I recently started using Cartwheel, an app for Target that is super easy to use and saves you money. What could be better? Well I went and put all of the offers for Up & Up products on my cartwheel app and hit the store. 

The $15 dollar off coupon is HUGE, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I have a bunch of old towels and blankets and have been buying pet food and litter when I see it on sale and have a coupon. I planned on donating these things to a local shelter here. Then I saw they had an actual wish list, and it was mostly cleaning supplies. So my plan was to stock up on everything they wanted.

So here is what I got for the Up & Up deal:
  • (2) Sponges - $1.69
  • (2) Bleach - $1.70
  • (2) Dish Soap - $1.87
  • (2) Hand Sanitizer - $4.54
  • (1) Glass Cleaner - $1.99
  • (1) Travel Sized Lint Roller - $0.97 (not pictured because I forgot about it)
  • (1) Lunch Bags - $1.99
  • (1) Trash Bags - $8.99
  • (1) 6-pack Paper Towels - $6.79
  • (1) Mop - I can't find this on my receipt, so I'm assuming it didn't get checked out. Which is strange, because I remember handing her the oddly shaped object and she scanned it and I put it back in the cart. So while pictured here, it's not included in the total.
Total before: $40.33
Total after: $21.15 (not including tax)
** This included my $15 off coupon, Cartwheel offers, 5% off for using my Target card, and an additional 5% off my entire purchase (coupon for filling so many prescriptions). **

To me that's amazing - almost 50% of savings!

Since I had the extra 5% off my entire purchase (coupon for filling so many prescription - thanks Cooper!), some more cartwheel offers, and coupons, I decided to shop for some other stuff.

Here is what I purchased:
  • (1) Cat Litter Box - $6.99
  • (1) Cat Litter Scoop - $1.99 (not pictured)
  • (1) Charmin Toilet Paper - $12.99
  • (1) 10-pack Sharpies - $7.59
  • (1) Tidy Cats Cat Litter - $7.79
  • (1) Big Bottle Wisk Laundry Soap - $8.99
  • (2) Arm & Hammer Cat Litter - $10.99
  • (1) Woolite Dark Laundry Soap - $7.99
  • (1) Bounce Dryer Sheets (200ct) - $7.99
  • (1) Gold Bond Hand Repair - $3.89
  • (1) 4-Pack Puffs Tissues - $4.79
Total Before: $92.68
Total After: $68.52 (not including tax)
** This included $15 in coupons, Cartwheel offers, 5% off for using my Target card, and an additional 5% off my entire purchase (coupon for filling so many prescriptions). **

Again, a big savings - just over 25%!

Now not all of this stuff is going to the Animal Shelter, but I still got some amazing deals and felt that I made the most out of my shopping trip. 

I have to give another shout-out to Ang because not only would I have missed that $15 off Up & Up products, blogging about couponing is a pain in the ass! I totally copied her format of how to present the details - so thanks Ang!! 

Do you coupon? Have you had any huge savings or deals lately? I love saving money, so please share if you know of anything great going on! 


  1. I'm so excited you did this and so glad it worked out for you!! You rock my friend. :)

  2. what a great deal! I just started using the cartwheel app and it's awesome. and love that you got things to donate :)

  3. we don't even have that app in canada. target here SUCKS!!!!

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  4. You rocked it.

    Cartwheel is fabulous.

    I have a shelter donation to drop off this week too!

  5. That's awesome! It must feel great to save so much! :)