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So ... Chris has been holding onto some coupons for several weeks.  She told me about this body wash about a month ago.  She saw it at the Target closest to us.  She went back later, and the washes were gone.   Since then, we've been watching and waiting for them to show up at our store.  So far ... no luck!  Zilch.  Zero. Nada.

But today, we made it over to the beach.  And on our way home, we passed by a Super Target.  I thought we were just going to cruise by, but Chris almost gave me whiplash ripping the wheel over, careening into the parking lot.

I tried to talk her out of it.  I told her the girls and I were exhausted after our day out.  But she wasn't hearing any of it.  She was a woman on a mission.

We spent a few minutes walking around the store, getting the lay of the land.  Finally ... after feeling like we might never find what we were looking for, Chris tracked them down. 

The best part of all ...

It turned out to be a truly killer deal for us.  I was so excited, she even let me join in on the whole process.  I'll let Chris give you all of the details.

**The above statements were based on a true story but have been embellished for your reading pleasure.**


Now on to a truer version of what happened...
 We had a great time at the beach! It is always so good to go and enjoy the place that we live.  On the way home I wanted to stop at a Target that I thought might have the things that I have been looking for, and not finding, at the Target by me. And I was in luck!
With the purchase that I made I actually came out of the store with more money than I went in with! And 16 items!
Now a note of disclaimer. The coupons that I had gave me overage. At Target I never count on overage because the cashiers are supposed to change the value of the coupon to the price of the item. You can get free items but not overage. But I got a ROCK'N Cashier and she gave me all the overage that my coupons would allow! And it was a lot!
This is what all I got...

I actually gained .96 cents in purchasing these items! And here is how.
The Gillette Body washes are $1.79 each and I used a manufactures coupon for $4.00 off 2 body washes. I purchased 8 of them and used 4 coupons. So that gave me a $1.68 overage for all of that.
The Gillette deodorant was also $1.79 each. the manufactures coupon that I had was for $3.00 off any 1 Gillette deodorant. I purchased 5 of them and used 5 coupons making for a $6.05 overage.
the Dial hand soap was $1.37 and I stacked a Target store coupon for $1.00 off one and a manufactures coupon for .35 cents off one. The final cost for each was .02.
The Kellogs cereal was on sale for 2.50 each, and when you buy 4 at one time you get a $5.00 gift card for use when next purchase. I did not have any other coupons for the cereal, unfortunatly, but it was still a good deal as we love this cereal.
So with all the overage from the coupons the total for the above was $4.04. I was given a $5.00 gift card for the cereals and I used a $5.00 gift card from the purchase earlier in the week. Leaving the remaining balance on that card .96cents.  Can you believe it!!
Not only was I excited to get the things that I had given up on getting, the Gillette items, for free But I actually gained money in this purchase!
This is truly something only God could have made possible for me to learn how to do.

I have a couple more purchases that I made during last week that I wanted to share as well.

The first is CVS and all these deodorants. I paid only $1.10 out of pocket for all of these.
They were all part of the Extra Care Bucks rewards that CVS has. making them all free after the coupons that I used and rewards received for the purchase. I also paid with Extra Care Bucks that I had so my out of pocket was very little. I was happy with this purchase because I was finally to get free deodorant that Al will use, He will only use the kind that is just deodorant and not antiperspirant. and all 6 of the Degrees are just that!

And here is a purchase that I made on Friday at Publix. I found a deal that would let me get FREE lunch meat buy combining an unadvertised store sale, a store coupon and a manufactures coupons.  So that made me want to go back even tho I had just been shopping there the day before. Free is a very good price!
The total savings for this purchase was $60.88 and my out of pocket was $3.34.

Here is what I got...
10 - Packages of Buddig lunch meat  FREE
2- Sundown Vitamin D  FREE with 2.00 overage
4- Bottles V8 Fusion juice  $1.00 each
2- Bottles salad dressing .69 each
That makes for 7.5lbs of FREE lunch meat!

If you are beginning to wonder what we will do with all these extra things I am getting. Fear not we are not turning in to hoarders. I will keep a stash of things that we will use. The rest we are putting together to donate to a local food pantry. It feels good to have cut our grocery budget by over half and to have our pantry and freezer full and to still have enough left over to be able to donate. And to have all of our personal care items included in that. Especially at a time when I am not working and bringing in the income that I used to God is still working and making BIG things happen for us. Because of His blessing to us we are able to extend that blessing to others!

If you have any questions that I can help with please let me know. I would love to help you get these deals too!
Chris

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