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Tonight’s Target Shopping Trip

Silas and I made a quick trip to Target tonight while Jesse took the girls out. Here’s what we bought:

1 Kre-O Transformers Optimus Prime Set at $7.99
Use $8/1 Kre-O Transformers Optimus Prime Construction set printable coupon
Free after coupon

6 Market Pantry canned soup at $0.64 each
Used 2 $1/3 Target coupons
$0.31 per can after coupon

2 packages of Market Pantry cough drops at $1.36 each
Used 2 $1/1 Target coupons
$0.36 per bag after coupons

6 Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes (14.5 oz.) at $1.14 each
Used 2 $1/3 Target coupons
Stack with 2 $1/3 Hunts Tomatoes printable coupons
$0.48 per can after coupons

4 bags of Market Pantry frozen broccoli at $0.99 each
Used $1/4 Target coupon
$0.84 per bag after coupon

2 Bear Naked Soft Baked Cookies at $2.99
Use $2/1 Bear Naked coupon
$0.99 each after coupon

2 blocks of Market Pantry cheese at $2.49 each
Used 2 $1/1 Target coupons
$1.49 each after coupons

Total with tax: $14.79

I was disappointed that our Target didn’t have the free single rolls of paper towels and were still out of the free macaroni & cheese, but I was excited to find a Kre-O Transformers set on the shelf!

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  • Beth says:

    Love it! I’m curious if those Bear Naked cookies are good. Have you tried them yet?

  • Kennisha says:

    You’re amazing! I have to learn how to do that. Thanks for sharing, Crystal! And, it was such a pleasure to have met you. I’m going to get your book right now. 🙂

  • Tracey says:

    I also went to Target today. I usually have great experiences while there but today was different. An employee found a ten dollar bill near me and asked me if it was mine. I said no that it wasn’t mine but it was probably the lady’s who had checked out in front of me and she just left. Instead of trying to find the lady, the employee said she would just bring the money to the service desk. When I was done checking out I went to the service desk and asked what they would do with the money. They told me that they would log the money in and then put it in the register so if anyone came to claim it they would take it out of the register. That all seemed fine until I asked what happens to the money if nobody claims it. Target keeps any money that is found in their stores. It seems wrong to me. I did not claim money that was not mine but Target feels that it can? I like to shop at Target and have always felt like they treated me fairly but this has put a ding on their record for me.

    • Tara says:

      I understand your concern about that, but retail stores, especially stores of their size, must have very strict policies and procedures about cash management. That procedure is probably in place for a very specific purpose. If a customer does not claim the lost cash within a day, they probably won’t come back to claim it. If unscrupulous customers knew there was lost cash sitting around Target waiting to be claimed, there is huge potential for a scam. It doesn’t sound like this policy is intentionally unethical.

    • Mo says:

      I used to work @ the service desk @ Target and this happened all the time. I understand that it leaves a bad taste in you mouth but, really what else are they to do? They have this policy so that employees don’t keep money they find and there is no way to track down the owner of cash. Believe me, I’ve spent numerous hours tracking down owners of credit/debit cards, Driver’s licenses, check books etc. If it’s possible to find someone to give it back to I really tried but cash was another story. Remember also that Target gives back 5% to local communities and their employees participate in volunteer projects in the community on a fairly frequent basis (I did 1-2 a month) I guess you could veiw the money as eventually ending up back in the community. It would be nice if it could be earmarked for such things but it has to be logged and go through an off-site accounting process first. I think that if it wasn’t regimented employees could take advantage of the system.

    • Patrice says:

      Bummer… you would think they could find a more worthwhile “use” for that money. We have a rule around our house that “found” money (whether it’s a penny on the parking lot or a dollar in the washing machine) goes straight into the kids’ college fund. Surprisingly, this usually adds up to around $50/year! I wonder how many underpriveledged kids could be put through school if retailers put all of their “found” money into a scholarship fund!

      • Anna says:

        I went to Target in the fall and as I exited out of the store, in the door way, I noticed a man’s wallet. I picked it up and looked inside for an ID. Inside the wallet were several $100 bills (I don’t remember if there was an ID or not). I immediately went to the CS desk and asked them if they would take care of the matter, I assumed someone would come looking for that kind of cash in a wallet. The CS person told me about the same policy regarding cash. I almost wondered if the CS person was telling me that in case I wanted to take the wallet to the police. I left the wallet and checked back the next day. The CS person I talked to some how hunted down the man and returned the wallet to him. The man was so grateful because the money was to be used for bills. The CS person told him that it was another customer’s honesty in turning the wallet that made it possible to get the cash back to him. I told the CS person it was both our efforts to get the cash and wallet back to him.

        I was impressed and pleased with Target’s employees’ values and efforts that day. In this day and age I sometimes worry that people are not as honest as they should be (another person might have kept the wallet) so I want to be sure I am a good example to my children when ever the opportunity arises. Maybe it is just me but I think Target at least in our area tries to do the right thing as much as they can.

      • sally says:

        You also have to remember that sometimes cashiers will make a mistake and give a customer too much money back. I am sure it all balances out.

    • Courtney says:

      I can see that, but what would be the better solution? When I worked at a convenience store, there was no policy for found money. When we turned it into management, management pocketed it. Same with our tills. If our till was over or under by more than $2.00 we got written up. So quite a few of the employees pocketed anything over $2.00. Which of course encouraged dishonesty in giving back correct change.

    • sandy says:

      At Walmart any money that is found goes into the CMN donation bag. In my opinion, that seems better than a store just keeping it as added profit. As a former employee they would regularly take the department managers and make them go outside and pick up trash in the lot and surrounding grassy areas. One day we were across the street near the KFC and I found a $100 dollar bill. Of course no one would go to Walmart to claim it, it could have flown from someone’s car driving by or as someone was paying at the drive thru at KFC or Wendys it could have been dropped and carried to not be found in the strong winds.

  • Dee says:

    Silly question but where did you find the cookies? I looked by the cookies and all around but couldn’t find them.

  • Tyler S. says:

    Nice little trip there – sorry you missed out on the paper towels!

  • Kelli says:

    My Target store will not allow duplicate target coupons in the same transaction–for example, I can only present 1 Target coupon for the soup–I can’t present 2 of the same at the same time. Isn’t it strange that within the corporation they have different policies?

    • Lana says:

      It is the same at my store and I am treated like a criminal for using the one. My store is always out of everything there are coupons for or they don’t even carry it so I rarely bother to go there.

    • Crystal says:

      Have you asked if you can just split them up into multiple transactions?

      • Kelli says:

        Yes, but I was met with a very put out sigh by the cashier…so I just told her not to worry, I would come back another day. Maybe I’ll have better luck another time…..I would think they would rather make a sale than not. I should call the store for clarification on the target coupon usage—as far as I know, I haven’t seen anything posted regarding only using 1 of the same type.

        • Crystal says:

          The Target coupons do say “One per transaction” though most stores don’t enforce that. However, they do not limit how many transactions you can do in one day. So, if they won’t let you split your transactions up on the belt, you could just take your groceries to the car and go back in for another transaction–though it would take more time.

          • Kelli says:

            I guess I have never read the “fine print” on the coupon. And you’re right– I could always go back after loading my groceries in the car….it would be worth it if it’s a great deal.

            Also–just to let you know—I am enjoying your book. Your work is amazing—wish I had all your knowledge when I was a newlywed 20 years ago!! Your blog is my favorite–I look forward to reading your posts every day!

          • Stephanie Caplan says:

            I’m glad she asked that question, I don’t usually shop at target because it is in the next town, but I have recently decided to make the trip every 2 weeks, but their online coupons are throwing me off. So when it says “Limit one coupon or offer per guest,” that means it is still okay for me to do multiple transactions? Thanks for the help! It is always a challenge to learn a new store.

  • Stephanie says:

    My hubby stopped at target last night on his way home and found a ton of clearance clothes for the kids for next winter. Most were cheaper than at the thrift store and the others were jeans, which are hard to find in good shape. I love target clearance.

    • I have always loved Target clearance for kids clothes!! Sadly my girls are passed the kid section stage but now I am just showing my sister (who has 5 kids 8 and under) all the great clothes you can get at Target on clearance. 🙂

    • Sue says:

      I did this too on Sunday, Stephanie. I got my girls 8 pairs of jeans. and they were cheaper than the ones I found at the thrift store!
      AND they fit right.. no falling down off their bottom when they bend over !
      Also got snow pants for next year for 13.00! ( not that we are getting much use out of them this year !

      Sue in NJ

  • Bonnie says:

    Hi Crystal,
    I just wanted to tell you that I really love it when you post the deals you pick up at the various stores like you did here. I like seeing the photo of what you got as well as a breakdown in price and coupons used. It inspires me and helps me think about what are good prices for things. Overall it just helps me want to be “a better home economist!” Keep up the good work and thanks so much!

  • Jeanne says:

    About the cash…I found $40 in the self-checkout at my grocery store last year. I did not see who was at the register before me, as it was not busy. I turned it in, and also gave my name and number. I got a call the next morning from a man who said he didn’t realize until night time when he emptied his pockets that he had forgotten it. He was very excited to discover it had been turned in, and called to thank me. I was glad the owner was reunited with his withdrawal (either that or someone went to a lot of trouble to make me think that). In this case, the store knew the approximate time and which machine, and I would suspect there would be a way of tracing the transaction (a grocery transaction with $40 cash back), but it may have just been that the person called the store.

    • becky says:

      i did that once….got $60 cash back and then forgot it at the self check out!!!! it was not turned in and they went back to video and said it was several people later before someone got change and took it. the store could do nothing about it. i really hope that whoever took it and didn’t turn it in really needed it but i think that is probably wishful thinking!!! thanks for being a better person and turning it in!!!

  • Our Target has some ladies shirts on clearance for $4 each. I used the $3 off coupon so I got them for $1 each.

    • Liz says:

      I used my Merona coupons yesterday and got a shirt for 60cents and a pair of pants for $1.08. Now that I’m not working (staying home with kids) I don’t buy many new clothes for myself – but at those prices I just couldn’t pass them up!

  • Patrice says:

    Our Target wouldn’t let me use the optimus prime coupon because the set in the picture is not the same set. I tried to explain that the coupon doesn’t specify which set, but the guy wouldn’t listen to me. I have to remember to use a different checker next time as I’ve had problems with that kid in the past too… beware the coupon Nazi!

  • Jennifer says:

    Where was the Bear Naked coupon on their site? I looked all over their “mountain” for it, but couldn’t find the link.

    • Stephanie says:

      Scroll down, down, down, “Lodge of Bear Nakedness”. Click Save $2, enter info and says will email. I didn’t get it yet thought. We’ll see. HTH.

  • TJsSweetHome says:

    I too always have trouble finding product for the great coupons at WalMart & Tartget. I have gotten to the point of just not bothering with deals there saving printer ink, time and disappointment. (Actually I’ve quit shopping at WalMart altogether and feel so GREAT about it! )

  • Anna says:

    Great deals! I went yesterday too to get some deals on way to work. I found the Hunt’s Diced tomatoes on sale for 79 cents/can so I got 6 for 13 cents/can. I was thrilled! I use the “buy ahead” principle but only use $5-10/week for buying ahead. My stock pile is growning!

  • Kelly says:

    For the Kre-o coupon did you print this off a while ago? I ask because I printed mine off Monday and it now has a size requirement? Does this small box fit the stated size? Anyone have one without a limit? I havemb’t been to Target yet, just curious before I go.

    • Beth says:

      I printed it off last week and the coupon didn’t have a size requirement. Perhaps they updated the coupon? I don’t know if the smaller size will work or not since there is now a size requirement. I do know that the bigger boxes were much more expensive ($20-$50).

    • Crystal says:

      When it was first available, there was no size limit. They’ve since changed it. 🙁

      • Pam says:

        I went to my local Target on Monday morning to pick up the Kre-o set for my son. I was disappointed that the Manager would not allow me to use the coupon, thus resulting in my not getting the set, because he said the coupon says it is for a “set” & this size box is an “add-on.” I tried to tell him it was applicable, but he wouldn’t budge. Fortunately I hadn’t told my son about it, so the only one disappointed is me!

      • Theresa N says:

        I just printed the coupon off today. There are 2 of them. One has a size limit, the other one is for any. I just used it today and got two free sets. The coupons are still out there.

  • Brandy says:

    I was just checking out the Dillons ad and they have the Hunts tomatoes for $.49 after the MegaEvent (or whatever it is called this time) savings! After doubling coupons, that will make them $.09 a can after the $.40/2 coupon!!!!!! Just thought I would give people a heads up for those that live by Dillons!

  • Evie K. says:

    Have you tried the frozen vegetables before? I just walked through my Target grocery section for the first time 2 days ago and had no idea they had so much. Also found out that quite a few things that I use and get at the grocery store are cheaper at Target even when they aren’t on sale.


  • Hey Crystal, this comment is not necessarily about Target but I just wanted to say that you are doing a wonderful thing for your children making sure they spend separate time with mommy, daddy and separate from the other siblings. We have 2 daughters who are now 13 and 16 and we have always tried to do this, even if it was just a trip to the store and at their ages when alot of kids “hate” their parents and are rebelling, our girls still have very strong bonds with us and want to spend time with us. Keep it up! You won’t regret it! 🙂

  • L Crawford says:

    The $2 BareNaked link won’t open for me any ideas?

  • Laney says:

    Glad that you finally found the Optimus Prime set, Crystal! I am still hunting for it. It will make a great Christmas gift when I do find it.

  • Jill says:

    I am not understanding how anyone can use the $8 Kreo Optimus Prime coupons on the $7.99 sets. These coupons say on Kreo Optimus Prime and the $7.99 sets are not the Optimus Prime. Those sets are $29.99. How were you able to use them?

  • Mrs. R. says:

    Thanks for hte wonderful head-up! (ups?!) 🙂

    Can’t get the coupons to print, tho….been trying various ways for 30 min or so….anyone else have any ideas?


  • Monet says:

    I cant find the cough drops=/

  • Heather says:

    I went yesterday & couldn’t find any market pantry soup at that price, think the cheapest was $.84. I got the hunts though

  • Michele says:

    Can’t seem to find the market pantry cough drop coupon.
    Just wondering if it is the up & up cough and cold relief item coupon?

  • august says:

    Silly question, but what kind of soups did you get or does Target have? We aren’t big on soup, so I don’t want to print a coupon I wont use. Is it just like tomato soup?

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