I headed out to a couple of stores this morning, coupons, deals, and supply lists in hand, to score some deals on back to school supplies. I am really pleased with the final results, even though the process was a little painful at 2 out of the 3 stores.
First, I went to Target. I was there right at 8 am, so it was just me, Emma, and the shelf-stockers. Which was good because I was pretty much talking to myself the entire time, trying to do math in my head (it’s not pretty; there is a reason I was an English major).
Here’s what I got FREE at Target:
4 Boxes of Up&Up Crayons – $0.25 each
Used $1.00/4 Target Mobile Coupon (Text “offers” to 827438)
Final Price = FREE
2 Box of Up & Up Crayons – $0.25 each
1 pack of Up & Up Markers – $1.59
Used B2G1 Free Target Printable Coupon
Stacked with 10% Target Cartwheel Discount
Final Price = 1 box of Crayons Free, Markers for $1.26
1 package of Bic Mechanical Pencils – $0.99
Used $1.00/1 Bic Product Coupon from 8/4 Smart Source Newspaper Insert
Final Price = FREE
Here’s what else I saved on:
3 Boxes of Ziploc Bags (on my son’s Kindergarten list) – $3.50 each on sale, 30-42 ct
Used $1.00/3 Ziploc Bags Printable Coupon
Final Price = $3.16 each
Crayola Jumbo Crayons – $2.97
Crayola Twistables – $4.49
Crayola Coloring Book (not pictured, birthday gift) – $4.99
Used $2.00/$10.00 Crayola Purchase Target Coupon
Final Price = Avg $3.48 each
I also stopped by Staples and took advantage of the following deal to get FREE copy paper:
Hammermill Copy Paper – $6.99
Buy 1, Get $5.99 Easy Rebate (limit 2)
FREE With Coupon Online Here (Pg.25)
FREE after rebate and Coupon
Overall, I was pretty pleased. I had a heck of a time checking out at Target though. As you can see, I carefully planned out my trip to so I knew my prices, my coupons, and how many of each item I needed. So I was kind of annoyed when the cashier scanned my mobie coupon bar code and got an error message on the register. We tried it a zillion different ways, with the cashier, two managers, and on two different registers. Honestly, I think the registers aren’t equipped to handle transactions with multiple coupon types. I was using manufacturer’s coupons (like the Ziploc Coupon), Target printables (like the $2/$10 Crayola coupon), Target Mobile Coupons (the $1.00/4 Up & Up), AND Target cartwheel discounts. I tried to make it as easy as possible by giving the Printables first, then the Target mobile, then the Cartwheel, but it was not working. Finally, the head manager just manually entered it.
So I got great deals while adhering to Target’s stated coupon policy, but this isn’t the first time I’ve had trouble with the mobile coupons. I wonder if others have had issues as well. I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments.