What's New in the Forums: 32 Free Items + More

What's New in the Forums: 32 Free Items + More

What's New in the Forums: 32 Free Items + More

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 12:00 PM

Here's what's new in our forums this week: I LOVE it when our readers share their amazing deals! Just last week, one of our forum readers, Anna Banana posted these AMAZING deals and showed us how she scored 32 FREE items! Be sure to check out the forum for all the great pics.

Anna's Deal:

This time of year I shop for several things: 1) school supplies, 2) clothes for the year (if possible), 3) lunch items, 4) Xmas toys at Target's 70% off. I put money away for these items in my savings fund during the year. Today I kept those goals in mind when I shop and my list for each child with me too so I know what I need. I also did a little grocery shopping here and there. I spent OOP about $65 and saved over 84% (I calculated).

Target is not having there 70% toy clearance as yet but I did find a few good buys--Pictureka game for $5.38 and I had a $5 MC so 38 cents.

I was able to put together one outfit for one child for school. I was able to cross off backpacks for younger kiddos.

I splurged on a little make-up for my oldest who is going to her 1st dance. (I actually used part of one of my GCs from Wags so no OOP.)

I did get 32 items for free with coupons and all my purchases from Wags I used a GC so no OOP expenses.

I found Shredded Wheat cereal for $1.32 and had $1/1 MC so 32 cents and got 2 boxes and then got a $1 RR. I also found MIO for 99 cents and had $1/1 MC so got several for free. Both nice finds.

Target transaction #1
scarf $7.48 50% off (FOR ME!)
jeans $17.48 - $3 Target coupon (30% off) = $14.48 (For oldest child)
soft t-shirt $5.60 - $3 Target coupon (30% off) = $2.60 (for older child)
soft t-shirt $7.00 - $3 Target coupon (30% off) = $4 (for me to go with a sweater I bought awhile back)
leggings $5.00 - $3 Target coupon = $2 (for oldest; plan to make 2 skirts)
2 fruit snacks $1.69 - $1 Target coupon = 69 cents (for my school lunch pile
4 Heinz vinegar $1.12 - $1/1 MC = 12 cents/item (cleaning purposes for asthmatics in the home) (ALMOST FREE)
4 Pepsi Next $1 - 55 cents/1 MC = 45 cents (Not the best choice )
2 St Ives facial wash 97 cents - $1/1 MC = 3 cents overage (FREE)
1 UP peroxide 52 cents - 75 cents Target coupon = 0 cents (FREE)
Moon tool pack $2.84 (70% off) (Xmas gift for younger child)
4 Moon dough mini packs 56 cents (70% off) (Xmas gift for younger child)
Pictureka $5.38 - $5 MC = 38 cents (ALMOST FREE) (Xmas)
2 Revelon lipsticks $3.97 - $2.50 MC - $2/2 Target coupon = 47 cents (for me )

OOP $43.39 - $20 GC = $23.39

Transaction #2
1 Heinz vinegar $1.19 - $1/1 MC = 19 cents (ALMOST FREE)
2.56 lbs. bananas $1.13
International Delight coffee $2.99 - $1/1 MC = $1.99 (TREAT!)
2 Kraft Delights $1.79 - 75 cents/1 MC = $1.04 (lunch stockpile)
5 Scotch Magic tapes $1/item $5 - $3/5 MC - (2) 50 cents Target coupon = $1 (school supplies)
Fisher Price basket $5.27 (70% off) (Xmas gift for youngest)
Joker Legos $7.04 (70% off) (Xmas gift for younger child)
OOP $21.93

Walmart
2 Bayer chewable aspirins $2/22 - $3 MC = 78 cents overage (FREE)
1 StarKist tuna $1.12 - 55 cents/1 MC (lunch stockpile)
2.5 lbs ground beef $5.94 (marked down)
2 Snack packs 4 count $1 (FREE from overage, for lunch stockpile)
OOP $8.10 ($1.56 overage)

Walgreens #1 transaction
Maybelline foundation $9.79 - $1/1 MC = $8.79 (for oldest, 1st dance)
Maybelline nail polish $2.49 - $1/1 MC = $1.49 (50% off) (for oldest, 1st dance)
3 Stayfree $1.99 - $2/1 MC = 1 cent overage (FREE)
Ivory soap 99 cents - $1/1 MC = 1 cent overage (FREE)
OOP $0 paid with GC

#2 transaction
2 Post Shredded cereal $1.32 - $1/1 MC = 32 cents plus $1 RR (FREE)
OOP $0 (86 cents) paid with GC and $1 RR

#3 transaction
6 MIO 99 cents - $1/1 MC = 1 cent overage (75% off) (5 FREE) (for campers this week)
OOP $0 ($1.45) paid with GC

Kohls
1 undergarment $7.20 (90% off) (for me)
1 3 pack undergarments $6.30 (70% off) (for oldest)
OOP $12.45 plus 15% off coupon

CVS 10 Milkyway bars 50 cents - 75 cents/2 MC - $1/2 CVS coupon = $0 (FREE, for lunch stockpile)
2 Starbucks Refreshers $1,50 - $1/1 MC = 50 cents plus $3 ECB (FREE)
OOP $2.71 and $3 ECB

Food Pyramid
2 Kraft BBQ 79 cents - 50 cent/1 MC (doubled) = $0 (FREE)
OOP 13 cents

Walgreen's
2 backpacks $19.99 for both (FREE) (for younger kids)
OOP $0 paid with GC

I still have the following coupon funds left: 2 $25 GCs Wags, $8 ECBs, coupons for free deoderent and candy from CVS, $5 from Office Depot (inbox credit?), $20 in Staple Rewards, $1 RR, 2 $25 GC from Kmart and free items at VS and BBW. I can use these GCs and coupons before I spend my own funds for necessities.

Way to go, Anna!

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