Thursday, April 8, 2010

The $20 Challenge

My dear husband doesn't understand the joy of couponing. His argument is that couponing just makes people buy things that they don't need, or won't use, just to get a deal. Which I guess could be true, although I know many people that get free items via couponing and then donate them to animal shelters, hospitals, or send them to Iraq. So I don't know. He decided to give me $20 to see what I could do, saying that everything I bought had to be something that we need or would use. I chose Target and Meijer as my stores of choice for this challenge, and off I went.

The Goodies:

2 Betty Crocker Warm Delights : on sale for 99¢ each
Used 2 75¢ / 1 coupons (SS 3/28/10)
Cost: 24¢ each

2 Snuggle Exhilarations Sweet Blossom and Pomegranate fabric softener sheets (70 count)
Priced at $3.48 each
Used 2 $3/1 coupons (SS 3/28/10)
Total cost: 48¢ each
3 Boxes Of Barilla Pasta
On sale for 89¢ each
Used Meijer Mealbox coupon for $1 off 3
Cost $1.67

2 V-8 VFusion Juices
On sale 2 for $5
Used 2 $1/1 printable coupons- Found Here
Used Meijer Mealbox $1/2 coupon
Cost: $2.00

Always Pads
On sale for $4.95
Used BO GO (12-22 count) free coupon from 4/4 PG
Register decided to take off the $4.95 for the larger package, rather than the $2.99 for the smaller package
Cost : $2.99 for both packages combined.
Cost Wrap Up!
Meijer Promotions Savings : $2.02
Meijer Ad Savings : $6.20
Coupon Savings: $14.45
Total Savings: $22.67
Final Price: $9.36
Amount remaining from $20 challenge - $10.64

Annnnd onto Target!

The Goods:

4 Banquet Frozen Dinners (yes, healthy I know!) : 
Priced at 89¢ each
Used $1.50/4 coupon - Found Here
 Cost: $2.06 for all 4

Degree Invisible Solid Men's Deodorant
Priced at $1.97 each
Cost: 72¢

1 Package Ball Park Angus Beef Franks
On sale for $2.49
Used 75¢/1 Coupon found on
Cost: $1.74

4 Pack Activia Yogurt
Price Drop to $1.87 per 4 pack
Used $1/1 coupon from SS 3-28-10
Cost: 87¢

Trial Size Clean & Clear Morning Burst facial scrub
Priced at 97¢
Used $1/1 coupon from 3-28-10 SS
Cost: FREE

Trial Size Johnson's Lavender & Chamomile lotion
Priced at 97¢
Used $1/1 coupon from 3-28-10 SS
Cost : FREE

Trial Size Tide 2x Laundry detergent
Priced at 97¢
Used $1/1 coupon from 4/4/10 PG
Cost: FREE

Tums Extra Strength 750 (116 tablets)
Priced at $3.89 on sale
Used $1/1 printable - Found Here
Cost: $2.89

1 Jar of Ragu
Price Dropped to $1.87
No coupons, had just run out at home!
Cost : $1.87

$0.05 credit for bringing my reusable shopping bag

Cost Wrap Up!
Total saved : $9.55
Final Cost: $10.62

Amount left in $20 challenge : $0.02

I'm waiting for him to get home and see my victory now!



  1. Nice! But are you using everything you bought? Or donating? Either way, that is awesome

  2. Most of what was picked up today is stuff we use on a regular basis in the house. I've gotten free/extremely cheap dog food and treats and donated that to animal shelters in the area, but couldn't find any of those deals today :)

  3. Some good deals! How did your husband react when he saw your great bargains? My husband also hates coupons...but more because it makes our trip to the store longer and sometimes the store employee won't take them and he gets embarrassed. But when you get deals like that, how can you resist?

  4. WOW, the first thought that came to my mind is "I need to pay her to do my grocery shopping" seriously, I need to start doing more couponing!!!!!! awesome challenge =) PS thanks for stoppin' on my blog too!

  5. Lisa - He is now sold on the idea of couponing, as long as he doesn't have to go with me. He tends to get embarassed, but when he looked over the receipts from this particular trip, his face lit up! haha. And he couldn't argue with my purchases because it was all things that we use frequently.