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My $12 Challenge – I better make some money at Walmart soon!

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These shopping trips are part of my $12 Challenge. Click here to see entire list of everything I purchased so far!

I’ve decided I will retire this challenge when I reach $1,000 in merchandise… if I make it that far.  I’m getting dangerously close to running out of cash to shop with at Shaw’s and Hannaford. I better find something with an overage at Walmart soon so I can make some money!

at Walmart on 3/2
1 gallon milk, $3.94
3 separate bananas, total $.44
Used (1) FREE milk wyb 3 breakfast items coupon (NLA)
Total before coupons was $4.38
After coupon I paid $.44

at Shaw’s on 3/3, 2 separate transactions
8 Yoplait Lactose free yogurts, reg $.99, used raincheck for $.60 each
Used (8) $.30/1 Yoplait Lactose free yogurt
coupons doubled to $.60 off
Value before discounts and coupons was $7.92
Total after discounts and coupons was FREE!
tax did it’s funny little thing subtracted $.06 each transaction, so I got a $.12 overage… and yes, the cashier gave it to me… and yes, I took it because I’m running out of cash for this challenge… lol

at Hannaford on 3/5, 3 separate transactions (see photo here)
1st transaction:
1 gallon milk, $3.95
1 6-pk Hannaford applesauce, $1.50
1 jar grape jelly, $1.39
1 loaf bread, $1.19
2nd transaction:

1 big can peaches, $1.99
1 big can soup, $1.19
1 box pudding, $.85
3rd transaction:
1 big can peaches, $1.99
1 big can soup, $1.19
1 box pudding, $.85
Used (1) FREE milk wyb 3 breakfast items coupon (NLA)
Used (3) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (3) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (3) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.09
After coupons I paid $.14
I found 3 pennies on the ground :O)

at Shaw’s on 3/6
2 Kozy Shack puddings, $1.00 each
1 bag McCain Purely Potatoes, reg $3.19, sale $2.50
Used (2) $.55/1 Kozy Shack peelies (doubled to $1 with no overage)
Used (1) $1/1 McCain Purely Potatoes printable coupon
Used $1/1 McCain Purely Potatoes eCoupon on SavingStar
Value before discounts and coupons was $5.19
After coupons I paid $1.50 at the register
I will get $1.00 cash back from SavingStar
Total cost is just $.50

at Hannaford on 3/6, 5 separate transactions
1st transaction:
1 package chicken gizzards, $2.06
1 package sandwich meat, $.99
2nd transaction:
1 can pinto beans, $.89
1 box pudding, $.85
1 2lb box sugar, $2.29
3rd transaction:
1 can pinto beans, $.89
1 box pudding, $.85
1 2lb box sugar, $2.29
4th transaction:
1 32oz bottle Hunts catsup, $2.19
1 big can soup, $1.19
1 can dog food, $.65
5th transaction:
1 32oz bottle Hunts catsup, $2.19
1 big can soup, $1.19
1 can dog food, $.65
Used (5) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (5) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $19.17 not including tax
After coupons I paid $.25 including tax

Here’s where I stand with my $12 Challenge after these transactions:

Total value of purchases so far before tax is $817.20
Total OOP so far including tax is $11.46
I started with $12.00
I still have $.54 cash plus $5.00 ExtraBucks for CVS, so I have $5.54 total left to spend!

 

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3 comments to My $12 Challenge – I better make some money at Walmart soon!

  • Jan

    Hi Darlene. Geesh, am I impressed! But I have a question- the $2 coupon says Limit one per household. Not purchase ot transaction, but household. Do you do back to back transactions? and don’t they question you? Thanks for all the great info and scenarios!

    • darlenemichaud

      They have never, ever stopped anyone that I know of from using one in each transaction. Sometimes I do two back to back with a bar separating the orders. Other times I do one. Sometimes I go to a register. Other times I go through self scan. I just mix it up!

      • Jan

        Thanks, Darlene… I’m a bit of a scairdy cat when it comes to coupons with wording like this.