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My $12 Challenge – It comes to a close!

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

It’s over!  I decided I’d end the challenge when I reached $1,000 and I went well past that mark since my last update… and still have money left to spend!  I think with careful planning I could have kept this going on for a long, long time.  This challenge was super fun but also lots of work.  The shopping was tough and typing in all the transactions was even tougher! I’m glad it’s over :O)

at CVS on 3/7
1 bag Gold Emblem jelly beans, $1.19, sale $.99
Used $1.00 ExtraBucks
Final price FREE
Got $.99 ExtraBucks in return
Found a penny on the floor in the store

at Hannaford on 3/7, 7 transactions
14 6-packs applesauce, $1.50 each
Used (7) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (7) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $21.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Shaw’s on 3/7
2 Kozy Shack puddings, $1.00 each
Used (2) $.55/1 Kozy Shack peelies (doubled to $1 with no overage)
Value before coupons was $2.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Hannaford on 3/8, 4 transactions
4 jars peanut butter, $2.29 each
4 Ramen noodles, $.22 each
4 cans peaches, $1.49 each
Used (4) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (4) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Hannaford on 3/9, 4 transactions
4 Ramen soup, $.22 each
2 jars strawberry preserves, $2.29 each
2 jars orange marmalade, $2.29 each
2 6-packs applesauce, $1.50 each
2 giant white bread, $1.50 each
Used (4) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (4) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.04
After coupons I paid $.04
Found a penny on the ground

at CVS on 3/10
8 packs UP2U Gum, $1.25 each, rain check $.99 each
Used (8) $1/1 UP2U coupons from insert
Value before discounts and coupons was $10.00
Final price was FREE
Tax was $.40 but I got $.08 overage from coupons
Paid $.32 OOP for tax

at Hannaford on 3/10, 2 transactions
8 Sanford News, $.50 each
Used (2) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Total before coupons was $4.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Hannaford on 3/10, 4 transactions
4 peanut butter, $2.29 each
4 small chocolate bunnies, $.50 each
4 Ramen soup, $.22 each
4 cans cranberry sauce, $.99 each
Used (4) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (4) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Shaw’s on 3/10
2 Kozy Shack puddings, $1.00 each
4 Marzetti Dip, $3.99, reduced to $1.50 each
Used (2) $.55/1 Kozy Shack peelies (doubled to $1 with no overage)
Used (4) $.75/1 Marzetti from insert (doubled to $1.50 off)
Value before discounts and coupons was $17.96
tax did its funny thing and subtracted $.15
After coupons I paid ZERO plus got $.15 overage!

at Shaw’s on 3/11, 2 transactions
8 Egg Lands eggs 6-packs, reg $2.29, reduced to $1.00 each
Used (8) $.50/1 Egg Lands coupons from insert
coupons doubled to $1.00 off
Value before discounts and coupons was $18.32
tax did its funny thing and subtracted $.10 on each transaction
After coupons I paid ZERO plus got $.20 overage!

at Hannaford on 3/11, 6 transactions
6 jars peanut butter, $2.29 each
6 Ramen soup, $.22 each
6 6-packs applesauce, $1.50 each
Used (6) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (6) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (6) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $24.06
After coupons I paid $.06

at Shaw’s on 3/12
10 boxes General Mills cereal, used rain check for $1.49 each
3 HeluvaGood dips, 24 oz, reg $3.99, reduced to $1 each
2 Kozy Shack puddings, $1.00 each
5 lb bag potatoes, $3.99, reduced to $1.25
Used (2) $.55/1 Kozy Shack peelies (doubled to $1 with no overage)
Used (3) $.50/1 HeluvaGood dip coupons – all doubled (NLA)
Used various $.75/1, $.80/1 and $.85/1 cereal coupons
all cereal coupons doubled and gave overage
Activated (1) $1/2 Cheerios ecoupons on SavingStar
Activated (1) $.50/1 Cheerios ecoupons on SavingStar
Value before discounts and coupons was $54.36
tax did its funny thing and subtracted $.33
After discounts and coupons I paid ZERO plus got $.14 overage plus I already got my $1.50 refund from SavingStar, so $1.64 total overage!

at Hannaford on 3/12, 4 transactions
6 boxes Baking Mix, $2.69 each
6 Ramen soup, $.22 each
6 cans tomato sauce, 29 oz, $1.09 each
Used (6) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (6) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (6) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $24.00
After coupons I paid ZERO
Found a penny on the ground

at Hannaford on 3/13, 6 transactions
6 canisters old fashioned oats, $2.19 each
12 cans tomato sauce, $.49 each
6 cans spaghetti & meatballs, $.85 each
Used (6) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (6) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (6) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $24.12
After coupons I paid $.12

at Hannaford on 3/14, 2 transactions
8 Sanford News, $.50 each
Used (2) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Total before coupons was $4.00
After coupons I paid ZERO

at Hannaford on 3/14, 4 transactions
4 jars pickles, $2.00 each
8 cans tuna, $.79 each
4 cans biscuits, $.45 each
Used (4) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (4) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.12
After coupons I paid $.12
Found 3 pennies on the electric scooter

at Hannaford on 3/15, 4 transactions
4 big cans tomato puree, $1.09 each
4 4-pks tuna, $2.99 each
Used (4) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (4) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (4) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $16.32
After coupons I paid $.32

at Shaw’s on 3/15, 2 transactions
8 Maruchan noodles, reg $.99, sale $.50 each
3 lb bag of apples, reg $3.99, reduced $1.25
3 Yoplait Greek yogurts, reg $.99, reduced $.50 each
3 bananas, reg $.36, reduced to $.27
5 bananas, reg $1.14, reduced to $.85
1 Yoplait yogurt, reg $.79, reduced to $.30
1 package cole slaw mix, reg $2.29, reduced $.99
Used (8) $.50/1 Maruchan noodles from insert (all doubled to $.99)
Used (1) $1/3 Yoplait Greek yogurts (NLA)
Value before discounts and coupons was $19.46
After discounts and coupons I paid $.24

at Hannaford on 3/16, 5 transactions
2 cans non-stick spray, $2.99 each
2 big cans tomato sauce, $1.09 each
3 big cans diced tomatoes, $.95 each
3 big cans whole tomatoes, $.95 each
3 bags popcorn kernels, $1.99 each
3 Ramen noodles, $.22 each
Used (5) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Used (5) $1 off Hannaford coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Used (5) $1 off My Essential coupons from coupon book (NLA)
Total before coupons was $20.49
After coupons I paid $.49

at CVS on 3/17, 2 transactions
Bought (1) PediaCare, reg $7.49, on sale for $5.99
Used (1) $1/1 PediaCare coupon from 10/9 SS Insert
Used $4 EB
Used $.99 EB
Value before discounts and coupons was $7.49
Total was ZERO
I paid $.30 tax
I got back $5 ExtraBucks!
I also got back $1 EB for scanning my Green Bag Tag

Then I turned around and did this…

Bought (2) 6-packs of Irish Spring bar soap, reg $5.79 each, sale $3.50 each
Used (1) $1/2 Irish Spring from 3/11 SS insert
Used $5 EB from previous purchase
Used $1 EB from previous purchase
Value before discounts and coupons was $11.58
Total was ZERO
I paid $.30 tax
I got back $4 ExtraBucks!

at Hannaford on 3/17, 3 transactions
Asked for $3 worth of ground beef, total $3.05
Asked for $3 worth of ground beef, total $3.02
Asked for $3 worth of ground beef, total $3.04
Used (3) $1 OFF Hannaford Angus beef coupon
Used (3) $2 OYNO Hannaford pdf coupon
Total before coupons was $9.11
After coupons I paid $.11

Here’s how my $12 Challenge ends after these transactions:

Total value of purchases before tax is $1170.82
Total OOP including tax is $11.83 (this was mostly tax)
I started with $12.00
I still have $.17 cash plus $4.00 ExtraBucks for CVS, so I have $4.17 total left to spend… someday.

 

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