Almost a year ago, I received a $10 Target gift card for my birthday. (Sure, you can take that as a “subtle” hint that my birthday’s coming up…) The fun thing is, I completely forgot about it until just a couple of weeks ago when I found it in a purse I hadn’t used in a while. After expressing my absolute delight at what feels like “free money”, I immediately started planning what I should do with it. “Well, I need ____. Oh, but that’s not fun. I should get something fun!” For the past two weeks, I’ve been debating with myself over what I could buy that would be “fun” enough to justify spending my free money.
Yesterday, I was hit with a better idea. In truth, anything I consider fun enough will definitely be more than $10, and I’ll just probably end up buying something I don’t really need and even spending more on it! So, I decided that it would be even MORE fun to see just how far I can stretch this $10 gift card. If you’ve been keeping up with the Poon blog, you’ve noticed that we’ve got a bit of a crush on free/cheap stuff. As I mentioned last week, there are tons of good deals to be had at Target, so it could be fun to see just how far I can spin this thing. Check back for the progress!
But wait, there’s more! I’m actually starting TODAY! Yup, I planned out a little shopping trip today and want to tell you about the results.
5 boxes of Fiber One cereal
4 packages of Bic pens
1 Healthy Choice frozen dinner
5 Target coupons for $1 off General Mills cereal
5 printable Fiber One coupons for $75 cents off
2 Target coupons for $1/2 Bic products
2 newspaper coupons for $1/2 Bic products (8/9 SmartSource insert)
1 printable coupon for $2 off Healthy Choice frozen meals
$3.77 of my original gift card
NEW $5 Target Gift Card, from the current Fiber One promotion.
When you buy 5 Fiber One products, Target will give you a $5 gift card. The cereals are on sale for $2.50 each, so I grabbed 5 and used the above-mentioned coupons: 5 $ 1 Target coupons stacked with 5 manufacturer coupons for 75cts, making each box only 75cts each!
2 bags of pens were priced at $1.00, and 2 were $.99. I bought 4 and used 2 Target coupons stacked with 2 manufacturer coupons, making these free.
The Healthy Choice meal was priced at $2.04, making it just 4cts after my $2.00 coupon!
So… I actually made a profit of $1.23!! I walked in with $10 on a Target gift card, and walked out with $11.23 on my gift cards. I’d say I’m off to a great start!