Steven and I decided to get the grocery shopping out of the way last night so I came home from my day job and got to work coming up with my Target plan. Two hours later (including dinner time) I had the plan figured out. Coupons pulled together, list made, ready to go out the door. Read more about Target couponing here.

I hear all the time how people don’t understand how you can possibly save money at “expensive” stores like Target. Check out our receipt from last night.

I know what you’re going to say next:

“Carol, you didn’t buy much food.”

You’re right. I have a healthy stockpile of non-perishable products. I usually only have to buy perishables occasionally. Also, just as a side note, the random merchandise at $9.99 each were steak roll ups that wouldn’t scan.

Now, the fun part:

Remember that the shoes were on clearance so if I count those toward the full price of the products I bought a total of $210.65. I saved a total of $95.46 in clearance, manufacturer coupons, store coupons, Cartwheel, REDcard, and bag credits. That brought my total down to $87.44 out of pocket.

Then I received a FREE $5 gift card for a special deal of the Lemi Shine products. I submitted a mail in rebate of $5 for the vitamins. Then we get to the e-rebates of $4.75:

and another $10 e-rebate for submitting my receipt to Receipt Hog.

All of this brought my total down to $62.69 which is a 70.5% total savings including rebates and cash back!!!