I woke up this morning full of shopping ambition. The girls were invited over for a play date, which meant a rare morning of child-free shopping for me. I prepped lists for Target, Walmart, Publix, CVS, & Walgreens, certain that alone I’d have no trouble tackling all 5 stores in just a few hours.
Unfortunately I was so enthralled by the luxury of actually being able to smell the roses (literally), I got quite distracted by the incredible selection of herbs in the garden department at Walmart and completely lost track of time.
I decided to scrap the rest of my plans, made a quick stop at CVS for eggs and milk–the only 2 things I actually needed this week–and made it home with barely enough time to hide all the Easter goodies.
Here is what I got:
At Walmart I spent $24.59 for $44.59 worth of Easter basket fillings. ($12.29 per daughter).
The baskets, plastic eggs, play-dough filled eggs, and small stuffed animals were left over from last year. Had I started a little earlier and planned a little more, I probably could’ve done their baskets for a lot less, but considering I left it to almost the very last minute this year, I’m pretty happy with that total.
Breakdown 8 Chocolate Covered Peeps @ .98 each (4) $1/2 Chocolate Peeps (got from table next to the Easter Bunny at mall) Final price: $0.48 each 1 Strawberry Shortcake Toy @ $6.44 (1) $3 off Strawberry Shortcake Mini Doll in Purse (Time to Play insert 4/10/11) Final price: $3.44 1 Travel Size Connect 4 Game @ $5.24 (1) $3 off Connect 4 Game (Time to Play insert 4/10/11) Final price: $2.24 1 FurReal Snuggimals Toy @ $8.47 (1) $2 off Snuggimals or Furry Frenzies WYB any PEEPS Chocolate product (Time to Play insert 4/10/11) Final price: $6.47 3 Cadbury/Hersheys Candy @ $2.68 each (1) $1/3 Cadbury or Hershey’s Easter Candy Final price: $2.35 each 2 Starburst Jelly Beans @ $1.78 (1) $1/2 Starburst or Lifesavers Jelly Beans Final price: $1.28 each
At CVS I spent $0.38 for $11.36 worth of groceries, a savings of 97%.
Transaction 1 (2) Get $1 Extra Care Buck WYB Gallon Milk @ $3.19 1 Dozen Eggs regularly priced @ $1.99 Used $5, 1, 1.99 ECBs (from last week), paid $0.38 OOP, Got back $2 ECBs Transaction 2 1 Dozen Eggs regularly priced @ $1.99 Used $2 ECBs, paid $0 OOP
Altogether, today I spent $24.97 for $55.95 worth of groceries and Easter basket fillings, an average savings of 55% for the day (and the week.)
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