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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Steal: Target's 50% off sale

Granted by next week their Christmas stuff should be down to 90% but this was still a great steal!

Location: Kennewick Target
Item: Scotch Gift Wrap Cutter
Original price: $4.99
Clearance price: $2.49
Coupon: $2 off
Final price: 49 cents! (plus tax)

I spend TWO HOURS looking for it while I was shopping. It was the very last one I could find and it was actually in the office supplies area instead of mini-seasonal or seasonal. I was disappointed since I had three more $2 off coupons plus a half dozen $1 off coupons but I'll take the one.

I also picked up Scotch Magic Tape (three pack) for $1.49 as well as lots of Glade and Febreze holiday fragrances for around 49 cents to $1.25 (each) after coupons. Total savings: $61.72, total spent $112.98.

I really didn't buy that much holiday stuff but rather household cleaning supplies since the kids are home and it's a few days before New Years. I'm superstitious - house must be clean, clean before the 30th for us to have good luck. Dirty house = rotten luck.

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