The $10 Stockpiling Challenge: My Shopping Trip

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Welcome to the $10 Per Week Stockpiling Challenge! If you’re just joining us, you can stop over HERE to read the first post and see what we are up to. Have a look at our Pinterest page to see how much we have accomplished this year!

This week I decided to visit CVS and Target with the $13.20 I had left over from last week along with my $10 budget for this week. I ended up spending $16.45 and earning $9 in ECBs.  Here’s how it turned out.

{CVS Transaction #1}
(2) Colgate Mouthwash 2/$5.98
(2) Colgate Travel Size Toothpaste 4 pk. @ $3.29 each = $6.58
-$2.50 off $12 Oral Care CVS Coupon Machine
-$5 ECB from last week
-$2/1 Colgate Mouthwash 9/8 SS insert, used two
Final Price: $1.06, earn $9 ECB ($3 Mouthwash, $3 Colgate Multipack x 2)

{CVS Transaction #2}
(2) Colgate Toothbrushes 2/$5.98
-$1/1 Colgate Toothbrush 9/8 SS insert, used two
-$3 ECB from transaction #1
Final Price: $0.98, earned $3 ECB

(1) Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissues 24 double rolls $9.99
-$1.50/1 Target printable HERE
-5% Target Cartwheel offer
-$1/1 Scott 8/11 SS insert or printable
Final Price: $7.07 ($0.29 per double roll)

{Target Transaction #2}
Same as #1, plus
Market Pantry Pasta $1.02
-$0.75/1 Target Mobile Coupon
Final Price: $7.34

Total Spent: $16.45
Left Over for Next Week: $6.75 plus $9 in ECBs

Below you will find a list of what I have purchased so far this year. For those of you who are just joining us, this list was created in early January as a way to help me focus my couponing efforts on a few essential items rather than grabbing whatever is free or cheap with a coupon.  I wanted to be able to measure my progress and buy things that would actually put a dent in my budget!

PERSONAL CAREThis category has been the easiest to accomplish with all the drug store deals.

Shampoo – 33 (end of year goal 24)
Conditioner –28 (goal 24)
Body Wash – 33 (goal 24)
Toothpaste – 36 (goal 24)
Toothbrushes – 34 (goal 84)
Floss – 7 (goal 12)
Mouthwash – 18 (goal 12)
Deodorant – 34 (goal 24)
Hand Soap – 43 (goal 36)
Hand Sanitizer – 10 (goal 12)

HOUSEHOLDa little more challenging than I thought!  I need to come across a big sale on furniture spray and dishwasher detergent some time soon.

Dryer Sheets – 816 single sheets (goal 364 sheets)
Dishwasher Detergent – 90 loads (goal 728 loads)
Dish Liquid – 19 (goal 12)
Toilet Paper – 378 double rolls (goal 364 rolls)
All Purpose Cleaner – 13 (goal 12)
Furniture Spray – 0 (goal 24)

FOOD ITEMSIn my world of no-double-coupons, this category has been the most challenging.  I am crossing my fingers that we have some good sales around the holidays to help me catch up.

Soup – 41 (goal 26)
Ketchup – 8 (goal 6)
Mustard – 7 (goal 6)
Mayo – 9 (goal 6)
Diced Tomatoes – 16 (goal 26)
Canned Pumpkin – 0 (goal 6)
Tuna – 14 (goal 52)
Dried Pasta – 11 (goal 12)
Peanut Butter – 0 (goal 6)
Jam – 2 (goal 12)
Salsa – 4 (goal 24)

Why So Many?
My goal is to arrive at December 31st 2013 and have a 6-12 month stockpile of all items listed. That means I need to buy enough to sustain us for this year AND next year. With a family of 7, that adds up quickly. For now I am keeping a grand total, and then near the end of the year, I will take inventory of what is left in my stockpile to see how close I came. Some items we are using faster than I expected and others are not being used as much.

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