Target Tuesday: Clearance & Sale Finds

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s Tuesday and that means my weekly Target run.  I thought I’d share some great things I found on sale or clearance at both east and west Green Bay stores:

  • Kids folding Camping Chairs 50% off
  • Squinkies, Zoobles and select Littlest Pet Shop toys 50% off
  • Boys, Girls and Womens’ clothing up to 75% off

Here are a couple of sale items that I picked up:

Edge Saving Gel 20% bonus cans on sale $1.99
Use $0.55/1 Edge Shaving Gel 9/25/2011 SS Insert (exp 11/6/2011)
= $1.44 for 8.4 oz

Suave Detangler 2-pack $3.49 (singles are $1.94 each)
Use B1G1 Suave Kids Products 10/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 10/30/2011) (up to $3.50 value)
= $.87 each

Suave 3-in-1 Kids Shampoo, conditioner and lotion 22.5 oz 2-pack $5.49
Use B1G1 Suave Kids Products 10/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 10/30/2011) (up to $3.50 value)
= $1.87 each

Sure Deodorant $1.50 (regularly $2.49)
Use $1/1 Sure Anti-perspirant & Deodorant Product 10/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2011)
=$.50

Up & Up Diaper Ointment (similar to A&D Ointment) $1.79 (regularly $2.49)

You can see pictures of some of my clearance finds on the Green Bay Consumer Facebook page.

I was kind of bummed that the Casting Crowns CD was out at both stores even though I was there bright and early.  Love their music and if I can get a $5 Target gift card for buying their latest release, I’ll do it!

Fredericks of Hollywood: additional 50% off clearance AND 30% off sitewide

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Today only you can not only get an additional 50% off clearance items at Fredericks of Hollywood, you can get an additional 30% off sitewide when you use code FRANK12 at checkout.  The deal expires at midnight.

This post needs no further embellishment. :-)

Green Bay Target West: Clearance update

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Had to make a run to Target and thought I’d peruse the clearance endcaps.  Found a few awesome deals at Green Bay West location today:

  • Up & Up Children’s Cold and Cough Elixir (similar to Dimetap DM) 50% off: $1.48.  Expiration date isn’t until 2013 so I made sure to stock up (but still left some for you, too!)
  • Up & Up Children’s All Day Allergy Relief (similar to Zyrtec): 50% off: $3.92
  • Other adult and children’s cold/cough/allergy meds on clearance 30-50% off  + you might be able to use these coupons (Robitusen was one of the brands on clearance):

$5/3 Pain Relief or Cold Products 8/14/0201 RP Insert or
$1/1 Dimetapp, Robitussin, Advil, Children’s Advil 8/14/2011 RP Insert

I absolutely refuse to be one of those people who has to run out on January 3rd, -20 degrees and buys the ONLY cough medicine that’s left on the shelves.   Because it’s usually regular price and there isn’t a coupon available.  All the others that are on sale or generic are usually out-of-stock!  I am now well prepared for the upcoming winter.

  • Pantene 29.2 oz jugs of shampoo or conditioner 50% off: $2.92 + you can use these coupons:

$1/2 Pantene Products 7/31/2011 P&G Insert or
$3/2 Pantene Products 8/21/2011 SS Insert

Funny thing is that they have some 12.6 oz Pantene on clearance for only 30% off.  Those bottles, which have less than half the amount of product, cost more!  I actually had a coupon for a FREE product and don’t use Pantene so I “bought” a jug of 2+1 shampoo/conditioner to donate to an area shelter.

  • Littlest Pet Shop 75% off: $.98
  • Our Generation Girls outfits (fit American Girl-type dolls) 75% off: $3.07 each
  • Boys Graphic Tees 75% off: $1.98 each.  As you can see, I got LEGO Star Wars, Disney Cars and Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Girls Swimming suits 75% off: $3.24.  They cost more than that at the thrift stores!
  • Girls’ Jeggings 75% off: $4.24
  • Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer 3-pack 30% off: $1.75 (FYI: a 2-pack runs $1.79)

B2G1 Renuzit Adjustables Air Freshners 8/7/2011 RP Insert

That’s right, I essentially got FIVE Renuzits for free today.

Have you found any good clearance deals lately?  Feel free to share them on the Facebook page, email them to me or leave a note here.

It’s all Smoke and Mirrors

August 18, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at Green Bay Consumer, including the fact that I’m in the middle of writing my presentation for the FREE coupon class next Tuesday.  (And I’ll let you know when you can see a short news story on TV about the coupon class–we shot it yesterday).  And since we’ve gotten so many new readers lately, I thought I’d repost some of The Bargain Sleuth’s” greatest hits”.  This one comes from November 2010.

We’re knee-deep in Back to School shopping so I just thought I’d reiterate something I’ve mentioned before Buy One Get One 50% off is NOT a deal to me! For some reason the casual shopper falls for this trick and I don’t know why. It’s 25% off TWO items AT MOST and you’re forced to buy two items instead of one.  I see this a lot with shoe sales and it personally drives me nuts.

I hate being told how many of an item I have to buy.  It’s also why I rarely use coupons for multiple items ($3 off 2, for instance).  Besides, I don’t like to buy ANYTHING unless it’s at least 30%; you might have another threshold.

In several marketing classes I took in college, I saw study after study that these types of sales work more than a straight 25% off sale, simply because of perception.  Well, they don’t work with me!

My other beef is the sale signs that say “Up to 75% off! when you take an additional 25% off already-reduced prices“. You’ll never get the full 75% off which is why stores can get away with saying “up to 75% off” and many consumers think they’re getting that amount off an item.  But if you do the math, the discount is never that much because you’re not getting 75% off original price.  Here’s an example:

$ 100.00 item marked down 50%
–    50.00
$   50.00 additional 25% off that:
–   12.50
$   37.50 or 62.5% off, NOT 75%.

It’s all smoke and mirrors to make the buyer think they are getting a better deal than they actually are.  Now in this last example, 62.5% is nothing to sneeze at but in the BOGO 1/2 off deal, it’s not really a deal to me at all.  If I can stack a coupon or additional sales on top of the BOGO 1/2 off, then I  might be convinced.  But sometimes those sales exclude any other discount or clearance items.

I also previously talked about how BOGO sales might not be a good idea depending upon the starting price of an item. In the case of Toys R Us last month, their Crayola “sale” was anything but because their prices were so high to begin with. And this week Office Max has a similar deal with jacked up prices on the first item–even getting the second one free doesn’t compare to the prices at other stores.

Just thought I’d throw that out there as everyone and their brother has a “sale” this season.

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