I'm up for the challenge.
I have 2 months until school starts, and over the next two months I'll be searching sales ads, cutting coupons, and shopping for bargains to meet the requirements on the wish list, while coming in as far under budget as possible.
Here's the wish list:
|Toilet Paper||104 rolls||$72.00||$36.00||2 rolls/week x 52 weeks. Preferablely not Scott brand!|
|Paper Towels||52 rolls||$52.00||$25.00||1 roll/week x 52 weeks. Minimum cost|
|Trash Bags - Large/Tall||400 Bags||$104.00||$52.00||Daily use, wo trash cans|
|Dish Soap||12 Large Bottles||$36.00||$18.00||1 large bottle/mo|
|Dishwasher Liquid||24 Bottles||$144.00||$72.00||2 bottles/mo|
|Bath/Kitchen Hand Soap||24 Bottles||$24.00||$12.00||2 bottles/mo|
|Magic Eraser||1 pack||$5.00||$2.50|
|Napkins||6 packs||$9.00||$4.50||Family Packs, white|
|Kleenex||12 Boxes||$18.00||$9.00||1 box/mo|
|Windex||2 Large Bottles||$6.00||$3.00|
|Bathroom Cleaner||2 Large Bottles||$6.00||$3.00||For All Surfaces|
|Kitchen Cleaner||3 Large Bottles||$9.00||$4.50||For All Surfaces|
|SOS Pads||1 box||$4.00||$2.00|
|Rags||2 bundles||$2.00||$1.00||Can be donated old towels, etc|
|Duster||1||$3.00||$1.50||With wand/extender for ceilings|
|Vanilla Scents||???||$10.00||$5.00||Spray air freshener|
A few clarifications I received after the list was sent to me. Substitutions are allowed. I know I can get smaller bottles of dish soap for next to nothing, and dishwasher packs are a better deal than the dishwasher liquid you can squirt into the compartment. Best value, best deal is the all around goal.
My planned strategy includes utilizing my favorite coupon website: southernsavers.com, for deals at Publix, Target, etc, and also Big Lots. Because these items aren't food items, and wont expire, Big Lots will be a great place to check out if I just can't get a better deal with coupons somewhere else.
This weekend, I have a coupon for 30% off at CVS. I'm going to see what coupons I have for items on the wish list that I can match with the 30% off, to see if I can come under the 50% budget for the items.
I'll make periodic updates over the next couple of months as I find deals and when I'm done shopping, I'll report my total results. Meanwhile.....if you guys come across any fabulous deals you'd like to share with me to help me out, I'd love to hear it.