Stockpiling on a budget: dog food and cheese sticks!

I know that a lot of people think that Target is an “expensive” place to shop, but I save SO much money there and it is one of my favorite places to shop! Here’s what I got at Target today for $2.32 out of pocket: 7 bags of Chef Michael’s dog food, 14 cans of Chef Michael’s dog food, 21 cheese sticks, and 2 packages of Bounty paper towels (2 rolls in each package).

Target has the small bags of Chef Michael’s dog food on sale for $4.26/each. There are $1.50/1 Target printable coupons and there is a manufacturer’s coupon for $3 off. So, I got .24 in “overage” for each bag of dog food.

Target also has BOGO free Chef Michael’s canned dog food coupons. There is also a BOGO free manufacturer’s coupon. So, you get two for free using both coupons.

There is a $1/2 Market Pantry cheese items Target coupon. The single cheese sticks are .40/each at my store.

The packages of paper towels were on clearance for $1.98. I had two $1 off Bounty paper towel coupons making them .98/each!

My Target only allows one “like” Target coupon per transaction, so I did these in single transactions at two different stores. I basically bought one bag, two cans, and three cheese sticks in each transaction. On the last two transactions, I bought the paper towels also.

In the past week, I bought a total of 18 bags of dog food and 36 cans. With what we already had on hand (six big bags of Iams from another Target deal), we have at least six months worth of dog food! If you don’t have the $3 manufacturer’s coupon from the inserts, there is a $2.50 printable here, so you can get it for $.26/bag with the Target IP.

Here’s what I got last Saturday for FREE (using coupons and the overage from the Chef Michaels):

(Thanks Martha for all of the extra dog food coupons!!!!!!!!!!!)


  1. A Bookish Mom says:

    I have a silly question. I have just dipped my toes into target shopping. Can you use the $5 target cards you get for buying… lets say…. cereal online? I have thought about collecting them so I can take it of the price of a Nintendo DSI…or 4

  2. You can use the gift cards that you earn in store for buying things online. I usually just keep them on hand to "roll" into the next gift card deal that they have, so I'm always saving more money, but you can definitely save up and put it toward an online purchase. If you do Swagbucks, you can also save up for Target gift cards there. (They are only good online) Hope that helps!

  3. I love target! I have had my best "deals" there. Thanks for all your helpful hints and tips.