I finally went shopping this morning, so I have an update on Target and CVS.
There are reports that in some parts of the country, Target has Lunchables with Fruit on sale for $1.35, so it would be only $0.35 with the $1/1 coupon at Coupons.com. But they were $2.69 at my store, so that was a no go. I’ll check prices at other local stores as I get to them over the next few days (hopefully – last time I checked Ralphs, they didn’t carry this new product yet).
Target does have an “up to 75% off” clearance sale on toys right now – selection at my store was slim, but it always is and I didn’t feel like going to another store today. There were some Generator Rex figures for less than $2.50, large Tron: Legacy figures for less than $10, and a lot of one line of motorcycle toys (don’t remember the name of that one). There was also a 50% off baby and toddler clothes clearance with more selection than usual at my store.
I had some time to wander around the store while I was waiting for the pharmacy to open, and as it always does, it struck me that Target’s prices really aren’t that great compared to what you can get elsewhere if you wait for a great sale to pair with a coupon. For instance, Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal was on sale for $2.45 per box – but during the last Mega Sale at Ralphs, the sale price was $1.99. Tide laundry detergent was on clearance for under $6, which is a good price if you’re loyal to Tide – but if you’re willing to switch brands, Rite Aid has Purex for $0.97 this week after coupon (sale ended yesterday here in SoCal). Between the prices and negative attitude toward coupons that I’ve encountered at Target, it’s no wonder I hardly shop there anymore.
Over at CVS, I planned to pick up some Neutrogena sunscreen, which is part of a “Buy 2, Get $10 ECBs” deal this week. There were many blogs reporting that prices started at $7.99, but the lowest price I saw was $11.29. I don’t know if this is a regional thing or if there’s one specific type of sunscreen that’s $7.99 and just wasn’t on the shelf I was looking at, but if you’re in SoCal and are planning to do this deal, just be prepared for higher shelf prices.