Operation Christmas Donation 2011: The Finale!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 2 comments

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Here are the finals glimpses of all the goodies from Operation Christmas Donation 2011!

In total, here’s what was achieved in just over 3 weeks: (note to self: next year, start much earlier!)

Budget Spent: $87.96 out of $100 (extra $12 will be spent on the next great deal and donated directly to the Food Bank)
Total value of goods purchased: $577.67

The Donation included:

  • 20 Cans of Chef Boyardee
  • 12 x Ritz Munchables Boxes
  • 86 Cans of Campbells Soup
  • 3 x Premium Plus Crackers Boxes
  • 3 x Christie Rice Thins
  • 6 x Hunts Tomato Sauce
  • 23 x Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
  • 16 x Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
  • 19 x Nutri-Grain Bars
  • 9 x Rice Krispie Squares
  • 3 x Special K Fruit Crisp
  • Chocolate Cheerios
  • Triscuit Crackers

 

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DBF and a friend each put in $100 to purchase toys from a previous employer who allows them to buy at cost price for the occasion. Here are the results of their efforts, ~$400 of toys for $200!

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On Friday December 9th, we had the pleasure of bringing everything we spent the last month collecting down to The Beat Cares Holiday Toy and Food Drive.

It was such great fun. The spirit at this event is always so uplifting. It’s wonderful to see everyone coming together during the holiday season and put forth a cumulative effort to help those in need.

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Every little bit counts, especially during this time of the year when the need for assistance is at an all time high.

If you happen to spot a great coupon deal while grocery shopping that makes an item free or cheap, consider picking that item up and dropping it off in the food bank bin on the way out. Most grocery stores have a bin up front for the holiday season! Easy and convenient!

A little donation can make a huge difference.

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Happy Holidays! :)

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011: $41 for $188 of Cereal & Granola Bars

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 1 comment

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Today I attempted a larger shopping trip for Operation Christmas Donation and was rather nervous but everything went according to plan! The Beat Cares Holiday Toy and Food drive is TOMORROW! I did not realize that it was closing in so quickly until a couple of days ago when someone reminded me.

I’ve been rather busy with finals and such so I put off this shopping trip until today. Even after this shop, I still have some of the budget left to spend and will either grab a few filler items tomorrow morning, or pick up some items over the next couple of weeks to drop off directly to the food bank when I make my donation of personal and household items.

Both cashiers I had today were wonderful! I had no issue with the quantities I was buying or with my coupons.

I spent nearly half the entire budget today but am extremely happy with what I purchased and the variety in my overall donation this year.

Here’s how today’s trip worked out:

No Frills

13 x Kellogg’s Corn Flakes $2 – (4) $3 WUB 3 coupons from RCSS coupon zone = $1 each
5 x Kellogg’s Raisin Bran $2 – (2) $3 WUB 3 coupons from RCSS coupon zone = $1 each
9 x Nutri-Grain Bars $2 – $2 off WUB 2 Kellogg’s Cereals from RCSS coupon zone = FREE

Retail Value: $115.83
Sale Price Subtotal: $54
Coupons used: $36
Total paid: $18

Zellers

9 x Kellogg’s Rice Krispies $2 – (3) Buy 2 Get 1 FREE coupons from save.ca, N/A anymore = $1.33 each
10 x Nutri-Grain Bars $2 PM Walmart – (3) Buy 2 Get 1 FREE coupons from save.ca & $0.75 from websaver, N/A anymore = $1.33 each
3 x Special K Fruit Crisps $2 – (3) $1 coupons from save.ca, N/A anymore = $1 each

Retail value: $72.28
Sale Price Subtotal: $44
SPC discount: $4.40
Coupons used: $15.75
Total paid: $23.85

Operation Christmas Donation 2011:

Retail value of goods: $188.11
Total paid: $41.85
Budget left to spend: $12.04
Total value of goods purchased so far: $577.67

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011 – 21 Boxes of Cereal for $21

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 4 comments

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Here’s the latest addition to Operation Christmas Donation 2011 thanks to a tip from a reader. I was able to pick up some $3 off WUB 3 Kellogg’s cereals coupons from the coupon zone at  my local Superstore (valid at any Loblaw’s store). I took those coupons over to No Frills and had no problem using them for the $2 sale!

Fantastic deal for cereal and exactly the kind of deal I was looking for to round out my items purchased so far. If only I picked up one more box of corn flakes instead of Raisin Bran to even out the cereal tower. Instead I got some help from the Glade plugin single I found on clearance the other day at Rexall :)

Here’s the breakdown:

11 x Raisin Bran Cereal $2 – (4) $3 WUB 3 Kellogg’s coupon zone = $1 each
10 x Corn Flakes Cereal $2 – (3) $3 WUB 3 Kellogg’s coupon zone = $1 each

Subtotal: $42
Coupons used: $21
Total paid: $21

Operation Christmas Donation 2011:

Retail value of goods: $98.49 (was $66.78, edited to reflect regular shelf price found during dec 8 No Frlls trip)
Total paid: $21
Budget left to spend: $53.89
Total value of goods purchased so far: $389.56

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011 – New Additions Today, $6.37 for $48 Worth of Food

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 1 comment

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Instead of separating all my donation items from today’s shopping trip post, I thought it would be easier to include all the items and separate them out in a photo to show what I’m adding to the donation.

For details on the items purchased and their respective stores, take a look at that post linked above. In the interest of keeping a running tally of my $100 budget spent, the way I’ve calculated discounts for these items when they’re grouped with other items is to take the coupon off evenly throughout. For example the crackers were purchased with a $5 off when you buy 5 Kraft Items coupon, so I take $1 off each box of crackers.

Here’s the breakdown for these items:

3 x Premium Plus Crackers $1.99 – 10% SPC – (3) $0.75 coupons – $0.50 each (portion of $10 off WUS $40 coupon) = $0.54 each
4 x Ritz Munchables 2/$4 – (4) $0.75 coupons from tearpads (N/A anymore) – $5 WUB 5 Kraft instore coupon = $0.25 each
3 x Rice thins crackers 2/$4 – (3) $0.75 coupons from tearpads (N/A anymore) + above Kraft Coupons = $0.25 each
6 x Hunts Tomato Sauce $1 – (3) $1 WUB 2 coupons from tearpads (N/A anymore) = $0.50 each

Subtotal: $25.97
Coupons used: $19.60
Total paid: $6.37

Operation Christmas Donation 2011:

Retail value of goods: $48.19
Total paid: $6.37
Budget left to spend: $74.89
Total value of goods purchased so far: $291.07

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011 – 86 Cans of Campbell’s Soup for FREE!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 6 comments

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The second shopping trip for Operation Christmas Donation went exactly as planned and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! 86 cans of campbell’s condensed soup absolutely free!

I’ve been scouring the city looking for these Buy 2, save $1 coupons knowing I’d be able to add cheap soup to the donation but today everything just fell into place. The sales and coupons must be on my side!

DBF stopped into a local grocery store and happened to see 2 different kinds of Campbell’s tearpads out on the shelves! Unfortunately there were very few coupons left so he asked a stock boy if they happened to have anymore as we were looking to use them for a food bank donation and low and behold the stock boy came out from the back with 2 nearly full tearpads!!

We hopped over to Save on Foods for the last day of the soup sale and were able to pick up 86 cans for free! No shelves were cleared as they had tons of stock and we got a variety of types as there are 4 different low fat condensed soups to choose from. The cashier and manager were also wonderful. We split the transaction into two, one of which we added a few misc produce items so I’ve included a photo of our zero balance receipt below.

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Shopping Trip Breakdown:

86 Campbell’s condensed soup $1 – (86) $1 off WUB 2 coupons (2 different UPC’s) = FREE

Subtotal: $86
Coupons used: $86
Total paid: $0

Here’s a side view of the Campbell’s Soup Tower! (literally what I named the file on my computer) Please excuse the mess in the back on my chest freezer, I cleared the table quite hastily to start on the tower!

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011:

Retail value of goods: $178.88 ($2.08 per can, pricier as these are the low fat versions)
Total paid: $0
Budget left to spend: $81.22
Total value of goods purchased so far: $242.88

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Operation Christmas Donation 2011 – $18.78 Spent for $64 of Food

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Operation Christmas Donation | 0 comments

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Here’s the first shopping trip for Operation Christmas Donation 2011!

So everything is clear, I calculate the value of points/miles earned during these donation shopping trips into my overall savings. So if I earn $20 of airmiles out of $40 spent, I will consider that only $20 spent, the reason being so is that I value airmiles the same way I would value money.

I redeem all my airmiles for Shell Gas certificates at a rate of 175 airmiles per $20 certificate. Regardless of whether I use cash, credit or airmiles certificates I’ll absolutely need gas, and if it wasn’t for those certificates I would be spending cash on that gas. Therefore, airmiles = cash.

Okay now onto good stuff. I try to get a variety of foods for this yearly donation instead of simply spending $100 on 400 cans of the same soup so for our first trip we have crackers from Zellers and a kid favorite, Chef Boyardee from Safeway.

Here’s the breakdown for Zellers:

8 x Ritz Munchables $1.69- (8) $0.75 coupons from tearpads, not available anymore = $0.94 each

Subtotal: $13.52
SPC discount: $1.36
Taxes: $1.45
Coupons used: $6
Total paid: $7.61

Safeway:

20 x various Chef Boyardee cans $1.25 + 30 airmiles per 5 cans purchased

Subtotal: $25
Airmiles earned: 121 = $13.83 of Shell Gas
Total paid: $11.17

Operation Christmas Donation 2011:

Retail value of goods: $64
Total paid: $18.78
Budget left to spend: $81.22

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