Operation Christmas Donation 2011 – $18.78 Spent for $64 of Food
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
SPC discount: $1.36
Coupons used: $6
Total paid: $7.61
20 x various Chef Boyardee cans $1.25 + 30 airmiles per 5 cans purchased
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