Target Canada + Checkout 51: One Final Savings Hoo-rah!

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When Target announced that they were leaving Canada, my little American heart broke. I loved Target when I lived in the US and I have remained a loyal customer while in Canada.

I am also a coupon-clipper. I use points programs and I use cash-back apps. I love sales and I especially love rock-bottom sales. So, it didn’t completely devastate me when Target announced its departure from Canada as I knew some sort of a sale would follow. And finding out that the entire grocery section had been slashed 30% off of its original price really excited me for one last hoo-rah with Target Canada. I safely assumed that as soon as Target announced its closeout sale, they would no longer accept manufacturer’s coupons. And, as it turns out, I was right. Signs were posted in the store to let customers know that manufacturer’s coupons would not be accepted. But I did have another way to save even more: Checkout 51.

It is no secret that Checkout 51 is one of my favorite ways to shave a little off of the top of our monthly food bill. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, Checkout 51 is an app that you can download for free that offers cash back on certain items that customers buy at their grocery location of choice. Once I’ve bought my items, I upload my receipt via my cell phone camera and Checkout 51 credits the advertised amount to my account. When I reach a $20.00 minimum, I can “cash out” or request my cheque via mail. The app has a super clean interface and offers a convenient option to star the items that I want to remember while in the store, in effect, creating a small list, so I don’t have to scroll around the app to find the details of the item I’m looking to claim.

I typically use Checkout 51 to dictate which healthier snack items and treats I purchase for my household. I say “healthier” snacks because I don’t find a ton of nutritional value in things like breakfast bars, cookies or baked chips in comparison to a handful of nuts or an orange, but, for the price, I was able to direct my household’s sweet tooth onto much less sugary options than if we impulse bought. Substituting Special K pastry crisps in place of ice cream was an excellent and functional option for us at one time.

So, enough raving about Checkout 51. Onto the actual savings!

targetsavingsEverything in the photo above was available at Target when I visited and the items were also included in the weekly Checkout 51 list of cash-back items for the week that I visited.

 

The tally of my Target spending is as follows:

 

Chips Ahoy Dulce de Leche cookies:

$3.49 -> $1.76 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate Chip cookies:

$3.49 -> $1.76 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Olay Fresh Effect Eye Cream:

$12.99 -> $8.28 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Catelli Smart Pasta (Fusili):

$2.19 -> $1.23 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Catelli Smart Pasta (Fusili):

$2.19 -> $1.23 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Uncle Ben’s White Rice (1.6kg box):

$6.89 -> $2.45 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Frank’s Bollywood Hot Sauce:

$4.29 -> $2.39 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Frank’s Sriracha and Lime Hot Sauce:

$4.29 -> $2.39 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Twinning’s English Breakfast Tea:

$7.99 -> $5.57 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Patak’s Tikka Masala Sauce:

$4.99 -> $2.95 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Blueberry Soft Bakes Breakfast Bars:

$2.99 -> $1.37 after 30% off discount, 13% HST and Checkout 51 cashback

 

Original Target list price including HST at 13%: $63.04

My total after 13% HST and all discounts: $31.38

 

With Checkout 51, I saved an additional $12.75 off of my purchase at Target during that week on some odds-and-end snack and meal staple items. Because Checkout 51 requires the minimum of $20.00 earned prior to “cashing out”, this savings total was especially important to me. James and I are preparing for a move to the US in the next 4-5 months so I will need to “cash out” and switch over my Checkout 51 account when we change countries. I was very happy to find out that Checkout 51 is available in both Canada and in the US. So, we will be able to continue to use their services.

Unfortunately, though, I’m in my final days with Target Canada, but I am happy to say that I’ve found some great discounts during the closeout sale that I would not have found otherwise. I’ve not only saved on groceries, but I’ve also been able to get 30-40% off of items for the little Baby Box that I’m slowly building for our future little one. Remember that post I wrote, Top 5 Reasons I Have a Baby Box (and Don’t Have a Baby)? Don’t worry. Thanks to the sale, it is full now. And a lot of self-control was exercised. You don’t know how many baby toys I picked up and put back down.

Well, it’s so long for now, Target! We’ll see you in the States!

Do you have a favorite money saving program that you regularly rely upon for points, perks or cash back? Tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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