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With the holidays having just past - I have taken up a new savings task.  Last week, Target ran a special - a PS3 for $299 and get a $75 gift card.  My goal is to roll that $75 gift card into $300, so I can basically say we got it for free :)

After 3 shopping trips to Target since the purchase...  my current totals are...

$125.05 worth of merchandise - and I've only spent $33.09 of the gift card.

Now to make the last $41.91 worth $174.95...  I assume I will come up short - but, the PS3 was also on sale, so regular price would have been about $349 for the bundle, so I think as long as I hit $200 on the gift card, I'll be happy :)

Purchased so far:
Charmin Toilet Paper, Charmin Wipes, 4 6-packs Mtn Dew bottles, bath scrubbie, Scissors, 2 boxes of TGIF chicken, 2 Starburst storybooks (Christmas clearance candy is my downfall), 6 2-liters of Coke, and a Peacoat for me!

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