April 10, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores | Week 14 of 2010

Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 14 (April 5-11)


Before we talk about what I saved this week, I should update you on what I spent last week.

If you're guessing more than my usual $80 weekly budget, you are smack dab on the money! Literally!

We hosted Easter dinner here and while I did recruit the other cooks in my family to help by bringing sides, I still laid out a big spread of yummies. And my grocery bill felt it. While I did save a bunch, I went over budget.

Here's what Week 13 of 2010 looked like:

Spent: $143.13
Saved: $218.28 (60%)

I went waaay over, but considering that total includes my usual weekly fare as well as the holiday feast and all the Easter basket goodies, I'm not too worried.  And I was able to save a TON on those Easter goodies at Walgreens that week - the deals were stellar.

And, given the sheer amount of food that was leftover after Easter, I didn't need much this week so I didn't shop much at all.  I took a little couponing break and just enjoyed the week off with my kiddos who were off for Spring Break.

Here's the breakdown of Week 14 of 2010:

Kroger (04/05)

Spent: $4.98
Saved: $0.00

Aldi (04/05)
(Milk was still $1.29/gal! WOOT!)

Spent: $24.54
Saved: $0.00

Walgreens (04/09)
(I got my 20 FREE prints on Wed - hope you got yours!)

Spent: $0.80
Saved: $15.20 (95%)
Mail in Rebate: $4.50 (will earn)


Weekly Totals

Saved: $15.20 (33%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. When I average what I spent last week with this week ($173), I come out at $87 for each week, a bit above my target but still not too bad.  I'm hoping for some good sales at Kroger in the next few weeks since this week's sale wasn't a barn burner.

There you have it!  I'm living proof that even us die hard couponers can have a wacky week and go waaaay off our budget goals.  We all have these kind of blips in our budgets despite all of our careful plannng.  The key thing to remember is to get back on track - don't let one bad week or one bad financial decision or setback completely derail your larger financal goals. 

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

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  1. First let me just say that I love your site! You have helped me a lot as I learn the ropes of couponing. Do you have a "master list" of prices you will not pay more than for particular items? For instance, since I started couponing, I have decided I will never pay over .40/roll for toilet paper. Is this a good price threshold, or should I be working to find a better price on this? What are your "won't pay more than" prices?

  2. Anon: Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you -- I'm having an uber-busy week here!

    I don't keep a written price book but on items that I buy frequently/stockpile, I do have some mental thresholds like cereal, $1 or less, ground beef, $1.50/lb or less, chicken breasts, $1.99/lb or less. When it comes to paper products and personal care items, I do try my best to get those at Wags or CVS where I'm not spending "real" money, but ECBs.

    Of course, if I reeeeeally needed that TP, I'd pay whatever! ;-)

    Your thresholds also depend on where you live; in SW Ohio, there are so many great stores competing for our grocery dollars - there's always a deal somewhere.

    I think if you have several high-usage items that you stockpile, you should at least have an idea of what the rock bottom price is. But it's always good to be flexible; many a time, I've paid a bit more for items (even with coupons) than I normally would because they're part of a mega event at Kroger or something similar.

    HTH! ;-)


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