May 1, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores | Weeks 16 & 17 of 2010 {Plus Thoughts on Weekly v. Monthly Budget Targets}


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 16 (April 19-25)

I never got around to posting my pictures and numbers last week but I wanted to note my weekly totals for the record.

Kroger 4/19
Spent: $29.25
Saved: $30.06 (50%)

Aldi 4/19
Spent: $39.89
Saved: $0

CVS 4/21
Spent: $1.67
Saved: $15.41
Earned: $5.00 ECBs on Hershey Candy
 (I stocked UP on Reese's PB cups that week!  WOOT!)

Walgreens 4/21
Spent: $2.22
Saved: $17.76
Earned: $5.00 RRs on Vitamin D

Weekly Total
Spent: $73.03
Saved: $63.23 (46%)

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 17 (April 26-May 2)

Aldi 4/26

Spent: $45.12
Saved: $0

Kroger 4/26

Spent: $10.83
Saved: $10.58

Walgreens 4/26


Spent: $1.94
Saved: $14.28
Earned: $5.00 RRs

I also had a quick trip to Aldi on Friday; my brother-in-law is running the Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday (he runs every year, the lovable nut!) and we're having an impromtu get together at our house. I needed some extra supplies to feed the Thomas tribe!

Weekly Totals:

Spent: $75.37

Saved: $24.86 (25%)

I have a weekly budget target of $80/week with the goal of staying on track for $320/4 weeks. This month, looking at the five weeks I tracked from March 29, 2010 - May 2, 2010, I had weeks when I spent WAY more than $80 and weeks when I spent WAY less than $80.

I'm a big believer in setting a budget that covers a month (4-5 weeks) for grocery/household spending with the goal of averaging over that time frame. Some weeks are EXCELLENT sale + couponing weeks, making them great times to stockpile; some weeks just aren't making them weeks to just buy what fresh produce, meats, and dairy you need and shop your stockpile instead.

My totals for the five week period:

Spent: $443.38
Saved: $465.80 (51%)

I still averaged out at a higher target than I had set for myself, spending an average of $88.60/week, a total of $43.38 over my target budget of $400 for the five week timeframe. But given that we hosted Easter here at our home and are also hosting another get-together this weekend, I can account for the extra spending and give myself a break. I still did pretty good overall for those five weeks! And my pantry, freezers, and hall closet well-stocked with Thomas family essentials!

Moral of the story: Don't sweat it if you come in over your weekly target. Remember the power of monthly averaging and use it to help you during weeks when the sales are spectacular (stock UP!) as well as during down weeks (only buy essentials), too.

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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