January 30, 2011

What I Saved at The Stores | Week 4 of 2011


I share my weekly savings with the hopes that you might be inspired; this weekly post also serves as a means of keeping me on track with my budget goals.  Thank for stopping in to check it out!

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The latest Kroger Mega Event started on Monday; I grabbed a few of the deals but didn't go all out on my Monday morning trip.  I wanted to wait and see what the unadverised items & matchups would be so I could pull my coupons and plan for next week.  Come Monday 1/31, I will be a-rockin' my Krogering!

Kroger 1/24/11


Spent: $36.17
Saved: $42.47 (54%)

 **Read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post to see the coupons I used to get these deals!**

Aldi 1/24/11


Spent: $35.96
Saved: $2.00
(The ground beef was marked down $2.00 so the final cost was $1.37/lb!)

Walgreens 01/25/11
(I took advantage of the great RR deal on Maalox/Gas X to use up the last of my $4/1 & $5/1 coupons.  Unfortunately, I forgot to use my $2RRs before they expired on 01/23.  Grrrr...!)


Spent: $4.50 (all cash OOP)
Saved: $23.77 (84%)
Earned: $5.00 RRs

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Weekly Totals:
Spent: $76.63
Saved: $68.24 (48%)

My 4 Week Total:
(Jan 3- Jan 30)
Spent: $330.05
Saved: $376.91 (53%)

I'm over my target budget of $80 per week/$320 per 4 weeks by $10.05 which isn't too bad.  I call it a "target" budget for a reason.  ;-)  My goal for February 2011 would be to hit that $320 per 4 weeks and I'm hoping that the Mega Event at Kroger will help me stockpile some items that will make that number reachable. Fingers crossed!

Still, going over by $10 isn't so bad when you look at the big picture which includes my total savings of $376.91.  To look at it another way, I was able to purchase $706.96 worth of groceries for only $330.05 simply by using coupons, sales, menu planning, and a simple stockpiling mentality.  That's an average of $176.74 worth of groceries per week if I hadn't used the coupons & sales.  

That money saved is money that I can now use to "pay ourselves" by putting it toward our other financial priorities.  For our family, the cash I save on our grocery/household item budget helps us save the cost of parochial school tuition over the course of the year for our three kiddos.  What I save in a year with my mad couponing skillz doesn't totally cover that cost of (3) tuitions (this coming year, 2011-12, will be our first year with all three in our local parish school) but it has made saving for that financial and educational goal far easier for us.  

How you choose to use the money you save through couponing is your perogative; the reason I share what motivates me to clip & ad match & stockpile & save is simply because having a tangible financial goal in place is necessary for long-term success

If you're new to couponing and budgeting, I encourage you to define why you want/need to save money - it will help you keep going during the "slow" weeks.  And please know that your reasons are YOUR reasons - if they motivate you and meet your financial priorities then you should never feel like you're not "doing it right" or like you need to justify your financial priorities to anyone.  ;-)

FYI, I'm tracking my grocery savings in 2011 with this nifty, already-built-and-ready-to-go spreadsheet that my friend Andrea over at Savings Lifestyle has available for anyone to download & use on Google Docs. I highly recommend it! ;-)

If you're a new frugal mom or are just new to this whole couponing gig, feel free to read through the posts linked below to help you get started.




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 comment:

  1. Thanks for the explanation. I am getting back into couponing as a way to help my family hit some financial goals. With a Walgreen's not far from my house I'm sure to make use of these tips!!

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