February 5, 2011

What I Saved at The Stores | Week 5 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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Kroger 1/31/11
(Mega Event!!)



Spent: $68.07
Saved: $120.25 (60%)

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

Aldi 1/31/11
(Ice storm coming - get cheese curls & nuggets STAT!)



Spent: $8.95
Saved: $0.00

Kroger 2/3/11
(I was lucky enough to have the chance to host one of the Coffee-Mate Free Flavor Friday parties yesterday so I had some FREE Coffee-Mate coupons to use. While I was at Kroger, I also picked up a few more of the Mega Event deals as well as some socks for a donation drive at my kiddos school and snack for a kiddo basketball game this weekend.)


Spent: $28.90
Saved: $43.54 (60%)
Earned: $2.00 Catalina OYNO
(For buying (3) Coffee-Mate Creamers)

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Weekly Totals:
Spent: $105.92
Saved: $163.79 (61%)

I'm over my target budget of $80 per week by a long shot but as I've mentioned before, I use my target budget as a goal with the end goal of a monthly budget of $320 per 4 weeks; averaging the cost of my 4 week spending plays a big role in that monthly goal. 

Why I like that "averaging" idea is simply because when there's a big Mega Event going on at Kroger (like this week), I can stockpile items during the Mega Event that we'll use that month (or even longer than a month; I've got enough Finish DW detergent tabs to last me into the summer).  Stockpiling means I won't need to spend as much in the coming weeks  - I can "shop my stockpile" instead of shopping the stores.

I'll likely make one more quick trip to Kroger on Sunday to grab the very last of the Mega Event deals that we can use at my house.  I shouldn't need too much next week except for fresh produce, meats, and dairy items; hopefully, I'll be able to cherry-pick the best sale/coupon deals as well.  ;-)

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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