Saturday, August 15, 2009
This week's Savings Summary
Contrary to what my sister-in-law says, I'm not the queen of frugality. I wish I were and I'm endeavoring to get better but there's only so much energy that I can afford to pour into it. One of these days I'd like to write down the money saving things we've implemented in our home (long before there was any economic 'depression' ) that flows out of our philosophy of money and stewardship. But that will be the day when I have more time than what is available to me now.
This week there were some good deals at various places so I made two trips to Walgreens (I only have a picture of one of the trips), and one to CVS and Kroger. Here were the final results:
Kroger: Two 6pks of Dannon yogurt, One 6pk Danimals yogurt, two pkgs hot dogs, chicken breasts, 2 pkgs sausage, 2 pkgs bacon, 2 jars salad dressing, 1 jar mayo, 4 pkgs Knorr pasta sides, 1 box rice, 1 jar oil, 4 boxes cereal, 1 roll paper towels, bread, bananas, 2 gallons of milk.
Total value: $83.56
After coupons, sales and promotions paid: $37.81
CVS: 2 jumbo pkgs Huggies diapers, 1 pair scissors, 1 softsoap body wash
Total before sale: $33.07
Total after sales, coupons and promotions: $6.14
Received: $11.00 in Extra Care Bucks for next trip
Walgreens: 1 tube Colgate toothpaste, 4 cans Campbell's cream of chicken soup, 4 pocket folders (for fillers in Walgreens won't accept more coupons than the number of items you have...very unhandy policy), 2 pkgs (2 in each) reach toothbrushes, 1 reach dental floss, 2 pkgs Neosporin
Total before sales: $31.26
After coupons, sales and promotions: $10.63
Got back: $10.00 in Register Rewards for next store purchase.
So that means I paid out of pocket $54.58. Our budget is $60.00 a week for groceries, papers products, health needs, diapers, cleaning items. Basically that covers everything except clothes which is kept in a different fund and rolls over each month. Whatever is left over after our $240.00 either goes into savings or if there are any "needed" purchases then we can look at using the money towards that. Pretty good week!