For the first time ever, I have tracked every single penny I spent on anything in a store as well as each coupon and sale price. I downloaded a coupon savings tracking form from another blog (sorry- I don't remember where) and I started in January. But that month I only entered things that I bought with coupons. For instance, if I went regular grocery shopping and didn't use many coupons- I didn't enter it.
In February I did. Every single thing I bought- I entered. Birthday gifts, groceries, stock up on personal care items, drinks, all of it. I must say- I am surprised by what I found.
I spent $480.83 the entire month. I thought that the total would have been much lower. We are still spending nearly the same amount of money per week on grocery & personal care items as we used to- except now I am buying probably double to triple what I used to get for the same money. So there is something to be said for that- we are much better stocked than we EVER used to be. But still, I want to get that number down.
I spent $480.83. I saved $504.72 with store sale prices and $675.48 with coupons, for a total of $1180.20 in total savings. That means I saved about 71% on average of anything I purchased. I have no complaints about that- I think its pretty darn good.
But this month- I'm hoping to spend no more than $350. I'll be anxious to see if we can do it, especially with getting ready for vacation and a family dinner at my house. Here goes nothing!