Sunday, November 22, 2009

Staying on a budget

Spent $128.37
Saved $97.67

Just finished my grocery shopping trip for Thanksgiving and food for the week.  Didn't do too bad!  I started couponing about 2 years ago and now I can't stop.  Trust me, there are days that I don't want to do it but the guilt of spending more money than I need to kills me. It does take work and time, but I find it to be worth it. I have put us on a budget of $300 a month for groceries and other household items.  Every grocery trip, I log in the amount I spent and saved in an excel spreadsheet. I also have a monthy calendar that I write out my meals for the week.  I base my meals on the meat that is on sale and my stockpile. So far this month, I have spent $274 and saved $183.  Sometimes with coupons, I end up getting free stuff.  Like today, I got a free Rachael Ray magazine and mozzarella cheese.  I will be heading to walgreens later today to get my free reynolds wrap with coupon.  Well I am off to enjoy my Rachael Ray magazine while my italian beef is cooking in the crock pot for dinner!


  1. Couponing is so awesome! Glad we get to work together sometimes to find our crazy deals :)

  2. Me too!!! Did you see the free Rachael Ray magazine and 2 Sorrento mozzarella cheese? You actually get some overage on it. The magazine has some great recipes too!

  3. Thats awesome! I am an avid clipper and often go to th company's website to see if they have one online. Balmex ALWAYS has a $1 off Farm Rich (Jason's french toast sticks) often has one too. I ususally spend $150 a week and save between $30 and $60. How do you do it?!

  4. MomlovesJason,

    Check out these sites:

    They give you all the coupons to go with the ads. I usually buy BOGO's and use a coupon for each item. Publix will let you do that. I also try to stack a store coupon with a manufacturer, so that I can buy the item dirt cheap or even get it free. If Publix has an item on sale and I know it is somehting I tend to use, I buy it and stockpile it. I have never paid for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner. If you need any help with it, I would be more than happy to!

  5. You are awesome!!! I need your help cutting down my grocery bill!!!