Shelf Cost: $29.72
I Spent: $7.94
We also had several small trips to Smith's where we picked up bread, milk, and whole milk yogurt. I also placed an order with Alice.com for some Saran Wrap, because we were all out and I knew I wasn't getting to a store in the next few days and didn't want to make a special trip.
All told, in the month of January we:
Spent $197.22 on all groceries (food, household items, diapers, toiletries, medicine etc)
Total Value of Purchases (Shelf Cost): $714.66
Saved with coupons: $284.86 (don't doubt that coupons are worth the work!)
Saved with Sales: $233.08
At the beginning of the year, one of my favorite blogs had an excel spreadsheet to download that tracks all of these numbers - you just enter a few numbers in off your receipt and it totals everything up - I love it. I not only love seeing how much I save, but it's so much fun that it keeps me on top of my receipts so that I don't lose track of how much I've spent. I used to just keep a mental tally of how much I had left to spend, but I know there were things I forgot and that adds up. So, I'm loving this new spreadsheet because it's yet another way to save money.