Thursday, February 4, 2010

January Budget Wrap Up

Albertsons: (2 shopping trips)


Total Shelf Cost: $148.61
I Paid: $27.44
Savings: 81%
I am SO going to miss Albertsons - the last store closed and I am SO sad *sigh*. That's one of the reasons why I didn't stay under $100 last month - I just couldn't let these deals go by because I will never see ones like them again.

Rite Aid (2 shopping trips):
Total Shelf Cost: $78.90
I Spent: $7.95
Savings: 89%

Smith's and Maceys:

Total Shelf Cost: $52.70
I Spent: $27.74
Savings: 47%

Walgreens (3 shopping trips):
Total Shelf Cost: $100.00
I Spent: $17.09
Savings: 82%

Maceys:
Total Shelf Cost: $16.70
I Spent: $4.20
Savings: 74%

Smith's:
Total Shelf Cost: $92.06
I Spent: $32.57
Savings: 64%

Walmart (2 Shopping Trips):
Total Shelf Cost: $93.85
I spent: $29.33
Savings: 68%

I did do some price matching, which is totally evil, I know, but I had to go there to pick up stuff for a Primary activity and didn't want to make any other trips, so I did it. And I only feel a little bad about it.

Buy Low:

Shelf Cost: $16.35
I Spent: $6.31
Savings: %61

Sunflower Market:

Shelf Cost: $5.14
I Spent: $3.23
Savings: 37%
(FYI - The brown bag is flax seeds)


Target:
Shelf Cost: $41.32
I Spent: $6.44
Savings: 84%

Target, Buy Low, Babies R Us (very random, I know):


Shelf Cost: $29.72

I Spent: $7.94

Savings: 73%

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

Savings: 72%

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.

1 comment:

Lisa L said...

You are so awesome at this Amber. When I get home I am going to get serious about this again. I was doing pretty good until before the wedding and I haven't got back to it yet.