For those of you who may not know, I have challenged myself to spending only $400 per month on household and grocery items in 2008. I must say that though I'm getting better at planning and using coupons, the economy is not making this any easier. Prices at the stores are on the rise, my friends. I noticed that the usually $2.00 large container of yogurt was $2.85 this week!! I'm seeing (as I'm sure you are) little increases here and there which could add up quickly.
These were my totals for April:
Spent: $409.78 Total Savings: $373.15 Coupon Savings: $101.94
As far as reaching my other goals for March, I did this fairly well. Had the garage sale. Freezer cooked with Barbara (it's all gone now). However, we ate out a lot more than usual. Chinese, Mexican, Fazoli's, Pizza. And we did this without coupons as I had promised myself. This has got to stop, I say.
Some of you think that I have some sort of Super Powers that allow me to save money. This simply is not so. On Bloglines I have three sites listed that I use exclusively for finding deals. There are a million more than these, but I simply do not have the time to read them. From these blogs I get a good picture of what's going on at the major chain grocery stores and CVS. They also have great links to internet deals. This month I was able buy some very nice makeup on clearance for a $1 and received a $10 off $25 coupon from Lowe's.
You should check these blogs out if you have not already: Money Saving Mom, Thrifty Florida Mama, and The Bargain Shopper Lady.
I've finally figured out a system to shop CVS in which I can keep it all straight and even do the math with my seven children in tow. I'm hoping to have that post up shortly.
I know to some that it seems like frugal shopping comes naturally. I won't lie. It is work.
Sometimes I wish that I could just walk into a store and buy anything off the shelf not even looking at the price. But since that's not an option, I'll continue to be as resourceful as possible and apply myself to learning from those with far more experience.