Well, I had a lovely post about saving money all ready to go last night, and then it disappeared into the deep, dark interwebs, never to be heard from again. I could have rewritten it, but I just didn’t feel up to it. I figured I would talk about finances today, so I would just weave the two posts together.
I have been lucky enough to catch a few breaks this past week with saving money and the upcoming holidays. Since I have some of the best friends ever, we have all decided that instead of giving gifts, we are all just going to get together and have a lunch date. This will end up saving us about $75-$100, since I would have been spending about $15-$20 on 5 individuals. I will instead have to just spend about $20 on a meal for myself.
Another way I have been able to save some money is by using our Pampers Rewards to get 50 free photo cards from Shutterfly. If you are not familiar with Pampers Rewards, each Pampers item you buy (wipes and diapers) there is a code on it that you can enter online. You then earn points that you can trade in for different items. Each year I save them up and use them for our Christmas cards. I also do want to address the issue of brand loyalty here. I realize there are cheaper diapers out there, but we have not found any that fit Miss C as well as Pampers do. Because of this, we have stuck with them.
Finally I am going to be able to cash in two of my rebate apps. I have about $40 to cash in. $20 will come in a check form, and the other $20 I will deposit into our Paypal account. I don’t have this $40 earmarked for anything, but will probably use it for travel expenses or gift expenses when we need it.
Today I was able to *almost* stay on budget with our groceries. I ended up going over by $0.31. I think that is pretty good considering how expensive groceries have gotten recently. I would have stayed on budget, but there were a few deals that were too good to pass up. Here are my best ones:
Schick Disposable Razors (x2)
Original Cost: $8.49 (x2 = $16.98)
On Sale: $6.49 (x2 = $12.98)
e-Coupon: BOGO: -$6.49
Final Cost: $6.49
Total Savings: $10.49
3 lb Bags of Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts (x2)
Original Cost: $12.99 (x2 = $25.98)
On Sale: $4.98 (x2 = $9.96)
Final Cost: $9.96
Total Savings: $16.02
Cinnamon Toast Crunch (x2)
Original Cost: $3.19 (x2 = $6.38)
On Sale: $2.99 (x2 = 5.98)
Super Deal: Buy 2, save $3.00
Final Cost: $2.98
Total Savings: $3.40
I also got a couple of other good deals. Milk was on sale 2/$5. Milk is usually $3.54 each, so I saved $2.08. Not too bad, when you consider we go through about 2 gallons a week around here. I was also able to stack some sales and e-coupons with rebates from my apps. I did this with trash bags and orange juice. Before rebates I ended up saving $2.58, then I got an additional $2.00 from iBotta. Not too shabby!
I have to say that I was pretty darn proud of being so close to staying under budget! The bags of chicken were not on my list, but everything else was. If I wouldn’t have bought those, then I would have been under budget. But honestly, I couldn’t pass up a savings of over $15.00 on something that we will definitely use. Thank goodness for our deep freeze in the basement! We now have 3 bags of frozen chicken, all bought on sale. We shouldn’t have to buy chicken any time soon!