A year ago, I (Litsa) shared the highlights of my family’s February Savings with you to encourage you to continue your own journey with coupons, deals, rebates, and more! I’ve remained a stay at home mom this past year and continued to work on our savings plan——-couponing and dealing to negate debt and to refrain from working outside the home until our little girl enters Kindergarten! It’s a challenge to stay on course with a savings plan in today’s economy but to show you and myself that it matters, I tallied up our savings for January 2013. Here’s a glimpse of our savings by categories:
Coupons (Kroger/Wal-Mart): $334.78 (many stockpiled items—detergent, soaps, etc.)
Bing/Swagbucks (Amazon Gift Cards): $33.00
Online Shopping: $136.60
Discover Card Cashback: $27.72
Items Sold (items around the house): $304.00
Coupon Classes Taught: $40
Blog Dealing (Two Sources): $276.75/$280
Our family’s grand total was $1447.85—-working from home on deal blogging, watching sales and clipping coupons!!
Now, I don’t encourage you to quit your job because the hours put in on accumulating this figure were FULLTIME hours! However, I can say that our stockpiles are FULL from the sales that took place this past month at Kroger (The Mega Events). But if you are willing to account for your actions and journey along with us couponing and saving, you too will see the benefits of the mad dash to follow along on this journey! There’s always room to save! I opted for home hair coloring this month (Saved $55 by not going to the salon). And there’s that dreaded budget word—–spend what you have coming in before you have the money in hand! That’s my focus for February as I watch sales, deals, and more to buy what we need and eliminate the WANT buying———an all cash budget for daily needs throughout the month is another goal!
There were many, many freebies too that came in the mail—-magazines: Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, Lucky, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Essence, Prevention, US Weekly, Parents, Parenting, Southern Living, Field of Stream, Family Fun———and lotions, shampoos, conditioners, perfumes (all samples), Poise products (free with coupons), Bath and Body Works Lotion (free with coupon)——-free “Green” Grocery tote——-and more! Luckily, I was able to stash a few items away for summer vacation and others I was able to pass to friends!
May your journey of savings and having it all be just as prosperous!
Set goals. Achieve—-as you envision where you want to be a month from now—or a year from now!
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