First of all, some changes to my shopping this year:
Last year I spent an average of $400 a month on groceries (including household items, cosmetics, tolietries etc). Not bad, as that's only $100 a month. But I know I could probably do better.
My problem is I can't shop every week. I just do one, big shopping trip a month. Which means I miss out on the weekly deals the other 3 weeks of the month.
So this year, I'm going to try to spend only $300, and shop every 2 weeks. IF this pays off, (as I have to drive 140miles round trip to shop) with the expense of gas and car mileage I will continue to do so. If I don't save at least a $100 by shopping more often I'll just go back to once a month.
I've decided to participate in Fabulessly Frugal's Grocery Budget Challenge. I put in my $300 a month budget, and each week I record my spending and saving!
And also am entered into their weekly giveaway. This week it is a $20 Amazon Gift Card.
I'll also continue to use the Excel spreadsheet I've used the past year and a half for keeping track of percentage saved.
So far this year I've spent $45.49 and saved $4.88. Obviously not the greatest, but $30 of that was at Costco, which does not accept manufactures coupons.
These are the online deals I was able to score this week!
A FREE Facebook offer for a NeilMed Neti Pot (This offer ended yesterday I think. But I know they do giveaways periodically).
I've heard good things about these, but never used one. Since it was Free, decided I'd try it out. Sounds like a good thing to have on hand, as it is a natural way to relieve colds, and congestion.
Also, through Disney Movie Rewards I redeemed 150 points for a FREE box of Pop Secret popcorn.
I received the coupon in the mail this week. And it's good for one 3 count box of microwave popcorn until 3-31-12, Up to a $3.50 value.
And today, I scored a $40+ value box of beauty and cosmetic items for $0.01 from Julep Maven
After creating an account, they send you new products ($40 value) each month for $19.99. You are automatically billed, and receive a email notification as a reminder. You can cancel anytime, and can always skip a month if you don't want new stuff.
For a penny I thought this was a good deal, I plan to cancel my membership/account soon since I don't use this stuff often enough to pay $20 a month for it. (even though, that is 50% off). Apparently this can only be done by calling or emailing them.
Go Here to score this deal! Not sure how long it is available.
Thanks to Hip2Save for this deal!
I got the MegaBlocks Blok Squad product. Since we host church fellowship once a month, I've been trying to get a variety of children's toys for the kids to play with while here. Since Langers juice was on sale at my local grocery store I decided this was a good deal, and bought 3 bottle of juice.
That's it for this week! Hopefully in future weeks I'll be more organized with my shopping spending and online deals!