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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

31 Days of Nothing-Days 10-12

I ended up going Monday evening to Lowes in a quest for a few supplies that I'll explain more in another post-that resulted in $5 spent on what I went there for...and $30 spent on a shelving unit that I wasn't so much planning on buying...although I had mentioned it to my husband since it was $20 off its normal price. We need storage downstairs if we are to reclaim that space and use it for our school area. The sale ended that day. That spending comes out of the "home improvement" fund, so it doesn't really count in terms of our monthly budget.

I went from Lowes to Walmart where I spent $100. I needed two different sets of supplies.
1) I needed some things to organize my coupons. If I really am to start trying to save my family serious money with coupons (I've been doing pretty good, but I want to kick it up a notch), then I need to have a system in place that will work for me and that I will use, so that required buying a few items.
2) I also needed some basic groceries. Things like apples, cereal, brown sugar, etc. It was a random list, but I was out, I was at Walmart, they had what I needed, so I bought it.

From Walmart, I went to Target looking for a few supplies for my coupon binder that Walmart didn't have. I spent about $12.

I was exhausted when I got home!

Tuesday, Presley and I went to Publix and she walked me through one incredible deal that involved a bazillion coupons, but ended in me getting 3 pork tenderloins, 2 KC Masterpiece sauces, and two 13.5 lb bags of charcoal for...are you ready for this...$3.25. Of course, I needed a few other things which were on sale OR which I had a coupon for OR were items I don't compromise on (like organic milk), so all totalled I spent $22 and saved $65.50.

Today I stayed home. It's hard to spend if you don't leave the house, LOL. Well, actually I did go tonight to pick up 4 prescriptions (they were free because I filled them on July 31st before our insurance changed) and I did end up spending $5. CVS had tubes of 1oz. solid cocoa butter on clearance for .29 each. That's an amazing deal, and I can use it for soap and lotion making, so I bought them out of what they had at the store I was at. I need to make soap, so the need was real and I would have had to buy some anyway-but now I saved a TON on it too.
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Anonymous said...

Wow! You did an awesome job with your couponing. Congrats!

I also wanted to tell you that I am so proud of you for listening to God calling you to be home. You and your family will truly be blessed!

Julie said...

Look at that you're already up to 13 followers...I think you've just about doubled what you had before you put the gadget up! I still only have 9:(!

Melissa said...

Well done on the couponing!! I'm going to learn to work the system too.

Randi Sue said...

I am learning to work the system, too. I am actually starting to get paid to buy certain things. It is hard to believe. I am realizing that it really takes office organization skills to make money coupon. I am enjoying the challenge.