Day thirty

I’ve almost made it to the end of Extreme Couponing month.  Tomorrow I will recap my month, talk about all the things I learned, the lessons I will keep with me and those I am glad to be done with.  Today, though, I will give you my finally tally of what I saved over the month.  I’ve tried my best to keep my receipts for all my grocery shops and basically everything I spent money on.  I was not as good at this as I would have liked, so the final tallies below for restaurant visits are estimates, and I also figure I lost a couple receipts along the way for other things (I was doing so well at keeping my coupons organized, I would sometimes forget to keep the receipts just as neat).  Therefore, keep in mind that these aren’t completely scientific figures, but they do represent the kind of money I did save by buying everything with a coupon:

Groceries: Before Coupons $194.61 – Spent $125.47 = Saved $69.14!

Household and beauty supplies: Before Coupons $66.45 – Spent $31.67 = Saved $34.78! (I saved more than I spent!)

Restaurants and Entertainment: Before Coupons $235 – Spent $200 = Saved $35! (these are estimates as after a glass of wine and a good chat with a friend I sometimes lost track of the goal to keep the receipt)

Total Before Coupons: $496.06
Total Spent: $357.14
Total Saved: $138.92!!!!
(This doesn’t include the fact that I used coupons on top of  items already on sale, so I saved money that way as well)

I didn’t buy very many things that I wouldn’t have bought already – I mostly stayed with my organics and healthier food.  I actually bought much less than I normally would and I always had plenty of food to eat (good lesson for future grocery shops).  I still went out and sometimes would treat friends to dinner with my coupons in exchange for them buying theatre tickets, or helping me with the blog.  I must admit, though, that a lot of friends did buy me a beer, etc. or agree to come over to my house for me to cook for them instead of going out, so I thank them for being so supportive.  I couldn’t of done it without you guys!

2 thoughts on “Day thirty

  1. Hi Lindsay,

    Great reading!

    You have spent lots of time and energy on couponing.
    Will you continue doing it or is it too much work for too little saving?


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