Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saving Time and Money

Do you like buying things on $ale, using coupons or both?  Would you like to see hard numbers on you're actual yearly savings?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be interested in this neat Savings Tracker Spreadsheet I recently ran across from Sue Stock.  There are three different versions to choose from... basic, advanced and super detailed. Just pick one, download it and start tracking those savings! 
{sample of basic spreadsheet}
As for me, I'm not a professional coupon shopper by any means.  I often wish I were but my schedule just doesn't allow time for me to sit down, research all the local deals, organize those deals and execute actual shopping trips.  Instead, I use several coupon blogs, news paper circulars and coupons both clipped and printed to get my deals.  I tend to stick to my {usual} stomping grounds... Target, CVS, Walgreens, Harris Teeter, Lowes and even Michaels every now and again. I've always found awesome deals at all of these stores and you just can't beat buying an item on sale, topped with daily double coupons and even triple coupons from time to time!  

Here's a recent deal I picked up from Gaggle Chicks...
My kiddos to pick up a Peeled Snack bag when I stop by Starbucks.  They're organic, yummy and good for them so I don't mind but.. They can get expensive with four little ones.  So... needless to say, I was excited to find this awesome deal!  Now I can keep a few bags of Peeled Snacks in my purse for those stops at Starbucks!  I got 30 bags of Peeled Snacks for $10.00!  Regular price is $59.99.  What a savings...

and today I picked up some GE Reveal Light Bulbs from Target for $0.04 a pack!
GE Reveal Light Bulbs
Now I can take the $5.00 Starbucks Card that I purchased from familyFinds for $1.00, score myself a delish coffee, pass out some Peeled Sanck bags to the kids and keep some dinero in my pocket!  Nice...

So... my savings goal is and always has been buy as much as I can on sale and try not to buy any household item unless it is on sale or I have a coupon.  Why? Because you can always find a sale or a coupon for household items.  Now if I could only find some coupons for my "green" products I'd be one happy camper!  
Those are few and far between...

Go Google that little word coupon and you'll be amazed at what you find.  Here are a few of the sites I stalk for good deals.  I'm leaving the deal findin' up to the {pros}!

Money Saving Mom
Cha Ching On A Shoestring
Common Sense with Money
Jessica's Coupons

How do you find your deals and how much do you think you save?


Things Sent My Way said...

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Teresa Choplin @ tchoplin2009(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Hi, I'm a new follower, found you the Wednesday Blog Hop, please feel free sometime to stop by my blog, thank you and have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that you are the spotlighted blog for Hop Along Friday! You will be linked up at the top of the list :) Hope you have an awesome Friday! :)


Aimee said...

Congrats on the spotlight and I am your newest follower- stop by and share the love!

Heather said...

I am a new follower from the blog hop... I hope to see you at
when you have a chance and if you choose to follow as well, Fabulous!

AirForceWife and Mommy of Two said...

Congrats on being the featured blogger. I have been following for a while. Happy friday!!

HBrummett said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing this! I am a new follower from the Hop Along Friday. Hope you have a fab Friday! Please visit me when you can. I have moved and have a new look!~Heather

Anestazia said...

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Our Beaten Path said...

Great post! I'm just dipping my toes into trying to coupon and save money, etc....I find this very interesting!
I'm your newest follwer hopping over from Super Mom! :)


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