I’m basically going to give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time each day related to coupons, grocery shopping and searching for deals. I’m also going to include anything I do that involves saving money for my family, as there are so many ways this can be done. I want to give you an idea of what an average week for me looks like and hopefully realize that saving money does not have to be a full time job.
First thing this morning, I bought this deal on Amazon for Austin zoo animal crackers. The deal by itself was a fantastic price ($6.10 for a pack of 36 crackers), but I had a $5 gift card that I earned from Swagbucks, making the whole box just $1.10!
Keep an eye on Amazon for grocery deals. You can check out all their monthly special offers here, they generally have some really fantastic prices on all-natural and organic products. I know tons of people don’t even know about Amazon as a resource for saving money on your grocery budget. I try to keep you updated on the best deals I see, but definitely check it out for yourself to see if you can save on something your family uses all the time.
Today marked the beginning of a new pay month for us (based on my husband’s pay schedule). We pay cash for almost everything, so my husband stopped by the bank on the way home from work and picked up our monthly “allowance” if you will. The money then gets divided up into individual funds. Once the cash is gone, it’s gone for the month. You can see our “funds” and how we set up our budget here.
The only reason I mention this is because I believe it saves us SO much money every month to pay in cash. It makes every purchase we make so much more intentional when we are handing over cash instead of swiping a card. I know this lifestyle is not for everyone, but it has been such a blessing for us. For more information, read my post here.
As this was a new pay month for us, I made my monthly trip to Costco. Yes, I do shop at Costco. I truly don’t buy much there, as the majority of items they carry I can find for cheaper with coupons. If you shop it right and know what your stock-up prices are, you can find some great deals.
I paid $54.20 for everything in the picture above. I know, not free. Not even super cheap. However, our family does eat “real” food that you can’t always find coupons for and I think you all need to see these shopping trips as well as the crazy moneymaking deals.
- (4) gallons of milk ($2.18/gallon)
- 24-pack eggs ($1.65 per dozen)
- Strawberries ($1.75/lb)
- Bananas (.44/lb)
The rest of the items we can sometimes find coupons for, but not nearly enough. My poor husband has sacrificed a lot as far as what snacks we have in the house, so I make sure to always have chips and salsa for him to snack on. I have never been able to find a better deal per ounce than the delicious Kirkland tortilla chips. When I can’t find a great deal on coffee creamer, I use half and half with Torani syrup I bought from Amazon and the Darigold was a great price.
I also picked up some Scotch-Brite sponges. Deals on GOOD sponges are very rare (I know you know what I mean by good sponges) and Costco had issued a coupon for their big packs this month. They work out to about 21 cents per sponge, which I am totally willing to pay for something that will last.
My point in sharing this trip is that, in my opinion, sometimes it’s just not worth it to chase deals all over town. There are some items I just can’t find deals on often enough and we’re not willing to sacrifice.
I get asked all the time if I buy items at Costco. I just wanted to clear the air and let people know that not everything has to be bought with a coupon. Not everything has to be free. As long as you are a smart shopper and try to find the best prices on items your family uses all the time, you will save money.
Feel free to share your thoughts. What are some of the items you always have in the house? Where do you shop when you aren’t using coupons?