I am SO thrilled to tell you that Angela over at The Coupon Project has released her 2013 Savings Tracker! I have used this for two years now and it is an invaluable resource. It is such a simple tool to help keep track of your monthly budget, but it is amazing to see your progress. Click here for more information and to download your own spreadsheet.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you will enter into the spreadsheet:
- SHELF COST: I enter in the amount I would have paid at the store that day, without coupon or rebate.
- COUPONS: Manufacturer coupons and catalina coupons
- DISCOUNTS: I include store coupons here, to keep them separate from manufacturer coupons.
- REBATES: This is for any type of rebate I am submitting (mail-in or online)
Everything else is calculated for you! You may interpret each of the above entries a little different than I do, but the key is to keep it consistent. If you don’t do the same thing every time you make an entry, your results won’t be accurate.
Even if you don’t use the coupons, discounts and rebates tab, it is still an immensely helpful tool. There have been months that I have just been too busy to enter in anything but what I paid out of pocket and I still love how it tracks my spending for me.
If you don’t track your spending, I highly recommend that you use this tool (or anything else that works for you). As soon as I started this in January 2010, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. All the work is being done for me, I barely have to think about it.