As some of you might know, I'm a huge supporter of coupons and just getting a good deal period. I'm the person you see who has a coupon binder out in the store. I'm the one you stand behind at checkout that hands the cashier a handful of coupons for their purchase. You might think it's not worth it or a pain in the butt to be that organized, but it can really ad up.
About 1.5 years ago I got fed up with being made fun of for using coupons. I won't lie, the people who did it the most were my husband his parents. I kept telling them that I saved a lot of money but I don't think they believed me. I was getting rather annoyed by this because Husband the FIL believe in saving and not spending money, yet, they made fun of me for shopping for deals and using coupons..which saves money. It just didn't make sense to me. I decided to show them up and last year I kept track of how much was saved via coupons.
Are you ready? I ended up saving $2,274.17! That amazed me! I let them know how much I saved and while the teasing has gone down some, it hasn't gone down completely. Again..I just don't get it.
This year I've only saved $1,438.75 so far. I don't think I'll end up doing as well as last year but I'm ok with that. Why? I've changed my eating habits. I eat healthier now, I try to eat more from scratch, and I don't buy as much processed foods. In doing this, I have found that the coupons for food items I'll now buy are far and few between (except for cereal and granola bars that is).
One of the things I also started doing towards the end of last year was to keep track of how much I spent on groceries and healthy/beauty and household items (cleaners, detergent, etc). I've done that for all of this year so far. While I am not using as many coupons, my monthly spending has gone down a lot since last year. Eating healthier really does have it's benefits!
Since I do keep track of this info, one of the things I'll share at the end of each month is how I did with savings and how I did trying to keep on track with my budget for the month (which is $330 or less on the categories listed above).