Friday, January 20, 2012

Tom Thumb Trip 1/20 + Weekly Totals

This week, Tom Thumb is having a great sale, so I  made sure I went!  I've decided that I should shop more often because my 2 year old who is an absolute terror at home was an absolute angel in the store.  She sat still, and quiet, in the seat of the basket the whole time I shopped, and went through self check-out with my coupons, half of which (the ones with the new style barcodes) would not scan, so I had to wait for the very nice lady to come and punch them in for me.

I had a great trip overall.  I bought a lot of stuff, but it was a lot of stuff we were out of.  Here's everything I got  (click to enlarge):

Total Shelf Price:    $112.29
Total Sale Price:     $64.71  Already 42% Savings just by shopping sale prices!

Price Paid After Coupons:      $42.62  62% Savings

This was the second shopping trip I did this week:
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My total spent this week was $85.91, which is a bit over my budget for the week.  

For the first three weeks of the year I've spent $281.75  (a little more than I thought but I found some more receipts....)  That's an average of $93.92 per week, and already $1.75 over the monthly budget we had been using last time I tracked our purchases.

My intended goal is $75 per week, or $280 per month.  Since we've got back to using our debit cards instead of cash, you can see we've been struggling to stick to that (and I never knew it because I had slacked on tracking our spending/saving!)

So, that being said, I'm really glad I'm back to keeping track of it now!  It's good to have a wake up call! ;)  Also, today is payday for my husband, and a new budget is going to be made.  Cash is going to be taken out of the bank (just as my lovely guest poster suggested!) and next week will begin our "February"  (good thing, since all of January's money is apparently spent!)  

We did have an extra week in January to make our money stretch (but I didn't track that week EEK!), and will also have an extra week in February to do the same (Christmas throws off the teacher's monthly check schedule every year, so this is a hard time to begin tracking these things.)  Late February will get us back on our normal monthly payment cycle, and hopefully our spending will be back in check from using cash, too!

I am also going to challenge myself to go the next week without any spending so that will shave those "extra" days off of the month.  I have plenty of food on hand in the freezer and pantry now, so we should only need milk and bread at most.

How did your shopping go this week?  Link up your post, or leave a comment!


Erika @ My Road to Savings January 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM  

I am a little over to start the year too, but the way I look at it is I have all my ingredients (including essential oils) to make all my cleaners for at least the next 6 months or even longer. Not having to buy laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent will bring me back on track. Good job and keep up the great work :)

JRFrugalMom and Family January 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM  

I made it way over the budget last week with all of my Target toy clearance shopping, so I am thankful to stay below budget this week.

Keeping track of your spending is definitely a great way to keep the spending under control.

I spent $41 for a family of 5 this week, and although I did not spend as much as usual, I was still surprised to see how much I actually got for our money.

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