We use coupons. Katie actually gets excited on Saturdays when the coupons arrive. We LOVE using coupons. We don’t use coupons for things we don’t need; just because something is $1 off doesn’t mean we’re going to buy it to act like we saved a $1 when we actually spent $3.99.
I kept track of all the money we saved using coupons for things we were going to buy anyway (deodorant, TP, medicine, canned veggies, etc.). I will be doing this again this year, but I will be doing one extra step. What we save will be moved over into savings. So if we save $4.50 in coupons, then I will move $4.50 over to savings. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but after a year it really adds up.
Here’s the breakdown from 2007:
Grand Total: $149.66
You see, after a year it adds up to a decent amount. Enough to pay for the tags on my car (plus the inspection and emissions tests). Enough help pay half of my personal property taxes. That’s a BIG help.
Try it this year.