Saturday, January 29, 2011

Holy January!

I'm enjoying a lazy Saturday and getting a few necessary things done. I sat down a little while ago to look at my bank accounts and credit cards, and I was shocked and appalled at how much money I've spent this month. The reason I was so shocked is because I have no idea how it happened or what I really spent it on. I won't break it down into painful details, but two specific numbers that were ridiculous was eating out and spending $285.80 and groceries at almost $400 (and I split the groceries with my boyfriend)!! 

And if you read this post, you know I don't even like the grocery store that much. 
You have seen a few of my recipes posted here, and there are some others over at my other blog, and if you've ever clicked on them, you may realize I don't necessarily look for recipes that have short ingredients list. I'm realizing this may be one of the things that I need to be better at.

So, for February, I have a few goals on ways to make sure my spending is literally less than 50% of my January spending:
1. Start clipping coupons and possibly matching up with what is on sale on Publix BEFORE making my weekly menu.
2. Look for recipes that don't have a full page of ingredients.
3. Create a menu that calls for similar ingredients between recipes, so the unused spinach from Monday can be used on Tuesday.
4. Don't go get my nails done every two weeks. I own so many nail polishes, I can totally do my own at home.
4. I bought enough Stella & Dot this month. NOTHING MORE!
5. No shopping in February--for anything. No Gilt Group purchases, no "but it's on sale" buys.

Are any of your coupon clippers? There were a few weeks last summer I tried to read all those coupon blogs and match up sales and coupons, and it ended up taking so much time and I ended up buying so much stuff I didn't need to "save" or "make" money.

What are your tips for managing coupons and sales without spending hours? Or, how do you save money at the grocery store?
Also, how do you plan a menu that overlaps ingredients? I will take any and all tips! I need help!

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Courtney said...

all recipes lets you search by ingredient.
maybe that will help some?

Amber said...

I am a coupon clipper, but I usually end up forgetting to use them or I don't remember to use them before they expire :-/ I need to start more often. It's so time-consuming though!

I used to get my nails done every 2 weeks too. I stopped doing that, and have saved quite a bit in that area!

Brittany said...

We just started getting in to coupon clipping. Last week we saved about $20. Not too bad for the first time!

Megan said...

I wish that we did coupon clipping. I've heard that you can save lots!!

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