October Update

I had read somewhere that October was traditionally a month that the best sales were going on and that a lot of savings could happen. I had never experienced this, though I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t paying attention or that it wasn’t true.

It was true for me this month, though.

Thinking back, I don’t remember any incredible sales, though Rite Aid was smoking hot and I ended up with the biggest rebate check I’ve ever had – $70.88. But the grocery deals were just normal, from my perspective. In fact, I haven’t even been to Albertson’s for two weeks, but I did go to Fred Meyers so that’s probably a wash.

So imagine my surprise when I totaled up our grocery/household budget for the month of October and it came to…

$354.82!!

Whoa…I totaled it up three times just to make sure. :-)

This is our lowest month ever, beating my original goal of $400/month by almost $50 (I’ve since lowered our monthly budget amount to $375 which I’ve stayed under for about eight months- see my side bar for “How low can I go”).

It sure is a great feeling, though I’ve no idea how it happened (!) and we’ve still got a freezer full of food and a good pantry/bathroom stockpile, so we didn’t inadvertently use up our extras.

Also, this is the month that I was able to cash in $20 of Swagbucks for the first time, I received my second Ebates $20+ payout that I posted about here, and accumulated that big Rite Aid rebate check I mentioned.

Seems like the money saving things I really started concentrating on last February have really started to pay off…

How’re you all doing?

Jami

     


 


  

Comments

  1. Tracy says

    Very impressive.

    I’m just starting and it’s quite overwhelming. Organization is a struggly for me so figuring out how to organize my coupons, plan shopping, etc. is a struggle.

    Hopefully I’ll get there!

  2. Jenelle says

    I’m with Tracy, I’m still struggling to get everything organized and making sure I have all the right coupons and remember to bring them to the store with me. This month I really went over, because I was trying to really take advantage of some good sales and stock up on the things we use a lot, but still needed to buy the every day things we needed. I have not added it up yet but I think I spent over $700. That’s twice what you spent Jami! BUT my pantry and freezer are pretty much stuffed, so I’m hoping it will pay off in November because I will not have so many “needs” on my list and I can just menu plan from my pantry and freezer. Wish me luck!

  3. says

    Great savings. I continue to be amazed by how much I have reduced our grocery budget over the last couple of years. The more you stockpile the easier it gets.

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