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Today was a pretty good day. In fact, any day when I save more than I spend, and spend almost nothing on top of it, is a good day. I make a lot of notes and save a lot of info every day that I can use to help save money on shopping and then I strike! Think of it like it is war and you will have a better understanding of how it makes me feel to win the money battle that we all have to fight. So when I tell you that today, I saved $148.21, I hope you get the same feeling that I have when we are winning the war!
Shopping, Like Any Battle, Starts With a Good Plan
As I said, I am always looking for deals, coupons, and specials that can help me save my money on the things I use. In retirement, it’s ultra-important and I have to admit I have the free time to check out all the possibilities. I haven’t exactly calculated how much impact all of my dedication has saved me for the entire year, but I can tell you that I have saved double-digits regularly on my monthly expenses because of it. If you can do even a little planning and fact finding, you will save like that too!
One of My $100+ Savings Days
On my shopping spree today, I literally saved almost $150. I’m not talking about buying a car and saving that $150 after spending $18,000 either. I know that’s one that anyone can do. My savings is based on a full day and seven stops along the way that saved me $148.21 or 81% of my potential expense which in real dollars was just $35.37.
Besides having the deals lined up, another key factor is saving the time and effort that planning my shopping trip rewards me. I literally make an actual map of my route to cover all my stops most efficiently which saves me time and gas money too. After all, I don’t want to miss Judge Judy by wasting my time sitting in traffic, do I?
How I Save Money on Shopping
Here are the results of my fruitful day and with a little effort you can do almost as well! If you start the planning process now, by next month you can write you own article on how much you saved and how you did it!
1. Bed, Bath & Beyond
Online I ordered a Blue Stripe 3-Piece King Comforter Set with a cool casual look. Regularly $69.99, on closeout it cost $29.99 less 20% off coupon, net $23.99. A $25.00 gift card from a previous purchase brought my total to $0.00 (plus free standard shipping -$5.99 too!). Total savings = $75.98 with $0.00 spent.
At Staples, I used my $10.00 free purchase card (from my Staples Rewards) to buy five boxes of Kleenex (regularly $1.29 each) and a 24-pack of 16.9 oz. Poland Spring bottled water (regularly $4.29). Total saved $10.00 with $0.74 spent.
3. Great Clips
I got a new haircut, regularly $12.99, with coupon $7.99. With the tip, I saved $6.00, spent $9.99.
4. Stop & Shop and Shell
I used my Stop & Shop fuel savings rewards (from previous grocery purchases) at Shell to get $0.30 off per gallon and saved $3.00 off on my $28.00 purchase (saved 10.7% per gallon).
At CVS, I used my free $6.00 in Extra Bucks from previous purchases to get four packages of Bumble Bee tuna (regularly $1.69 each, on sale for $0.88 each) and three bottles of Dr. Pepper soda (regularly $2.19 each, on sale for $0.99 each). Total savings of $11.25, spent $0.49. Use this CVS link to get 30% off your own purchase plus free shipping!
6. Ruby Tuesday
I ordered a free bacon cheeseburger with fries for my birthday coupon (member of the loyalty program) and saved $11.99. With tax/tip, I spent $3.11.
At my local Honda dealer, I got free lifetime oil changes ($29.99 value) with my 2013 Honda purchase (my now paid off Civic!). Savings of $29.99 and I do this about three times a year!
All in all, I saved $148.21 and spent $35.37.
I hope I don’t dislocate my shoulder patting myself on the back here. That would mean I’d have to offset my savings with the cost of a doctor visit and that would definitely be counterproductive. Instead I will cautiously sit over by the TV now and watch my Judge Judy show. I learn something new from her almost everyday. Yes, it’s good to have lots of free time these days!
How have you plotted and planned to save bucks on your budget? Are you successful at it? If you saved over $100 today, how would you feel? $50? $10? At what number is it not worth your time and energy?
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