What I Did This Week to Save Money 5/4

After last week’s great results, I thought we were on track again to end the week with 40% of our weekly money left to put towards savings.  In fact, as I type this, the other window open on my computer is Quicken with a weekly spending report.  It seems the difference over last week is a collection of small things adding up: $20.00 at CVS, a kid’s birthday gift, garden gloves for Dad and Daughter, gas, a summer shirt, a school yearbook.  Together that is over 120.00.

The good news is that we will still put 20% of this week’s budgeted money to savings.  In past years, we had a weekly budget, but we would always use all of our weekly money AND go over budget, having to take the difference from our savings.

A few things we did this week to save money:

  • Took a CVS survey and got 10.00 in Extra Bucks for my time.  You can join the advisory panel here
  • Husband did a 10.00 rebate for grass seed
  • Daughter and I walked most days to school and work.  By the end of the day I usually have 12,000 steps in – good for me too!
  • Recharged Eneloop AA batteries for TV remote using Eneloop recharger.  Unlike normal rechargeable batteries, Eneloops hold their charge over a long period of time so they can be used in things like remote controls and smoke detectors.
  • Took advantage of Cinco de Mayo sales for Mexican foods that we use often.  Great time to buy tortillas, limes, cilantro, and beans!

Planning for saving money in weeks ahead:

  • Started setting aside money for an Amazon Subscribe and Save order next month.  Mr. HealthfulSaver will share his money saving techniques for Subscribe and Save in a later blog post.
  • Budgeting for a stock-up trip to our local warehouse-type grocery store towards the end of the month before school is out.  Just before Memorial Day will be a great time to find sale prices on summer items like ketchup, relish, mustard, chips, and hot dogs.  A refrigerator condiment clean-out is not far off!

I would love to hear what you did this week to save money!

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