As I wrote this week in ‘Summertime, Is the Living too Easy?‘, summer vacation brings its own challenges to the weekly budget. This week I saved money by:
- Resisting the urge to wash and dry beach towels from swim team until after 7 pm when our electricity rate drops.
- Took advantage of two double coupon days. I try not to chase around after every deal because money is still money and even if I saved .50 I still spent something. This week, though, I was able to combine store coupons and manufacturer coupons to get items we will really use, like toothpaste, paper towels, and cereal. I spent $110 this week on groceries, which is slightly more than usual. I have most groceries needed for my meal plan next week though.
- Husband spent an hour or more researching various options for rental cars for an upcoming vacation. He looked into what benefits AAA brings us as well as promotions offered by credit card companies. He ended up booking with Car Rental Savers for a 5% discount and our credit card company offers an additional 5% reward.
- Making my own chocolate zucchini cake for entertaining in-laws this weekend. I was
tempted to buy something at the bakery but I went to a tried-and true recipe that uses ingredients I usually have at home. This recipe freezes well and is very moist. The walnuts are optional if you have nut allergies.
And, as for spending money…
- Had an unanticipated expense of a Speedo swim suit for daughter’s swim team ($50!). Next year if she participates I will know to plan ahead for that expense. This was my first experience with the costs of children’s sports, and it made me feel compassion for the people who have multiple kids in sports.
- Had some “fun” expenses related to Father’s Day last Sunday and attending a bike race.
- Levolor shade broke in sunroom. We immediately allocated some of our unspent weekly money towards a replacement and hope to order that in July. We can wait until we have the cash saved since it doesn’t interfere with privacy.
We ended the week with 20% of our weekly money unspent. Some will go into savings and the rest towards home repair and maintenance.
I would love to hear how your week went!