End of the Year Numbers & 2011 Goals

Here is my year at a glance for 2010 – I’m very proud of these numbers and am happy to share, but honestly I can’t believe how easy it was.  I’d never kept track like this before this year and I’d like to thank Angela at The Coupon Project again for putting the spreadsheet together that I’m using.  I’d highly recommend that you download Angela’s new updated version of the savings tracker spreadsheet for my favorite price – free!

This year we bought $15,249.05 worth of products for only $3,743.84, or 75% off.  Take a look at the ‘coupons’ and ‘discounts’ columns and you’ll see that the $11,510.21 that we saved was approximately half from coupons and half from sales.  That shows that you can save 30-50% without clipping a single coupon if you simply buy things when they’re on sale, and buy enough to keep you until the next sale.  So how much you want to save and how much time you want to spend are completely up to you, but you CAN do this!

For 2010 we set a budget of $500 per month for our family of seven, plus two cats, one dog, and five hermit crabs (sadly, there are no more sea monkeys). That’s $115/week ($6,000/52 weeks) or $16 per person, which we felt was reasonable and would maybe even allow us some room in the budget to expand our stockpile.  I’m thrilled and more than a little surprised that we’ve actually spent an average of $72/week for all of 2010!  Even though that’s just a little over $10 per week per person, I’m going to budget $4,500 for the new year, $375 per month or around $86 a week.  That will provide us a little bit of a cushion and will allow for occasional “splurges”, plus it’s 25% lower than last year’s budget.  Considering that we used to spend around $325-350 a WEEK, I’m super excited to know that we can easily live within our new monthly budget of only $375 a month!


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  1. These are AWESOME numbers! I read your posts every day and learn a LOT from you. Keep up the good work! And Happy New Year!

  2. That’s really amazing! I thought I was doing well going from $400 a month for my husband and I, to $200/month; but I see there is still some work to do!

  3. You go Hannah! I’d say $200 a month is pretty awesome 🙂

  4. I just started using her spreadsheet & I have a question. When you get register rewards or ecb’s – how do you account for them in your spreadsheet? She has a column listed for “earn credit?” Do I put it there and then account for using it under the coupons used section? How do you do it? I know I’m not getting graded on this..hehe but I’d love to have an accurate representation of my savings & budget. Thanks for your help! 🙂

  5. No – the credit earned is a new column that she just added this year in case you’d like to add in things like Catalinas, or maybe the free Breathe Right qs we got today. Personally, I did NOT add those in on my spreadsheet cuz it feels like double dipping since I WILL be deducting them on future trips. Put the ECBs and the RR in the ‘Rebate’ field. In the summary section up top it will also give you a total excluding rebates – I like to also keep an eye on that number cuz I love it when THAT # is even under budget for the month 😉

  6. If you put them in the rebate field, then the amount paid doesn’t reflect the actual amount paid though right? That’s what I thought was weird..In some of my transactions, it would show as a negative amount paid..And when you use an ECB or RR later, do you list it as a coupon used? sorry I have so many questions!!

  7. No problem Sarah – I love the spreadsheet and don’t mind the ?? a bit! You’re exactly right – when you put the ECBs and RR in the rebate field, then your final # is the NET amount paid and not the amount out of pocket. When you use them later you put them in the coupon field. That’s exactly why I like to keep an eye on that ‘amount paid excluding rebates’ number because it is actually a more accurate reflection of what you’ve paid out of pocket, not counting your ECBs and RR.

  8. ok great thanks for your help! that makes the most sense to do it that way.

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