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I couponed a little…

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I’m obsessed with coupons!!  … but I never use them.

I’m obsessed with finding the best deal with store promotions combined with coupons.

But by the time I even THINK of using the coupons I’ve meticulously compiled, the store promotion is over and my “deal” is no longer a deal.

Today I used some coupons!!  And I am incredibly proud.  I may not have gotten the best deal, but it’s a deal to me and I’m stoked!

See my deals below (FYI – RR = Register Rewards at Walgreens; BOGO = Buy One Get One)

Colgate ProWhite Toothpaste (X2)

  • Regularly $4.99
  • On Sale for $3.00
  • Coupon for $.75 off
  • Promotion Buy 2 get $4 RR
  • Like spending $.25 per toothpaste

L’Oreal Vive Pro Shampoo

  • Regularly $4.99
  • On Sale for $2.99
  • Coupon for $1.00 off
  • Big deal for me when I am used to spending $25 on shampoo…

Blue Diamond Almonds (YUM!)

  • Regularly $3.59
  • BOGO

Total Spent:  $10.77 (with tax)

Total Saved:  $16.07 (including RR)

Woo Hoooo!  I really am excited.

Budget?

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Gas prices are increasing.

Grocery bills are growing.

The economy is stressed.

I have mentioned in an earlier post that I believe it is important to save for the future and ensure that my savings account consistently grows.

In order to accomplish this, it is important to set a budget.  But WHY is it so hard to set a budget?  I have the most difficult time of sticking to budgets I create for myself.  I find myself thinking, “I don’t have enough time to budget this week.” and that’s when it stops.

The other day I went grocery shopping and decided to stick to the deals/promotions I had researched.

I saved $14 and only spent $12!!!

With that being said – I believe I will start my budget again.  I find I save so much money and my savings accounts grows significantly when I put in the effort.

What does everyone else do to maintain their budget?  Tips?  Tricks?