Friday, January 4, 2013
2012 Yearly Shopping Totals: We Saved Over $5,000!
2012 was my first full calendar year of couponing and I was so excited for how my yearly totals turned out! I actually did not keep a running spread sheet of what I spent and saved as I went this year but this week I tallied it all up.
Since we use a cash only grocery budget, I knew that we had spend less than $80 a week on groceries but since we usually spend less than that I didn't have an actual hard number for what we spent on average each week.
I knew that couponing and shopping sales had allowed us to save a lot this year since we then use our excess grocery budget money to take weekend trips, work on the house and to pay for other expenses but I had no idea how much we had actually saved!
These totals include all of our family of two's food, beverages, household products, cleaning products, paper products, health and beauty items and so much more for the entire year of 2012. This also includes a large stockpile that we have amassed as well as items for donation. All of my shopping trips can be viewed here if you would like to get an idea of what we buy and how we save.
My 2012 Shopping Totals:
Total retail value of all we bought: $7,604.09
Total spent out of pocket: $2,419.46
Total saved: $5,184.63
Percent saved on regular prices: 68%
Average weekly amount spent: $46.52
It is always my goal to spend less than $50 a week so I am THRILLED that I managed to average out to that goal over the course of the year. Whenever I hear someone say that couponing isn't worth it I always secretly laugh : ) When I think of how couponing has allowed us to shop where we want and buy things that we might not otherwise be able to afford I know that it is well worth the time I put into it.
I am also extremely grateful that we can buy the variety of food and name brand products that we do without compromising how we eat. We may not be the healthiest people on earth but I am proud of the fact that we don't just buy processed foods but we also buy a large amount of fresh veggies, meat and even organic products.
If you are new to couponing and want to learn how to get started make sure to check out my Learn to Coupon page and get started!
Did you do a post on your 2012 yearly totals? If so feel free to link up here and share with us all!