At the beginning of this year I had resolved to do two things. First is to pick up every bit of money I find on the ground. Ordinarily, I never pass over ‘silver’ change. I always stop for nickels, dimes, and quarters but not always pennies. I decided I would not pass over a single coin. The second is to chart, to the penny, the amount of money our family saves through couponing, sales, and other means.
My wife and I are what you might call practical extreme couponers. We don’t get 100 toothpaste coupons and clear out a store. But we do coupon everything. We save at least 50% on our groceries, and even more when it comes to personal needs like toiletries and clothing. This year, our grocery savings alone was more than $4,000. This year we will catalog every receipt, promotion, and free-be.
For the month of January, our total savings was $618.76.
(S&S is Stop & Shop grocery store, Misc includes mostly clothing)