Well, I said I wasn’t going to be couponing as much as I did last year because the main focus for this year was to try to save more money. True, clipping coupons helps you save money – but I tend to buy more things just because I have a coupon for them. January had some interesting results on both sides of that equation in comparison to last year.
In 2011 I saved $132.25 in coupons. However, I had also rolled the end of December 2010 into that total so I don’t have an exact number for January alone.
That’s a difference of $25.52. If I saved at least that much in December 2010, then I guess it’s safe to say my coupon savings were about the same for January 2011 and 2012.
In January 2011, I spent a total of $582.97 in groceries. That’s after coupons.
For this year, I only spent $484.57.
That’s a difference of $98.40.
So, while I clipped less in coupons or about the same, I ended up spending less overall!
I can live with that.
And the good news is I did manage to put $60 into Savings! Rock on!
How about you? Do you keep track of your coupons and savings? What is your monthly or yearly goal for 2012?