Week 20: How I Saved $85

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How I saved money this week

Each week I share how I saved money, hoping that some of these frugal ideas could be helpful to you.

Check out the Resources Page for tons of other money saving resources!

If you’ve read other How I Saved posts, feel free to skip down to the deals.

If you’re new, here’s a little background about why I share my savings…

You’d be surprised how much money you can save when you really put your mind to it. It’s the accumulation of lots of small choices and habits that dictate the path your finances take.

The money that you save might seem meaningless in small amounts, but it truly adds up. It leaves more money in your bank account that you can use to pay off debt, save for the future, or do more of what you enjoy.

I absolutely love saving money and wanted to start sharing how I save each week. Not to show off, but to hopefully demonstrate different ways to save and maybe inspire you to want to do the same.

I strive to save on groceries, eating out, clothes, gifts, gasoline, etc. You name it, and I want to save money on it.

My main motivation for saving money is to pay off our mortgage in the next 2-3 years. Every dollar saved is in honor of that goal.

We’ve paid off thousands of dollars in debt over the past couple years. Wouldn’t it feel so awesome to be completely debt free? And get to keep most of your paycheck instead of immediately sending it away to pay bills? I think so.

I thought I’d share how much I save each week by using my favorite savings formula: combining sales and coupons. Or whatever other ways I come up with to be frugal. Hopefully some of these methods can be applied to your life.

You can get caught up and read the rest of the How I Saved posts here

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Here are my savings for Week 12 – March 19 – 25

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coupon matchups

Grocery Savings:

This is the easiest way to cut back on spending and save money. Each week, plan your shopping trip(s) based on what’s on sale. Then combine those sales with matching coupons to get the most bang for your buck. I always aim for at least 50% savings.

Related: Use one of these 5 easy meal planning strategies to make the most of your grocery budget.

I use coupon matchup sites to plan my deals. My favorites are Kroger Krazy, Meijer Madness, and Bargains to Bounty. They make it so easy by spelling out exactly what the sale items are, and which coupons to use. Such a couponing time saver!

The absolute best place to print coupons is coupons.com. It’s where I get all my printable coupons.

Here are the deals!

I did all my grocery shopping at Aldi this week, since the other stores didn’t really have any great deals going on.


Aldi is one of the most effortless ways to save money on groceries. You’re going to save 20-50% on most  items there, compared to other stores. You don’t have to wait for sales at Aldi. Some items are a little cheaper during certain seasons, but everything is always affordable.

I buy many staple items there, or whatever else I need/want that I can’t get cheaper elsewhere. For the purpose of these How I Saved posts, I’m going to estimate a 30% savings (and I think that’s being conservative). I am saving money by shopping at Aldi, so it totally counts.

This week at Aldi, I bought a variety of things, including:

  • Ketchup ($1.49)
  • Pasta sauce (2 x .99)
  • Juice boxes ($1.99)
  • Cheese slices ($1.79)
  • Sour cream (.99)
  • Paper plates ($2.99)
  • Turkey lunchmeat ($2.49)
  • Applesauce ($1.39)
  • Vidalia onions (2 lb for .99)
  • Cucumber (.39)
  • Bell peppers (3-pack for $2.49)

We still have meat in the freezer, and bread, and eggs, and milk, etc., so I didn’t need to buy all that much. Having a stocked pantry and freezer really helps when there’s a week without great sales.

Related: Here are the 70 best things to buy at Aldi.

Related: Want some basic grocery savings ideas? Here are 5 ways to save money without using coupons.

Amount Spent: $19.97

Amount Saved (assuming 30% savings): $5.99

I use a collapsible shopping basket like this one for my Aldi shopping.

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Gasoline Savings: $6.00

I had 40 cents off per gallon, thanks to some promotions they were offering for 4x the points.

Miscellaneous Savings:

I placed an order through Shutterfly, and found discount coupon codes for 48% off (so random!) and free shipping.

I went through Ebates to get cash back on my order.

If you order things online, you might want to check out Ebates. They have cash back offers for most retailers! Just head to their website, search where you want to shop, click through to that site, and shop like usual. Then they’ll send you a check every quarter for the cash back you earned. It’s SO easy!


You’ll get an extra $10 back on your first purchase when you use this link.

We also do our own yard work, instead of hiring it done. That saves at least $20 a week, though I’m not including that in the total.

Amount Saved: $72.86

Grand Total Savings for Week 20: $84.85

Total Saved Year-to-Date: $1748.97

You can read the rest of the How I Saved posts here.

Don’t forget to check out the Resources Page for tons of other money saving resources!

What are your tricks for saving money? How much did you save this week?

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