What better way to share my documentation of savings than to post it on my blog? This will be my first of many entries entitled “Frugal Friday.” Each Friday, I will tell you how much money I saved during the previous week, Saturday through Friday. Let the documentation begin:
Saturday, April 11th: I have about two more showers until I run out of my favorite shampoo and conditioner, Biolage. Biolage is expensive, so I definitely have to wait until it goes on sale. Typically this sale is buy one get one free – sweet! My second favorite shampoo and conditioner is “Dangerously Straight” by Herbal Essences. Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner was on sale at Market Street. Original price: $3.49/each. My price: $2.99/each. I’ve also been needing some more mascara. Market Street also had the mascara I use on sale. Original price: $7.69. My price: $4.99. Total savings: $3.70 or 25%.
I’ve been needing new work pants for a while now, but haven’t found any that I’ve loved. It’s hard for me to see the price of dress pants and not throw them down in frustration, but my mom has convinced me that if I find a great pair of dress pants, I’ll have them for a while and I need to see it as an investment. That being said, I went to Banana Republic today with Kristen and Dave to find a shirt for Dave. While in the store, I found myself two pairs of pants that I really liked. I tried them on and loved them. Score. Dave did not purchase a shirt, but he did find a nice one at Sam’s later that day for way cheaper than any shirt at Banana Republic. It’s time to tally my savings. Pair 1: Original price – $89.00. My price – $24.99. Pair 2: Original price – $110.00. My price – $44.99. Total savings: $129.11 or 65%.
Today is also my dad’s birthday! Happy 60th birthday, dad! Last year, I made him a book titled, 59 reasons I love you. This year, I made him a book titled, In the Words of My Father: A collection of My Father’s Sixty Most Commonly Used Phrases. I used the Office Depot print on demand function online. Before I checked out, I googled “Office Depot Coupons” and found a coupon for 15% off my purchase. Apply coupon code, please. Original price – $10.14. My price – $8.62. Total savings: $1.52 or 15%.
Thursday, April 16th: The weekly grocery ads come out every Wednesday. The two main things I look for in the ads are Blue Bell ice cream and produce. I have been waiting for Blue Bell to go on sale for quite some time. I’m not sure how the grocery stores do it, but they all manage to have it on sale at the same time. Why they can’t take turns and each have their own week to have Blue Bell on sale, I have no idea. Does anyone know the answer to this question? Moving on, I was looking over the ads and saw that Kroger had the best price on Blue Bell. I could get a half gallon at Wal-Mart for $3.67 or get 3 pints of ice cream at Kroger, which means 3 different flavors, for $3.97. Well, I decided to go to Kroger to get 2 pints of ice cream, Southern Blackberry Cobbler and The Great Divide – party on my pallet! Original price – $1.99/ea. My price – $0.99/ea. I also went to Market Street tonight to get some lunch meat, House Smoked Turkey. It’s a Market Street original and not to mention, my favorite! Guess what? It was on sale! Original price – $6.29/lb. My price – $4.99/lb. I got 1/2 lb. Total savings: $2.55 or 36%.
Total Weekly Savings: $141.88.