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My One Year Savings Total + A $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Have you wondered what happened to my monthly grocery budget posts?  Well, since the next round of numbers ended in the middle of February I decided to wait until the end of February to report.   For one very good reason.  February 28th marked exactly one year that I have kept track of my grocery budget.

If you had been following along each month you could see the savings that I posted.  Well, now that we have made it to one year I am so thrilled to report in my numbers.

Before I tell you how we did I want to point out a couple of things.  First, I know a lot of you are new to couponing.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of coupons or deals that are out there.  Start slow, do a little at a time.  Build up your stockpile and you will slowly see your numbers go down.  And second, don’t feel like you have to use the same amount of coupons or deals that I use.  If you want to that is fine and of course your savings will be big but I want you all to know that going to the grocery store and saving $20 a week is a big savings.  A savings that equals out to $1000 a year.  So, don’t judge your success or failure on how others are doing.  You need to do what is right for you and your family.

::CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS

Okay, with that said, here are my 1 year numbers from March 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010.

Total spent for the year: $3863.90.  That equals $321.99 per month or $74.31 per week.

My goal was $75 a week so I can’t believe I made it.  Almost exactly!

::MY SAVINGS

Previously we had spent $250 per week easily.  That equals $13,000 per year.  So our savings:

$13,000 – $3863.90 = $9136.10 SAVED!! Woohoo!

::WIN A $50 TARGET GIFT CARD

Now for the fun part.  I am so excited about my savings that I want to celebrate.  So, as part of my celebration and to thank you guys for being awesome readers, I am giving away a $50 Target Gift Card to one lucky LRWC winner.  Yeap!  Here is what you need to do to win:

The giveaway will end Friday (3/5/10) at 11:59 pm EST. There are 4 very simple ways to enter.  Do one or do all.

1. Leave a Comment -Tell us how much you saved in February at the grocery store.  If you have just started couponing, tell us your plan to save in March.

2. Follow My Blog Via Email or Reader – you can subscribe in the right sidebar. Please be sure to comment back to let me know you did it. If you are already following LRWC via email or reader just leave a seperate comment letting me know.

3. Follow Me On Twitter – Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LivinRichCoupon and Tweet about this giveaway. Make sure to copy me on your tweet by adding @LivinRichCoupon. Also comment back on the post that you have done this.

4. Follow Me On Facebook – Use the facebook link on the right sidebar. Please be sure to comment back to let me know you did it.  If you are already a facebook fan just leave a comment letting me know.

Good Luck!!

Note: Target did not sponsor this giveaway.  The Target gift card is a gift from LRWC and paid for by LRWC.
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  • http://mypriceisright.blogspot.com Traci

    My totals for February 2010

    Total Shelf Cost: $1,056.03
    Total Savings (before rebates): $932.23
    Total Savings (after rebates): $947.23
    Savings Rate: 89.70%

    See my past/present deals in action.

  • http://www.savingmoneyinnj.com Karen

    Cindy –
    KEEP up the inspiring work! My February totals were

    $506 Retail – $272 coupons = $234 OOP

    44% saved :)

  • http://www.savingmoneyinnj.com Karen

    Also finally subscribed via email (although I’m online everyday :) and became a fan on facebook :)

  • Pattie F.

    I saved a total of 79% at the grocery store in February. Harris Teeter had Super Doubles and I took full advantage! Thanks!

    xmaswoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Pattie F.

    I also subscribed!
    xmaswoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Bianca T.

    February was not my best month, but this includes all expenses (except utility bills):
    $858.07 Retail – $408.58 Savings = $463.48 Out of Pocket

  • Bianca T.

    I’m a FB fan

  • Erin

    I cut our grocery budget by $100 in February. It was my first month couponing, and I started a respectable stockpile so I think I can reduce our monthly expenses quite a bit more! Thanks for your help, Cindy!

  • Mami2jcn

    We saved about $100 in February with coupons.

  • Mami2jcn

    I subscribed to your blog via email.

  • Mami2jcn

    I became a Facebook fan (Mary Happymommy).

  • http://n/a Julia

    Added a tweet!

  • http://n/a Julia

    Became a facebook fan of your website!

  • Christy

    I’ve been couponing for a year but haven’t kept track of our budget at all. I know we’re saving TONS of money b/c I’m getting lots of stuff for FREE or under a buck – stuff that I would buy Generic before. I plan to go over my Jan and Feb grocery/household/toiletry spending this week to see how much we’re spending, and then make a budget based off of that. Thanks for sharing!

  • Christy

    Subscribed via email.

  • Christy

    Facebook Fan!

  • Giada

    I subscribed via email

  • Giada

    This is my first month .. Just started couponing..

  • Giada

    I saved around $100 in the month of February..hoping to save more…

  • Giada

    Thanks for your wonderful website…. Learnt a lot from your tips… keep it up.. :)All my very best wishes…

  • Amanda

    I saved over $130 in January/February! Also, I have been following your blog in my google reader for a while now. Thanks for all your tips and all the deals I would never have found without you!

  • Cecilia

    Already subscribe to email but just became fan on facebook.

  • Anju

    I just started couponing and last month I saved $82.00.

  • Dac

    I’ve been using coupons and your tips for about 6 months now, but have been horrible at keeping track. I know on just one receipt from this past week at Shoprite, spent 31.88, saved 40.31!!! Thanks a bunch!!

  • Stacie Mooneyham

    I just joined your page. I saw it on another friends page and thought this was a great site.. I just seen where you have to be friends to get in on the drawing and I thought I was but I wasn’t but I have taken care of that now… lol..

  • Erin

    I just added you on facebook. I am a new follower, and totally inspired. I already use my kroger and cvs cards pretty diligently, but have been slack on the coupons. Until now. I am totally blown away by your annual savings! THX!

  • shirley

    I saved around $70 last month, I am just now starting out couponing, and in my town I only have a Walmart. (NO DOUBLES)

  • shirley

    I subscribe to email.

  • Vicki

    I am subscribed to your blog via e-mail. Been following for about a month and love it. I always used coupons, but you have helped me take it to the next level!! Thanks!

  • TRACY HEYER

    We saved about $125.00 for Feb.

  • Marie

    I saved over $200 in coupons and a total savings of over $500 in just one month.

  • Barbara

    I started couponing your way the on Jan. 18th. I saved over $400 for the month of Feb. Your site is awesome. Keep up the great job :)

    Thanks, Barbara :)

  • Barbara

    I’m already a follower of LRWC :)

    • Barbara

      That’s a follower of LRWC on your blog via email :)

  • Barbara

    I’m already a follower of LRWC on Facebook :)

  • Matt

    I’ve saved $250.00 last month! Looking forward to much more!

  • Deanna G.

    I hope to save at least $50 & I’ve already got some great coupons for my next trip :)

  • Deanna G.

    I subscribe w/Google Reader.

  • Deanna G.

    I added you on Facebook!

  • kristin

    I’m super new to couponing and in Feb saved about $10 per week on groceries…doesn’t seem like much but I only spend $50 a week total in groceries to begin with!

    I’m also a facebook fan and I would love to be entered in the target gift card giveaway!

  • Mari

    I have saved about $150.00. YAY!

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    email subscriber

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    follow on twitter and tweet

    http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/9989938812

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Lou

    I saved around $300 in the month of February..hoping to save more.

  • Ruthanne

    I saved $500 in groceries in Feb. between coupons, sales and stealth-buying. Setting a $500 savings goal for the month was probably the biggest help…something to shoot for. Yahoo!

  • Esther

    Hi Cindy,
    For February, I saved about $200 between sales, coupons, catalinas and rebates.
    Hope I win!!!
    Esther

  • Melissa

    Already follow on facebook. In Feb I did a lot of savings mostly because we didn’t have money to actually go shopping LOL. I would say though the two grocery shopping trips we made that month I saved at least $100-$150 each trip. We didn’t have any other huge buys that month because as I said we were on a super tight budget. I spent a little over $200 in groceries for Feb which is not bad at all for me considering I used to spend about $300-$400 before I began to seriously coupon. For this next month we are waiting for our tax return before we do an serious shopping but already we have saved money. Barnes and Nobel has some boardgames on sale for 75% off and we picked up a few games (we are serious boardgamers in our family). We are going to also use the rebate to catch up on all our bills like heating and cable.

  • Karen

    I don’t do as well as you, but I do save $ every month! I am striving to get better and better at this! I save approx. $100 a month right now with coupons and money back deals, sometimes more. This does not include freebies. I shop at Wallie World and also buy alot of store brands, those are not included in my savings deals either. My goal is to try to double the $ saved in coupons in the next few months! A Target gift card would be GREAT! Thanks for all you to do to help us all! :)

  • Cheryl

    I am so lucky that my bff sent me to you! You (and her) got me inspired to start couponing again! I am getting organized and can’t wait to see my savings!!! I am following you on Twitter, befriended you on FB and bookmarked your website!
    I am on here all through out the day to see if there are any updates! I am so excited, you are amazing on this coupon “thing” and I am just so excited!

    Thank you for your time and effort!!!

  • Flora

    I saved a total of 68% at the grocery store in February. Looking for more savings.

  • Jenn

    I have not been keeping track of by overall monthly or yearly savings, but you have inspired me to do so! Thanks!

  • Jenn

    I do subscribe by email! THanks!

  • Jen

    I saved almost $300 at the grocery in February!

  • Danielle

    I have always used coupons but after becoming an avid reader of your website about a week ago. I reduced my bi-weekly grocery bill by $70 and saved a toatl of $94 just last weekend. Thanks for the tips! I am now seriously addicted!

  • Rebecca

    I subscribe to your emails, follow you on Twitter & would love a gift card!

  • Ashley S

    I don’t know how much I saved in Feb at the grocery store, but my YTD savings are $148.60 (Jan and Feb)

  • Ashley S

    I subscribe in a reader

  • Ashley S

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/smash906/status/10046623964

  • Ashley S

    I am a facebook fan

  • http://www.texascouponchicks.com Kasie

    I saved $462.85 this month in grocerys!!

  • http://www.texascouponchicks.com Kasie

    I now subscribe to your feeds!!

  • http://www.texascouponchicks.com Kasie

    I follow you on twitter http://www.twitter.com/kasiesalas

  • http://www.texascouponchicks.com Kasie

    I am a fan on facebook!!!

  • RosaliaF

    I saved about $150 in February.

  • RosaliaF

    I follow you on twitter.

  • RosaliaF

    I follow you on facebook.

  • Anju

    I saved $72 this past month.








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