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  #1  
December 14th, 2007, 08:23 AM
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Okay, we've reached the middle of the month. Post those totals so far, ladies!

Spent--$155.25

Saved --$451.43

Savings percentage--74%

budget left--$220

My best month yet. Thank you, CVS and Nova Max!
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December 14th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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You sure you want me to post? I don't have scads of EBs and I'm still doing pretty decent.



amount spent: 54.87 (technically it's less, that includes the 18.69 that came off the publix card)

amount saved: 235.64 (technically more, since the publix card didn't come OOP really...AND I didn't count the stuff I don't use--energy drinks, etc)

savings percentage: 81%

left in budget: only 20.13 including that 18.69, but you know I'll change my budget if I have to just so I can keep my actual OOP under 75. I cheat like that...
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December 14th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Spent - $37.98
Saved - $188.88
Savings % - 84%
Left to Spend - $212

I didn't include anything I won't use like the energy drinks, monitors, etc.
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December 14th, 2007, 08:38 AM
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Spent - $37.98
Saved - $188.88
Savings % - 84%
Left to Spend - $212[/b]

Listen... I looked good until you posted your stuff and blew mine out of the water. Brat.
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December 14th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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darn you all,

Spent 79.80
Left over 195.20
saved 190.43
70%
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December 14th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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I've been working on dwindling down that stockpile of mine. Lots of soup, peanut butter sandwhiches and hamburger helper at my house. We've only been getting milk, bread, eggs and juice (and some fresh fruit) from the grocery. My OOP comes all from that but my savings is all CVS for drinks, diapers, etc.
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December 14th, 2007, 12:22 PM
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I haven't been keeping track of my savings, but so far I've spent $246.13 which I don't think is too bad for a family of our size. *shrug* I still don't understand how it is mathematically possible to save more than you spend OOP. One of these days I'm going to post my receipt from a typical shopping trip and get some pointers on what I might improve.
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December 14th, 2007, 12:31 PM
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I haven't been keeping track of my savings, but so far I've spent $246.13 which I don't think is too bad for a family of our size. *shrug* I still don't understand how it is mathematically possible to save more than you spend OOP. One of these days I'm going to post my receipt from a typical shopping trip and get some pointers on what I might improve.[/b]

It's mainly possible through BOGO sales being coupled with coupons. Like at Publix the other night--I got four bags of coffee that were BOGO. The regular price is 5.79. They were already 50% off because of the BOGO sale. I had four 1.50/1 coupons to add to it. Therefore, I got four bags of coffee for 5.58 when the total should have been 23.16 at regular price. I actually got them for even less than that because of getting 50 dollars worth of groceries and using a 10/50 coupon to boot... My average cost per item that trip was only 47cents. (40 items for 18.69) That's the main way I save over 50%.
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December 14th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Yep, just as Kim said, lol.

Just think of it like when you get a really good clearance deal, if something is 75% off then you are saving more then you're spending on it.
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December 14th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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I've spent less than $10 OOP because I haven't had a chance to go to the store. I don't have my receipts handy and am too lazy to go grab my purse so I don't know what my savings % is.
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December 14th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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Okay, duh. That makes sense. (I can't even blame preggo brain...) BTW, hon... how ya feelin' today? Any twinges? Anything??
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December 14th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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No anything yet. He's just happy as a clam right where he is...
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December 14th, 2007, 02:07 PM
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spent: $178.39

monthly total amount saved in specials, rebates, and coupons: $311.51+ $45.54 rebate = $357.05

monthly savings percentage total: MTD: 67%

Left to spend: 221.61
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December 15th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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I have the crappiest savings so far!

Spent: 160.78
Left to spend: 64.22(YIKES!!)
Saved: 283.75
% saved: 63%
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December 16th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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I went over today. I guess knocking $100 off from the past month was too much for me.

I have a 49% savings so far. So, Kris, I now have the crappiest percentage.
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December 16th, 2007, 03:31 PM
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Cutting $100 at once is really hard, especially if you are just starting to get a stock pile going. I just started keeping track in 2007. At the beginning of the year we were spending about 400-450/month, then I started doing the WAG and CVS deals rather than just heading to Target for all that kind of stuff. By May ish we were down to about 360 or so a month. In August I went way over ($530) but since then I have stayed at 300, the 250 for 2 months and this month I am trying for $225. I only have about $55 left, but I think I can make it! I would love to be under $250 every month!
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December 16th, 2007, 06:56 PM
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I'm out.

I have spent $60 on formula this month I never realized how expensive it was. The good thing is that Carly is sucking it down like it is the best thing in the world and I *think* she has gained weight!!

I have spent around $250 so far this month (which is my budget . My savings are pathetic.

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December 16th, 2007, 07:04 PM
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Carly won't drink whole milk? Or did the Dr recommend the formula for her poop issue? How is she doing?
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December 16th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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She is not tolerating milk that was why she was pooping so much. I was giving her soy, but the doctor recommended toddler soy formula for the added calories or to add carnation to the soy milk. I tried doing the carnation first but she did not want it. She never cared for the soy milk much either. She loves the formula It would seem that the vanilla soy milk would taste better. She passed all the the test so the diagnoses is FTT. Even though I personally think she is thriving just fine. She is developing fine and hitting all of the milestone on time, she is just small.
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She is not tolerating milk that was why she was pooping so much. I was giving her soy, but the doctor recommended toddler soy formula for the added calories or to add carnation to the soy milk. I tried doing the carnation first but she did not want it. She never cared for the soy milk much either. She loves the formula It would seem that the vanilla soy milk would taste better. She passed all the the test so the diagnoses is FTT. Even though I personally think she is thriving just fine. She is developing fine and hitting all of the milestone on time, she is just small.[/b]
What kind of toddler soy formula do you use? I know I have some $5.00 off coupons for that
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