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Back to School Shopping Complete!! (August Budget Challenge Update)

IMG_20140814_111913I’m happy to say that we have completed our back-to-school shopping.  What a blast we had, too!
 
I am monitoring our spending very closely this month for the August Budget Challenge, and doing everything I can think of to save.
 
We took advantage of the Savers Club Member clearance day….50% off all summer clothing, and 50% off all silver tagged items.  Being a thrift store, Savers is already nice and cheap – to add an additional 50% discount makes me one happy lady!
 
Here’s how we did (these are the totals for ALL of our school/work shopping, not just this last trip):

  •  ALL of my purchases (thrift stores and yard sales) included 3 pairs of pants, 14 tops, 1 skirt, 1 belt, and 2 bras.  My entire total:  $42.19.

  • My husband in total purchased 6 shirts, 1 (new with tag) pair of pants, and 2 shoes.  His entire total:  $12.82.

  • IMG_20140815_145251Munchkin got 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of pants, 9 tops, 4 pairs of shoes/boots, 1 bed sheet, 1 hair straightener, 4 bottles of lotion, a pack of underwear and socks, 2 pairs earrings, 3 bras, 2 dresses, 1 coat, a backpack, and school accessories (pencils, erasers, folders, notebooks, crayons, etc).   She also went shopping with her grandma and bought 1 pair of shoes, 2 shirts, a pack of underwear and 1 pair of pants.  Her entire total is:  $62.48.

  • IMG_20140815_144222Buddy Boy got 4 pairs of pants/shorts, 11 tops, 2 pairs of shoes, 1 backpack, 1 robe, 1 coat, 1 bed sheet, and 1 nightshirt.  He also went shopping with his grandma and bought 2 pairs pants, 2 shirts and a pack of underwear.  His total:  $45.92.

We also used some of this budgeted money to buy other things at the yard sales:  ribbon, Christmas decor, kitchen supplies, etc.  We spent another $35 on those.

 

We originally budgeted $300 to go towards our back to school shopping.  Our actual total ended up being $198.41.  Gasp:  We made it under budget!!  YAY! 

The $101 we did NOT spend that was budgeted is being divided between groceries for next month and our emergency fund.  September is usually the month that money is the most tight, as it is the 3rd and final month that we are living on just my husband’s income (I work at a school and don’t get paid in the summer).  It’ll be nice to have a head start on the grocery budget.

 
 

Are you done with your back-to-school shopping already?  Or do you wait until the last minute like me? ;)

 

Back To School Coupons

Thanks to my friends at Escalante for putting together this fantastic list of coupons that are available – back to school style!

 

He asked his Mom, a Kindergarten teacher (30+ years!), and a few neighbors for copies of their supply lists and tried to put together some coupons that should be helpful for the beginning of the school year. These should pair well with plenty of on-sale items this month.

Hope these are helpful for you!
 
School Supply List Coupons
Breakfast Coupons
Packed Lunch & After-School Snack Coupons
Quick & Easy Dinner Coupons
Mom Survival Coupons

Have a great Monday!

 

Discounted Loot For Your Dog!

Man’s best friend.  The dog.  They are loyal, kind, and true.  They deserve the best of us, as they give us the best of themselves.

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Doggyloot is the top flash sales site for dogs and dog owners that offers discounts on dog-related products to members nationwide. Runs several deals each day on dog toys, treats, accessories and more, all at 25 to 75% off with FREE SHIPPING

 

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Go on, check it out…because your doggy deserves it! :)

50% off Dominos Orders Online

Right now through Sunday, July 20th, you can get 50% off ANY pizzas at Dominos, when you order online!  If you are gluten free, you can stock up on a bunch of gf pizzas!  (although they are cross contaminated, so only do this if that will not be an issue.) 

ImageProxy.mvcAnd if you are NOT gluten free, well, you can get a killer deal!  You’re welcome. :)

Best of 2013 Online Saves at Eversave

Eversave.com has decided to give you one more chance to save on some of the best deals offered in 2013!  Very cool; check it out:

 

 


Today’s Save: Super Gadgets – Winter Sports Mask

$9 for a Neoprene and fleece winter-sport mask — three colors!


Bonus Save: Epacific Mall – Loom Bracelets

From $9:Loom bands kit + free shipping – choose from 4 options


Bonus Save: GSMC Ventures – Garcinia Cambogia

$25 for a three months’ supply of Garcinia Cambogia + free shipping!


Bonus Save: MailPix

From $9: An easel back photo canvas in your choice of sizes + free shipping!


Bonus Save: World Class Products – Ceramic Cookware

From $69: 6- or 11-piece Supreme Ceramic World Class Cookware Sets


Bonus Save: iChameleons – Armband

Resolution ready: $6 for a smartphone armband carrier


Bonus Save: WidgetLove – Coffee Filter Cups

From $8: A set of reusable coffee filter cups — compatible with most Keurig machines!


Bonus Save: Source Vista – Battery Case

From $12: A battery life extending case for iPhone 4/4s or 5/5s — choose from 8 colors!


Bonus Save: Hybrid Case – Dec 2013

$9 for a Hybrid Pure defender case for iPhone 4/4S or 5 — customizable design!


Bonus Save: M2 Media Group – Blue Dolphin

Last minute gift: $12 for a $25 gift voucher toward America’s favorite magazines — choose from hundreds of titles!


Bonus Save: Deal Throw – Hair Chalk

$13 for 24-piece set of colorful hair chalk + free shipping!


Bonus Save: After Flats

$12 for a pair of foldable flats — available in 7 different colors!


Bonus Save: Source Vista – Bluetooth Headset

$15 for Bluetooth sport headphones — four color options!


Bonus Save: Mobile Star – Galaxy Case

$10 for a Samsung Galaxy S4 flip cover folio case + free shipping — choose from 7 colors!


Bonus Save: Honestech 5.0

$39 for a VHS to DVD video converter, plus free shipping!


Bonus Save: Frame the Alphabet

$59 for a custom framed alphabet name — several options available!

This Week’s Deals from Eversave.com


Today’s Save: UliNai – Bebe Set

From $10: Bebe Bracelet, Studs, or Necklace Sets — made with Swarovski Elements crystals


Bonus Save: All 4 Cellular – Tablet – Oct 2013

$69 for a 7-inch Google Android 4.1 tablet — choose from seven colors!


Bonus Save: Epacific Mall – Loom Bracelet

From $9: A loom rubber bands kit + free shipping — choose from 3 options


Bonus Save: Epacific Mall – Camera Connection Kit

From $3: a 5-in-1 iPad connection kit for iPad 2/3 or iPad 4/Mini


Bonus Save: Rock Solid Wholesale

From $249: Your choice of vibration fitness systems, plus a parts and labor warranty and free shipping!


Bonus Save: TagCo – Boots

$19 for a pair of tall “Australian-inspired” foldable boots — choose from 4 colors


Bonus Save: Put Me In The Story – Xmas Books

Great gift: $12 for a personalized children’s book — three titles available!


Bonus Save: Picaboo – Calendar

From $11: Custom photo calendars from Picaboo + free shipping!


Bonus Save: Radio Flyer

$65 for $100 toward a customized Radio Flyer Build-A-Trike — base model starts at $75


Bonus Save: TagCo USA Inc. – Sheets

Cyber Savings: $29 for a four-piece Egyptian Comfort 1600 thread count sheet set


Bonus Save: Ultimate Bundle – Dec 2013

From $9: 7-piece Ultimate Bundle for iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S or Samsung Galaxy S4


Bonus Save: Shirin Diamonds – Swarovski Earrings

Stocking stuffer: $3 for a pair of Swarovski stud earrings in your choice of finishes and cuts


Bonus Save: Ariva – Borghese Kit

$45 for a five-piece Borghese Essential Beauty Kit + free shipping!


Bonus Save: eMall Group – Digital Photo Frame

$39 for a seven-inch Philips LCD digital photo frame — store, view and organize photos!


Bonus Save: David’s Cookies

‘Tis the season: $25 for $50 toward delicious cookies, cakes and more from David’s Cookies


Bonus Save: Apple Depot – Data Cable

Charge up: $10 for a 30-pin or 8-pin iPhone data sync cable and USB power adapter

Personalized Holiday Gifts

Over at PersonalizationMall.com, you can get your loved ones personalized holiday gifts…what a fun idea, right?  Right now they have a sale going on, and you can save up to 25% off orders.  They are also offering FREE shipping on orders of $65 or more.

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From stockings to picture frames to ornaments, and even pajamas, there are TONS of options, and they’re all dang cute!  :)

Deal Dash

1I know I’ve mentioned DealDash on here before.  Deal Dash is an auction site.  You can score some great deals there!  It can seem confusing at first, however, because it doesn’t work the way some of the well-known auction sites do.  Luckily, Deal Dash has gone to great efforts to make the process easy to understand, and to teach everyone how to do it!  Click here on DealDash to watch a video showcasing exactly how it works.

One thing I like about the site is that if you lose an auction, you still have the option to purchase another of the exact same thing for a pre-set price. All auctions start at $0, and the bids increase the price by a penny.  I’ve bid at DealDash before and it can be fun and pretty exciting, too.  :-)  Check it out!

 

*This is a sponsored post.  The opinions are mine alone.