I’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.
Munchkin 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.
Buddy 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?
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
Packed Lunch & After-School Snack Coupons
Quick & Easy Dinner Coupons
Mom Survival Coupons
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.)
And if you are NOT gluten free, well, you can get a killer deal! You’re welcome.
GO HERE to check out all the great deals going on at Zulily right now!
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.
From stockings to picture frames to ornaments, and even pajamas, there are TONS of options, and they’re all dang cute! :)
Here’s the newest Christmas gift I purchased!! My husband is a HUGE fan of taking short outdoorsy vacations, so I found a Super 8 Hotel near the next destination on his wish list, and then I found this great deal! Score!
I 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!
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