Monday, June 13, 2011

Challenge Update: 28 day shopping detox

Well our challenge is coming to a close, just a few more days. I am so very proud of us!

We made it through the 28 days with very minimal spending. Just bills, gas and necessities. We spent $3.27 a day on average for necessities- food, vitamins, household items, etc.... a total of $91.50 for the entire 4 weeks! Most of that was vitamins (we ran out of vit d, fish oil, Tris' and dh's multis during the month) and produce.

The vitamins purchase in general I was very proud of myself with. It was necessary items (at least in my book vitamins are necessary if you can at all swing purchasing them) but I wanted to spend as little as we possibly could on them. So I stacked store coupons, with a sale and manufacturer coupons =) The vitamins originally would have cost $72.21 alone. The food originally would have cost $20.13. However we had a now wow coupon to hyvee that day for $5 off $50. We also had our 10% off once a month employee discount. There was also a 25% off vitamins sale. Then I found coupons for $3 off each multi and then $1 off all the rest of the vitamins. Then the food we had coupons &/or sales for also. We spent $45.42 after tax total on an order that would have cost us $92.34 before tax, and would have cost almost $100 after tax!

Not only did we stick to necessities, but we were very frugal about it too =)

We are actually talking about doing this again after vacation and seeing if we can cut that daily average down even farther. See just how creative we can get with the money and food.

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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.

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