If you know me in real life, you know that I use coupons, plan ahead, and shop the sales to get more for less. The most common things I get for a "steal" would be groceries and toiletries. But I also shop for toys, clothes, gifts, going out-to-eat, and holiday decor by planning ahead and using coupons.
I started couponing more and planning ahead in 2014 when I stopped working to become a full-time stay-at-home-mom. I was able to come up with an extra $5,000-$7,000/year by couponing and planning around sales.
With that extra money, we have been able to continue our "splurges" which would be traveling and going on multiple vacations. I also get to enjoy my personal splurges of pedicures and salon highlights. :)
Here is a little more about my steals and splurges:
We invested in a chest freezer with some Christmas money a few years ago and it has been the biggest help in saving money on food. We now have a ton of extra freezer space so I can buy in bulk, freeze items I normally wouldn't, and make meals ahead and freeze them.
Below are some pictures of grocery trips where I saved around 70% with coupons.
Groceries from Harris Teeter (2015).
Baby food, pasta sauce, organic mac n' cheese, salad dressing, diapers, tissues, taco kits, mouth wash, razors, vitamins, pasta, apple sauce, and the list goes on and on...
Groceries in 2016
Frozen vegetables, yogurt, string cheese, milk, frozen waffles, chicken nuggets, yogurt, jello
More groceries in 2016
Lysol cleaning products, baby wipes, yogurts, turkey lunch meat, croutons, etc.
More groceries... I save between 60%-70% at the grocery store
This is some Easter candy from 2016.
I put these jelly beans in the Easter eggs for egg hunts.
Holiday candy is one of the best things I get for free at CVS
Groceries, January 2017
Pull-ups, bananas, yogurt, cheese, meatballs, dry and wet swiffers, shampoo, pasta, apple sauce, nutella, pasta, taco kits, clorox wipes, etc.
My personal splurges are getting my hair highlighted, getting pedicures, and using Clinique.
Travel is our biggest splurge (and our most expensive splurge). We don't live near any family, so a lot of our trips involve travel to see them.
South Carolina in 2015, on our way to Atlanta
Ben and I went to Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, and Denver, Colorado in 2015
With my mom and Grandmother in Colorado in 2015
The Chesapeake Bay in 2015
Lake Palo Pinto, Texas in 2016
The Outer Banks, North Carolina in 2016
The Hoover Dam in 2015
The Grand Canyon in 2015
The Outer Banks in 2016
Kayak tour in the Outer Banks, 2016
Key West, FL in 2012
New Jersey (looking into Philadelphia) in 2012
Virginia Beach in 2013 for a half marathon race and beach vacation
Virginia Beach 2013
Raleigh, NC girls trip in 2016
Raleigh, NC in 2016
Atlanta Aquarium in 2013
Columbia, SC in 2012
Columbia, SC in 2012
Lake Palo Pinto, TX in July 2014
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in November, 2016
Harpers Ferry, WV
I traveled A LOT growing up and I want my kids to have that same experience. We enjoy seeing new places and trying new things and I would rather spend my money on experiences than things. I hope that gives y'all a better since for what I "steal" and what I "splurge". Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Tuesday y'all!