October Update

I had read somewhere that October was traditionally a month that the best sales were going on and that a lot of savings could happen. I had never experienced this, though I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t paying attention or that it wasn’t true.

It was true for me this month, though.

Thinking back, I don’t remember any incredible sales, though Rite Aid was smoking hot and I ended up with the biggest rebate check I’ve ever had – $70.88. But the grocery deals were just normal, from my perspective. In fact, I haven’t even been to Albertson’s for two weeks, but I did go to Fred Meyers so that’s probably a wash.

So imagine my surprise when I totaled up our grocery/household budget for the month of October and it came to…


Whoa…I totaled it up three times just to make sure. :-)

This is our lowest month ever, beating my original goal of $400/month by almost $50 (I’ve since lowered our monthly budget amount to $375 which I’ve stayed under for about eight months- see my side bar for “How low can I go”).

It sure is a great feeling, though I’ve no idea how it happened (!) and we’ve still got a freezer full of food and a good pantry/bathroom stockpile, so we didn’t inadvertently use up our extras.

Also, this is the month that I was able to cash in $20 of Swagbucks for the first time, I received my second Ebates $20+ payout that I posted about here, and accumulated that big Rite Aid rebate check I mentioned.

Seems like the money saving things I really started concentrating on last February have really started to pay off…

How’re you all doing?






  1. Very impressive.

    I’m just starting and it’s quite overwhelming. Organization is a struggly for me so figuring out how to organize my coupons, plan shopping, etc. is a struggle.

    Hopefully I’ll get there!

  2. I’m with Tracy, I’m still struggling to get everything organized and making sure I have all the right coupons and remember to bring them to the store with me. This month I really went over, because I was trying to really take advantage of some good sales and stock up on the things we use a lot, but still needed to buy the every day things we needed. I have not added it up yet but I think I spent over $700. That’s twice what you spent Jami! BUT my pantry and freezer are pretty much stuffed, so I’m hoping it will pay off in November because I will not have so many “needs” on my list and I can just menu plan from my pantry and freezer. Wish me luck!

  3. Great savings. I continue to be amazed by how much I have reduced our grocery budget over the last couple of years. The more you stockpile the easier it gets.

  4. I agree – the sales are great right now. Way to go being under budget.

  5. Wow! You are doing great, keep up the good work!

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