Keeping track of your coupon spending is key to saving.
Lets face it; if we don't know what we are spending it is easy to over spend.
For me, when I first started couponing I wasn't convinced that buying such large quantities
was really saving me any money.
I would think to myself:
"Wouldn't I save more money if I only bought one bottle of shampoo instead of four? Four bottles is going to cost more than one bottle and I don't need 4 bottles at one time!"
Of course, we all learn the key to saving money is by buying at rock bottom prices and creating a stockpile. Though you still need to stay in budget. Spending more each month to create a stockpile is not going to save you money.
Just think SLOW AND STEADY; you have to keep a budget and slowly build a stockpile.
Each month will get better, your spending will drop because you are starting to create a stockpile.
So, I created a spreadsheet that I could keep track of all my couponing transactions.
I loved this because I can set my budget and as I input my receipts the spreadsheet lets me know exactly everything I want to know:
*What I have spent OOP
*My total savings
*What the retail cost should have been
*What is left in my budget
Many of you have asked about my method.....
So, I prettied up my spreadsheet...made it user friendly....and it's now ready for all of you to enjoy!
HOW MY SPREADSHEET WORKS FOR YOU:
- GROCERIES VS. TOILETRIES/MEDICINE/MISC.
- I broke these categories up because I personally like to see where my budget is going.
- Under the grocery worksheet you will want to enter all your receipts that were from purchasing grocery type items
- Under this worksheet you will want to enter all your receipts that were from purchasing everything else.
- The spreadsheet is very simple, you only enter three bits of information and the spreadsheet does all the work for you!
- This is optional, not necessary to make the spreadsheet work properly
- "Out of Pocket" - This is going to be the total that you actually paid at the store after coupons & sales tax
- This is going to be the total of your coupons & store savings combined.
- Most receipts give you this total
- Total Retail & % Savings
- Both of these will be automatically calculated for you!
- REBATES RECEIVED
- As couponers we always take advantage of Rebates or "Try Me Free" promotions
- If you receive one in any given month you will want to input it here.
- The credit will be added to your remaining monthly budget
- MONTHLY TOTALS
- Automatically figured for you!
- Here the spreadsheet is going to keep a running total of your Grocery and Toiletry totals combined.
- OOP BUDGET
- The first spot (where you see $160.00)
- This is where you will want to enter your monthly budget amount
- This budget amount needs to be what you are willing to spend on everything combined.
- This budget number will carry over to every month for you automatically so you don't have to worry about it.
- If you want to change your budget month to month you can do that also.
- The second spot (where you see $143.30 in GREEN)
- This will show you what is remaining in your monthly budget
- This spreadsheet automatically subtracts your OOP from your budget & adds any received rebates to show you exactly what you have left to spend each month!
- TABS AT THE BOTTOM
- A new spreadsheet for every month of the year.
- This will allow you to keep track of your spending each month
- YTD Totals:
- This will automatically be filled in for you.
- As you input your totals for each month, they will carry over to the YTD tab giving you an accurate total of your year to date:
- % Saved
- At the bottom it will show you what your yearly budget is and what you have remaining
READY TO GET ON TRACK & SET A COUPON BUDGET?
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