Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Itemize Spending for 4-29

I went to Walgreens with gift card, coupons, and sale strategy in hand. I bought diapers for 2 for $20.00 with $2 Register Reward. I used gift card (7.70) and 2 $1.50 coupons for a total of $11.01. I have a $2.00 coupon to use at Publix for doing the deal. I will submit the receipts to the Caregivers Marketplace for $.75 for each diaper for a total (drumroll please) $3.75 a piece for Huggies diapers. Not bad at all.

Next stop.... CVS of course. I went for the Zooth toothbrushes and then could not find my BOGO free coupon. Ugh. As I was leaving, I noticed Pringles on clearance. I have going on vacation next week and thought these would be a great snack. Four cans at $.75 and one can at $.50. I had 2 $1.00/2 and $.50/1 coupons. At the end, I ended up with 5 cans of Pringles for $1.30. You can't beat that!

Yesterday I went to Khol's. I needed a baby gift for a shower on Thursday. Combined with the sale and a $10 gift card I received in the mail, I ended up with a very cool baby gift for $4.40. This has been a great two days for bargain hunting. That is the end of my bargain shopping today. Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Goals For This Blog

My goal for this blog is to document my spending down to the penny. As you can tell by the title of the blog, our main goal in the next three years is to pay down the mortgage. I am a stay-at-home mom so I am limited in what I can earn with four children. My goal is to make more money and spend less.

Most people live their lives saying it is unrealistic to expect to own your own house in your 20's, 30's, or 40's. I have even had it said to me that you should always expect to have some type of house payment. I want to prove them wrong. I have four children who could all possibly be in college at the same time. I would like to be able to help them through if they need the help. I would like to adopt from overseas. I would like to have more money for retirement. All of these goals could be possible if I had my house paid for. The experiment begins. Can I do it? I certainly hope so. I am a very goal oriented person so I hope that this blog keeps me accountable for my spending.

Our house is roughly $148,000. This is down from $198,000. This was achieved in less than two and half years. A big portion of this is from the sale of our other home and a $10,000 down payment. I want to take this the distance. My husband is on board. We are currently trying to lower utility bills and grocery bills.

I hope to post each day and document what money was spent that day.