How I Saved This Week - March 5

This is the time of year that I always look for a great deal on winter coats for the next year. We try as much as possible to pass our older son's clothing to our younger son, but the jacket that our older son wore a few years ago was very worn.

When I am buying winter coats, I always look online because there are a lot more options than what is available in my area and I can easily compare prices without driving to several different stores. I found an amazing deal on a winter coat for our younger son at The coat was 70% off and I used a coupon code for an extra 29% off (a special offer on February 29). The original price was $110 and the final price was a little under $30, including tax and shipping! I used a gift card and paid nothing! What a blessing!

I went to a local thrift store this week and found a summer shirt and a pair of shorts that my younger son will be able to wear this summer for 50% off. I paid $1.50 each.

I price matched at Walmart.

My children received a free Lego magazine this week. I signed up for the magazine at and they are always excited to see this magazine in the mail. I also received two free magazines.

I used online bill pay to pay bills and we paid extra against our mortgage principle. We would like to pay at least one extra mortgage payment this year. It doesn't sound like much, but it can turn into big savings. If you are interested in paying off your mortgage early, Dave Ramsay has some great advice.

I ordered free coloring books for Operation Christmas Child boxes.

I saved paper from the children's school, that would have been thrown away, for notes and lists. I fold the paper in half vertically so that the printing is on the inside and make my grocery lists on the outside. It's a great way to get extra use out of all that paper we get from school before throwing it in the recycling bin.

After entering all our February transactions into EveryDollar, I noticed that we did stay within our budget for February. Even though we stayed within our overall budget, we did end up spending a lot more in the restaurant category than I had budgeted. The extra money that we spent could have been spent on something else - i.e. paying extra on our mortgage principle or saving for this year's summer vacations. My goal this month is to be more careful about our spending in this category.

How did you save this week?


Jenn in Indiana said...

You had a great week! The eating out is such a hard thing sometimes. Like this week, my son had 4 wrestling meets. I wish that I could say we ate at home every night, but that would be a lie!! But I am thankful to have extra money for times when life is stressful and eating out is simply the easiest option. As far as shopping for your boys, does your area have a lot of garage sales?

Vanessa said...

Yes, I agree about eating out. I'm not against it at all, but I do like to try to keep it within the budget that we have set specifically for eating out. If we didn't have a budget, I think we would have a tendency to eat out whenever we wanted to, which would be a lot of the time. :)

I have tried garage sales a couple of times and haven't really had a lot of success. We don't have a lot of yard sales in my immediate area. I could drive to neighboring towns, but in my experience, it seems that a lot of garage sales here are selling baby clothes and girls' clothes...not a lot of clothes in the sizes that my boys are wearing.