Another year has came to a close and so has another coupon journey. This post is a summary of the year. For those who are not familiar with My Coupon Journey, here is a brief summary:
My Coupon Journey was what started You Saved How Much. January 1st, 2011, I decided to spend $20 or less every week at drugstores and other places for everyday needs. The only thing that didn’t count is my grocery shopping. I honestly didn’t know if I could do it, but I did and I was AMAZING at it!! 2016 is the start of our 5th year. If you are interested in couponing, start your own coupon journey and keep track of your spending and savings. It doesn’t have to be at $20, it could be more. Trust me, you will see the value of the coupon each week, if you do this! I am a firm believer in stockpiling, but not beyond your needs. If you are buying too much and they expire before use, constantly running out of room and selling items (which if you sell items that you used for coupons, it can be considered coupon fraud), then you are not couponing according to your family needs. Sometimes, I do get a little much, but I do donate and help others out too. It takes a while to figure out your needs. Yes, I have a year supply of laundry detergent, it doesn’t expire and I got through ALOT. However, I am not going out and buying 20 boxes of cereal that will expire before my family can go through it. Yes it was a quarter, but those quarters add up whenever it is expiring. So shop according to YOUR family needs!
2015 was the best couponing I did year-to-date in the four complete years of doing this. This also was the most weeks in a journey I missed too. I mainly missed them because it wasn’t worth the gas for a few items that I already had in my stockpile. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break when the deals aren’t so great. If I would have spent $20.00 each week, my grand total would have been $1,100.00. This included a $20.00 slot for Black Friday deals. You will see my final spending cost at the end of this.