Since my shopping in 2008 is over and done, I am amazed at the savings we were able to achieve and just simply amazed another year has gone! I wanted to share the final results of 2008 spending and savings with you – some exciting stuff, I tell ya!!
Q4: October – December
Spend: $721 (exact – weird or what??)
And, here's a breakdown of each quarter:
Q1: January – March
Q2: April – June
Q3: July – September
2008 YTD Spend: $4,096
2008 YTD Savings: $6,461
That represents a 61% savings for the entire year. And, I did some simple estimating and figured that at least $1,000 of that was for diapers and formula. So, that means if you don't have those expenses your totals are probably even better!!!
But, like my friend Marianne says, it's your own personal frugal story. I find it interesting others can get their totals so low but I don't compete with anyone BUT myself! And, I don't go chase every single FREE deal each week but I do use my knowledge to save as much as possible when I can combine trips and stock up to save even more. I do plan on using this information to modify our budget to see how much I can stretch it in the new year.
Did you use the Savings Spreadsheet I sent you (or possibly one of your own)? Did you track your savings/spending for the year? Please share your savings results! I really think it's so motivating to see other people's stories!
Here's to a 2009 full of lots of savings and blessings!!
By the way, this week I plan on posting the savings spreadsheet I created and use so you can track your savings in 2009!