Wednesday, July 14

Today's Detroit Groupon - Dinner and Comedy Show for 2= $20!



I am pretty excited about today's Groupon - so excited that I bought one!  It is dinner and comedy show for two at Andiamo in Novi for only $20!  I thought it would be a good anniversary night for my husband and I.  We have went there before (pre-kids) and had such a fun time!

If you want to get this Groupon click here.

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Sunday, July 11

Cheap Window Cleaner!


I have been a firm believer in Windex for most of my life, until recently.  For whatever reason my windows and mirrors have been streaking so bad lately that you can hard see out the windows and I can't see myself in the mirrors (no joke)!  I am not sure if it's because if the Michigan humidity now that it's summer or what the problem is, but I have have even tried microfiber cloths instead of my usual paper towels and that didn't work either. 

Today I was so frustrated that I couldn't properly clean the mirrors in my bathroom, that I decided to look up home-made recipes for window cleaner.  I came across this one and I cannot believe how well it worked:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent (I used dish soap)
  • 2 cups of water
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake to blend and spray on your windows!  I even used newspapers as the article suggested (yes, I have lots of those) and they worked like a charm!

I just wanted to add that although I admit to being cheap, I REALLY did not try this to be cheap or save money.  I just wanted clean mirrors and windows.  I have stocked up bottles of Windex in the basement just waiting to be used.  I think I will be giving them away because the homemade window cleaner worked better (and it HAPPENS to be cheaper too)!  :)

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Frugal Friday Report

On Friday of each week, I plan to summarize a list of my weekly spending including how much I saved and my savings percentage.  I am hoping to show how much I am saving and improving each week by using my new savvy shopping skills...

I didn't go shopping too much over the past week, so unfortunately we ate out a couple times which was expensive!  Here's what my week looked like:

Week # Start End Spending Savings Savings %
1 12/31 1/6  $    62.37  $   56.53 48%
2 1/7 1/13  $    59.15  $ 131.69 69%
3 1/14 1/20  $    52.91  $   94.17 64%
4 1/21 1/27  $    40.44  $   37.69 48%
5 1/28 2/3  $    97.22  $ 188.26 66%
6 2/4 2/10  $    51.74  $   81.17 61%
7 2/11 2/17  $    89.21  $ 104.29 54%
8 2/18 2/24  $    39.64  $   91.00 70%
9 2/25 3/3  $    56.41  $   69.49 55%
10 3/4 3/10  $    53.23  $   96.32 64%
11 3/11 3/17  $    63.54  $ 107.08 63%
12 3/18 3/24  $    28.97  $   17.02 37%
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23 6/3 6/9  $    55.37  $   43.88 44%
24 6/10 6/16  $    20.26  $   21.50 51%
25 6/17 6/23  $  184.65  $ 125.12 40%
26 6/24 6/30  $    48.86  $   98.26 67%
27 7/1 7/7  $    20.49  $     1.50 7%

Here is my graph:

 















                                              (click on graph to enlarge)

I only spent $20.49 (mostly my husband made quick trips into the store on his way home from work) and saved a mere $1.50 (only 7% savings).  I will probably spend a little more than normal this week, because I am really getting low on food!

On a positive note, my average weekly spending to date is $58.40, which is slightly under my $60/week budget!

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Saturday, July 3

Frugal Friday Report


On Friday of each week, I plan to summarize a list of my weekly spending including how much I saved and my savings percentage.  I am hoping to show how much I am saving and improving each week by using my new savvy shopping skills...

Well vacation week was a bad week for me.  No coupons and food at grocery stores in the Outer Banks is outrageous!  Last week was a decent week though:

Week # Start End Spending Savings Savings %
1 12/31 1/6  $    62.37  $   56.53 48%
2 1/7 1/13  $    59.15  $ 131.69 69%
3 1/14 1/20  $    52.91  $   94.17 64%
4 1/21 1/27  $    40.44  $   37.69 48%
5 1/28 2/3  $    97.22  $ 188.26 66%
6 2/4 2/10  $    51.74  $   81.17 61%
7 2/11 2/17  $    89.21  $ 104.29 54%
8 2/18 2/24  $    39.64  $   91.00 70%
9 2/25 3/3  $    56.41  $   69.49 55%
10 3/4 3/10  $    53.23  $   96.32 64%
11 3/11 3/17  $    63.54  $ 107.08 63%
12 3/18 3/24  $    28.97  $   17.02 37%
13 3/25 3/31  $    59.78  $   69.93 54%
14 4/1 4/7  $    86.97  $ 132.77 60%
15 4/8 4/14  $    30.60  $   52.85 63%
16 4/15 4/21  $    53.13  $   76.48 59%
17 4/22 4/28  $    49.01  $ 120.33 71%
18 4/29 5/5  $    64.97  $   62.30 49%
19 5/6 5/12  $    60.09  $ 171.01 74%
20 5/13 5/19  $    67.52  $ 105.57 61%
21 5/20 5/26  $    25.58  $   31.98 56%
22 5/27 6/2  $    60.13  $   60.60 50%
23 6/3 6/9  $    55.37  $   43.88 44%
24 6/10 6/16  $    20.26  $   21.50 51%
25 6/17 6/23  $  184.65  $ 125.12 40%
26 6/24 6/30  $    48.86  $   98.26 67%
 
Here is my chart:
                                    (Click on chart to enlarge)

Ouch!  That week on vacation was NOT good!  But we had a fun time and I feel okay about it because that's one of the reasons we need to save - vacations...  I spent $184.65 and saved $125.12 for a savings precentage of 40%.  Last week, I spent $48.86 and saved $98.26 (67%).

My favorite deals for last week were:
  • Old Orchard Juice, 64 oz bottles: $0.17/each at Meijer
  • Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn, 3 ct: $0.58/each at Meijer
  • Reynold’s Wrap Aluminum Foil, 80 sq ft: $1.00/each at Meijer
  • Chi-Chi’s Salsa, 16oz:  $0.49/each at Meijer
  • Kroger block or shredded cheese, 8oz: $0.70/each at Kroger
I found out about these great deals at Bargains to Bounty

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