Monday, February 04, 2019

How Do You Stay Frugal In February?

I'm doing it! I'm declaring February 2019 a no spend month! Hello Frugal February!

I can do this and so can you! Today I'm sharing a popular post that I actually wrote LAST February, about four ways that we cut back on our spending. It's not rocket science, but staying out of the stores - and off Amazon! - is the number one easiest way for me to save money. Of course we need bread and milk, and Alise is always running out of shampoo, but "extras" are coming to a halt this month. And I don't know how it is for those of you that have done this, too, but it's kinda fun! It's like a game I play with myself to see if I can really do it. 

Having said all that, tomorrow I'm linking up with Tanya for Prime Purchases and I'll be sharing some things that I bought online in January. Nothing major because our actual hiatus began last month with cutting back. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: Come back tomorrow when I show you some purchases before the spending freeze.

Now, here's my post from last February.

At the beginning of 2018, I was determined to shop my closet and not make any new clothing purchases until March and I am happy to report - even with all the great sales going on - I have not bought anything to add to my wardrobe. I'm a little shocked at myself, but also pretty darn proud! So today, I thought I would share some ideas about how to stay Frugal in February.
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Stay out of the stores// This is hard sometimes, especially if you're in the browsing mood. Due to basketball season and working through lunch so that I can take off to go to Alise's games, I haven't had the freedom of dropping in my favorite boutiques or swinging into the mall on my lunch breaks. Our Saturdays have been pretty busy, too, so that cuts down on excessive shopping and then, honestly? I just haven't been in the mood. What's wrong with me? Ha!

Use Walmart Grocery & Pick Up App// Y'all! I can't say enough about this service. My friend, Leslie, did an amazing post and tutorial about how to use the app. Go check it out. I've used it three weeks in a row and my grocery bill has been less than $100 each week - and that's INCLUDING our Super Bowl party when I had a lot of things to buy. My friend, Leigh, who also uses the app says that she's never walking into a Walmart store again! I'm not so sure I can say that, but I CAN say that I haven't been in Walmart since Christmas.

Coupons// You bloggers that have been blogging for a while will remember all the couponing craze a few years ago. Remember when everyone was running all over town shopping at different stores to get the "best deals" and then posting about how much money they saved? It was unreal and totally worth it to them, but I'm not a coupon-er. The only coupon I use these days comes from Ulta when I can get 20% off name brand products that I use and that's good enough for me.

Eat in// After Christmas, Wayne and I had the "discussion" that we were eating out too much. Our schedule had been crazy (still is!) and it was just easier to pick up drive thru or meet at a restaurant for dinner. The date nights and eating lunch after church every week were beginning to add up, too. So, we came to the conclusion that we were cutting back to only eating out once a week as a family. Date nights don't count. I made that executive decision.

So the accountant in me calculated how much money we were saving by using the Walmart app and eating in more and it's quite a chunk of change. Definitely enough change to add some new spring pieces to my wardrobe next month!

How do you stay frugal in February?
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

22 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:55 AM

    I try and stay out of the stores too. Sometimes it's a little difficult but overall I've been better at this. I haven't tried the Wal-Mart Grocery Pick-Up App, I plan to soon. I'm sure it would also cut down on incidental spending. I'm not a coupon clipper either. I recently just downloaded the Cartwheel App from Target, shame on me for waiting so long. Have a wonderful Friday :)

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    1. There's no shame in trying to save money, Tammy! Have an awesome weekend and hugs those Grands for me!

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  2. Proud of you, I hit the sales hard in January but now no spend February. I was that crazy coupon lady! In 1999, I saved $4000 in coupons and was easier than because they still doubled and some tripled. I did it up until a couple years ago. My dad would clip from papers for hours and send them to me. It is a treat for us to eat out, literally we only eat out once every couple weeks but some weekends I am like kitchen is closed, get mama a pizza! They love my cooking too darn much and since we are such home bodies it's like nah, I'll whip it together. I hope you have the best weekend, send me sunshine, everything is close here.Mr. Nine is out blowing around snow as we speak but it is GORGEOUS!! LOVE YOU!

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    1. I can TOTALLY see you as a "coupon clipper," Babe! You always find the best deals! I'll send you some sun if you'll send me about an inch of snow! It's suppose to rain here all weekend! Boo! That Mr. Nine! He's definitely a keeper! Love you, too!!

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  3. FRIEND - I so agree. i've been using the Kroger equivalent where I order online - My grocery bill is like $25-$50 cheaper every week!!!!! How crazy is that? I guess impulse buying is a real thing!

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  4. These are great tips! I think my biggest one would be to stay out of the stores and unsubscribe from sale emails. I have also started avoiding some fashion blog posts that I know would be tempting! Right now we are in full on spend mode with refurnishing the house. I'll be relieved when we are finished because it's depressing looking at the bills right now. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Well, look at you! My daughter has been using the pickup service in OKC for about a year. She raves about it too. I did pretty good staying out of the stores in Jan and doing good thus far in Feb. but I haven't stopped by Chicos either. Happy weekend Laura!

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  6. Good for you for not shopping. I've done that for the past couple of years but sad to report I'm an epic failure on it in 2018 but then again I was trying not to shop. LOL

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  7. First of all, you doll!!! Thank you for the mention and link to my post. I am about to make another Walmart list myself. I think it is saving us money because I buy only what we truly need, no impulsive purchases like Twinkies! I got out my recipes, put the ingredients I will need into my virtual cart and submit my order...in my pjs!!

    I am so very proud of you to have not purchased anything clothing so far this year! I wish I could say the same thing. Although, with my tootsie, I am not going into stores but I'm shopping online. Got to stop. I am not going to buy another thing until spring clothes come out and I have spring weather to wear them in.

    We are trying to cut back on eating out, too. And date nights definitely do not count. We get in trouble when I am working and we go to the gym after work, and then come home and it's going on 7:00 and we are starved. If I use my crockpot, we are ok. And PC is very agreeable to a bowl of soup and a sandwich once a week or so. Are you on the Instapot kick? Maybe we need to investigate those and do a link-up about them?

    My mom was a huge bargain shopper and couponer. I have never taken the time most of my adult life to bother with them but I know you can save tons.

    So proud of you, sweet one. Hope you rub off on me. Thank you again for the mention. It means so much. XO

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  8. I signed up for Ebates and have been terrible at getting money back because I've cut so much of my online shopping lately! I recently had the website Funcheaporfree.com pop up on my Pinterest pages, and I've watched a lot of her videos lately which has definitely motivated me to do less spending at the grocery store. Hope y'all have a relaxing and under-budget weekend! :)

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  9. Well I’m super impressed you’ve kept true to yourself and the shopping hiatus. Honestly, I haven’t been buying too much myself, but I know with the season change coming that will change too. Oh well 🤣. Hope you’re having a great weekend😘

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  10. I have had to unsubscribe from emails! Madewell, Nordstrom, Lululemon, Athleta......they all kill me because I want it all! I just have to scroll thru IG and not swipe up! LOL

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  11. I definitely have to stay away from sales emails! I haven't stayed very frugal when it comes to the house but that has at least kept me from shopping!

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  12. One of my new year's resolutions was to be more careful with money. I did just ok on this in January. Grocery pick up helped a lot, as well as letting things sit in my Amazon cart for a few days before clicking order. Meal planning also helped cut some restaurant meals, although I still enjoy going out at least once on the weekend. I'm going to double down in February...thanks for the inspiration! And thanks in advance for linking up tomorrow!

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  13. These are all such good tips! Honestly I stay out of the stores but I do some major damage online! I should try to cut back. We are going to be eating at home a lot this month as I want to lose weight! So I guess we will be saving there.
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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  14. Here I was going to tell you about my coupon savings and I realize I already told you in my comment from last year. Lol. This post needs to be ran every year because it is that good with keeping people in check and learning how to be frugal! Have a marvelous Monday my beauty!

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  15. Still good advice friend!!! XO

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  16. Ha! I just saw my comment from last year and its basically stayed the same! Unsubscribe! I like "frugal February" so I am going with your slogan for the month! I seriously need NO CLOTHES! I will want new spring clothes so my goal is to not buy in February (hello Frugal February!) I also meal plan for the entire week so we do not eat out very often. Usually just once a week. It all adds up! Happy February!

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  17. Staying out of stores is HUGE! I go into Target for one thing & come out with 20 that I didnt need. When I was at home recovering from surgery, I was shocked how much money I saved from not being out & about!!!

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  18. Right there with you! Mike and I are doing the Financial Peace course and oh.my.goodness! Frugal February is a real deal around here too!

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  19. Thanks again for this encouragement and for mentioning my post about the Walmart grocery pickup program. It is wonderful, huh? I do one big grocery shopping trip each month and then Walmart for the in-betweens. Need to put together a pickup order now!
    I put saving money and paying off my Amazon credit card, I know!, on my Wellness Goals. It makes me crazy and sick to have a balance on my card but with all of the flights and changes in flights to see my mom, I have used my card. Anyway, I need to hide that card til it is paid off and stay away from Amazon.com!

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