Monday Money Review

Monday - Let's Do This

It was a beautiful and productive weekend at the Thrifty Image household. Errand running,  a preteen sleepover, (more) shoveling and Church.  And great food, thank you Aldi and and Sam’s Club.

Here’s is where we work out if the weekend matched the expected weekend money so here we go:

Before

  • Church donation = $28
  • Groceries = $60
  • Dollar Tree = $30
  • Safelite (cracked window) = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Auntie’s B-day gifts = $100
  • Sam’s Club Rotisserie Chicken = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $20
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum = $0
  • Total = $238

After

  • Church donation = $28
    • Church donation = $28
  • Groceries = $60
    • Groceries = $63
  • Dollar Tree = $30
    • Dollar Tree = $30.22
  • Safelite (cracked window) = $0
    • Safelite = $383.00
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Auntie’s B-day gifts = $100
    • Auntie’s B-day = $0
  • Sam’s Club Rotisserie Chicken = $0
    • Sam’s = $7.97
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zip’s Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $20
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum = $0
    • Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum = $0
    • Gas = $26.21
    • Walmart = $60.98
  • Total = 512.19

Way over…and not even on fun stuff.

Groceries category wasn’t too bad based on my projections but still more than it should be for 2 eaters in one week.  We restocked from the storm and this will last us until next week.

Dollar Tree total is fun because I actually purchased $50 worth of stuff but used $20 in coupons and in store promotions. Last week I saw this YT video – Dollar Tree Haul Brag.  I had no idea it was a thing to purchase items at the Dollar Tree and post a video about it. So that led me to videos like this –Dollar Tree Couponing and this –  Dollar Tree Couponing.  I was hooked on the idea of seeing if I could get those staples that I often go to the Dollar Tree T for (movie candy, cleaning products, etc.) for less. And I did!  This is what my Dollar Tree shopping looked like this weekend:

Dollare Tree Shopping with Coupons
The Pedigree Dentix dog snacks were FREE with coupons!!

My dog has enough snacks for 6 months, now.  The Lysol cleaners came to only 50 cents each.  Our supply and snack cabinets are now stocked, locked and loaded.

Windshield repair.  Sigh.  It turns out that my windshield could not be repaired because the crack is longer than a dollar bill.  So, it is replacement for me, not repair.  Thanks for having my back, Emergency Fund.

Auntie’s B-day celebration has been pushed back to next weekend.

I purchased a Sam’s Club membership that came with a bunch of goodies.  However, what I didn’t know was that you had to redeem those goodies within 2 weeks.  Yikes!  So instead of walking out with a rotisserie chicken, I walked out with the chicken, the breakfast platter (pastries) and a cheesecake platter (7 flavors).  Obviously I will be asking the kind people at work to help me nosh through this unexpected haul.  Since I purchased this through Groupon and there was no paperwork, I didn’t know about the 2 week deadline.  It pays to ask the basic questions at the membership counter.

Sam's Club Membership Goodies
I looked like a real member with all this stuff!

I also used $7.97 to purchase watermelon sticks. Mirror Image and I love watermelon. And all of this came in timely since I had some giggly girls doing sleepover/movie night this weekend.

I did not pick up the prescriptions.  I was so overwhelmed by having to get so much more food than I thought, I completely forgot.

I forgot I needed gas and didn’t account for it on Weekend Money. I was excited to get gas for only $1.76 per gallon at Exxon until I drove further down the street and saw it for $1.69 at Shell.  Hopefully using my Plenti rewards card helps close that gap when I go to cash in my points.

My daughter’s printer ran out of ink on Friday night so we purchased that and a couple of either personal care items from Walmart.  I have to find a cheaper ink opportunity. It is too expensive.

So there is it.  On the surface, major fail being $361.30 over projections.  However, I would have had to get the windshield replaced anyway in order to drive legally. Here’s hoping for no surprises next weekend!

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