This year, I decided to track my savings with coupons. I started clipping coupons in the middle of the year last year, but I don't really know how much I saved.
So, here's the tally for 2010:
January -- $63.22
February so far -- $39.77
We've never actually had a clothing budget because we just don't buy clothes very often. But all of Bob's clothes for work were starting to wear out all of a sudden, and we just couldn't afford to go replace all of his stuff at the Brooks Brothers prices of $79 per shirt and $150 per pair of pants. So, I started shopping on eBay. This year, I've gotten him three pairs of pants and two shirts. One of the pairs of pants was still brand-new (with tags attached) (and it was a more expensive pair of pants than the $150 ones), and the other items were used but showed no wear. So I'm comparing what I paid to what it would have cost if I'd bought everything brand-new in the store.
I bought, as I said, three pairs of pants and two shirts, for a whopping total of $85.80. New, I would have paid $708. Yes, that sound you hear is me patting myself on the back.
In other financial news, I e-filed our federal and state taxes last night and look forward to seeing those refunds direct-deposited into our checking account.
Dave Ramsey would be proud.