My second summary! Here we go:
January 22nd and 23rd:
In a surprising twist, I did not save any money. I also didn’t spend anything.
I took myself and a friend to Studio Movie Grill to see the heart wrenching Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (with sodas!) using vouchers I got for free with Groupon credit, a savings of $24.
Total for the day: $24
I got lunch at Smashburger, where I used a $12 Groupon that I got for $1, saving me $11. I also saved $34.26 at Staples through rewards certificates and a coupon, which got me a fire proof safe for $0.79.
Total for the day: 11 + 34.26 = $45.26
I used a Houston Tidbits voucher to get a very cool Japanese hair ceremony, cut and blow dry at Azur West, a swanky salon at the newly opened West Ave complex. I paid $80 for the voucher and got the $175 service at a $95 discount. Afterwards, I went to the much less swanky McDonalds, and saved $3.50 on a burger using a B1G1 coupon.
Total for the day: 95 + 3.50 = $98.50
Kind of a blah day for savings. I used a Groupon to Old Navy and saved $20.
Total for the day: $20
Weekend in Austin! I used points to get a hotel for me and my friends – a $179 savings (more if you count the free dinner I got out of it). Because I am a Hilton Hold member, I got free breakfast for me and 2 friends, saving us $42.
Total for the day: 179 + 42 = $221
I got another free night at the hotel ($179), and five free breakfasts for me and more friends ($70).
Total for the day: 179+70 = $249
Today I got an email from Sephora advertising a Fabulips set – I shopped around online and saw that at Drugstore.com it was 20% off ($9.00), with free 2 day shipping through ShopRunner ($5.99), 75 cents in Drugstore dollars and another 11% cash back ($3.87) by clicking through Chase Ultimate Rewards, for a total savings of $19.61. I also got a Houdini wine set from Groupon, which was free after credit, saving me $66.
Total for the day: $85.61
At lunch, I met up with some coworkers at Smashburger, where I used a $12 Groupon that I got for $1, saving me $11 and getting me a free lunch. I realized that I had $1.26 in Drugstore.com dollars that were expiring, so I bought some makeup remover and used my free 2 day shipping through ShopRunner, which saved me $5.99. After work, I went to NTB and used a coupon I got from my office for a free oil change, tire rotation and alignment check, saving me $38. I met some friends for dinner at Russo’s Pizzeria where I used a Groupon that I got for free with a coupon for $10 off my first Groupon Now!, which saved me $15 and got me a free pizza.
Total for the day: 11+1.26+38+15 + 5.99 = $71.25
And let’s total it up:
Total savings for the past week and change: $814.62
Total savings this year: $1,461.95