Monday, February 4, 2013

JANUARY 2013 Budget Results....Food & Toiletries Spending

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for JANUARY 2013.

I have posted January's totals on the right side bar under Total Grocery Savings for 2013 and updated the Yearly Totals.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in January.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals Summary.

My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Pet Supplies, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable.We are a family of 5(4-5 at home this month)& 2 dogs. No kids under 16.

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/+Ups/Gift Card  $211.88
Value  $211.88
Savings   100%

SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $162.29
Qs/Ads  $138.58
Value  $300.87
Savings  46.06%

OOP  $127.95
Qs/Ads  $103.13
Value  $231.08
Savings  44.63%

I don't track Rite-Aid's +Ups here, nor CVS's ECBs & Walgreen's RRs. They will be included when used on purchases under "Coupons".   I'll keep track of what rebates are received monthly.  Rebate money/gift cards will be considered 'income' & will go into the Food/Toiletries budget, offsetting the Out of Pocket. Cash will go immediately into the Budget kitty, while Gift Cards will be calculated in when spent.

TOTAL Value of Cash/Store Checks/Gift Card Rebates Received...$16.00

5 x Free 12 packs Coke products
1 x Free 20 oz. Coke products
2 x Movie Tickets Coke Sweepstakes win
2 x Large Movie Sodas Coke Sweepstakes win

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were the Rite-Aid at 100%,  Shursave affiliate market at 46.06% and Weis markets at 44.63%.  l only shopped at 3 different stores this past month. 8-)

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$290.24
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$453.59
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$743.83
TOTAL Savings of...................................60.98%

This closes out the January food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into January with $400 budgeted for food/toiletries for the month.  I have $109.76 leftover in my January food envelope.  And I spent so little and even stocked up on pet food in January.
I redeemed 26 manufacturer's coupons at the 2 grocery stores(1/3 were Peelies, 1/3 were Instant Store discount Stickers and the last 1/3 were ManuQs) and 17 coupons at the drug store. 
I also earned and spent 1 x $10 Catalina Q at Weis.
I tried to get us to eat down some frozen foods this month so I could defrost my freezer.  I found some neglected items buried in the back which we make a pretty successful effort to use up.
Go us! ;-)

Looking ahead to February---We'll stick to our $400 food budget again this month.  It seems to be working for us at this amount.  I'll be changing over some food choices this month and I am curious to see how this affects our spending.

And here is the run down of my Food & Toiletries Spending for 2013 so far--
2013 Total Saved $453.59

2013 Yearly Total Value of Items  $743.83

2013 Yearly Total Spent $290.24

2013 Yearly Savings Total of 60.98%



  1. You did awesome with your grocery shopping. I spent almost as much as you did, and we are the family of 4 :)

  2. Mom and DH cleaned out the freezer today also. So we are now having Turkey on Sunday, london broil tomorrow and I think pepper steak(A huge portion that I can break into lunches) Somehow all of that was under the turkey. But since we are going halves on a cow and 1/4 on a pig my husband wants to make sure we eat the meat we have out there plus he wants to give it a good scrub down. Must remember there are not 7 people in this house right You are doing soooooo much better than me

  3. Okay, you are my hero! Wow! I just posted about my 'haul' from CVS. You really are saving a lot of $$$! I hope to get there someday!

    P.S. FYI - My blog URL has changed. It's now I noticed that it's not updating on your sidebar and I didn't want to lose ya!!

  4. "Go us! ;-)"-Darn tootin'!
    You know you rock. I personally think you should straighten out the government and do the books. Hahahaha, you would make them all use coupons! I would love to see it.


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