Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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

It's not the end of October yet but I am posting my month end totals since I am finished grocery shopping for this month.

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for OCTOBER 2013.

I have posted October's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2013 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in October.  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(3 at home this month)& 2 dogs. No kids under 17.

OOP  $40.17
Qs/Ads  $13.26
Value  $53.43
Savings  24.82%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $203.89
Qs/Ads  $106.04
Value  $309.93
Savings  34.21%

OOP  $25.04
Qs/Ads  $25.09
Value  $50.13
Savings  50%

OOP  $7.97
Qs/Ads/+Ups  $49.61
Value  $57.58
Savings  86.16%

OOP  $142.57
Qs/Ads  $80.04
Value  $222.61
Savings  36%

I am no longer adding my rebates received into my food budget directly. I will use them on food on occasion and will note that when used.  I will keep track of rebates/gift cards/certs received here as before however.

TOTAL Value of Cash/Store Checks/Gift Card Rebates Received...$8.00


My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 86.16%, Price Chopper at 50% and Weis at 36 %.  I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$419.64
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$274.04
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$693.68
TOTAL Savings of...................................39.50%

This closes out the October food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into October with my usual $400 budgeted for food/toiletries purchases.
I went over by $19.64. 
Not too bad really and I'm not upset over it.  If I hadn't hurt my foot(and didn't have to send family to the store who don't worry about getting the best deal), who knows if I would have been able to stay under $400.
I did restart the Rite-Aid shopping this month and that spending is included in my totals.  I'll probably spend a bit more at Rite-Aid as we get closer to Christmas.
Looking ahead to November---Other than Thanksgiving, there are no special occasions coming up that require extra food spending this month for us.  Not sure about Thanksgiving at this point as #2 Son will be working that day(a restaurant), so it will just be me and Hubs at home.  Our Thanksgiving meal might be a tad unusual and it will definitely be a lot smaller than the norm for us.
As I buckle down and follow the pre-surgery eating plan this month, we may have less food spending.  But I'll keep the food budget for November at $400.
And here is the run down of my Food & Toiletries Spending for 2013 so far this year--
2013 Total Saved $2,523.40

2013 Yearly Total Value of Items  $6,216.33

2013 Yearly Total Spent $3,692.93

2013 Yearly Savings Total of  40.60%
In October, total savings percentage for the year has gone DOWN .13% over September's year-to-date total of 40.73%, to 40.60%. 
But we are holding steady in the 40%s.
I'd love to get to the end of the year with a 40% savings percentage for all of 2013.
We shall see if it happens. ;-)
The average monthly food/toiletries spending so far this year stands at $369.30.
How much did you spend on food in October?


  1. Amazing. If I shipped you one of the occupants of my house, I think you'd save me hundreds of dollars a month!
    Looking up the shipping address now...

  2. 40%, that's so awesome. So envious. I need to get back to trying again.

    On food for October, let's see... the embarrassing total is $36.04. I double checked my numbers too. Yikes, that's way too low. Wish I could find all the receipts of what transpired.

  3. I managed to buy most of what I bought on sale or using price-matching. The month of Oct. is when I fight not to be seriously ill, but I hav been puny for about two weeks until last night. Now, I am so ill that I don't care what I spent. I do know that most of what I bought was to dehydrate, so it is not being consumed. Lots of what I did consume, was gotten this month or in past months. My bread came from the freeze and cost about 40% of cost.

    One week, I only spent $12. I will have to wind myself up for recording Nov spending. I need to clean out extraneous paper and put an envelope in my purse so that the great paper chase is less thrilling.

    You did very well this month.

  4. You win!
    I went over my mythical budget again this month ....$451.66 I was right on target until I ran into a couple of deals that were too good to pass up. LOL... I think the secret is to stay out of the stores! HaHA!!!


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