Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Food & Toiletries Spending.....March Update

 Onward to March's food spending report.......

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MARCH 2014.

I have posted March's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2014 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in March.  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 4(3 at home this month)& 1 dog. No kids under 18.

OOP  $6.00
Value  $11.97
Savings   49.9%

OOP  $13.00
Value  $37.65
Savings    65.47%
OOP  $11.53
Qs/Ads/+Ups  $158.16
Value  $169.69
Savings  93.2%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $26.29
Qs/Ads  $10.97
Value  $37.26
Savings  29.44%

OOP  $81.96
Qs/Ads  $40.27
Value  $122.23
Savings  32.95%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 93.2%,  the Dollar Store at 65.47% and the Bakery Outlet at 49.9%.  My WORST savings rate was Shursave Market at 29.44%.
I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$344.86
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$380.76
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$725.62
TOTAL Savings of...................................51.80%

Even without counting the Rite-Aid shopping, my savings rate was 38.94%.

This closes out the March food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into March wanting to keep my food/toiletries budget at $300, but I went over by $44.86.
It sure beats spending $400 though.  ;-)
Over a 50% savings rate for March was only possible because of my Rite-Aid deals last week.  The "normal" rate I like to try for is 40%.

I tallied up our Eating Out spending for March and it came in at $155.11(including tips).
$96.31 of that was #2 Son's Birthday dinner and the other $58.80 was meals out on my trip to Delaware.
This spending doesn't come out of our food/toiletries budget however.


I am not even going to attempt to predict what April's food/toiletries spending will look like.  I have a road trip coming up this month (!!!)so I'll be buying convenience foods this month for those staying home.  These typically cost more anyway so we'll see where we stand on the spending come May 1.

If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.

Total spend on food/toiletries so far this year.....$1,040.66
The average monthly food/toiletries spending this year so far is $346.89.
How much did you spend on food/toiletries in March?
Do you track your yearly food spending?


  1. Crazy savings indeed. I think I'll play around and see how I've done this quarter. I am not organized enough to track for a full year, haha. I don't think I've spent over $20 on toiletries this year, but my food budget should be close to $450 to date.

  2. Good deal with your savings!! I'm not organized enough to track for a month... Too much else going on. Someday someday...


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