Monday, January 5, 2015

Food & Toiletries Spending......December Update & Year End TOTALS

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for DECEMBER 2014.

I have posted December'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 December.  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 3(2-3 at home this month). No kids under 18.


OOP  $14.10
Qs/Ads  $12.28
Value  $32.83
Savings  46.55%

OOP  $1.06
Qs/Ads  $46.23
Value  $47.29
Savings  97.76%

OOP  $46.60
Qs/Ads  $25.45
Value  $72.05
Savings  35.32%

OOP  $14.99
Qs/Ads  $17.84
Value  $32.83
Savings  54.34%

RITE-AID *(see below)
OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/+UPs  $1,121.41
Value  $1,121.41
Savings   100%

OOP  $39.67
Value  $78.50
Savings  49.46%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $48.53
Qs/Ads  $29.18
Value  $77.71
Savings  37.55%

OOP  $64.04
Qs/Ads  $29.90
Value  $93.94
Savings  31.83%
OOP  $211.88
Qs/Ads  $247.18
Value  $459.06
Savings  53.84%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, K-Mart at 97.76% and P&R Outlet at 54.34%.  My WORST savings rate was Trader Joe's at 31.83%.

I shopped at 9 different stores this past month.  I tried a few places I don't go to often as it's not in my regular routine.

* Let me explain how I spent ZERO at Rite-Aid for December.  The actual OOP(aka Out Of Pocket)spending was $15.55 for all of December.
But I had a shampoo return that netted me $8.04 back in December, as well as a return of $12 for some Aveeno products in November & a $5 refund for some +Ups that didn't generate, also in November.  All combined, this netted me $25.04 back in cash or on gift cards.   I applied $15.55 of that cash/credit back to my Rite-Aid spending in December, making my OOP $0.00 for the month.
I still have $9.49 to carryover into January 2015 to cover that much of OOP spending at Rite-Aid in the new year.

**  My TOTAL out of pocket for December food/toiletries was $440.87.
However I cashed out my Saving Star account(where some of my electronic coupon savings are deposited-I don't count these coupon savings until it's cashed out)and was able to deposit $40.04 for the year into our bank account, thus offsetting $40.04 of food spending.  This brought my OOP spending from $440.87 down to $400.83.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........** $400.83
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$1,600.34
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$2,001.17     
TOTAL Savings of...................................79.93%
TOTAL Savings WITHOUT Rite-Aid.............54.44%

This closes out the December food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

While I didn't stay under $350 for the month, because of the additional of my Saving Star funds into our bank, I was almost under $400 for December.

The monthly savings percentage went up(up is good)by 24.22% in December to 79.93% compared to November's 55.71% average.  Without counting the Rite-Aid amounts the savings rate went down slightly from November's amount (by 1.27%) to 54.44%.
Just slightly down.  I can live with that.  ;-)

The savings percentage went UP for the year by 4.10% after adding December's numbers in. 

Total spend on food/toiletries for 2014 after 12 months.....$4,989.49.

The average monthly food/toiletries spending for the year after adding in December's numbers is down a bit to $415.79 for the year from Novembers subtotal of $417.15.   That's $1.36 down from last month's year-to-date spending total.
Down is good in this case......


2014 YEARLY OOP SPENDING on Food/Toiletries........$4,989.49
2014 YEARLY VALUE OF ITEMS BOUGHT.........$12,101.56
2014 YEARLY SAVINGS of................$7,112.07
2014 SAVINGS PRECENTAGE on SPENDING..........58.77%

THOUGHTS on 2014...............
If I don't say so myself, I kicked ASS on food spending in 2014!
I wanted to keep the yearly total at $4800.  I went over that benchmark by $189.49 but I'll call this a good year even so.
Under $5K for ALL consumables(except "adult beverages" & eating out)for a household for an entire year is awesome.

If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.
*  How much did you spend on food/toiletries in December?
*  Do you track your yearly food spending?
*  If so, how did you do in 2014?


  1. Those figures are awesome what a way to end the year. Wish I lived in America and had your brain to work all those deals out each week.
    You rock.

  2. Those are great numbers! We do track our spending, but mine were much higher than yours! :-)

  3. Not to call you out or anything but I bet you spent way more on adult refreshments. LOL.
    Great totals by the way. Now if you could only find a way to do all of your shopping at Riteaid. I can't even imagine what your dinners would consist of.


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