Sunday, March 1, 2015

2015 Food and Toiletries Spending.......February Update

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for FEBRUARY 2015.

I have posted February's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2015 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.m listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in February.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals SumMy spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 3(2 at home this month). No kids under 19.


OOP  $8.50
Value  $17.66
Savings  51.87%

OOP  $13.00
Value  $18.06
Savings  28.02%

RITE-AID *(see below)
OOP  $5.29
Qs/Ads/+UPs  $178.04
Value  $183.33
Savings  97.11%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $53.63
Qs/Ads  $42.97
Value  $96.60
Savings  44.48%
OOP  $249.34
Qs/Ads  $273.61
Value  $522.95
Savings  52.32%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 97.11%, Weis at  52.32% and  the Bakery Outlet at 51.87%.  My WORST savings rate was Dollar Tree at 28.02%.

I shopped at 5 different stores this past month. 

TOTAL Out of Pocket........ $351.98
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$534.79
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$886.77
TOTAL Savings of...................................60.30%
TOTAL Savings WITHOUT Rite-Aid.............50.71%

This closes out the February food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I was on target for a $250 monthly spending until Weis had that $10 oyno Catalina Deal.  Let's just say we are STUFFED to the gills with bacon, coffee, turkey breasts and ground beef now. 8-)
If it's any consolation(and it isn't much)I DID spend less this February than in 2014.

Perhaps spending so little monthly on food for a household is unrealistic given what we eat normally.
We won't give up meat/seafood or dairy here(though we have been eating very little dairy the last 2 years)to keep our food spending super low.  If we just ate veggies, bread and carbs I am sure we could get off spending less every single month.
And it seems that the cost of food rises(or the size of packages shrinks)each and every month after the last.

The monthly savings percentage went down by 13.79% in February to 60.30% compared to January's 74.09% average.
I'm not too concern by that since a 60.30% savings rate is still higher than normal(normal for me is about 40%).
The savings rate for the year so far now stands at 68.24%.  That's quite high all things considered.


I want to continue to eat down some of our stockpiles of food and empty out the freezer a bit more. It's just 2 adults for March except that College Boy will be home for a week this month too.  He is the Wild Card in this.   I didn't get anywhere near a $250 spending month for February so I am upping the budget a bit to $300 for food/toiletries in March.  I shouldn't have to buy anything until about a week in. Let's see how close I can get to that $300 mark without exceeding it(IF I don't exceed it).
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 February?
*  Do you track your yearly food spending?
*  What was your savings percentage buying on sale and/or with coupons vs. buying at regular retail price last month, if you track that sort of thing?


  1. My food and toiletries out of pocket spending comes to $342.78 for February. That doesn't include $78.52 spent on a few lunches at work and a few meals dining out. Without the "food out" I came really close to you. Woohoo! That puts a huge smile on my face

  2. I went slightly over my $300 a month grocery budget. I am finding it harder and harder to keep under that budget here in Canada. I write more about it on my blog post for Monday.


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