Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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 2015.

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


OOP  $4.75
Value  $20.45
Savings  76.77%

OOP  $8.00
Value  $19.82
Savings  59.63%%

OOP  $35.88
Qs/Ads/gift card $59.59
Value  $95.47
Savings 62.41%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/gift card  $549.00
Value  $549.00
Savings  100%

OOP  $57.24
Qs/Ads $33.98
Value  $91.22
Savings  37.25%

OOP  $19.04
Value  $32.90
Savings  42.13%

OOP  $0.00
Value  $14.38
Savings  100%

OOP  $278.76
Qs/Ads  $336.79
Value  $615.55
Savings  54.71%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Target and Rite-Aid at 100%,  Bakery Outlet at 76.77% and  Price Chopper at 62.41%.  My WORST savings rate was Shursave Markets at 37.25%.  Besides Shursave all my savings precentages were at Least in the 40's.  8-)

I shopped at 8 different stores this past month.

** My TOTAL out of pocket for December food/toiletries was $403.67.
However I cahsed out my Saving Star account(where some of my electronic coupons savings are deposited-I don't count these coupon savings in my monthly totals until it's cashed out)and was able to deposit $84.17 for 2015 into our bank account, thus offsetting $84.17 of food spending.  This brought my OOP spending from $403.67 down to $319.50.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........ $319.50**
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$1119.29
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$1438.79
TOTAL Savings of...................................77.79%
TOTAL Savings without Rite-Aid...........64.09%

This closes out the December food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into December wanting to do a $350 food budget for the month and I went over by $53.67 due to last minute Holiday temptations.  8-(  The only thing that saved the month was the cashing out and banking of my SavingStar rebates and I had almost forgotten to do that before year's end.  This deposit brought my food spending in December down to $319.50 so I finished the month under budget.

The monthly savings percentage went down by 1.2% in December to 77.79% compared to November's 78.99% savings average.  This is mainly due to all that free stuff I got at Rite-Aid in November Black Friday weekend and then I got less free stuff in December.  Still way over the 40% savings rate I like to see each month.


2015 YEARLY OOP SPENDING on Food/Toiletries........$4,338.87
2015 YEARLY VALUE OF ITEMS BOUGHT.........$11,975.45
2015 YEARLY SAVINGS of................$7,636.58
2015 SAVINGS PERCENTAGE on SPENDING..........63.77%

I have spent a total of $4,338.87 on food/toiletries in 2015. That averages out to $361.57 per month. We came in at a monthly average of under $400 for the year which pleases me.  By strategic shopping we were able to eat well AND save money. 8-)

LOOKING AHEAD To January 2016.........
As we are packed to the gills with food/toiletries I think we'll be eating down our stores at the house and not grocery shopping much in January.  I am thinking $200 in food spending for January and perhaps another $100 to stock up College Boy with provisions for the upcoming semester.

If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.
Here's hoping y'all had a great year for spending less on food in 2015.

*  How much did you spend on food/toiletries in December?
*  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?
*  What are your methods for keeping your food spending in check?

Now let's start 2016 off right by tracking where your money goes on food/toiletries/HBA/paper goods/pet needs.
Is anyone out there up for tracking expenditures and trying to spend less but still eat well?



  1. Awesome savings from Rite-aid and Target!! WTG!!

    1. Working the deals and free gift cards help Belinda. 8-)

  2. How do you keep track? Do you use a spreadsheet? You did awesome in savings!!

    1. Thanks Gayle.
      I am old skool, I use a notebook, pen and calculator to keep track of my spending. Keeps my brain sharper too. ;-)

    2. Oh, me too!! Didn't know anyone else still did it that way! You've inspired me to keep better track this year and spend less at the grocery store!

  3. I have been buying a paper for $2, only to find there is maybe one coupon I will even use. Although there are coupons I could use, I don't need or want that product. So, I quit buying the newspaper until I check online to see exactly which coupons are in the paper!

    Since I don't have a phone to load coupons, my printer is not working, and I haven't yet started buying coupons online, I consequently almost never use coupons. Still, by watching for sales and price-matching, I do save a hefty amount each week. Now, I pay $2 gal for milk by price-matching at WM for the low Kroger price of $2.00 instead of $2.89 at Aldi or $3.48 at WM.

    1. I should tally up actual coupons that I use some day. I really don't use them much except at Rite-Aid for toiletries. I got some good Qs in a booklet at Walmart last night when I went w/Eldest grocery shopping. A clerk was demoing/food samples of some dips for NYE and was giving them out. Give a look for them if you are in the store.

  4. My sissie is here and she refers to going to Rite-aid as doing a Sluggy.

    1. "Doing a Sluggy" huh? At least it's not something worse.....lolz Tell Sissie I'll take that one. 8-)


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