Sunday, February 28, 2016

2016 Food & Toiletries Spending.........February Update

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for FEBRUARY 2016.

I have posted February's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2016 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.  I am 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 Sum.  My 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  $5.00
Value  $20.95
Savings  76.13%

OOP  $4.55
Sales/Qs  $28.69
Value  $33.24
Savings 86.31%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/gift card  $521.87
Value  $521.87
Savings 100%

OOP  $54.57
Qs/Ads $41.78
Value  $96.35
Savings  43.36%

OOP  $294.97
Qs/Ads  $379.86
Value  $674.83
Savings  55.74%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, CVS at 86.31% and the Bakery Outlet at 76.13%.  My WORST savings rate was The local Shursave grocery at 43.36%.

I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$359.09
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$988.15
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$1347.24
TOTAL Savings of...................................73.35%
TOTAL Savings without Rite-Aid...........56.49%

Value of items excluding Rite-Aid bought ones was $825.37.
Rite-Aid goods brought home totaled $521.87

This closes out the February food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into February wanting to do a $250 to $300 food budget for the month($250 for family spending and $50 for deals).  I also separated out monies spent on food bank donations from my food budget for Feb.
I didn't meet that $250-$300 goal this month, going over by $59.09.

The monthly savings percentage went down by 2.17% in February to 73.35% compared to January's 75.52% savings average.
So we are still well above a 40% savings rate on groceries for 2016.
While saving 3/4 on food every month is unsustainable I'll take it while it lasts. lolz

With 2 months accounted for, I have spent a total of $709.06 on food/toiletries so far in 2016 which averages out to $354.53

LOOKING AHEAD To March 2016.........
Ok, since College Boy will be home for a week this month, I can't do a super tight budget for March.
I'll shoot for a $250-$300 month in March.  I won't be buying much extra this month for CB as I already did some stocking up for his needs in February(compleats and coffee).
I will continue to anticipate our needs and buy them while on sale instead of paying full regular retail for these items(except for milk as that doesn't do on sale here in PA).

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 2016.

*  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?
*  What are your methods for keeping your food spending in check?

Is anyone out there up for tracking expenditures and trying to spend less but still eat well?



  1. I'm currently on a reduced grocery budget as we eat down stores at home and use the monies not spent towards medical debt and upcoming moving expenses.I am spending $200/month since Jan. I also need to clear out now forbidden foods, due to medical restrictions (me) and either find healthy substitutes or eliminate all together. Just did a stock take (Mar dinner menus already planned but just learned of surgery @ the end of March so I'm planning)and we do still have plenty to choose from. May and June will be more interesting as my lease ends July 31st-so we'll move before that.

  2. do you hire out for budgeting?

    1. No, nor do I "put out" for toiletries..... ;-)

  3. Ugh! Can't even think about what went out the door in February. March will be better.


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