Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Food & Toiletries Spending......September Update

* I've closed out the September books a day early as I am done shopping.  Anything bought in the next day will come out of October's funds. *

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for SEPTEMBER 2016.

I have posted September'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 September.  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 5(4 at home this month). No kids under 20.


OOP  $3.00
Value  $9.77
Savings   69.29%

OOP  $15.65
Value  $42.36
Savings  63.05%

OOP  $23.25
Value  $52.86
Savings  56.02%

OOP  $5.55
Value  $12.55
Savings  55.78%

OOP  $6.99
Value  $9.99
Savings  30.03%

OOP  $2.99
Qs/Ads  $350.42
Value  $353.41
Savings  99.15%

OOP  $93.30
Qs/Ads $54.12
Value  $147.42
Savings  36.71%

OOP  $6.70
Qs/Ads/Gift Cards  $86.23
Value  $92.93
Savings  92.79%

OOP  $564.08
Qs/Ads  $658.74
Value  $1222.82
Savings  53.87%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 99.15%, Target at 92.79% and the Bakery Outlet at 69.29%.  My WORST savings rate was Panera at 30.03%(for the bagels I bought there).  For all but 2 stores shopped at, the savings rate was at least 53.87%.
I shopped at 9 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$721.51
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$1222.60
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$1944.11
TOTAL Savings of...................................62.89%

This closes out the September food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into September wanting to do a $400(then changed to a $500)food budget for the month.
Things went waaaay off budget this month!  $221.51 over my revised higher budget.
What can I say?  Lots of awesome deals on items we use/need(cheese, pantry staples, facial tissue, etc.) and meat discounts so I loaded up.
My spending total also included supplies for making/canning my pepper relish so I'd be at about $700 without those costs.  Still high though.

It is looking like I won't need to shop much in October.  My budget may get a well deserved rest in the coming month.  ;-)

The monthly food spending savings percentage went up by 14.84% in September to 62.89% compared to August's 48.05% savings average.
That's a big difference!  It seems that when I spend more on my budget I save a much higher percentage comparatively.  Crazy.

With 9 months accounted for, I have spent a total of $3658.00 on food/toiletries so far in 2016 which averages out to $406.45 per month spent.  This is $51.89 higher per month than the average in August was.  Yikes.  But then again I spent A LOT more in September.  At least the savings percentage rate was better meaning I paid less for what I did buy in September compared to August.

LOOKING AHEAD To October 2016.........

Other than chicken I am well stocked on every item I possibly could be stocked on(not counting fresh milk and produce and bread).
Maybe I will take a break from the grocery stores in October except for necessities.
That would be different, right?  8-)

If I am not planning on stocking up(and will try to avoid any Deals I find)I could try for a $300 budget on food in October.  Hey! Stop laughing out there.  It could happen......

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 September?
*  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 spent about $85 this month on food. Toiletries, maybe 45. I've got to figure out a better method for keeping receipts. Do you have a separate place in your purse for receipts? Put them in one place when you get home? I know this is not rocket science, but I obviously am not getting it. Maybe a whole post on your receipt saving would inspire me or teach me.

  2. I still think that is good for 4 adults. It has to be way under what the average family is spending.

  3. I have done nothing but Cherry Pick the last 6 weeks. I am truly amazed we can eat as well as we have for 50 bucks a week

  4. Not counting my daughters party, which I went over the food, beer, and paper products budget by $36, I was under $300. I am crap at specific tallies, but used my receipts, and memory as best I could, but I know at 9/14 i was at $140, and had to shops of $69, and $46, and roughly $18 in DH picking up stuff. this is just grocery, I am going to throw in 5% for things I missed and call September groceries $287. Plus we are well stocked for some pantry staples,and despite going over budget for the party by $36, I have two meals of ham frozen (ate the potatoes), plus beverages (soft and alcoholic), and paper products to have friends over instead of a night out-cheaper for all of us.

  5. This was my first month out trying to lower my food bill from $500 - $600 a month, down to $400. I amazed myself. I spent $398 this month on food. I've got my pantry/freezer/fridge loaded up to my basic needs. When I run out of dairy and produce, I just buy what I need to get my stock back up to my comfy level of basics. I don't use any coupons. I shop 95% at Aldi. Wednesday is their meat sale day and I make meals out of what 's on sale. I do watch the loss-leader sales and buy only if i NEED what's on sale. Then, stock up.
    I buy almost everything else at The Dollar Store. I get VO5 shampoo & conditioner for only seventy five cents a bottle. Ditto for everything else. I don't shop CVS or anywhere else. For me, couponing is a waste of time. I buy only what I need or can use within a few months. I live small so space is a premium around here.
    I post all my expenditures in real time to an Excel spreadsheet I set up. As soon as I see I am nearing my budgeted amount, I stop spending. Period.
    Works for me every time.

  6. If your expenses in September were "bong" then mine were "Whistling fast". This is the first time my husband &I looked at each other and said, "Ouch".
    My pantry is well stocked now- not with junk, but real stuff. I canned until I was purple and will look forward to winter months of food that tastes real. That all cost a pretty sum.
    The plan is to go into a regular mode.
    I still find the best prices for real beef and pork at my Amish butcher shop. That will continue. It is amazing that a smaller quantity of meat can be so filling when it tastes amazing.
    Otherwise it is the commissary or Walmart for everything else.Looking forward to about $100 a week beginning today.
    Good thing I look at the year in quarters. Starting again is so much easier that way!


Hey there! Thanks for leaving a comment.
All Anonymous commentors will be deleted.
Please include your name in your comment, or choose the 'Name' option and put your name or whatever you call yourself, in the box. Thank you.

Though I moderate it's partly to keep trolls at bay but also partly so that I read every comment. I don't often respond to comments so if you need me to answer you please write me at my email addy posted on my "About Me" page, linked on the side bar.