Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Food & Toiletries Spending....February Update

* Posting my grocery totals a day early as I am done food spending for February.  If for some reason I shop again today, this amount will go onto March's spending.*

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for FEBRUARY 2017.

I have posted February's totals on the Total Grocery Savings Page located HERE and have updated the 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 3-4(3 at home this month). No kids under 20.


OOP  $4.75
Value  $17.26
Savings  72.48%

OOP  $31.28
Value  $49.30
Savings   36.55%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/PPs  $331.67
Value  $331.67
Savings  100%

OOP  $21.52
Qs/Ads $34.20
Value  $55.72
Savings  61.38%

OOP  $236.40
Qs/Ads  $251.02
Value  $487.42
Savings  51.50%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 72.48% and the Shursave Market at 61.38%.  My WORST savings rate was Maine Source at 36.55%.
The bulk of my money was spent at Weis Markets in February and I had a 51.50% savings rate there.
I shopped at 5 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$293.95
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$647.42
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$941.37
TOTAL Savings of ..................................68.77%
TOTAL Savings w/o Rite-Aid of ..............51.79%

This closes out the February food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into February wanting to spend $300 on food and toiletries.
I came in $6.05 under even with stocking up on a few things this month.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 4.48% in February to 68.77% compared to January's 73.25% savings average.

With 2 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $845.22 on food/toiletries in 2017 which averages out to $422.61 per month spent in 2017. 8-)

LOOKING AHEAD To March........
College Boy will be home for 1 of the 4 weeks in March.  I want to try for another $300 grocery spending month anyway.  We've got lots in the pantry/freezer/stockpile heading into March.
If I can't keep under $300 I should be able to stay close.

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?
*  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. Wow that is really good. You know I have never really kept track of my grocery totals. It would be interesting just to know what my food cost was. Don't know if I have the discipline to do this. March is coming up. Maybe?

  2. Fantastic! If you can stick to 300 with a 21 year old male coming home for a week, I will be seriously impressed!

  3. Appetites are slowly coming back and I'll need to do some restocking but I have a kid gone a week so should see some savings.


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