Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Food & Toiletries Spending 2017.....November Update

* I am done food shopping for November so am posting this a couple of days early.*

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for NOVEMBER 2017.

I have posted November'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 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 3-4(3-4 at home this month). No kids under 21.

OOP  $11.56
Value  $20.50
Savings  43.61%

OOP  $8.00
Value  $31.33
Savings 74.47%

OOP  $22.18
Value  $39.39
Savings  43.69%

OOP  $79.19
Value  $150.03
Savings  47.22%

OOP  $28.35
Value  $55.27
Savings  48.71%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/PPs  $722.79
Value  $722.79
Savings  100%

OOP  $72.17
Qs/Ads  $53.02
Value  $125.19
Savings  42.35%

OOP  $160.27
Qs/Ads  $159.36
Value  $319.63
Savings  49.86%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 74.47% and Weis at 49.86%.  My WORST savings rate was at Shursave Market at 42.35%.

I shopped at 8 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$381.72
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$359.62
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$741.34
TOTAL Savings of ..................................48.51%
Total Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$1464.13
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items..........73.93%

This closes out the November food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into November wanting to spend $300 on food/toiletries but went over by $81.72.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went UP by 10.58% in November to 73.93% compared to October's 63.35% savings average.  Over a 70% savings rate is only because of all the freebies from Rite-Aid in November.  It's a anomaly which will disappear next month.  8-)

With 11 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $3953.73 on food/toiletries in 2017 which is a 68.31% savings rate for the year to-date and averages out to $359.43 spent per month so far in 2017.

LOOKING AHEAD To December........
I need to use up any store script/gift cards I have accumulated to keep cash spending down in December.  I will put some of my side cash(rebate/refund/post coupon/etc.)into play in December as well.  As all my kids will be home(Daughter the whole month, CB for 2+ weeks and Eldest son for 2 weeks as well)they may blow up my budget but I don't mind as I haven't had them all home together for at least 3 years.   I am going to try to keep the food budget at $400 but if it goes over, I won't mind.  ;-)

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 November?
*  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 comment:

  1. I am having the whole crew in the week of Christmas. I am not even planning a food budget, but for the weeks leading up to the big week, TheHub and I are going to eat like paupers. (Don't tell himebecause he doesn't know yet)


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