Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Food & Toiletries Spending......January 2018 Report

* I am done food shopping for January so am posting this a day early.*

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for JANUARY 2018.

I have posted January'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 January.  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 3-5(4 at home this month). No kids under 21.


OOP  $45.90
Value  $84.96
Savings  45.97%

OOP  $3.75
Value  $16.76
Savings  77.63%

OOP  $10.00
Value  $16.33
Savings  38.76%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/PP/BC  $1234.48
Value  $1234.48
Savings  100%

OOP  $44.66
Qs/Ads  $61.84
Value  $106.50
Savings  58.07%

OOP  $348.38
Qs/Ads  $408.16
Value  $756.54
Savings  53.95%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 77.63% and Shursave at 58.07%.  My WORST savings rate was at Dollar Tree at 38.76%.

I shopped at 6 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket..........$452.69
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales...$528.40
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$981.09
TOTAL Savings of ..................................53.86%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for Dec.....$452,69
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$2215.57
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales.....$1762.88
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items..........79.57%

This closes out the January food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I didn't set a food budget limit going into January because I know the sales cycle here and I knew I'd miss out on some "deals" if my budget was too low.  I hoped to come in between $400 and $500 spending($400 would have been better)and I just about hit that right in the middle. ;-)

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 2.85% in January 2018to 79.57% compared to December 2017's 82.42% savings average.

With 1 month accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $452.69 on food/toiletries in 2018 which is a 79.57gsavings rate for the year so far and averages out to $452.69 spent per month in 2018.

LOOKING AHEAD To February........
I am going to try for a low food spending month in February.  I really need to use up some things in the freezer and do a proper clean out.  I'll set out to spend as little as possible and go from there, with hopes of staying under $200 for the month.

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 January?
*  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. Your January is like my November as that is when I hit the sales.

  2. I have got to spend less in February for groceries. I way over spent this month (January). My only excuse is we were away for Christmas and I had not purchased a lot of food prior to going away. So when we arrived home I did a huge shopping trip trying to be as frugal as possible. On to February...Teddie

  3. I am definitely spending less when I just run out of money. Thankfully, having less money also occurs at the end of the month when there are fewer sales that I will use. There are sales every week, but not anything I want or even ever use. I know I say there are always no sales, but it mean not ones I would use at all.

    If a person leaves off buying bread or crackers or chips, a person can afford leaner meat and more fruits and vegetables.

  4. Have you ever thought of buying from Zaycon? Right now, boneless skinless chicken breasts are $99/lb until midnight. You have to buy 40 lbs and they deliver it to your town.

  5. You did well in January and I agree, it is worth spending more to stock up when things are cheapest. I came on budget, spent $574.61 of my $575 budget, of that $438.70 was food, $63.24 was nonfood items like garbage bags, cleaning products, TP and makeup, $58.51 was OTCs and vitamins, $13.75 was tax (%12 on nonfood items and convenience food and 5% on OTCs, zero tax on nonconvenience food items). I am going into February with a full freezer and cupboards, just need some fruit, milk, veggies and sandwich fixings as hubby demands those lol

  6. The beauty part of Meri working in a nursing home kitchen and the cook loves her, is that she gets to bring home leftovers... AND said cook just recently cleaned out the deep freeze and got rid of lots that they won't use, but are still good. Meri came home wiht 8 foil pans of various foods... Our deep freeze is full now. We're having Salisbury steaks for supper.

  7. We spent 159.85 for two adults, one BIG eater and one vegetarian. That equates to just about 40.00 weekly. I was hoping for 30.00 but I’ll take it. I bought too many snacks, that’s for sure. That will help for Feb. My husband takes a cold sandwich, bag of chips, something chocolate and a gal. of water to work, IF he works. (Construction) Since he’s laid off, he’s eating more soups and hot meals. For myself, I bought several easy meal products from the health food store. Even though they were on sale, they were not necessary. We have plenty to eat for the month ahead. We’ll need milk, fruit and salad fixin’s and not much else. (I hope)
    I’m liking this keeping track thing! I see where I need to cut back on quick candy fixes! I didn’t use much gas so that’s a positive!

  8. Been on my annual pantry challenge to raise some cash towards remodeling debt, to rotate stock, eat down surplus. I budget $100/person (3 adults over 18) for the month, including food ingredients, personal care, cleaning/laundry, paper/plastic. I did well: $134.67 for actual food plus $20.40 on taxables (the non food items within groceries) or a total of $154.77. I also set aside an additional $100 for any restaurant/take out. That came in at $53.52, Grand total of $208.29 out of what is normally budgeted at $400. Yes, quite happy about that. Space is opening up, but a lot more needs to. Got my 2 income streams in today, on the last day of the month, which I use for NEXT month. I need to sit down and figure out how much surplus I have from Jan, complete my E fund, send a nice chunk over to debt and proceed on, only to repeat in another 28 days.

  9. I don't think anyone except maybe those nutty couponers who buy 700 bottles of hot sauce because they are a dime each money maker can come close to your savings.

  10. Well, my expenses were pretty high being that I just moved in and had to buy a bunch of stuff to set up house. However, I just went over my budget with my accountability partner I am hoping to only spend $300 for everything. I have budgeted $355 which is groceries, house supplies and personal items.


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