Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Food & Toiletries Spending .....May 2018

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MAY 2018.

I have posted May'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 May.  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 22.


OOP  $18.50
Value  $59.66
Savings  69%

OOP  $40.12
Value  $67.87
Savings   40.89%

OOP  $16.00
Value  $31.66
Savings  49.46%

OOP  $46.47
Value  $74.66
Savings  37.76%

OOP  $28.62
Value  $68.88
Savings  58.45%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/PP/BC  $815.68
Value  $815.68
Savings  100%

OOP  $28.06
Qs/Ads  $26.42
Value  $54.48
Savings  48.49%

OOP  $253.45
Qs/Ads  $168.33
Value  $421.78
Savings  39.91%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet  at 69% and Ollie's at 58.45%.  My worst savings rate was from Maine Source at 37.76%.

I shopped at 8 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket for May..........$596.99
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales...$544.92
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased.........$1,141.91
TOTAL Savings of ................................47.72%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for May.....$596.99
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$1957.59
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales.........$1360.60
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items........69.50%

This closes out the May food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
May was a frugal challenge here.  Between good stock up deals, company coming and Daughter's "diet" my food budget got sunk.  I was $196.99 over what I like to spend per month.
On a whim I bought 11 lbs. of T-Bone steaks at half price to put into the freezer so that when we get a hankering for a good hunk of beef this Summer we have it to throw onto the grill.  The steak alone was $44.54 of that overage I spent. 8-(

But not to worry, we have the cash to pay for it all so I'll just dust myself off and begin anew in June to stay below $400 per month on food spending.
And after all, I am feeding 4 adults on that amount which even in a good month is a challenge. 8-)))

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 5.42% in May 2018 to 69.50% compared to April's 74.92% savings average.
The free stuff from Rite-Aid skewers my averages but without R-A I am at 47.72% savings.  So even without R-A we are doing well on the "savings" front.

With 5 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $2219.41 on food/toiletries in 2018 which is a 74.38savings rate for the year so far and averages out to $443.88 spent per month in 2018.  We were almost at $400 per month average spending last month but my overshooting the food budget in May blew that goal up for now. lolz

LOOKING AHEAD To June.......
Keeping with that $400 food budget for June. If I can stay under $400, more's the better.

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 May?
*  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 am just below my $400 budget right now with a few days to go. I do have an overage for the year of about $300 so if I do go over it's not for the year.

  2. If it were not for the expensive milk I have to drink, I would be spending about $50/mth, even without things given to me. The $10 of bscb would last me three weeks for dinners since I eat three days from one breast. They are huge. If I could get the percentages you do, I would probably be spending about $35/month.


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