Sunday, December 2, 2018

2018 Food & Toiletries Spending.....the November Edition

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for NOVEMBER 2018.

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 4-5(4 at home this month). No "kids" under 22.


OOP  $50.54
Value  $89.70
Savings  43.66%

OOP  $9.00
Value  $36.42
Savings  75.29%

OOP  $4.00
Value  $6.00
Savings   66.66%

OOP  $22.56
Value  $39.86
Savings  43.40%

OOP  $17.66
Value  $45.65
Savings  61.31%

OOP  $47.54
Qs/Sales  $55.45
Value  $102.99
Savings  53.84%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $1259.36
Value  $1259.36
Savings  100%

OOP  $0.00
Value  $77.81
Savings   100%

OOP  $331.64
Qs/Ads  $450.71
Value  $782.35
Savings  57.61%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid and Target each at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 75.29% and Ollie's at 61.31%.  My worst savings rate was Giant at 43.40%.
Over 40% being the worst is aok with me! ;-)

I shopped at 9 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket for November..........$482.94
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales............$697.84
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased.........$1180.78
TOTAL Savings of ................................59.10%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for November.....$482.94
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales....$1957.20
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid.....$2440.14
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items........80.20%

This closes out the November food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
Well, I did go over my $400 goal for November.  But if I take the almost $100 I didn't spend in my October food budget that more than makes up for the overspending in November.  Averaging the 2 months out I am still on target for the year. 8-)))

The monthly food spending savings percentage went UP an amazing 6.04% in November 2018 to 80.20% compared to October's 74.16% savings average.  Most of that was thanks to freebies at Rite-Aid.
The free stuff from Rite-Aid skewers my averages but without R-A I am at a 59.10% savings.  So even without R-A we are doing well on the "savings" front.

With 11 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $4747.03 on food/toiletries in 2018 which is a 74.55% savings rate for the year so far and averages out to $431.55 spent per month in 2018.   Still over my $400 per month average goal but this monthly average will go down in December as I cash out all my rebates/cash envies to apply toward the December spending.

LOOKING AHEAD To December.......
Let the Holiday games continue! Lots of cheap and free stuff was had in November.  If the deals present themselves I will continue to pick items up if it's something we can/will use or I can donate to the food bank and doesn't put me over budget.
I've got well over $550 so far in various envies/rebate apps/etc. to dump back into the food spending and I've got another few weeks to earn more so I've soooo got this!!! ;-)

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. Alas alas I don't do none of these sensible things

  2. Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I'm undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  3. I am overwhelmed and dumbfounded how this can be pulled off month after month. I'm going to try my first CVS deal with the CG make-up for my daughter, layering CVS bucks, coupons, and getting new CVS dollars. I know you are on pins and needles seeing if I can pull this off. Stay tuned.


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