Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Food & Toiletries Spending.....the December Edition & Yearly Totals

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for DECEMBER 2018.

I have posted December'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 December.  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  $24.35
Value  $41.61
Savings  41.48%

OOP  $4.39
Value  $9.29
Savings  52.74%

OOP  $10.16
Value  $53.78
Savings  81.10%

OOP  $68.80
Value  $184.29
Savings  62.67%

OOP  $2.32
Value  $6.56
Savings  64.63%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $793.69
Value  $793.69
Savings  100%

OOP  $1.98
Value  $3.98
Savings  50.25 %

OOP  $252.82
Qs/Ads  $1134.88
Value  $1387.70
Savings  81.78%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, Weis at 81.78% and the Bread Outlet at 81.10%.  My worst savings rate was at Aldi at 41.48%.
Over 40% being the worst is a-ok with me! ;-)

I shopped at 8 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket for December..........$364.82
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales............$528.70
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased.........$893.52
TOTAL Savings of ................................59.17%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for December.....$364.82
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales....$1322.39
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid.....$1687.21
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items........78.38%

This closes out the December food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I wanted to stay as far under my $400 budget in December as possible.  Under $300 was what I shot for but it wasn't to be(not with the deals I saw and took advantage of). ;-)  But we were still $35+/- under $400 so I'm happy with that.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went up by 1.82% in December 2018 to 78.38% compared to November's 80.20% savings average.

With 12 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $5111.85 on food/toiletries in 2018.

Add in the Rebates/Refunds Kitty of $754.76 to offset my food budget and my Grand Total for the Year goes down to $4357.09 spent on all food and toiletries in 2018.

2018 Yearly Total Spent...................$4357.09
2018 Yearly Total Value of Items...$20339.95
2018 Total Saved.............................$15982.88
2018 Yearly Savings Total of.............78.58%

The average per month amount spent is $363.09 in 2018.  It's under an average of $400 per month which thrills me to no end.  8-)))

LOOKING AHEAD To 2019.......

We'll be taking advantage of all the shopping strategies we do every year.  Midway through 2019 my daughter will be moving out after finishing her college degree so the food bill should go down some.  We'll see at that point how low we can get our food spending with only 3 adults living in the house.
Stay tuned to this Bat Channel to see how 2019 unfolds.....

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 December?

*  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. We track our food spending (both dining out & groceries). We spent under our goal for groceries, & over for dining out. My goal for 2019 is to maintain our grocery spend & lower our dining out spend.

    Tips/tricks. . . we eat a lot of leftovers. We try not to buy prepackaged snacks. We buy a lot at Costco. We cook from scratch when possible, but also keep easy to make things in the freezer to avoid eating out some nights.

  2. That is really good, especially with four adults! I think by the mere act of recording spending you automatically spend less, you quickly see when you are spending too much on groceries.

  3. Because prices vary so much store to store, and "savings" is often hard to measure, the overlap spent average is what I'll try to focus on next year. It is amazing that you had over $20K worth of stuff, and paid less than $15K, but I know much is for drug stores with mark ups so your $363 average is what has me in awe the most. I hope I do better with tricks ad spending and hope that I can reign in my budget and make our money work harder in 2019.


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