Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 Food & Toiletries Spending......the August Edition

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for AUGUST 2019.

I have posted August'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 August.  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 5(3 at home this month). No "kids" under 23.

OOP  $14.00
Value  $51.49
Savings  72.81%

OOP  $75.39
Value  $157.36
Savings  52.09%

OOP  $16.77
Value  $29.14
Savings  42.45%

OOP  $5.17
Value  $10.47
Savings  50.62%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $331.67
Value  $331.67
Savings  100%

OOP  $26.54
Qs/Ads $25.25
Value  $51.79
Savings  48.75%

OOP  $19.57
Value  $36.50
Savings  46.38%

OOP  $146.72
Qs/Ads  $152.26
Value  $298.98
Savings  50.93%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, the Bread Outlet at 72.81% and Malacari's at 52.09%.  My worst savings rate was at Ocean State Job Lot with 42.45%.  Having a worst rate of over 40% is still awesome. 8-)))

I shopped at 8 different stores this past month.  

TOTAL Out of Pocket for August.........$304.16
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales.................$331.57
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased.........$635.73
TOTAL Savings of ................................52.16%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for August w/R-A.............$304.16
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales w/R-A...................$663.24
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$967.40
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items.....................68.56%

This closes out the August food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
We spent well UNDER my $400 budgeted amount for food/toiletries in August(almost $100 less!).  I put fewer things into the freezer in August and I spent less money.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went UP by 4.11% in August 2019 to 68.56% compared to the July 64.45% savings average.

With 8 months accounted for, I have spent a Year-To-Date Total of $3,051.44 on food/toiletries in 2018.

2019 Yearly Total Spent To Date....................$3,051.44
2019 Yearly Total Value of Items To Date....$12,136.40
2019 Total Saved To Date...............................$9,084.96
2019 Yearly Savings Total To Date of............74.86%

The average per month amount spent so far is $381.43 in 2019 which went down $11.04+ per month due to less spending in August.
The yearly rate went down .54% from July's percentage for the year-to-date mainly due to "buying" less items at Rite-Aid in August compared to July's haul.
May was a lower than usual savings percentage and it's been slowly rising every month since that.

LOOKING AHEAD To September 2019.......
No trips, no company coming so a usual food/cooking month.  I have a $15 prepaid debit card earned at R-A but I'll put it toward food spending in September.
I might venture into Target at some point in September which will mean lower OOP spending on food as I'll use discounted gift cards.

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 August?

*  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're trying to find a new normal Because of how and what we eat and need for cleaning and toiletries, I think we really could have both a September and Ocotber send of $300, which would really help jump start some extra cash for savings. As I don't take or previously had thee time to shop so many stores and layer discounts and coupons effectively, I've tried to focus on the least expensive version of food items we like, mixed in with some less meaty options. This strategy, brown bagging work lunches with leftovers, and not wasting food should be good ongoing strategies for us.


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