Thursday, January 9, 2020

2019 Food Spending Report.....the December Edition & Year End Total

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for DECEMBER 2019.

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 5(3-4 at home this month). No "kids" under 23.

OOP  $16.50
Value  $28.92
Savings  42.95%

OOP  $10.89
Value  $45.11
Savings  75.86%

OOP  $19.87
Qs/Ads $18.13
Value  $38.00
Savings 47.71%

OOP  $31.89
Value  $50.19
Savings  36.46%

OOP  $26.95
Value  $47.00
Savings 42.66%

OOP  $3.09
Value  $15.49
Savings   80.05%

OOP  $13.63
Value  $41.12
Savings   66.85%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $1208.19
Value  $1208.19
Savings  100%

OOP  $7.62
Value  $10.88
Savings  29.96%

OOP  $177.79
Qs/Ads  $224.44
Value  $402.23
Savings  55.80%

WENGER'S-Amish Outlet
OOP  $56.53
Value  $170.49
Savings 66.84%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, Ollies at 80.05% and the Bread Outlet 75.86%.   My worst savings rate was at Walmart with 29.96%.
I shopped at 11 different stores in December.

TOTAL Spent.........................................$364.76
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales.................$484.67
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased........$849.43
TOTAL Savings of ................................57.06%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for December w/R-A........$364.76
TOTAL Coupons/Store Sales w/R-A....................$13073.02
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid....$17733.41
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items.....................73.72%

This closes out the December food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
We spent well under my $400 budgeted amount for food/toiletries in December.
Rah team.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 7.13% in December 2019 to 73.72% compared to the November's 80.85% savings average.
Black Friday R-A sales made November better than December, as it does most years.  But hitting that Amish Discount Outlet and P and R Discounters in Dec. gave me a very good savings percentage this month as well.

Now let's add all my small pots of monies I save throughout the year to put toward groceries....rolled coins, found money, refunds and "post coupons" as well as various cash back apps(Ibotta, Saving Star, Checkout 51, etc.).  That all came to $745.77.  See my Small Economies post for the details on all that.

With 12 months accounted for, I have spent a Year-To-Date Total of $3,914.82 on food/toiletries in 2019.

2019 Yearly Grand Total Spent....................$3,914.82
2019 Yearly Grand Total Value of Items....$17,733.41
2019 Grand Total Saved...............................$ 13,818.59
2019 Yearly Savings Total............77.92%

The average per month amount spent is $326.24 in 2019.

LOOKING AHEAD To January 2020.............
I won't actually be grocery shopping until we get back from the wedding so that leaves 24 days in January to spend on food/toiletries.
Perhaps we'll stay home/out of the food stores and eat down except for needing fresh veg/dairy.
Let's see how little I can spend in January on groceries.
Anybody want to make a guess on how much I spend on this category in January? ;-)

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. Since you asked, I estimate your grocery budget will be about $250.00.

    I would guess lower, but you seem to trip across good sales/deals on meat. Those always end up adding a little extra to your spend column when you think you will have a almost no spend month. Cannot blame you, I would do the same thing!

  2. Let's hope I can do better than $250 but like you said, if I find something at an awesome price that we use, I won't pass it up! lolz

  3. I think you will spend $100 on food this month, barring a good deal.

  4. Now that I've removed OTCs from our grocery budget it is $525 CAD/approx $400 USD. That includes non-food household products (garbage bags etc) and beauty products. I went over approx $70 a month last year. Hoping to do better this year, although everything has gone up. I am trying to do my best to cherry pick the deals and only eat those. That is the biggest reason I don't meal plan - so we can eat the bargains as they come (plus I'm lazy lol)


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