Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Budget Results.......Food and Toiletries Spending

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for NOVEMBER 2011.

I have posted November's totals on the right side bar under Total Grocery Savings for 2011 and updated the Yearly Totals.
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 Summary.

My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Pet Supplies, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable.We are a family of 5(3-4 at home this month)& 2 dogs. No kids under 15.

OOP  $17.89
Value  $72.44
Savings  75.30%

LUCAS FARMS(local produce market)
OOP  $13.02 
Value  $27.33
Savings  52.36%

OOP  $32.50
Value  $75.90
Savings 57.20%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $104.43
Qs/Ads  $173.15
Value  $277.58
Savings  62.38%
OOP  $3.60
Qs/Ads  $0
Value  $3.60
Savings  0%

WEIS (local chain Grocery store in my town/doubles up to $1 total)
OOP  $99.66
Qs/Ads  $261.51
Value  $361.17
Savings  72.40% 

I don't track Rite-Aid's +Ups here, nor CVS's ECBs & Walgreen's RRs. They will be included when used on purchases under "Coupons".   I'll keep track of what rebates are received monthly.  Rebate money/gift cards will be considered 'income' & will go into the Food/Toiletries budget, offsetting the Out of Pocket. Cash will go immediately into the Budget kitty, while Gift Cards will be calculated in when spent.


TOTAL Value of Cash/Store Checks/Gift Card Rebates Received...$3.00 * a pathetic month*

Zero  *more pathetic-ness*

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were the Bakery Outlet at 75.30%, Weis at 72.40% and the Shursave Stores at 62.38%.
I shopped at 6 different stores in November.....well really it was 8 but 3 of them were Shursaves so I counted them as the same store. ;-)

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$271.10  soooo close!lol
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$546.92
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$818.02
TOTAL Savings of...................................66.86%

TOTAL of CASH Rebates........................$3.00
TOTAL Out of Pocket After Rebates........$268.10
TOTAL Savings including Rebates...........$549.92
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$818.02
TOTAL Savings After Rebates...................67.22%

This closes out the November spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month-I came very close to staying on my $250 food budget in November.  I cashed in a grocery store gift card and did a couple of different Catalina Deals(can you say GRAVY?lol)this month.  I also bought a second turkey in November and did a wee bit of stocking up on dairy/baking supplies.
Oh! Wait a minute.....actually if you look at my October food budget post I set a $300 budget for November so I came in UNDER!
Go me!!lol

Now I'm sure that if I had remembered I gave myself a $300 food kitty last month, wanna bet I would have spent $320?  8-)

What's ahead for December.....
As always I'll keep an eye out for Catalina deals I can use.  I am going to try to use up some meats/proteins in the freezer this month before we get to Christmas.  The freezer needs a good defrosting and clean out.  Using up will help keep the food spending in check since I foresee a big Ham purchase in 3 weeks or so for a big Christmas Dinner and that hunk o' meat will cost mucho coinage!

With 1 month left in the year, we have spent a total of $2,772.85 of our income on food/HBA in 2011.
That comes out to $252.08 per month.
We brought home items with a reg. retail value of $13,287.59 so far this year.
That's a savings of $10,514.74 or 79.07%.

How did you do in November with your Food Budget?  Did the Turkey Holiday dinner bust your budget(not to mention your belt!lol)

What are your challenges for December?  Any family coming to stay....Holiday Celebrations?..  Do you throw parties and how do you budget for that?...or is your/the childs'/the spouse's school/work/Holiday extracurricular activities schedule too busy to shop/cook/eat as a family?

Please leave a comment or link to your post and let us hear about your progress!  By sharing our struggles and efforts we can help each other stick to our budgets and learn to be better guardians of our resources.



  1. Sluggy, I have no idea how much we spent. Apparently, we must be rolling in it since I don't pay attention. But I can tell you that I just finished off the last of the turkey over lunch.

  2. Well.. now that the hedgehog has died, that's going to save us TONS of money. That thing was eating us out of house and home... (eyes rolling because I know that it's actually our son doing that...)


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