Thursday, April 11, 2013

MARCH 2013 Budget Results....Food & Toiletries Spending

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MARCH 2013.

I have posted March's totals on the right side bar under Total Grocery Savings for 2013 and updated the Yearly Totals.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in March.  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(4 at home this month)& 2 dogs. No kids under 16.
OOP  $5.78
Value  $21.34
Savings   73%

MAINE SOURCE(restaurant supply)
OOP  $153.15
Value  $245.07
Savings   37.50%

SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $99.06
Qs/Ads  $46.41
Value  $145.47
Savings  32%

OOP  $79.45
Qs/Ads  $33.57
Value  $113.02
Savings  29.70%

I am no longer adding my rebates received into my food budget directly. I will use them on food on occasion and will note that when used.  I will keep track of rebates/gift cards/certs received here as before however.

TOTAL Value of Cash/Store Checks/Gift Card Rebates Received...$5.00


My best 3 Store Savings Totals were the Bread Outlet at 73%,  the Restaurant Supply Store at 37.50% and Shursave affiliate market at 32%.  l only shopped at 4 different stores this past month. 8-)

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$337.44
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$154.17
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$491.61
TOTAL Savings of...................................31.36%

This closes out the March food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into March with $400 budgeted for food/toiletries for the month.  I have $62.56 leftover in my March food envelope. 
I didn't count the number of Qs that were redeemed in March but there were very few.  I did NO Rite-Aid shopping in March, which lead to a substantially lower savings rate overall.  My almost free shopping at Rite-Aid always brings up my rate of savings for the grocery stores.
Looking ahead to April---We'll stick to our $400 food budget again this month.  With the sudden changes I need to make to my diet this month I am not sure how this will affect our food budget.  I suspect we will need to spend more on food. April will see some changes in our food spending.

And here is the run down of my Food & Toiletries Spending for 2013 so far--
2013 Total Saved $932.72

2013 Yearly Total Value of Items  $1,914.70

2013 Yearly Total Spent $990.98

2013 Yearly Savings Total of 48.25%

How much did you spend on food in March?


  1. I am so glad you feel up to posting anything!

  2. Oh, meant to say--anything extra you spend on food you must eat will be offset by spending less on healthcare in the future. Spend now or spend later.

  3. I'm so glad that you are up and running! I'm sick of worrying about your @$$.

  4. I spent $556.00 last month in groceries. This is INCREDIBLE for me, as it usually is 700-800. I would LOVE it to get down to $400!

    Hope you are doing better. What kind of diet do you have to be on?

  5. Good to hear you're feeling much better. What special diet do you need to be on?

  6. So glad to see you posting anything! I haven''t added everything to my spreadsheet so don't know totals for March yet.


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