Friday, August 2, 2013

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


Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for JULY 2013.

I have posted July'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 July.  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 17.

OOP  $16.72
Value  $28.63
Savings  41.60%

OOP  $10.00
Value  $33.43
Savings  70.08%

MAINE SOURCE(restaurant supply)
OOP  $35.20
Value  $61.22
Savings  26.02 %

OOP  $10.00
Value  $12.00
Savings  16.66%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $72.48
Qs/Ads  $42.51
Value  $114.99
Savings  36.96%

OOP  $66.72
Value  $133.62
Savings  50.07%

OOP  $46.47
Qs/Ads  $19.40
Value  $65.87
Savings  29.45%

OOP  $100.27
Qs/Ads  $75.06
Value  $175.33
Savings  42.81%

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...$35.00


My best 3 Store Savings Totals were the Bread Outlet 70.08%, Surplus Outlet at 50.07%, Weis at 42.81%.  I food/toiletries shopped at 8 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$357.86
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$267.23
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$625.09
TOTAL Savings of...................................42.75%

This closes out the July food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into July with $400 budgeted for food/toiletries for the month.  Ended the month $42.14 leftover.  It's a good thing I reconsidered lowering the food budget to $300 in July, huh?  Otherwise I would have been in the red.  ;-)

While I didn't stock up on any meats(other than some chicken)or frozen items, due to not having a big freezer at the moment(let's NOT get into all that again right now tho!lol), I did do some stocking up on shelf stable items like no salt ketchup, canned tomatoes, etc.
I did NO Rite-Aid shopping last month again.  We are still good on the whole range of toiletry items.
The garbage bag supply is dwindling so I did pick up a couple boxes of those in June at the Surplus Outlet as they were a good price.
Looking ahead to August---We are going to have company at the house, which will necessitate a little more food purchasing.  Then we have our road trip later this month which means about 10 days of eating will go onto the Entertainment/Vacation budget instead of the Food budget.  With all that in mind, I am going to reduce the Food budget to $300 for August and shift the last $100 of the $400 I usually spend into the Entertainment budget.  This will give us a little extra money cushion for the Road Trip of Summer 2013 and who doesn't want a little extra spending money on vacation? 8-))

And here is the run down of my Food & Toiletries Spending for 2013 so far--
2013 Total Saved $1,830.11

2013 Yearly Total Value of Items  $4,395.53

2013 Yearly Total Spent $2,565.42

2013 Yearly Savings Total of  41.63%
In July, total savings percentage for the year has gone UP .18% over June's total of 41.45%.  So we saw a slight increase in our savings rate on food/toiletries spending for the year.
We are holding steady in the 40%s.
Works for me! 8-)
How much did you spend on food in July?


  1. I spent about $180 in total, which was about $40 over what I had budgeted. Can't blame it all on the vacation, but part of it was. Also, moving and having to restock a pantry after exhausting everything. I still don't have much of a pantry built up, but hopefully I get to that mid August. Great saving rates, by the way! I've been doing poorly with sales, as I've been shopping so infrequently that I only get what I need when I need it with little planning in between.

  2. This was our lowest month since we've been tracking - $480! I'm super excited. :-) I'm not sure what to expect for August. We shouldn't be buying much but milk & produce for our house in Washington, but depending on when we arrive in temporary housing in California, we'll be doing a *full* stock up, which is a little scary.


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