Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Food & Toiletries Spending.....November Totals Update

Not that having to write THIS POST did anything to lower my blood pressure after yesterday's rant but some days it's the best one can do. ;-)
Onward to November's food spending report.......

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for NOVEMBER 2013.

I have posted November's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2013 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.
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 at home this month)& 2 dogs. No kids under 17.

OOP  $25.50
Value  $53.50
Savings  52.33%

OOP  $20.89
Value  $77.53
Savings  73.06%

OOP  $82.73
Value  $158.58
Savings  47.83%

OOP  $18.91
Qs/Ads  $9.54
Value  28.45
Savings  33.53%

OOP  $14.74
Qs/Ads/+Ups  $382.77
Value  $397.51
Savings  96.30%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $227.91
Qs/Ads  $
Value  $386.19
Savings  40.98%

OOP  $192.10
Qs/Ads  $
Value  $384.27
Savings  50%

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...$0.00


My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 96.30%, The Bread Outlet at 73.06% and Big Lots at 52.33%.  I shopped at 7 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$582.78
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$903.25
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$1,486.03
TOTAL Savings of...................................60.78%

This closes out the November food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I went into November with my usual $400 budgeted for food/toiletries purchases.
I went over by $182.78. 
Now this will only be ok if I can lower my food spending in December accordingly by about $180ish.
Spend more in November?.....spend that much less in December.

As you can see my Savings Rate skyrocketed in November for the 40's to the 60's, because of my Rite-Aid shopping.
Without the Rite-Aid totals added in, my November Savings Rate is 48% which is more in line with my track record this year.  Add in Rite-Aid totals and my overall Savings Rate is 60.78%.

You will notice though, Rite-Aid shopping aside, that my savings rates in November were REALLY good!  My lowest rate was 33.53%.  Some months 33% is my best savings rate! lol  I got some really really great deals on prices in November so I am NOT going to whine about overspending too much. 8-)
Looking ahead to December---We are not holding a big Christmas gathering here so we won't be having much extra food spending.  And if I can keep from buying a Prime Rib Roast like I did last year, the Christmas food spending shouldn't get out of hand.  We will be doing our traditional Christmas Even dinner out but that cost comes out of the Christmas budget. 
To get to the spending threshold to earn the Thanksgiving Gift Certificate in November I have stocked up on quite a few items I won't have to spend on in December.  I am going to try to eat from the stockpile this month and keep Food Spending in December to between $250-$300. 
And here is the run down of my Food & Toiletries Spending for 2013 so far this year--
2013 Total Saved $3,426.65

2013 Yearly Total Value of Items  $7,702.36

2013 Yearly Total Spent $4,275.71

2013 Yearly Savings Total of  44.49%
In November, total savings percentage for the year has gone UP 3.89% over October's year-to-date total of 40.60%, to 44.49%. 
Holding steady in the mid 40%s with one more month of food spending to go.  I would be very happy to end the year with a savings rate in the 40's.

The average monthly food/toiletries spending so far this year stands at $388.70.
Let's see if I can keep the average monthly spending below $400 for the year after December is done.
How much did you spend on food in November?


  1. I didn't keep up once again. But, I know I spent a bit more, not much, because of stocking up because of fantastic sales.

  2. I actually came in with 10 dollars left in my food envelope!!! But this month I have to get on the rite aid/cvs bus because we are almost out of shampoo,conditioner,soap and deodorant. I thought I had enough til January but nope! I also missed the axe sale at rite aid which makes me sad. Hopefully I can get the same coupons you do because I will be stalking your blog for your riteaid/cvs trips :)

  3. Judy, You can get Axe this week at Rite-Aid. Go to Redplum and print out the $3/2 and $2/1 Axe deo/body spray Qs....or if you have the $3/2 one on your Load2Card digital Qs, just print the $2/1 Q.
    If you did AdPerks videos in Nov. you should have the $2/1 Axe Gift Sets Q from there and then go watch the $1/1 Axe AdPerks video and get this Dec. Q too. Then go to coupons dotcom and print the $3/1 Axe gift sets Q(but it will only be good for 1 week after you print it).
    Then go to R-A and buy....
    1 Axe gift set $9.99(or less if you are at silver or gold disc. levels).
    3 Axe body spray deos(some have bonus trial size items stuck to them at my store)for $14

    Then use...
    $3/1 gift set
    $2/1 gift set(adperks)
    $3/2 body sprays/deos
    $2/1 body sprays/deos
    $1/1 axe item(adperks)

    $23.99(or less)-$11.00=$12.99
    And you get $7 back in +Ups($5 for 3 sprays/deos, $2 gift set)
    Not free but this comes out to $2.98(or less) for the gift set and $1 each for the body sprays/deos after Qs and +Ups you get back.

    1. Also for shampoo....Load2Card $3/2 pantene Q or cut from P&G Q insert last Sunday. When in store see if $1/1 Peelie Qs are stuck to any Pantene bottles(mine had some) 2 pantene for $7, use $3/2 Q and if your store will also let you redeem the Peelie Qs the Pantene will be $1 a bottle.

  4. I upped my grocery bill to $125 a week. There was just no way that I was going to make it. I'm hoping that once DJ leaves our grocery bill will go down but I will probably just use that money on drinks or the casino!

  5. PS-Don't tell anyone that I said that cuz I still want everyone to think that I'm frugal. LOL. And I don't want an intervention cuz of the drinky-poos.


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