Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Food & Toiletries Spending.....March Update

*I am posting this a day early since I am done shopping for the month.*

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MARCH 2015.

I have posted March's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2015 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.  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 SumMy spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 3(2-3 at home this month). No kids under 19.


OOP  $8.50
Value  $40.72
Savings  79.13%

RITE-AID *(see below)
OOP  $6.33
Qs/Ads/+UPs  $421.39
Value  $427.72
Savings  98.52%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $33.74
Qs/Ads  $18.86
Value  $52.60
Savings  35.85%

OOP  $39.48
Value  $63.45
Savings  37.18%
OOP  $180.83
Qs/Ads  $124.01
Value  $304.84
Savings  40.68%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 98.52%, the Bakery Outlet at 79.13% and Weis Markets at 40.68%.  My WORST savings rate was the Shursave affiliate at 35.85%.

My Bakery Outlet savings rate increased over last month's trip because they lowered their prices so my $8.50 went a whole lot further.  The had increased their prices awhile back but I guess that was the tipping point for bread products in this area, as they sold too few.  Last month my same $8.50 outlay only bought $17.66 worth of products.  I, as a consumer, am glad to see the prices lowered for a change.

I shopped at 5 different stores this past month. 

TOTAL Out of Pocket........ $268.88
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$620.45
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$889.33
TOTAL Savings of...................................69.76%
TOTAL Savings WITHOUT Rite-Aid.............43.12%

This closes out the March food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into March wanting to do a $300 monthly spending and actually accomplished that goal for a change.
Yay me! 8-)

The monthly savings percentage went up by 9.46% in March to 69.76% compared to February's 60.30% average.
Next month, without all that low OOP at Rite-Aid shopping, will most probably affect my average and it will plummet like a rock into the 30-40 percentile.

The savings rate for the year so far now stands at 68.70%.  That's a .46% increase in savings over February's YTD total.   It's quite high all things considered but I fear it will be the highest savings percentage I see in 2015 now that the "Salad Days" of Rite-Aid are over.


I want to continue to eat down some of our stockpiles of food and empty out the freezer a bit more. It's just 2 adults for April but we are going to host Easter dinner and invite 2 from the family here to eat.  I have two large shops coming up this week(totaling about $100) so April will start off with a shopping bang!
The rest of the month will mostly be eating all the stocks up and reigning in the spending on food.  I don't forsee any toiletries spending(once my +Ups are used up by 4/11).
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 March?
*  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?


  1. well done on all your savings. I am feeding 11 adults and one toddler on Saturday, so that will be expensive. Not sure how well I will do for April, my budget will be $350 CDN for the month.

  2. I'm trying to keep us under $200/week for gas and food. If I have a bit of play, it helps keep me sane. We are doing just alright with this system. It helps that I only need gas every other week so that frees us up for a meal out. Gas is going to hit $3 here soon so the little extra $ that we had from cheap gas will soon be gone.

  3. I must say that I never understand the idea of eating down the pantry or freezer, just to empty it unless 1) money is too tight to buy groceries, 2) new half cow or something coming soon. I like to eat from the freezer as I put new stuff in.

    However, some weeks I put nothing in, just eat from what is in the freezer. From the pantry I eat things that have an older date.

    I only kept up with February, and was too ill to track anything else. I was going to try to follow your lead and track everything, developing a good habit.

    Of course, if I have no money one week, I buy nothing no matter how much I want it or need it. Milk is the exception because I will find a way to buy that...lol.

    Wow, Sonya, Gas is still $2.11 and going up and down a few cents each week.


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