Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Food Spending.......May 2021 Report

Onward to May's Food Spending report......

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MAY 2021.

I have posted May's totals on the Total Grocery Savings Page located HERE and have updated the Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in May.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals Sum.  My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 4(2-3 eating at home this month). No "kids" under 25. (I don't count all the "freebies" I get at the Discount Outlet in my totals either.)

OOP  $4.00
Value  $12.07
Savings 66.86%

OOP  $27.28
Value  $37.15
Savings  26.57%

OOP  $10.22
Value  $16.20
Savings  36.91%

OOP  $7.47
Value  $16.50
Savings  54.73%

OOP  $30.41
Value  $61.72
Savings  50.72%

OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $1739.49
Value  $1739.49
Savings  100%

OOP  $6.07
Value  $102.11
Savings  94.09%

OOP  $173.50
Value  $372.15
Savings  53.51%

OOP  $98.42
Qs/Sales  $67.68
Value  $166.10
Savings  40.75%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, Target at 94.09% and The Bread Outlet at 66.86%.
The worst rate was at Food Lion at 26.57%  
I shopped at 9 different stores in May.

TOTAL Spent in May.........................$357.33
TOTAL Coupons/Sales/Gift Cards......$426.67
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased....$784.00
TOTAL Savings of ...............................54.52%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for May w/R-A...............$357.33
TOTAL Coupons/Sales/Gift Cards w/................$2,165.16
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid...$2,522.49
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items....................85.83%

This closes out the May food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into May wanting to stay under $300 on spending but I didn't quite get there(over by $57.33).  If you count the Ibotta and Coupons dotcom rebates received in May, my "real" spending was only $172.15.  Either way you look at it I am happy with the results.
I also wanted to cut back on the rebating but as you can see that didn't happen. ;-)

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by .67% in May 2021 to 85.83% compared to the April's 86.50% savings average.  So about the same really.

With 5 months accounted for, I have spent a Year-To-Date Total of $1,628.78 on food/toiletries in 2021.

2020 Yearly Grand Total Spent....................$1,608.27
2020 Yearly Grand Total Value of Items.....$10,445.07
2020 Grand Total Saved...............................$8,836.80
2020 Yearly Savings Total.............................84.60%

The average per month amount spent is $321.65 in 2021 so far.

LOOKING AHEAD To June 2021...........
Again, I am going to attempt to cut back on the rebating. (Sluggy plans, God laughs!)  I'll give it my best effort this month.  There are no "food holidays" for us in June and we are well stocked except for fresh produce so we shall see if I can succeed in my plan.  The vegetable plants are in but it will be at least mid July before anything produces.
I am not giving myself a price limit for June but there is always that $400 mark in the back of my mind yelling at me. 8-)

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 May?

*  Do you track your yearly food spending?  It's really not that hard or time consuming; just have your receipts and either track it in a notebook or on a spreadsheet.

*  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?

*  What are your methods for keeping your food spending in check?

Is anyone out there up for tracking expenditures and trying to spend less but still eat well?



  1. I am DEFINITELY up for tracking expenses for food - things have gotten so expensive here and the sales are non-existent. We had to replace all the pipes in the house along with a bathroom gut & remodel, new flooring, & new insulation & siding on the house...yes, all at ONE anything that will save me money is terrific at this point!!!

    I'm shooting for a budget of $200 for 3 adults (one a VERY hungry ALL. THE. TIME college student) - should be doable as long as hubby doesn't go on any rogue shopping trips to Sam's....sigh.

  2. I don't really track just try to stick to a budget of $60 a week.

  3. I don't track my food budget, but like Kim, stick to a set amount each week, though I would like to get my weekly amount to $50.

  4. I read your savings to Tommy. He is very impressed.

  5. Great numbers Sluggy! I've finally managed to get our numbers down to my average monthly goal.


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