Thursday, January 5, 2023

Food Spending 2022........the December & Year End Reports

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

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for DECEMBER 2022.

I have posted December'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 December.  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. We are a family of 2(and 2 dogs).

OOP  $91.04
Qs/Ads  $54.75
Value  $145.79
Savings  37.55%

OOP  $97.47
Qs/free Gift Cards  $88.49
Value  $185.96
Savings 47.58%

My best 2 Store Savings Totals were Walmart at 47.58%, and at Super 1 Foods at 37.55%.

I only shopped at 2 different stores in December.   8-)

TOTAL Spent in December................$188.51
TOTAL Coupons/Sales/Gift Cards....$143.24
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased.....$331.75
TOTAL Savings of ............................43.18%

This closes out the December food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....not much spent in December as we were gone most of the month so not much grocery shopping here.  I did hit up a couple of stock-up deals before we left town which accounted for most of the December spending.

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by 4.26% in December 2022 to 43.18% compared to the November's 38.92% savings average which is a tad better.  A savings perceentage in the 40's is nothing to sneeze at. ;-)

With 12 months accounted for, I have spent a Grand Total of $3,629.94 on food/toiletries in 2022.

2022 Yearly Grand Total Spent....................$3,629.94
2022 Yearly Grand Total Value of Items.....$12,976.28
2022 Grand Total Saved...............................$9,346.34
2022 Yearly Savings Total..............................72.03%

The average per month amount spent is $302.50 in 2022.

Now when you add back all the rebate and refund cash I received from all my grocery shopping(not counting Fetch, Shop Kick or SwagBucks since I cash those out into gift cards and count that when spent)I had these additional funds to put toward the grocery bills.........
* Ibotta  ........$1,552.69
* Checkout 51....$50.94
* Paypal ..........$476.71

So take $3,629.94 and subtract the addition of $2,080.34 in rebates/refunds back into my budget and my grocery spending for 2022 becomes $1,549.60 for the year or $129.14 per month.
That's a super low amount spend for the year/month for a family of 2!

LOOKING AHEAD to January 2023...
I am still adjusting to a new state/home/slate of grocery stores here in our part of Louisiana.  We are adjusting/fine tuning what we eat as well.
There is a learning curve for sure plus inflated prices on just about every grocery item is not going away so I'm trying to get use to things being the way they are now for the foreseeable future.  Plus I am still mourning the loss of my Rite-Aid. sniff, sniff  Life will go on and I'll see my way to a new way to grocery shop.  I'll still do all the things I used to do in PA-- keep a price book, shop loss leaders, stock up on great deals as they come along(IF they come along), utilize coupons and grocery apps to get a better deal on stuff we use, think outside of the box on how to save money on groceries, garden, etc.

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 December?

*  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 didn't track my stuff, but it's my goal to do so this year. I have not shopped yet, but I will soon.

  2. I used to do this - then well, I just got tired of it. LOL
    You did fantastic. Great job indeed!!!!!!

  3. I track my monthly expenditures for groceries and HBA but my spending is nowhere near as low as yours. :( It's a scramble with inflation increasing the cost of just about everything. The grocery loss leaders aren't what they used to be that's for sure.
    My "saved savings" (coupons, rebates, etc.) are tracked with the monthly total deposited into a high yield savings account. Every bit helps.

  4. I bought my daughter $400 worth of groceries when I went to visit her in December. So my budget was blown to smithereens….I spend a lot on groceries bc I buy for my grown autistic son to eat with me four days a week. I eat out, including takeout less than six times a year tho. Kid will not eat pork, extremely little chicken, mostly beef. He will eat limited vegetables and fruits, if they are organic like organic spinach, bananas, strawberries, corn and, rarely, potatoes. To be real, I think I spend about $500 a month on groceries, excluding toiletries, medicine, paper towels, toothpaste, etc.I base this on the things I buy every week. Cindy in the South.

    1. I should say I have three sons and a daughter. I always talk about “my son” and get folks confused as to which one I am talking about. I know but they don’t… lol. Cindy in the South

  5. Tommy is going to start tracking where his money goes. I suggested it but he was against it. After reading your figures to him, he did it for one month and will probably keep it up. That is an extremely low amount for food in a month.

  6. I'll be starting again to track as we move to one income by fall. I'm increasing plant based meals.

  7. No bread outlets in your area? That seems to be the killer for me. Dollar Tree has ok bread products for 1.25 but nothing to write home about.

  8. We spent around $750/month on groceries (this doesn't include dining out). It's less than 2020/2021, but I think that's because we went back to work in the office three days/week, and we get free meals (breakfast/lunch). My teens don't really eat lunch during the week, but also get free meals from school, if they want it.

    We've continued to do our boring stuff: meal plan, eat leftovers, reduce food waste, shop from freezer/pantry. We're feeding two very active teens, and my husband eats Keto due to a food allergy. My goal for 2023 would be to keep our spending at that level, despite inflation.


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