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Weekly shopping totals for week ending 10/29: Saved 76%!

Posted October 31, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Here are my weekly grocery and drug store shopping totals for the week ending 10/29. They include how much I would have spent without sales and coupons, how much I saved and how much I actually spent. How did you do this week?

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $222.93

Total saved: $169.36

Total paid: $53.57

% Saved: 76%

My weekly budget is $80/week and I was $26.43 under budget last week which put me well under budget for the month of October!

Last week I shopped at Harris Teeter, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger (using $25 in free groceries from a prescription transfer promotion) and Walamrt (price matched the .99 Aldi pineapple price!) 

How is monthly budget amount determined?

In case you are curious, the way I figure my monthly budget is based on the number of days in the month:

My weekly budget is $80 per week ($4,160 per year)

$80 divided by 7 days in a week = $11.42 per day

Then I multiply the number of days in the specific month by $11.42 to get my monthly budget for each month. There are 31 days in October so my budget was $354.02 for the month.


How did you do last week?

To figure out the percentage you saved:

Take the total amount saved divided by the total cost of the products before sales and coupons.

How did you do this week?


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  • sairefinah Nov 3, 2013

    Total cost $155.21 Total Savings $107.06= 69% savings! It would have been much better, but they were out of almost every type of cereal I was there to buy (my kids eat A LOT of cereal)but I love their rain checks!

  • jdouglas13 Oct 31, 2013

    Awesome savings, Faye! Well done. Not sure offhand what my numbers were for this past week, but the OOP for the coming week should be pretty impressive, assuming my DW doesn't go overboard on deli and takeout Chinese! Although, either one of those is way more preferable than any serious cooking attempts. ;)