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# Weekly shopping totals for week ending 10/22: Saved 68%!

Posted October 24, 2013

Here are my weekly grocery and drug store shopping totals for the week ending 10/15. 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: \$264.16

Total saved: \$179.06

Total paid: \$85.10

% Saved: 68%

My weekly budget is \$80/week and I spent \$85.10 so a little over budget for the week.  My youngest daughter and her friend talked me into a few extra snacks at Target while we were out shopping one afternoon last week. The good news is that I am still within my monthly budget so all is right within the world. :-)

Last week I shopped at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Food Lion.

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 is \$354.02 for the month.

So far for October, I have spent \$272.43, which means I still have \$81.85 left in the monthly budget

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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• ###### Faye Prosser - Smart ShopperOct 24, 2013

sairefinah - your math is correct and your savings are awesome! Congrats and thank you for sharing your totals!

This is another great week at HT and we have Super Doubles to look forward to next week!

• ###### sairefinahOct 24, 2013

Today at Harris Teeter I spent \$72.48. Total saving with Coupons and sales was \$109.11. so thats roughly 60% if I did my math correctly??

• ###### Faye Prosser - Smart ShopperOct 24, 2013

RFB - I have an entertainment budget and it includes eating out (which we also do VERY rarely!). Usually our entertainment is a \$1.20 Redbox movie and free microwave popcorn! lol

• ###### RaleighFoodBloggerOct 24, 2013

Thanks for the breakdown, Faye! I'm realizing I've made huge gains in saving money since I started. Do you also have an eating out, entertainment and clothing budget? While it's VERY rare that we eat out anymore, my next step is to look at some other ways to save money in our daily living :-)

• ###### Faye Prosser - Smart ShopperOct 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing, jdouglas! Anything over 50% savings is always a win! :-)

• ###### jdouglas13Oct 24, 2013

I tried to keep my shopping minimal last week after a few big stock up weeks, so my totals are less, thankfully.

This week: total retail \$49.95, OOP \$35.64, savings \$14.31 or 29%. Month to date: total retail \$769.08, OOP \$356.85, savings \$412.23 or 54%. I try not to go over \$400/month, so I might meet the goal this month. HT RX money has helped a lot, along with some very good coupons.

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