Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: December

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $158.72 – includes monthly meat CSA total

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and spices/herbs.

There’s two of us eating 3 (mostly) meals per day. Breakfasts are usually light, and we try to eat left-overs for lunch. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

December – Month Two, Week Three

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This week, I did great: $158.72, which includes $100 for my first meat CSA delivery. I’ve spent $336.13 for the month of December, so that leaves a balance of $63.87 for the rest of the month.

I’m thrilled that I’m still on budget for the month. Only one more week left and I feel confident!

The only problem I foresee is is having a great 10% off sale for VIP customers, and I’m going to stock up on supplements, grains and other groceries. My order will be about $100, so it will take me over budget, but I’ll just adjust January’s total.

Dining Out: $4.89
Entertaining: $19.16
Groceries: $134.67 (including $100 meat CSA delivery)

Week of Meals

Thursday: Broiled, marinated flap steak (local) with white rice and steamed broccoli & carrots
Friday: Leftover frozen pork bean soup
Saturday: Family birthday party pizza
Sunday: Tomato fennel carrot soup over pasta
Monday: Turkey bacon sandwiches with cole slaw
Tuesday: Beef burgers with white rice and cole slaw
Wednesday: Roasted potatoes/onions with fried eggs

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5 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: December”

  1. Great job with your budget so far this month! I am impressed with your very small dining out number – that is fantastic. I don’t count eating out in our grocery budget (it is in an entertainment budget), but can only strive to eat at home as much as you do!

  2. @Angela, we did enjoy it! Thank you ! Steamed chicken & veggies with Japanese veg fried rice from the local Asian restaurant.

    @Emily: is wonderful. I have been buying from them for years. They started out with vitamins and supplements, but now they sell grocery items too. My fave is Bob’s Red Mill!

    I’m a ‘regular’ customer, so I get “VIP” discounts on my order, and once in awhile, they offer deeper discounts, like right now, they have an extra 10-12% off. I’m stocking up!

    If you use the link in my post, you can get $5 off your order, and I get the commission. :)

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