Project Food Budget / Healthy Budget: December – End of Month

Project: Food Budget End of Month Total: $491.51

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 Four – End of Month!

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It’s the end of December’s budget and I’ve spent a total of $491.51. Yes, as expected, I’m over my $400 limit. There were a couple of stock-up opportunities that I couldn’t resist.

  • iHerb.com* was having a great sale: groceries 10% discount, plus an extra VIP 12% discount, so I couldn’t resist stocking up on a few grocery items like Crofter’s jams, Bob’s Red Mill cereal & corn flour, Lundberg brown rices, and caraway seeds. Since I also include supplements in my food budget, the fish oil & vit D I ordered took a big chunk out of my budget.
  • The local grocery was having a decent sale on King Arthur flours, so I bought 3 whole wheat and 1 AP.
  • Then there’s the yummy take-out for New Years Eve!

The overage will be dutifully deducted from next month, leaving $308.49 for January’s budget. After my CSA meat delivery, it’ll leave approximately $56 for each week; we usually spend about $15-20 /week for dining out, so I have my fingers crossed I’ll make it. If not, I’ll just deduct the difference again in February.

December’s Grand Totals:
Dining Out: $ 85.84
Entertaining: $ 41.77
Groceries: $ 316.44 – includes my $80 CSA Meat delivery.
Vitamins & Supplements: 47.46

I’m looking forward to January – brand new year, a new start, I’m hoping I can keep this up!

Week+ of Meals

Thursday: Take out – steamed chicken/veggies with Japanese veg fried rice
Friday: left-over white rice with left-over (freezer) chicken/potato leek soup
Saturday: Christmas eve at inlaws, hmm, yummy.
Sunday: More yummy Christmas feasting.
Monday: Leftover Christmas potatoes w/ fried eggs
Tuesday: Leftover Christmas pork shoulder w/ tomato sauce, green beans, brown rice & pinto beans
Wednesday: Pasta w/ leeks & broccoli
Thursday: Roasted chicken legs (local) with roasted russet potatoes & beets
Friday: peanut butter & jelly sandwich – DH had bread pizzas
Saturday: Take out Chinese New Year’s Eve!!!

Want to Join the Project Food Budget?

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Happy New Year! Make 2012 the year you start your own food budget!

If you’d like to participate in the Project Food Budget, get the details and let Emily know you’re on board!

Here’s who else is participating:

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2 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / Healthy Budget: December – End of Month”

  1. It’s hard to get upset for saving money and stocking up. Which will, no doubt, help you get through months with spending very little. One of the reasons why I think it’s important to track for an entire year. You get to see when you spend the most, and when you don’t spend as much. Kind of like budget pay for utilities!

    Happy New Year! So glad to have you as part of the project. You’re a fabulous addition to the group.

  2. Happy New Year, Debbie!

    Enjoy that take-out! I love a good Chinese take-out from time-to-time. :)

    And, totally agree with Emily. Stocking up when things are on sale is the right thing to do for the budget. And, also agree – you’re a fabulous addition to the group!

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