1st Post Project Food Budget – 1st Month Healthy Budget

Today marks my first official post for the “Project Food Budget” – a group of bloggers like me, that are trying to stick to a specific food budget every week/month – they’re already at week 9!

It also marks the end of the first month for My Own Healthy Budget challenge.

My Budget Details:

My budget goal is to eat healthy, unprocessed, 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 on the small side on weekdays, and my husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work. If needed, that $ comes out of his personal cash.

First $400 Budget Month

So, yay, I survived my first official month, with $ to spare. Soo sooo oooh proud of myself!

My budget was $400 for the month of November, and I spent $396.65

Dining Out: $86.60
Entertaining: $19.68
Groceries: $286.47
Herbs & Spices: $4.99

I need more practice in meal planning, but yesterday I tried to put together a week of dinners. We’ll see how easily it will be to follow. I’ll post next week on how I do.

Today, I used my $40 Groupon coupon for GNC and bought 2 bottles of multi-vitamins, 1 bottle of calcium citrate, and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. Not bad for an investment of $19 a couple of months ago!

Tomorrow I’m planning a trip to Whole Foods. I have my list ready on my iPhone, with estimated prices and I think I’ll be able to keep to $50-$60. This should get us through for 7-10 days before needing to go shopping again.

I’m excited for our first CSA (local) meat delivery this month, and I won’t be applying the cost until I actually cook the meat, hoping to stretch what’s delivered for the next 6 months into the summer months.

Want to Join the Project Food Budget?

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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:

3 thoughts on “1st Post Project Food Budget – 1st Month Healthy Budget”

  1. Congratulations on surviving your first month!

    I think it only gets easier from here. Also, a tip that I didn’t know initially, but Whole Foods offers coupons at their website: wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons. They change every month and usually there are some pretty good deals in there!

    Welcome to the project! :)

  2. Welcome! So glad to have you on board.

    Menu planning gets easier with time. I learned that planning for 7 days was wasteful — that we often didn’t get to all the meals and wasted food. 5 meals seemed to be the magic number for us.

    Looking forward to watching your journey and seeing how you fare each week.

  3. Thank you Angela, yes, I love Whole Foods coupons, although there’s not always a lot that I can use, but hmm, secret… they are very liberal with their use. For instance, if you have a stonyfield yogurt coupon for a 4 pack, you can use that same coupon on a large tub of yogurt instead.

    Emily, thanks! I’ll keep trying. Good idea about 5 meals instead. It might be less overwhelming! Although I don’t know if I’ll ever get the hang of it. LOL. I am a free spirit when it comes to cooking. I don’t like having to stick to a rigid plan! I’m sure it’ll work for some days, but other days, I’m sure I’ll cook by my cravings!!!

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