Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: February, Month 4, Week 1

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $118.81

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. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

February – Month Four, Week One

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I’ve spent $118.81 this week.

My meat CSA will be delivered later this month for approximately $83, so that leaves $197 for the rest of February. I’m hoping to hold out and shop only on Fridays leaving me 3 more shopping weeks, @ $65 each. Fingers crossed!

Dining Out: $0 – really proud of this! whoo hoo!
Groceries: $118.81

Here’s My Spending Details

Amazon Subscribe & Save $16.68 – Wild Planet Tuna (6pk)

Market Basket $34.56 (2/1 Wed): Applegate Farms turkey hotdogs (cheaper than take-out), mushrooms, 2 lb bag of organic sweet potatoes, organic beets w/ greens, 5 lb bag o’ onions, 1 avocado, bananas, small jar of instant yeast, large tub organic plain yogurt, cheddar cheese, salsa, organic peanut butter.

Local Farm $6.25 (2/3 Fri): 2 dozen eggs

Whole Foods $44.06 (2/3 Fri): 5lb bag o’ organic carrots, organic celery, organic Italian parsley, organic pears, organic apples, bananas, celery root, turnip, organic oranges, pitted dates, 2 lb bag white rice, 1 lb bag green lentils, bulk split peas, bulk quinoa, bulk nutritional yeast, (2) Muir Glen whole tomatoes, frozen organic green beans.

Market Basket $17.26 (2/5 Sun): 5 lb Bag ‘o organic russet potatoes, California olive oil, molasses, Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream for Superbowl snack – cheaper than sundaes at Friendly’s!

Week of Meals

  • Wednesday (2/1): leftover frozen bean chili with jalapeño corn muffin
  • Thursday: Applegate Farms turkey hot dogs, homemade rye bread, and canned baked beans (cheaper than take-out)
  • Friday: Pasta topped with tomato, carrot, celery, onion sauce
  • Saturday: Slow cooker whole chicken with leftover frozen stuffing (from Thansgiving) & cabbage carrot slaw
  • Sunday: Pantry Soup with leftover Chicken, veg stock, mushrooms, carrots, celery, beet greens, leftover baked beans, leftover chunky tomato/veg sauce over barley grains; Superbowl snack: Haagen Daz ice cream w/melted peanut butter – cheaper than going to Friendly’s for sundaes!
  • Monday: Leftover chicken with white rice, cabbage slaw and green beans
  • Tuesday: Bread Pizza with salsa and cheese
  • Wednesday: Homemade beef broth with vegetables over pasta

Note on the slow cooker chicken. It was so easy. Just throw in a whole chicken, no need for any liquid. Cook on low all day. The chicken is moist and just falls off the bone. I’ll be cooking it like this a lot!

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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: January End of 3rd Month

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $23.71

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $308.49 $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. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

January – Month Three, End of Month

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Well this is it, the end of January! Phew, I’m not usually one wanting to speed up time, but yes, I admit that I’m more than a little psyched that January is over, and a new month is beginning.

I started the week with $21.10; eggs needed to be purchased for $4, so I was left with $17.10 for groceries to last until Wednesday, Feb 1st. I decided to cut myself some slack, and round up to the nearest dollar giving myself $20 for groceries instead. Whoo hoo, bonus!

Here’s my spending detail for the week:

Eggs: $4 (local farm)
Market Basket: $4.45 = bag o’ oranges, bananas, & small frozen green beans
Whole Foods: $15.26 = organic green cabbage, organic braeburn apples, organic baby bok choy, organic celery, 2lb bag o’ organic carrots.

…For a grand total of….drum roll please….$23.71 – whoo hoo!

Final Total For January: $311.10 over by only $2.61 – I can live with that! haha!
Monthly Total Dining Out: $34.00
Monthly Total Groceries: $277.10

So, the good news is, in February, I’m back to my normal $400 budget. There is going to be a massive stock-up, since my pantry is bare bones.

Week of Meals

Meal planning was super important for this last week, I meticulously planned my meals and grocery list. We had wonderful dinners, but our snacks and lunches were more challenging.

  • Thursday: Fried eggs topped over brown rice, frozen peas & salsa
  • Friday: Premade Bacon lentil veg soup over pasta
  • Saturday: Slow cooker chick stock made into soup with celery, carrots, onions, cabbage & bok choy (leftover frozen chicken added for DH)
  • Sunday: Beefalo meatloaf with caraway cabbage carrot slaw, applesauce, & baked sweet potato
  • Monday: bread pizza with diced tomatoes and mozzarella
  • Tuesday: Leftover freezer beefalo brisket, added to frozen potato leek soup with frozen green beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery. Topped over a mix of lentils, white & brown rice
  • Wednesday (2/1/2012): I’ll be including Wednesday’s meal in next week’s entry

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