Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $62.04
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.
March – Month Five, Week Two
This week, I’ve spent $62.04, with a monthly total of $234.57, so that leaves $165.43 for the rest of March.
Dining Out: $10.57
I did really well this week!
My last big shopping trip was Sunday, March 4th, and I was able to hold out for 10 days until March 14 (Wed) until I needed to shop again (not counting a small stop at Market Basket on 3/9.)
There isn’t much I need on sale at Whole Foods this week, so I’m hoping it will be easy to hold out until the weekend of March 23 for the next big shopping trek. We’ll see.
Market Basket (3/9 Fri) $7.25: bag of onions, grapefruit, and Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat flour
Penzey’s Spices (3/14 Wed) $5.89: had 2 coupons: $5 off $10 purchase & free large bottle of cinnamon sugar. With the $5 off, I got a great deal on 8 oz bag o’ sesame seeds & 16 oz bag o’ poppy seeds. I’ll give away the cinnamon/sugar. For anyone with a Penzey’s nearby, make sure you go on their mailing list. They mail catalogs with coupons for a lot of free stuff! You can also use the coupons for their online store, but you will have to pay shipping charges.
Trader Joe’s (3/14, Wed) $38.33: I saved $5 on my $40+ order with MyLinkables.com rewards. Bought frozen organic raspberries, frozen pesticide free blueberries, frozen petite peas, frozen organic vegetable foursome, 5 bananas, 5 lb bag o’ pink grapefruit, 4 lb bag o’ Cara Cara oranges, Feta cheese, organic plain yogurt tub, raw almond butter, organic raisins, pecan halves, shelled pistachios.
Week of Meals
- Thursday: Caraway coconut Pancakes
- Friday: Take out subs at Subway – had $2 MyLinkables discount
- Saturday: Clam chowder with onions, potatoes, carrots, celery and cream
- Sunday: Homemade whole wheat pizza with fire roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, smoked mozzarella, and Pecorino
- Monday: dinner at parents’ – take out Chinese
- Tuesday: Pasta with tomato veg sauce (made with leftover frozen braised beef chuck)
- Wednesday: Soup made from leftover tomato sauce with added veg stock & green beans along with a side feta cheese sandwich
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