Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: April Month 6 / Week 4

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $124.84

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 $350 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and gardening.

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.

April – Month Six, Week Four

This week, I’ve spent $124.84, with a monthly total of $333.32. That leaves $16.68 for the rest of April.

Yikes, cutting it close this month! I won’t feel badly if I have to add an extra $10-$12 into the budget. Hey, $360 is still lower than $400, right!?

Dining Out: $5.00 – used a gift certificate for Chinese!
Entertaining: $0
Gardening: $0
Groceries: $110.82
Vitamins & Supplements: $9.02

Spending Details

Liquor Store $12: I completely forgot to post two bottles of wine that I bought a few weeks ago, so I added it into this week’s budget spending.

Meat CSA $26.99: I am not applying any meat cost until I consume it, but there are small admin fees, and this week I’m also accounting for the delivered bottle of honey ($17). I’ve been lucky, as we’ve been eating meat that I already “paid for” in the budget in previous months.

Last Saturday was my busy shopping day:

Ocean State Job Lots $11.98: Cha-cha-cha-chia. Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds (1lb) were on sale this week. I bought 2 @ 5.99 each

Market Basket $7.21: grapefruit, organic lemon juice, bananas, and baby bella mushrooms

Whole Foods Market $45.53 — Saved $7.27 w/ coupons!: local fresh sea scallops (1.25lb on sale @14.99/lb), (2) San-J tamari sauce (w/ stacked coupons), (2) Lundberg brown rice (w/ stacked coupons), (3) Newman’s Own chocolate bars (w/ coupons), 5lb bag o’ organic carrots, organic celery, broccoli crowns, organic fuji apples, bag o’ navel oranges

Online shopping: $7.11 – (2) packages of Bob’s Red Mill corn flour and (1) package of Bob’s Red Mill bulgar wheat. I LOVE iHerb! (Use coupon code “LIF213” to receive $5 off your first order) – FREE! with credit card rewards – Nice sale on Newman’s Own Espresso chocolate bars 12 pack (1.50 each) and also some canning glass jars/lids, which wouldn’t have been applied to my budget anyway, but I’m pleased to have purchased.

GNC $9.02 – multi-vitamin (90 ct)

Lessons Learned This Week

Yes! I learned that when I impulse buy, without REAL thought, it really messes me up.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased local fresh scallops at full cost of $24/lb. Instead of THINKING THINKING THINKING, I jumped in and got a full pound. We ate the full pound, and while the scallops were absolutely scrumptious, if I gave the situation some forethought, I would have bought only 1/2 pound. That was about $12 extra in spending, which is probably right around the amount that I’ll be over this month! ha!

This week, the fresh local scallops were on sale @ $15/lb, and again, I purchased a little over lb; I flash-froze them on a cookie sheet and now we’ll have at least 2-3 meals from them.

Yes, still extravagant, but a better, smarter, planned purchase. Lesson learned.

I am giving myself permission to go a little bit over my $350 budget goal this month, and I’ll try to do better next month.

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Fried egg sandwiches with salsa & a side of steamed beet greens
  • Friday: Bread Pizzas with salsa, cheddar and spinach
  • Saturday: Dinner out using a gift certificate
  • Sunday: Marinated boneless chicken breast, brown rice and cream of carrot/celery soup
  • Monday: Veggie (broccoli, cabbage & celery) fried brown rice topped with fried egg
  • Tuesday: Pasta with tomato, leek, carrot, celery sauce
  • Wednesday: Crockpot whole chicken with roasted onions & sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli

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2 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: April Month 6 / Week 4”

  1. With only 5 days left, you will certainly come very close to your budget! I think you are doing amazingly well, especially since you count eating out, supplements AND wine in your budget!! I would certainly be over if I had those things in my grocery budget. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. looks like you got a ton of food for the money! and GOOD QUALITY food.

    i’m with you on the impulse buys. i do so much better when i stick to my list. so. much. better.

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