Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $79.82
My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal (local if possible,) home-cooked meals while sticking to a
$400… $350… $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and gardening.
There’s two of us eating (mostly) 3 meals per day. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.
May – Month Seven, Week Five – END OF MONTH
This week, I’ve spent $79.82, ending the month of May with a grand total of $402.58.
Okay, I tried for $350 again this month, and failed…but at the same time, I feel accomplished because we had approx $75 in entertaining & gardening expenses, so, I really shouldn’t complain that I was a little over my (original) budget because our actual (consumed) food spending was terrific!
Dining Out: $46.66
Yes, our dining-out budget was on the crazy-train-track this week, but I suppose I have an excuse; we received some extra $$ so we splurged a little. I don’t like making excuses, and I really don’t like sliding back into old habits of dining out when I feel too lazy to cook. It’s especially difficult when the weather is so beautiful, and we get caught up in doing other fun things. Planning is key!
Monthly Totals: $402.58
Dining Out: $108.06
Market Basket $17.42: bananas, bag o’ 8 navel oranges, organic half & half (for DH), (5) Chobani yogurts and (2) Applegate Farms chicken deli meat (on sale, plus I used 2 coupons for $1 off, only $5 for BOTH)
Ocean State Job Lots $9.99: Good sale on (@3.99 ea) Bob’s WW Pastry Flour and (4 @1.50 ea) Rapunzel organic chocolate bars.
Market Basket $5.75: bananas and bag o’ 8 navel oranges – Yeah, the California Navels are definitely out of season. Dry dry dry! bummer!
Amazon.com $0 – free! Subscribe & Save for Wild Planet tuna 6pk $13.21 was applied to my credit card rewards “credit” so my order was free.
Week of Meals
- Thursday: (Leftover frozen) fresh ham steak w/ salsa, kidney beans in corn tortillas w/ side of roasted beets
- Friday: Chinese Food – greasy pu-pu platter!
- Saturday: Dinner over Parents’ house
- Sunday: Fried eggs topped over bulgar and stir fry veggies
- Monday: Homemade pizza with fresh mozzarella
- Tuesday: Leftover frozen meat sauce with pasta & kidney beans
- Wednesday: Leftover meat sauce transformed into soup with added veg stock, frozen corn, frozen peas, roasted carrots & celery, topped over barley
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