Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $22.72
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 Five
This week, I’ve spent $22.72, bringing my monthly total to $356.04.
OMG, I was *this* close to being UNDER my new $350 monthly goal, but DH convinced me to get Chinese take-out Friday night. I had some extra cash we received as a gift, so after I applying that toward our bill, it only amounted to $8.
Yeah, it was another “impulsive” buy, but it made DH happy and I was only $6 over budget. Pretty darned good I have to say!
Dining Out: $53.63
May – Month Seven, Week One-ish
New month! I’ve spent $21.17, leaving $328.83 for the rest of May.
Dining Out: $0
Groceries: $19.48 (includes a small $ adjustment to my Meat CSA balance)
Market Basket (4/26) $14.72: Bag o’ oranges, broccoli crowns, red grapefruit, bananas, Planters peanuts, sharp cheddar, (2) large cans Hunts tomatoes.
Market Basket (5/2) $18.70: Olivia’s value pack spinach, mushrooms, 5lb bag o’ vidalia onions, (2) oranges, (2) grapefruit, broccoli crowns, bananas.
Week of Meals
I haven’t posted much lately on actual “meal planning”, but it’s been working pretty well. No, I’m not a meal planning machine, but I keep a simply meal plan “note” on my iPad w/ 7-10 days of dinners, & it really helps keep me on track.
My meals are not set in stone, so I can easily swap if my food mood changes. The cool thing is my meal plan note is also synced on my iPhone, so if I ever need to refer to it while grocery shopping, it’s ready.
- Thursday: Baked chicken enchiladas
- Friday: Take-out Chinese food
- Saturday: Chicken soup with barley (carrots, celery, (frozen) peppers)
- Sunday: Bread pizza with salsa, and feta
- Monday: Rice, lentil, broccoli, egg, cheese bake
- Tuesday: Potato onion pancakes & carrot/butternut soup
- Wednesday: early dinner/late lunch at parents’
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