Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $75.28
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.
May – Month Seven, Week Two
This week, I’ve spent $75.28, with a monthly total of $96.45. That leaves $253.55 for the rest of May.
I’m shooting for 3 more shopping trips, with about $60 for each, leaving a little buffer for other food costs this month.
Dining Out: $17.00
Thursday was a busy shopping day!
Citrus is definitely coming to the end of season, the bagged grapefruit and oranges were unsatisfactory. sigh. This is a tough time of year, in between the end of citrus season and beginning of the local season for berries and stone fruit! We might have to rely on frozen fruit, hmm, good chance to experiment with some green smoothies perhaps!
Stop & Shop $3.00: Had a coupon for $2 off $5 produce, so I bought 1 mango and 3 avocados. Good deal at $.75 each.
Trader Joe’s $31.72: 5 lb bag o’ grapefruit, feta cheese, walnuts, (2) raisins, peanuts, reduced sugar blueberry preserves, and balsamic vinegar. Not happy with the grapefruit quality. I’m glad TJ’s has an excellent refund policy.
Wilson Farm $16.58: their own asparagus ($6/lb), their-own eggs, cilantro (NJ), red lettuce (NJ), beets (NJ), and bag o’ cara cara oranges.
Meat CSA $6.98:This week, I used a pound of grassfed beef. (Luckily, products from the Meat CSA are technically paid in full, so no real money is actually spent, but I apply the cost to my budget as we consume it.)
Week of Meals
- Thursday: Calzone take-out
- Friday: Pasta with ground beef tomato sauce, simmered for hours in oven. Froze leftover sauce for later
- Saturday: Broccoli & asparagus with quinoa topped with fried egg
- Sunday: Dinner at the new neighbors’
- Monday: Spinach carrot asparagus soup with grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches
- Tuesday: Pan seared scallops with bulgar, spinach salad, and steamed beets & broccoli
- Wednesday: Pasta with bean tomato onion sauce
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