Project Food Budget Weekly total: $62.29
My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal (local if possible,) home-cooked meals while sticking to a $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.
June – Month Eight, Week Three
This week, I’ve spent $62.29, with a monthly total of $273.48. That leaves $126.52 for the rest of June.
Dining Out: $0 – We went out on Saturday night to celebrate Father’s Day with my parents, but that was applied to my “gifts” budget. sneaky! hehee
I really wanted to spend a lot less this week, in order to compensate for the planned Trader Joe’s $50 splurge by the end of the month, but I did stick to my allotted $60-ish for the week. DH informed me that he needed more fruit for his lunch, so I was happy to oblige.
I might have to rethink my MyLinkables Trader Joe’s $50 purchase – it might not be worth it to save just $5, especially since it’s going to be sent to Paypal. I think I’d rather just get my 5% cash back on the credit card and spend less. :)
Meat CSA $16.80: pork tenderloin (Luckily, products from the Meat CSA are paid in full, so technically no real money is actually spent, but I apply the cost to my budget as we consume it.)
Eggs $6 for two dozen. I found a new place to purchase fresh eggs. Smaller eggs, but they are from a small backyard farm.
Market Basket $7.48: Potatoes and ranch dressing – eeek, not something I’d buy normally, but it’s for family party, and I needed an easy roasted potato salad.
Winchester Farmers Market $18.35: First time at this market, it was like a small festival. I loved it! Walked around once, then walked around a few more times to pick and choose a little something from various farms.
- Warner farm $2.50 for snap peas ($4/lb, same as Wilson Farm) – seems like a nice small farm, they had both organic and non-organic IPM strawberries also. I like that they grow with a lot of care and consideration. I will buy from them again if I visit this market.
- Hanson farm: $2 radishes with greens. I had a nice conversation with the woman there about radish greens and what I like to do with them. I can tell it’s a small farm that cares. According to their CSA page, 2/3 of their crops are (non-officially) organic and the rest are grown using IPM (integrated pest management). If I return to the market, I’ll be sure to keep supporting them.
- Lanni Orchards: strawberries $6 – they seem to be a larger farm/orchard. The gentleman at the booth didn’t really know a lot except that they did spray the berries with a low-grade pesticide. He didn’t know about the lettuce. I wasn’t thrilled about purchasing sprayed strawberries, but they were a $1 cheaper than Warner Farms. Looking back, I should have spent the extra buck perhaps.
- EL Silva farms $7.85 – huge lettuce $2.50 (lettuce was not sprayed, but they do spray, so he suggested to ask every week for details), bunch of beets w/ greens $3.00 and 2 small zucchini $2.35 – they also had green house tomatoes, but I want to wait for the real thing.
BJ’s Wholesale $12.27: I was surprised to find so many organic offerings. We started a 60 day trial and picked up organic blueberries (.50 coupon), organic grapes, plus a pineapple. DH needs more fruit for his lunch!
Market Basket $1.39: Back to the store one last time for some half & half for DH
Week of Meals
- Thursday: Pasta topped with tomato asparagus, celery, carrot sauce and salad
- Friday: Bulgar topped with salsa and fried eggs with vegetable salad
- Saturday: Dinner out with parents to celebrate Father’s Day. Applied to “gifts” budget
- Sunday: Family BBQ for lunch, light dinner
- Monday: Crockpot pork tenderloin with carrots, potatoes and onions, along with a large veggie salad
- Tuesday: Pasta with lentil tomato jalapeño (frozen) carrot zucchini sauce
- Wednesday: Fried egg with (leftover) potato, brown rice and large salad
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