Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: July Month 9 End of Month

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $37.42 Monthly total: $417.39

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.

July – Month Nine, Week Five – End of Month

This week, I spent $37.42, ending the month with a grand total of $417.39.

I won’t squawk about the extra $17.39 I spent!

My week (on Thurs) started with very good intentions, and then DH told me the farm was out of jumbo eggs. Sooo instead of replanning, I caved & my budget of $20 was blown to smithereens with a $17 take out purchase!

But I recovered by using a local farm store’s Groupon coupon that I was saving for August! Whoo hoo! $30 in groceries for only $15.29.

And then Saturday, we splurged on two Friendly’s 3-scoop sundaes. I had a BOGO coupon that I couldn’t resist using! Hey, it was only $5 for both, so bargain!

Dining Out: $22.13
Groceries: $15.29

Monthly Totals:

Dining Out: $99.07
Groceries: $318.32

Spending Details

Wilson Farm (large local farm store) $15.29: pint of local blueberries, local summer squash, local spring onions, NJ (not organic) peaches, local green beans, dozen local corn, local scallions, (2) dozen jumbo local eggs, bananas, and local half & half – used my $30 groupon!

How it Breaks Down by Store

(Groceries & Entertaining Costs Only)

Whole Foods $95.30 (30%)
Market Basket $55.70 (18%)
Trader Joe’s $48.23 (15%)
Meat CSA $35.58 (11%)
Wilmington Farmers Market $27 (8%)
Farm Stand $18.27 (6%)
Seven Acres Farm $17.50 (6%)
Wilson Farm $15.29 (5%)
Amazon.com $5.45 (2%)

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Take out
  • Friday: A Feast: corn on cob, sauteed green beans, eggplant & scallions topped with fried eggs & salsa
  • Saturday: Soup with homemade beef & veg stock with fresh summer squash, eggplant, & green beans served over tiny pasta
  • Sunday: Whole grain coconut caraway pancakes
  • Monday: Turkey bacon stir fry with green beans, garden eggplant, garden beets & greens, yellow squash over brown rice
  • Tuesday: Leftover freezer beefalo tomato pepper sauce with pasta

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