Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: March Month 5 / Week 1

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $172.53

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and spices/herbs.

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.

March – Month Five, Week One

Wow, I can’t believe I’m already in month 5, time flies!

This week, I went a little crazy on replenishing my pantry. I spent a total of $172.53, leaving $227.47 for the rest of the month.

Dining Out: $24.00 (Chinese Lunch Buffet – DH was in the mood)
Entertaining: $0
Gardening: $6.11
Groceries: $142.42
Herbs & Spices: $0

March is tough because there are 5 long weeks. So, I’m hoping to divide the remaining four weeks into just 3 more shopping trips at $75 each.

I think I can do it, but if not, I will not repeat January’s rigidity. If I need another $20 (or $50) more, I’ll adjust & add to my budget total, but ONLY if I really need it.

Spending Details

Market Basket (Thurs 3/1) $21.57: (5) Pomi tomatoes (sale! $1.50 each), California olive oil (sale! $6.99 for 24.5 oz bottle), canned salmon, organic peanut butter.

Local Farm (Thurs 3/1) $6.50: (2) jumbo eggs

Amazon Subscribe & Save – $30.61: Grade B Vermont maple syrup & 6pk Wild Planet tuna

Ocean State Job Lot (Sat 3/3) $21.62: Gardening starter pellets & pots, Bob’s Red Mill barley & bulgar, (3) Dececco pastas ($1.65 ea), (2) Bar Harbor canned clams ($2.39 ea)

Market Basket (Sun 3/4) $.33: returned/refunded shell-on pistachios, purchased bag o’ oranges, bananas & grapefruit

Whole Foods (Sun, 3/4) $67.89: Great deals! I am so proud of the deals I found this week, I had to take a photo!

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whole foods score - deals and coupons

  • Spectrum x-virgin coconut oil – bought two on sale 7.99/ea, I had two WF coupons for $1 off, stacked with one $2 manufacturer’s coupon (thanks Kait), so total price was $10 for both!
  • Muir Glen 28oz canned organic tomatoes – Sale $2 ea, had 4 coupons $1 off 2, bought 8. Price netted to $1.50 each
  • 365 brand 1 lb bags of beans & rice: used (9) $1 off WF coupons, net prices = (3) organic green lentils $1.39 ea, organic cannellini beans $1.99, organic red lentils $1.79, organic pinto beans $1.29, organic red kidney beans $1.29, organic garbanzo beans $1.79, & calrose rice $1.99
  • (2) jars of Earth Balance Mindful Mayo – I had a raincheck for 2 at prior sale price of $2.99, less $1 WF coupons = $1.99 each
  • Plus: bag o’ almonds, raisins, lemon, lime, organic red kale, 5lb bag o’ organic carrots, organic celery, (2) avocados, organic pears, organic apples and olives from bar

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Leftover frozen chicken with leftover tomato veggie bean soup & barley, topped with pecorino
  • Friday: Coconut Caraway Pancakes made with corn flour, rice flour and whole wheat flour
  • Saturday: Tuna/bean sandwiches
  • Sunday: Barley topped with pecorino & fried egg with a side of spicy creamy carrot celery soup
  • Monday: Tomato chili with carrots, kale & beans, using a little bit of leftover spicy carrot cream soup, topped over little shell pasta with pecorino
  • Tuesday: Slow cooker (whole) chicken with bulgar & frozen green beans
  • Wednesday: Chicken Veggie Brown Rice soup made with homemade stock from veggie scraps (freezer) and chicken bones.

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4 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: March Month 5 / Week 1”

  1. Yahooo look at that WF haul! You go girl! Isn’t it so damn thrilling?!

    I’m so happy I figured out how to “work” WF (or rather, make it work for me!) before moving to Baltimore! I hope that city is ready for me! 😉

  2. WOW!! You are on fire with the coupons! I need to take a lesson – that is an amazing haul from Whole Foods for not much cash. It sounds like your pantry is really well stocked now so getting through the month should be pretty do-able.

    You got me inspired a while back to find a local farm to get our eggs.I haven’t found one yet but I have found a few leads. Ironically, I can get them in Seattle, where we won’t be much longer, but have a hard time getting them in Bend, OR where we’re settling. Small towns do have some challenges, but I am going to keep after it!

    1. Angela, are you searching on Craigs List? I am so surprised that Oregon doesn’t have a lot of little backyard farms! I wonder if it’s because of the cold, but here in the northeast, our weather is similar, and there are still many little egg farms. Good luck finding one!

      Kait, you will do great in Baltimore. I bet it will be fabulous!

  3. Debbie – Thanks!

    Angela – once you figure out WF its such a fun adventure shopping there! And more often than not, a much less expensive one! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions at all! 🙂

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