Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $124.84
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 Four
This week, I’ve spent $124.84, with a monthly total of $333.32. That leaves $16.68 for the rest of April.
Yikes, cutting it close this month! I won’t feel badly if I have to add an extra $10-$12 into the budget. Hey, $360 is still lower than $400, right!?
Dining Out: $5.00 – used a gift certificate for Chinese!
Vitamins & Supplements: $9.02
Liquor Store $12: I completely forgot to post two bottles of wine that I bought a few weeks ago, so I added it into this week’s budget spending.
Meat CSA $26.99: I am not applying any meat cost until I consume it, but there are small admin fees, and this week I’m also accounting for the delivered bottle of honey ($17). I’ve been lucky, as we’ve been eating meat that I already “paid for” in the budget in previous months.
Last Saturday was my busy shopping day:
Ocean State Job Lots $11.98: Cha-cha-cha-chia. Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds (1lb) were on sale this week. I bought 2 @ 5.99 each
Market Basket $7.21: grapefruit, organic lemon juice, bananas, and baby bella mushrooms
Whole Foods Market $45.53 — Saved $7.27 w/ coupons!: local fresh sea scallops (1.25lb on sale @14.99/lb), (2) San-J tamari sauce (w/ stacked coupons), (2) Lundberg brown rice (w/ stacked coupons), (3) Newman’s Own chocolate bars (w/ coupons), 5lb bag o’ organic carrots, organic celery, broccoli crowns, organic fuji apples, bag o’ navel oranges
iHerb.com $7.11 – (2) packages of Bob’s Red Mill corn flour and (1) package of Bob’s Red Mill bulgar wheat. I LOVE iHerb! (Use coupon code “LIF213” to receive $5 off your first order)
amazon.com – FREE! with credit card rewards – Nice sale on Newman’s Own Espresso chocolate bars 12 pack (1.50 each) and also some canning glass jars/lids, which wouldn’t have been applied to my budget anyway, but I’m pleased to have purchased.
GNC $9.02 – multi-vitamin (90 ct)
Lessons Learned This Week
Yes! I learned that when I impulse buy, without REAL thought, it really messes me up.
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased local fresh scallops at full cost of $24/lb. Instead of THINKING THINKING THINKING, I jumped in and got a full pound. We ate the full pound, and while the scallops were absolutely scrumptious, if I gave the situation some forethought, I would have bought only 1/2 pound. That was about $12 extra in spending, which is probably right around the amount that I’ll be over this month! ha!
This week, the fresh local scallops were on sale @ $15/lb, and again, I purchased a little over lb; I flash-froze them on a cookie sheet and now we’ll have at least 2-3 meals from them.
Yes, still extravagant, but a better, smarter, planned purchase. Lesson learned.
I am giving myself permission to go a little bit over my $350 budget goal this month, and I’ll try to do better next month.
Week of Meals
- Thursday: Fried egg sandwiches with salsa & a side of steamed beet greens
- Friday: Bread Pizzas with salsa, cheddar and spinach
- Saturday: Dinner out using a gift certificate
- Sunday: Marinated boneless chicken breast, brown rice and cream of carrot/celery soup
- Monday: Veggie (broccoli, cabbage & celery) fried brown rice topped with fried egg
- Tuesday: Pasta with tomato, leek, carrot, celery sauce
- Wednesday: Crockpot whole chicken with roasted onions & sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli
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