Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: July Month 9 / Week 1

Project Food Budget Weekly (4 day) total: $119.44

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 One

This week, I’ve spent $119.44, leaving $280.56 for the rest of July.

Dining Out: $13.14 (Wendy’s)
Groceries: $106.30

Spending Details

A few staple items this week, like olive oil and butter, and even though I have a freezer full of CSA meat, I splurged on sale chicken drumsticks @.99lb at Whole Foods, and a small tub of US-grown unsalted roasted cashews, which we haven’t had in the house for MONTHS!

I had three Applegate Farms $1 coupons that were set to expire, and Market Basket was having a sale, so I splurged on turkey bacon, deli slices, and hot dogs. Summer is here!!!!!

Market Basket $46.83: Applegate turkey bacon, Applegate sliced roasted turkey, Applegate beef hot dogs, 5lb bag o’ vidalia onions, organic peaches, bananas, (4) Chobani yogurts, Tub o’ plain whole yogurt, Fleichmann’s active yeast (3 pk envelopes), & California olive oil

Whole Foods $46.83: (4lb) Chicken drumsticks, peanuts, cashews, raisins, rolled oats, dried shredded coconut, canned diced tomatoes, organic valley cultured butter (coupons), organic valley half & half (coupon), carton of organic egg whites, organic pineapple, watermelon, & organic cherries…also returned the SAF Instant yeast.

Local Farm $7.15: (3) pickling cucumbers (.39 ea), large lettuce ($2), & blueberries ($4)

Meat CSA $15.84: Beefalo NY Strip Steak, wow, that was yummy! (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.)

Week of Meals (4 days)

  • Sunday: Beefalo NY Strip steak (from CSA) with roasted potatoes & onions and large garden-fresh salad
  • Monday: Leftover potatoes & onions and bulgar topped with fried eggs
  • Tuesday: Baked chicken drumsticks with lentils and large veggie salad
  • Wednesday: Homemade veg Broth with leftover chicken, leftover lentils, and brown rice with veg salad

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2 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: July Month 9 / Week 1”

    1. The cukes in my garden are growing like crazy! I’m hoping that I can try to make pickles this year. I agree with you, Britt, the summer is the most awesome time for food. It’s so exciting! I’m really looking forward to tomatoes!!!

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