Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: July Month 9 / Week 4

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $62.04

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 Four

This week, I spent $62.04, with a monthly total of $379.97. That leaves $20.03 for the rest of July.

Yikes, I hope I’ll make it this month. It’s going to be tough, but I might give myself an extra few bucks to get by if I need it. I will try to stay within my $400 budget though.

The thing that seems to be slightly throwing me off is the meat CSA. I have a stockpile of meat in the freezer so I’ve been trying to use it; I don’t think my choices would necessarily be the choices I’d make if I didn’t have all this meat to consume!

Lesson learned! We don’t consume enough meat to warrant a meat CSA again! We’ll do things differently next winter. I will probably place one or two large orders and drive to the farm myself for pickup, instead of them delivering every month for 6 months.

Weekly Totals:

Dining Out: $25.00
Groceries: $37.04

Spending Details

Whole Foods $13.87 (inc credit $11.82 refund): fresh ground peanut butter (sale! DH has been bugging me for peanut butter muffins), bulk sucanat sugar, bulk organic rolled oats, canned organic diced tomatoes, organic low sodium chicken broth, Grafton 2 year cheese, organic bananas, (2) limes, organic plums (sale), and local (CT) eco peaches.

Market Basket $10.48: watermelon, cantaloupe, salsa

Meat CSA $: $12.69 skirt steak (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

  • Thursday: Bread pizza with salsa and feta
  • Friday: Chinese takeout
  • Saturday: Skirt steak braised with canned tomatoes, onions, garden jalapeño, baby bok choy over pasta
  • Sunday: Dinner with mom
  • Monday: Leftover skirt steak and tomato sauce over white rice
  • Tuesday: Roasted garden potatoes, garden eggplant, and onions topped with a fried egg
  • Wednesday: Bread pizza with salsa & feta – my ole standby meal when the budgeting gets tough!

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