Project Food Budget / My Healthy Food Budget: Aug Month 10 / Week 2

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $68.76

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.

August – Month Ten, Week Two

This week, I spent $68.76, with a monthly total of $218.26. That leaves $181.74 for the rest of August.

Dining Out: $18.02
Groceries: $50.74

This was a good week!

I’m excited that our vegetable garden is really working.

Crazy amounts of eggplant and tomatoes, with fresh oregano, basil, and an occasional jalapeno pepper make a great slow-baked sauce to freeze for consumption during colder months! Pickling cukes are yummy for my lunch and for homemade pickles! I’ve picked a couple of my red cabbages too.

Next year, I will try to weigh all my harvests, but for now I’m taking photos, for keeping track, but I have no doubt that my garden is helping us save a ton on our budget!

For one example, I’ve been checking prices, and a 1/2 pint of sungold tomatoes are selling for $5 at the local farm store. I’ve been harvesting at least 1/2 pint+ every other day! What a savings! That’s not even including the red cherry tomatoes or my large beefy tomatoes!

Spending Details

Meat CSA $15.88: Eye round roast (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.)

Local Farmstand $8.00: 2 dozen jumbo eggs & bell boppers

Wilson Farm (local large farm store) $8.12: Dozen corn on the cob, 2 large bunches of scallions, leeks, green beans

Trader Joes $18.74: (2) bags o’ peanuts, pecans, feta cheese, quart of whole milk, organic raisins

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Eye round beef with corn on cob
  • Friday: Eye round beef tossed in with garden tomatoes, garden eggplant, celery, peppers over grains
  • Saturday: Birthday party
  • Sunday: Oven roasted garden tomatoes, garden eggplants, dads garden bell pepper over pasta
  • Monday: Soup with leftover frozen eye roast, green beans, leeks, garden cabbage, garden tomatoes, garden jalapeño pepper in homemade veg stock over brown rice
  • Tuesday: Leftover soup with leftover frozen hotdogs sandwich
  • Wednesday: Homemade pizza on BBQ grill with feta, garden tomatoes, & garden basil

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