My Healthy Food Budget: Sept Month 11 / Week 3

Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $134.68

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.

September – Month Eleven, Week Three

This week, I spent $134.68, with a monthly total of $431.39. That leaves NOTHING, zip, nada for the rest of September.

Yeah, September is out of control, but in my defense, I did purchase a second 50lbs of tomatoes ($30), a ton of Bob’s Red Mill ↦ Dececco pasta on sale, and we splurged on our end-of-summer seafood dinner for $50+, but there were some other selfish expenses like Olive Garden and Chinese dine-in.

Yep, out of control!

But nonetheless, I am giving myself permission go over my monthly budget this month. Looking at the big picture which is my yearly $ total, I’m within my original $4800-$5000 expectation. So I am okay with spending over $400 this month.

I hope I’ll just need to pick up a little produce at the farmers market or local farm, but I’m not going to beat myself up about my choices this month. What’s done is done, moving on.

Dining Out: $28.75
Groceries: $105.93

Spending Details

Meat CSA $16.46: Pork tenderloin (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.)

Market Basket $4.98: (2) Sure Jell Light – emergency pectin for grape jelly!

Wilmington Farmers Market $13.25: pears, apples, green beans, and shell beans from Farmer Dave & (6) corn on the cob from Gaouette Farm

Ocean State Job Lots $68.25: Big BIG sale 20% off Bob’s Red Mill, and Dececco pasta was only $1.50 per package. I stocked up! (7) Dececco pastas, (2) bulgur, (4) whole wheat flour, (1) whole wheat pastry flour, (3) 10 Grain hot cereal, (1) sesame seeds, (2) chick peas, (1) rolled oats, (2) chia seeds, and (1) vital wheat gluten

Market Basket $2.99: 5lb bag of sugar – yep, more white sugar, canning jellies and jams.

Week of Meals

  • Sunday: Bread pizza with cheddar, chopped tomatoes & scallions
  • Monday: Soup with leftover pork tenderloin, rainbow chard, scallions, garden tomatoes with homemade veg stock, topped over pasta
  • Tuesday: Bread pizza with cheddar, slow cooked tomatoes & peppers
  • Wednesday: Ground grass-fed beef tomato pepper sauce over pasta & fresh cranberry beans
  • Thursday: Homemade pizza with slow-roasted garden cherry tomatoes & cheddar cheese
  • Friday: Pasta with olive oil and toast with feta & garden sungold tomatoes
  • Saturday: Family party

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