My Healthy Food Budget: Oct Month 12 / Week 2

Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $69.57

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.

October – Month Twelve, Week Two

This week, I spent $69.57, with a monthly total of $195.71. That leaves $204.29 for the rest of October.

Dining Out: $20.00
Groceries: $49.57

I did very well this week. Last night, I made the choice to NOT go to a sit-down restaurant, but opted for take-out instead, saving $10-$20.

With 2½ weeks left for October, I am confident that I’ll remain within my budget. I’m shooting for $70-$75 spending for next week.

Whole Foods is having a month-long sale on whole chickens at $.99lb and I really want to pick up at least 3 or 4 for about $15-$20. I know it’s not “local” or pastured, but it’s nice to save a little money once in awhile on a loss leader product. I also am thinking of stocking up on a couple of packages of their 365 whole wheat flour, on sale for $2.50.

Spending Details

Local Farm $2.34: Pear and Apples (Cortlands are still .99/lb)

Trader Joe’s $22.03: Feta cheese, cheddar cheese, organic chicken broth, organic unsalted butter, organic raisins, organic gold potatoes, and fair trade chocolate (I was desperate, even though TJ’s isn’t on the list of trusted sources to buy)

Market Basket $4.21: Bananas and balsamic vinegar

Wilson Farm $14.49: (2) 3lb bags o’ carrots, scallions, Kendall apples, red leaf lettuce, green cabbage, white cauliflower, PLUS another freebie of beet greens from another shopper that didn’t want them!

Local Farm $6.50: 2 dozen xlarge eggs

Week of Meals

  • Sunday: Fried egg sandwich with salsa
  • Monday: Leftover meatloaf with leftover tomato veg sauce (freezer) topped over pasta and lentils
  • Tuesday: Garden carrot ginger soup with fried egg topped brown rice
  • Wednesday: (Leftover) chicken & brown rice soup (tomatoes, carrots, celery, greens)
  • Thursday: Chicken & brown rice soup (with homemade stock plus tomatoes, carrots, scallions, greens)
  • Friday: Take out Italian
  • Saturday: Family birthday party