June Week Three Healthy Food Budget: $104.91
It was somewhat spur of the moment, with some previous contemplation, but I decided to try a 21 day cleanse/elimination diet, so this week was a spending fiesta on lots of fresh produce…which made me realize that I really wasn’t eating enough produce every day!
Even with the extra spending, I think I’m still on target for $400, with one more week left! I have plenty of meat, chicken and fish. I might have to get some more brown rice, but there’s plenty of quinoa. I’ll definitely need more fruit and of course greens. The greens never stop! haha!
June Wk 3 Food Spending $104.91 / Total $310.16 / June Balance $89.84
Dining Out: $0 / Total $23.57
Gardening: $0 / Total $16.39
Groceries: $104.91 / Total $270.20
We are doing very well keeping the dining out expense down. hahaa, only because I can’t eat anything due to the “cleanse” – Oh well! Poor DH, he’s been very supportive!
Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week
Hannaford & Trader Joes (Mon) $47.05 for sm pkg of organic baby spinach, raw almonds, raw cashews (not happy that I am forced to buy Asian raw cashews), shell-on pistachios, toasted sesame oil, organic frozen raspberries, pesticide-free frozen blueberries, (2) no-salt canned skinless/boneless Alaskan salmon, organic half & half, bag o’ California avocados, balsamic vinegar, ogranic quinoa, (3) bananas
Market Basket (Tues, Wed) $10.98 for 2.5lb seedless grapes, (2) Mangos, and (1) organic zucchini
Whole Foods Market (Tues) $33 for organic peanut butter, Lundberg brown rice cakes, garbanzo beans, pitted dates, (1) Vidalia onion, (1) cantaloupe melon, (1) organic lemon, 3/4lb organic white peaches and (2) bags of whole cut-up chicken on sale, one of which smelled horribly spoiled when I arrived home (see below for refund)
Whole Foods Market (Fri) net $17.86 for 1lb Alaskan sockeye salmon ($12/lb sale!), 1.25lb organic nectarines, (2) organic lemons, (1) mango, frozen organic peas, olives from bar, .75lb organic purple kale, and one whole chicken (sale $1.49/lb), with a credit of $12+ from the smelly chicken. I was pleasantly surprised they refunded the price for BOTH the chickens I bought on Tuesday. I was only expecting one to be refunded.
Dinners This Week
Leftover frozen chicken with leftover frozen tomato spinach soup over brown rice (cooked in homemade veg/chicken stock)
Eggs with leftover brown rice and steamed spinach & radish greens
Monday 6/17 **Day 1 detox cleanse**
Leftover frozen beefalo tomato potato corn spinach soup (already messed up with tomatoes, potato, corn, but its ok)
Baked chicken thighs with skin and brown rice (coconut oil) and large salad (farm lettuce, farm radish, NJ cuke, farm parsley with olive oil & vinegar)
Soup with leftover frozen beefalo, homemade broth, radish greens, carrots, zucchini, broccoli ends, and chickpeas
Baked haddock with roasted onions (me) & roasted potatoes, (DH) with leftover soup
Crockpot chicken (DH) – Baked Salmon w/tamari (me) with quinoa and steamed kale (both with a little sesame oil)
About My Healthy Budget
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. DH occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.