Healthy Food Budget: Wk 1, June 2013

June Week One Healthy Food Budget: $127.89

Started off the month with a BIG $37 for a beefalo top round roast from my freezer stash of local farmed meat. It was slow-cooked in the crockpot for 8+hours and it was delicious!

Even though it was an expensive item, We’ll be getting at least 6 meals (each) from it, so it was worth it!

On the “frugal” side of spending, DH suggested instead of spending $10+ for sundaes at the ice cream stand, we should buy a gallon and some yummy sauce at the grocery store instead. It cost about half, and we each got two LARGE sundaes!

To be specific, Mrs Richardson’s butterscotch caramel topping is actually quite good; It had a “real” taste, and the ingredients, while not necessarily good, weren’t too horrible, especially compared to Smuckers brand toppings.

June Wk 1 Food Spending $127.89

Dining Out: $22.50
Groceries: $105.39

I ended last month with a large overage, so this month, I’m being extra careful.

I have $272.11 left for the rest of June; that calculates to $90 for each remaining week. I have hope that I might even be under this month!

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Market Basket (Sat) $5.49 for Turkey Hill cookie dough ice cream and Mrs Richardson’s butterscotch caramel topping. The ice cream lasted two days, but the topping should last us a couple of weeks. 😉

Market Basket (Sun) $7.60 for 1.5 lb bananas, 1 lb organic apples, 5oz Olivia’s organic 50/50 blend salad (sale), and 1lb Driscoll strawberries. I couldn’t resist strawberries, even though they aren’t local.

Open Meadow Farm $37.41 for beefalo top round roast (meat from the farm is paid in full, so technically no real money is actually spent, but I apply the cost to my budget as we consume it. I still have about $62 worth of meat left.)

Trader Joe’s (Tues) $44.62 for organic sour cream, (2) dry pasta, 5lb gold potatoes, fair trade organic dark chocolate, organic peanut butter, (4) bananas, organic cherries, 1/2 dozen Pete & Gerry’s organic heirloom eggs ($1 off coupon), TJ’s manchego cheese, Applegate farms turkey and ham, organic half & half, shell-on pistachios

Wilson Farm (Tues) $16.05 for large 2lb bag ‘o spinach, (2) lettuce, NJ beets w/ tops, radishes w/ tops, Canadian asparagus (1.99/lb), 1 doz farm x-large eggs ($2.69), and 50 cents for a large M&M cookie, a treat for me since I didn’t have breakfast!

I went through my pantry and found two packages of Bob’s Red Mill bulgur and 10-grain cereal that I didn’t think we’d be using any time soon, so I donated to the local food bank for a credit of $5.78 to grocery budget.

Dinners This Week

Saturday 6/1
Pasta with tomato pepper sauce made with my canned tomatoes, frozen summer green peppers & jalapeño and frozen leftover beefalo

Sunday 6/2
Bread pizza with summer canned tomatoes, Campo de Montalban cheese, olives (me) and chopped green onions

Monday 6/3
Canned summer tomatoes with green beans, farm green onions over barley. DH also had fried eggs (I had eggs for lunch)

Tuesday 6/4
Slow cooker top round beefalo roast (farm) with roasted farm beets, roasted garlic, onions & potatoes

Wednesday 6/5
Soup with leftover beefalo, chickpeas, farm spinach, asparagus, farm green onions tops, frozen summer corn, frozen summer roasted tomatoes, leftover potatoes, leftover corn salsa, beefalo crockpot drippings, water, turmeric, smoked paprika, dried oregano

Thursday 6/6
Eggs with spinach & asparagus with cornbread, salad (farm lettuce, farm radishes, farm radish greens, & garden clover, topped with homemade ranch dressing)

Friday 6/7
Take-out Chinese pu pu platter

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.