Healthy Food Budget: Wk 3 July 2013

July Week Three Healthy Food Budget: $75.23

This week, I was reminded that the produce in bins closest to the entrance is usually not the freshest. It’s best to go deeper into the store to find the freshest offerings.

I bought pre-bagged green beans from Wilson Farm that were in a bin at the front. They looked fresh, but I should have listened to my gut; once I got home and opened the bag, they weren’t as “fresh-picked” as I hoped.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of grocery stores display their older perishable offerings in areas with easier access or a lot of foot traffic. Lesson learned!

July Wk 3 Food Spending $75.23 / Total $297.28 / Balance $102.72

Dining Out: $18.19 / Total $44.51
Groceries: $57.04 / Total $252.77

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Wilson Farms (Wed) $20.17 for farm beets (scored a HUGE bunch), 1 lb farm fennel/anise, farm scallions, 1.25 lb farm green beans, 3/4 lb farm zucchini, farm red lettuce and farm blueberries

Trader Joe’s (Wed) $27.12 for organic half & half, bag of avocados, TJ’s almond meal, organic dry-roasted salted cashews, 2 bananas, dates, 4lb bag of organic gold potatoes

Open Meadow Farm (Fri) $7.54 for farm pork chops!

Market Basket (Fri) $2.21 for 2 portobello mushrooms, 1/2 lb organic plums, 1 lb bananas

Dinners This Week

Sunday 7/14
Family pizza dinner
Monday 7/15
Me=salmon DH=chicken — with steamed broccoli & quinoa (made w/my veg stock)
Tuesday 7/16
Small salad, quinoa and leftover broccoli
Wednesday 7/17
Baked garlic chicken breast, beets (w/coconut oil) and lightly steamed green beans
Thursday 7/18
Bacon veggie soup – bacon, farm fennel, farm beet greens, farm scallions, garlic, carrots, my canned tomatoes, homemade stock. Over roasted potatoes & onions
Friday 7/19
Grilled farm pork chops with veg salad & lightly steamed farm green beans
Saturday 7/20
DH work party

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.