Healthy Food Budget Month End July

July Month-End Healthy Food Budget: $178.15 for grand month total of $475.43

Oh my, the budget was blown out of the water this week. Not even close! I think the main reason is that my meat consumption has gone up, since I was trying to limit grains and legumes, while keeping out wheat (gluten), dairy, and eggs. It’s been a super difficult month, especially these last 10 days.

Dining out was a little over the top during the last 10 days as well. Though I look at it as DH and I haven’t had a vacation in 2 summers, so a little food splurge is okay.

The good news is that there were lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies consumed. Blueberries, nectarines, cherries, lettuce, zucchini, etc. Thankfully, I’ve been getting daily greens and cukes from my own garden, so that saves us.

I can’t beat myself up about the extra $ spent this month. It’s all part of growing and learning. Yes, I made some impulse buys and I need to watch that in the future. But I can’t stifle my spending so much that my diet suffers. I just need to find a healthy balance.

July Last 10 days Food Spending $178.15 / Total $475.43

Dining Out: $71.69 / Total $116.20
Groceries: $106.46 / Total $359.23

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Market Basket (Sun) $11.72 for 2 lbs grapes, watermelon, 2 lbs bananas

Trader Joe’s (Sun) $15.96 for 1 lb organic cherries, organic raisins, fair trade organic chocolate, bag of shell-on pistachios

Trader Joe’s (Wed) $7.98 for 1 lb organic cherries and frozen organic raspberries

Local Farm (Wed) $15.26 for blueberries, zucchini, red leaf lettuce, tomato, peaches/nectarines, green beans, and purple scallions

Whole Foods Market (Fri) $17.45 for 4 chicken sausages, 1/2 lb 90% ground beef, frozen Alaskan cod fillets, 3/4 lb broccoli crowns.

Trader Joe’s (Sun) $7.99 for organic dry roasted cashews

Local Farm (Mon) $16.57 for blueberries, zucchini, lettuce, nectarines, cherry/grape tomatoes, etc

Market Basket (Tues) $10.72 for Applegate Farms chicken breast (sale & coupon), 1lb pkg baby bella mushrooms, 1 avocado, 1 lemon, 2 Calmyrna figs, 1.75lb bananas

Local Farm (Tues) $6.31 for blueberries, apricot, and zucchini

Monthly Grocery Store Details

Whole Foods Market 93.28 (26%)
Trader Joe’s 89.16 (25%)
Wilson Farm 62.83 (17%)
Local Farm 59.36 (17%)
MARKET BASKET 39.82 (11%)
Open Meadow Farm (meat) 7.54 (2%)
Penzeys Spices 7.24 (2%)
Total 359.23

The bulk of my WFM spending went to meat/fish, which as I said has gone up considerably since I had reduced starches/carbs. I am still experimenting with my diet, but I’m hoping to start adding back more legumes and grains and get back to more meatless meals.

It’s nice to see the local farms getting more of my business, and if added together, they beat out Whole Foods % so I’m happy about that.

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.