August 2013 (wk2): Healthy Food Budget

Aug Week 2 Healthy Food Budget: $74.51

Good week. I have to admit that food spending was a little lower due to a mini vacation visiting friends, which was considered as a vacation expense not food.

August Wk Two Food Spending $74.51 / Total $236.83 / Balance $163.17

Dining Out: $33.13 / Total $74.54
Groceries: $41.38 / Total $162.29

I still have a whopping $163 left in the budget this month, but I’m really going to try like heck NOT to spend it all. Next week, I’ll try the “cash in the envelope” trick again.

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Market Basket (Sun) $5 for ice cream and butterscotch topping (cheaper than going out for sundaes!)

Market Basket (Tues) $22.78 for 2-1/4 lbs grapes, watermelon, 1/2 lb broccoli, 1-3/4 lb bananas, organic raw cheddar cheese, salsa, and Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

Open Meadow Farm $8.52 for 1+ lb ground beefalo (stockpiled 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.)

Market Basket (Thurs) $5.08 for bananas, ham, french onion dip, potato chips (vacation snacks)

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.