Healthy Food Budget – 9/14/2013

Sept 14 Healthy Food Budget: $80.74

To keep my spending in check, I feel like I’m starting to lower my standards a little. For instance, this week, I bought Polaner All Fruit jam, which is not organic and sourced from an unknown region. Plus, I’m purchasing a lot more meat from Whole Foods when it’s on sale.

Food costs are escalating, and our income has been reduced this year, so I’m forced to cut corners. Thankfully we are still able to eat healthily, but we can’t afford some of the luxuries like organic or farm-raised meat.

I’m definitely humbled, now that I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it really is for the average family. I can only imagine it’s going to get worse.

September Wk 2 Food Spending $80.74 / Total $187.64 / Balance $212.36

Dining Out: $2.14 / Total $49.56
Groceries: $78.60 / Total $138.08

The reason dining-out was so low, was because we had a mini-vacation weekend, so most of our “dining out” was expensed as “vacation food”.

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Whole Foods $16.26 for Mindful Mayo ($1 coupon), boneless pork chops, bananas, buckwheat groats, and cashew butter.

Local Farm $12.07 for local produce

Market Basket $11.75 for avocado, bananas, King Arthur all purpose flour, Teddie organic peanut butter, Polaner All Fruit jam (First time I’ve needed to purchase jam for over a year, since I’ve canned!)

Whole Foods $38.52 for dry roasted cashews, chocolove milk chocolate, hummus, deli ham, Bell & Evans whole chicken (sale $2/lb), 2 1/2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef (sale! $5/lb)

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.