Healthy Food Budget 9/21/2013

Sept 21 Healthy Food Budget: $126.79

To save a little money this week, I purchased a 5lb bag of Trader Joe’s white whole wheat flour instead of my usual Bob’s Red Mill, but then yay, Ocean State Job Lots had their occasional 20% off sale, PLUS I had awesome Bob’s Red Mill coupons from the October Unprocessed challenge so I bought another 5lb bag.

September Wk 3 Food Spending $126.79 / Total $314.43 / Balance $85.57

Dining Out: $50.53 / Total $100.09
Groceries: $76.26 / Total $214.34

With 9 more days, and $85 left, fingers crossed I’ll be in good shape for the rest of the month. I’d love to come in UNDER budget, but that will be stretching it, since I’ll probably be heading back to Ocean State Job Lots for more Bob’s Red Mill!

As for my yearly budget, which will be ending in October, I’m in really great shape. I am well under $5000 and if I keep to my $400 goal for Sept and Oct, I’ll be just over $4800 for the year. Considering how much food prices have increased, I’m happy.

Even when I add what I spent for vitamins & supplements and vacation food this year ($160 so far), I’m still under $5000, and that makes me even happier! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 😉

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week – $76.26

Penzey’s Spices $8.04 for garlic powder, onion powder, FREE 3 oz taco seasoning, and FREE 1 oz BBQ seasoning

Trader Joe’s $21.82 for organic raisins, organic half & half, organic unsalted butter, peanuts, organic frozen raspberries, pasta bowties, white whole wheat flour, organic chocolate

Wilson Farm $15.01 for farm broccoli crowns, local mcintosh apples, farm red lettuce, farm orange cauliflower, farm beets, farm savoy cabbage.

Whole Foods $16.57 for organic red grapes (sale 2/lb), bananas, deli turkey breast, 85% ground beef (sale $3/lb), and Bell & Evans whole chicken (sale $2/lb)

Market Basket $6.91 for Palermo’s frozen pizza (cheaper than take out, right?), bananas, 2 cans of Hunts tomatoes (sale .99 ea)

Mann Orchard $2.68 for apples: 1 lb Ginger Gold (sale .79/lb) and 1.3lb of Mcintosh.

Ocean State Job Lots $5.23 for Bob’s Red Mill (20% off PLUS coupons): 5lb whole wheat flour ($2.84), flaxseed meal ($2.39) and cornmeal (FREE with my BOGO coupon).

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.