Healthy Food Budget: End of Month Sept 2013

Sept 30 Healthy Food Budget: $66.11

It was a long last week, but I ended up under budget for the month! Shocking!

September Month End Food Spending $66.11 / Total $380.54 $398.92

Dining Out: $0 / Total $100.09
Groceries: $66.11 / Total $280.45 $298.83

(2013-10-8) CORRECTION Adjustment: I was viewing my meat freezer “inventory” and I realized that I didn’t apply a ham steak we ate earlier in September. (Meat from the farm was paid in full, and I apply the cost to my budget as we consume it.)

There was a family birthday take-out dinner this week, which doesn’t post to my food budget. Even if included, I would have still been under. Plus instead of getting take-out pizza or Italian, I’m opting for the frozen isle. It’s cheaper!

I can’t believe how many quick trips to Market Basket there were this week.

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Ocean State Job Lots $14.14 – me and DH shopped for Bob’s Red Mill (20% sale + October Unprocessed coupons!) 5lb bag unbleached white flour (free), organic farro ($3.99), rolled oats ($1.64), teff (free), garbanzo beans ($2.87), organic quinoa ($5.64)

Market Basket $17.48 for bananas, organic raw cheddar, California Olive Oil (bonus bottle $7.99 SALE!), salsa, lundberg brown rice cakes (sale $2)

Wilson Farm $12.38 for farm red lettuce, farm heirloom tomatoes, farm beets with greens, farm muli-colored cauliflower florets, local mac and ginger gold apples

Market Basket $4.90 for organic apples, bananas

Market Basket $4.99 for frozen lasagna (Mama Rosie’s) – cheaper than takeout!

Market Basket $7.77 for bananas, organic half & half quart, ghiradelli chocolate bits

Farm $4.45 for local apples, local peach, and (not local) potatoes

Grocery Store Breakdown (corrected)

Market Basket 74.98 (25%)
Whole Foods 71.35 (24%)
Open Meadow Farm 35.85 (12%)
Farm 29.85 (10%)
Wilson Farm 27.39 (9%)
Trader Joe’s 21.82 (7%)
Ocean State Job Lot 19.37 (6%)
Penzeys Spices 8.04 (3%)
Seven Acres Farm 7.50 (3%)
Mann Orchards 2.68 (1%)
Total Grocery Food $298.83

Total local farm spending was $103.27 or 35% of my spending. Great! Considering that money has been tighter and prices are higher! But we’re really not eating as healthily as I’d like.

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.