Healthy Food Budget: October 12

Oct Week Two Healthy Food Budget: $71.85

I’m starting to plan ahead to next year’s budget, which begins in November. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 2 years already! It’s been such a learning experience.

Oct Wk 2 Food Spending $71.85 / Total $144.93 / Balance $255.07

Dining Out: $17.82 / Total $36.28
Groceries: $54.03 / Total $108.65

My goal was to spend no more than $60 for groceries. It’s definitely easier when the allotted cash is placed in an envelope. I’m also carefully thinking about exactly what I’m buying and if I truly need it, or if it can wait.

My dining out goal was approximately $20 and I found a great bargain at a local pizza shop that was having a one-day sale for their jumbo cheese pizzas @5.55 each. I bought 3 and divided the slices into 4 freezer bags for future meals.

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Whole Foods $15.75 for organic ketchup, 4 cans of Muir Glen tomatoes (sale, coupons = $1.50 ea), bulk organic raisins, Calrose white rice, bulk peanuts

Farm $11.55 for local Shaw farm whole milk quart ($3.49), farm beets, farm lettuce, local & farm apples.

Open Meadow Farm $3.52 for beefalo shank (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 $15.68 for grapes, bananas, organic cheddar, Blake’s white chicken pie, organic chocolate

Market Basket $3.99 for another Blake’s chicken pie

Farm $3.54 for local apples

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.