Slow Food vs Fast Food

I signed up for a springtime veggie CSA which starts the first week of March, which will add about $30 to each week.

I don’t want to start worrying about extra spending for SLOW food, so I’ve decided to concentrate more on lowering my FAST food spending. So, any take-out, dining out, plus convenience foods purchased at the grocery store (like frozen pizzas, pot pies, and desserts) I’m tracking as “dining out/fast food”. Going forward, my goal is to spend $100 or 25% but we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve gone back and adjusted my totals for prior months, (Nov – present) and there listed below.

November Total Food $437.47, FAST food $142.55 (32.59%)
December Total Food $521.52, FAST food $181.81 (34.86%)
January Total Food $408.54, FAST food $165.63 (40.54%)

(Note: I’m not going to count any desserts or splurges that I’m making at home, like cakes or cookies. Even if I’m using white flour and white sugar, I figure that I’m in control over the ingredients and that’s GOOD!)

Healthy Food Budget: December – January 2014

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my budgeting blog. Mostly because I’ve been busy, but partly because I went embarrassingly WAY over budget spending for December. Who wants to admit failure? Ha!

But I’m facing my failure and posting my numbers so I can forget it & move forward.

December, 2013:
Total Food Spending: $521.52
Dining out: $181.81
Groceries: $339.71

January, 2014:
Total Food Spending: $408.54
Dining out: $181.81
Groceries: $339.71

That’s that! Forget it and move forward!

About My Healthy Budget

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal (local if possible,) home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 $450 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.