Healthy Food Budget – Jan 2015

January was an excellent month for my food budget!

We continued with the effort to reduce dining out & junk food, and we made a commitment to cook and eat healthier at home instead of resorting to take-out on the weekends, or during the week when I got busy.

January 2015 Food Total: $400.28

Groceries: $342.50 (Meat $27.98)
Dining Out: $40.98 (10.2% of total food)

Market Basket had a sale on Kind Bar cases for $12 ea, I purchased three.

There were a couple of visits to the Winchester (Mahoney’s) Winter Farmer’s Market, I found a great farm for eggs, along with another for meat and veggies. Continue reading “Healthy Food Budget – Jan 2015”

Healthy Food Budget: Nov & Dec, 2014

November was a little higher than I wanted, but December made up for it. DH and I started making a true effort to reduce take-out and other junk. December’s numbers really proved that dining out, even when cheap take-out, really puts a strain on the budget.

November 2014 Food Total: $464.77

Groceries: $275.66 (Meat $78.12)
Dining Out: $189.11 (40.7% of total food)

December 2014 Food Total: $358.33

Groceries: $298.81 (Meat $33.76)
Dining Out: $59.52 (16.6% of total food)

I’m so proud that we kept our dining-out costs way under the goal of 25%. It was a little easier due to the holidays, but I made a commitment and it worked.

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.