Healthy Food Budget: Wk 1 July 2013

July Week One Healthy Food Budget: $107.40

This is going to be a L-O-N-G month! I hope I can get through it and still remain within my budget constraints. I have $292.60 left for the rest of July and there’s almost 4 weeks left. That’s approx $75 for each week. I would like to maybe pick up some prebiotics supplement, and they are expensive. I also need more magnesium and possibly some oil of oregano. We’ll see.

Speaking of the cleanse, I ended up getting crazy depressed, and quit on Day 18, which immediately made me feel better. I’m still journaling my experience, but I’m not eating so restrictive. I’m still testing, but I think I have a slight gluten sensitivity along with eggs. But I was thrilled to finally have tomatoes! I did end up eating a lot of foods right away, because I felt so deprived, but in the end it’s all good. I’m eating a lot more healthier than ever, and feeling very good.

July Wk 1 Food Spending $107.40 with $292.60 left

Dining Out: $20.32
Vitamins & Supplements: $13.80
Groceries: $73.28

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Market Basket (Tues, Thurs) $11.55 for kiwi, bananas, (2) Lundberg brown rice cakes, Applegate farms turkey hot dogs, regular half & half

Local Farm (Wed, Thurs) $11.06 for lettuce, cukes, nectarines, summer squash, etc

Whole Foods Market (Wed) $43.45 for Jovial brown rice pasta, 1.5 lb bulk brown rice, 1lb cherries, 1/2 lb buckwheat (non-roasted), frozen cod fillets, frozen USA sockeye salmon, air chilled whole chicken breast, B-complex 100 vitamins ($13) and also some peppermint essential oil that I didn’t apply to food, but to “health & beauty” since it’s for headaches and not to be consumed.

Wilson Farm (Sat) $21.02 for dozen large farm eggs, farm radishes, 1/2 lb farm English peas, bananas, 3/4 lb red plums, (2) farm lettuces, quart of local blueberries ($8), mango, garlic, farm flat parsley

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.

Healthy Food Budget: Wk 3 June 2013

June Week Three Healthy Food Budget: $104.91

It was somewhat spur of the moment, with some previous contemplation, but I decided to try a 21 day cleanse/elimination diet, so this week was a spending fiesta on lots of fresh produce…which made me realize that I really wasn’t eating enough produce every day!

Even with the extra spending, I think I’m still on target for $400, with one more week left! I have plenty of meat, chicken and fish. I might have to get some more brown rice, but there’s plenty of quinoa. I’ll definitely need more fruit and of course greens. The greens never stop! haha!

June Wk 3 Food Spending $104.91 / Total $310.16 / June Balance $89.84

Dining Out: $0 / Total $23.57
Gardening: $0 / Total $16.39
Groceries: $104.91 / Total $270.20

We are doing very well keeping the dining out expense down. hahaa, only because I can’t eat anything due to the “cleanse” – Oh well! Poor DH, he’s been very supportive!

Where I Spent My Grocery Dollars This Week

Hannaford & Trader Joes (Mon) $47.05 for sm pkg of organic baby spinach, raw almonds, raw cashews (not happy that I am forced to buy Asian raw cashews), shell-on pistachios, toasted sesame oil, organic frozen raspberries, pesticide-free frozen blueberries, (2) no-salt canned skinless/boneless Alaskan salmon, organic half & half, bag o’ California avocados, balsamic vinegar, ogranic quinoa, (3) bananas

Market Basket (Tues, Wed) $10.98 for 2.5lb seedless grapes, (2) Mangos, and (1) organic zucchini

Whole Foods Market (Tues) $33 for organic peanut butter, Lundberg brown rice cakes, garbanzo beans, pitted dates, (1) Vidalia onion, (1) cantaloupe melon, (1) organic lemon, 3/4lb organic white peaches and (2) bags of whole cut-up chicken on sale, one of which smelled horribly spoiled when I arrived home (see below for refund)

Whole Foods Market (Fri) net $17.86 for 1lb Alaskan sockeye salmon ($12/lb sale!), 1.25lb organic nectarines, (2) organic lemons, (1) mango, frozen organic peas, olives from bar, .75lb organic purple kale, and one whole chicken (sale $1.49/lb), with a credit of $12+ from the smelly chicken. I was pleasantly surprised they refunded the price for BOTH the chickens I bought on Tuesday. I was only expecting one to be refunded.

Dinners This Week

Saturday 6/15
Leftover frozen chicken with leftover frozen tomato spinach soup over brown rice (cooked in homemade veg/chicken stock)
Sunday 6/16
Eggs with leftover brown rice and steamed spinach & radish greens
Monday 6/17 **Day 1 detox cleanse**
Leftover frozen beefalo tomato potato corn spinach soup (already messed up with tomatoes, potato, corn, but its ok)
Tuesday 6/18
Baked chicken thighs with skin and brown rice (coconut oil) and large salad (farm lettuce, farm radish, NJ cuke, farm parsley with olive oil & vinegar)
Wednesday 6/19
Soup with leftover frozen beefalo, homemade broth, radish greens, carrots, zucchini, broccoli ends, and chickpeas
Thursday 6/20
Baked haddock with roasted onions (me) & roasted potatoes, (DH) with leftover soup
Friday 6/21
Crockpot chicken (DH) – Baked Salmon w/tamari (me) with quinoa and steamed kale (both with a little sesame oil)

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.