Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: March Month 5 / Week 3

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $43.88

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal, 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 3 (mostly) meals per day. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

March – Month Five, Week Three

This week, I’ve spent $43.88, with a monthly total of $278.45. That leaves $121.55 for the rest of March.

Spent a lot more for “dining out” than I usually do, but we’ve been having a rough few months, and my DH and I needed some comfort/TLC foods!

I’m on schedule for a bigger shopping trek on Friday/Saturday, and that could possibly carry us through until April. I’m shooting for being under budget, but we’ll have to see how it goes.

Speaking of a rough few months, budgeting is even more important now, as we might have a change in employment very soon. I’m hoping that I will be prepared for whatever life gives us.

Spending Details

Dining Out: $33.87 – take out subs & lunch at Chipotle Grill
Entertaining: $0
Gardening: $0
Groceries: $10.01

Ocean State Job Lots (Sat, 3/17) $2.50: cheap Balsamic Vinegar

Whole Foods Market (Sun, 3/18) $7.51: 2lb bag o’ organic carrots, organic apples, bananas, organic cabbage

Week of Meals

I’ve been having a really difficult time coming up with meal ideas lately. I think it’s just that there’s not a whole heck of a lot of food in season, so I’m getting bored and I’m really looking forward to the spring. I’ve been craving asparagus and spring onions!!!!

  • Thursday: take out meatball subs
  • Friday: Bulgar topped with fried egg
  • Saturday: Pasta with tomato celery sauce
  • Sunday: Roasted chicken legs with spicy carrot ginger soup
  • Monday: Feta calzone with a fried egg
  • Tuesday: Wholegrain pancakes
  • Wednesday: Crockpot lentil soup with leftover frozen pork shoulder

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4 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: March Month 5 / Week 3”

  1. I hope all is well and you get through this rough patch. It seems 2012 has been hard in general, so hopefully Spring will bring some positive energy and it sounds like you are getting prepared for whatever life dishes out.

    You have a good runway left for the rest of March, so you’re doing great! :)

    I am with you that it has been hard to come up with meals lately. I have just been throwing random veggies into a stirfry for weeks now – it is kind of getting old. New foods will be coming soon!

  2. Thank you Angela!

    I was thrilled to find California asparagus at Whole Foods today. No, it’s not local, but I have been dying for something new, so I bought it! I’m not even sure if I’d be able to find local asparagus anyway. By the time most farmers markets and/or farm stands open around here, I think the season is over. I might try growing it next year!!!!

    Have a great week!

  3. Yeah, asparagus is a tricky one, isn’t it? We don’t start getting “good” local aspargus in the NW until mid-June, so we have a while to wait, or buy California, which I think is a perfectly okay solution. We aim to buy local when possible, but sometimes it’s not and I start down this path of thinking “well, it’s going to go to waste if someone doesn’t buy it…

  4. :) I don’t think of it as wasting food, I like to think I’m “voting with my fork” LOL

    And don’t get me wrong, there are foods that I buy non-locally. In fact, I have some Trader Joe’s organic frozen raspberries that are from Chile or Argentina (I forget?)

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