Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: June Month 8 / Week 1

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $148.31

My healthy budget goal is to eat seasonal (local if possible,) home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 $350 $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. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

June – Month Eight, Week One

This week, I’ve spent $148.31. (It’s always a big first week of the month, but wow, this was a doozie!) That leaves $251.69 for the rest of June.

I’ve decided to stick with my original monthly $400 budget to give myself some leeway. If I can remain under $400 for June, I’ll be happy.

Dining Out: $20.00
Entertaining: $0
Gardening: $0
Groceries: $91.80
Vitamins/Supplements: $36.51

Store % Spending

This week, I received an email from Whole Foods for an online survey, and one of the questions asked the percentage of shopping I do at Whole Foods. I initially assumed it was around 75%, but it got me thinking. How much DO I spend at Whole Foods Market?

I dug into my reports in MS Money and discovered that from Jan – May 2012, I spent 45% of my grocery dollars at Whole Foods, along with 23% at Market Basket, 10% for my meat CSA, & 9% at Trader Joe’s. Hmm, interesting.

Still curious, I dug deeper, and during the same time-frame last year (Jan-May, 2011), I spent a whopping 84%of my grocery dollars at Whole Foods and 11% at Market Basket. Wow! What a difference a little frugality makes, huh?

I am now more conscious of my spending; I’m planning my shopping lists, looking for sales/coupons, tracking prices, and carefully deciding which store(s) will give me the best choices that week!

Spending Details

Phew, I always spend a lot the first week of the month, but this week was really over the top! I bought fish oil supplements, some grains, and lots of fresh produce! Plus, I’m trying to use up some of the CSA meat in the freezer. Big big first week! If this keeps up, I will be over my budget in week 3! (affiliate link) $54.11 – they were offering 14% VIP discount! I ordered Nordic Naturals DHA (180ct) fish oil capsules, (2) 5lb bags of Bob’s Red Mill WW flour, Bob’s corn flour, Bob’s 7 Grain cereal, Bob’s pealed barley, Bob’s bulgar (& fish oil for dogs’ which is on a separate budget)

Wilson Farm (large local farm) $32.28: their-own radishes (w/ greens), their-own sugar snap peas, (2) their-own lettuces, their-own extra large eggs, HUGE bundle of NJ beets w/ greens, (2) pints CT strawberries, 3+ bag o’ GA vidalia onions, organic SC nectarines/peaches, and a few plums.

Trader Joe’s $22.88: seedless watermelon, (5) bananas, 5lb bag o’ organic potatoes, (2) peanuts (found out later he didn’t charge for one), almonds, organic raisins, red wine vinegar, feta cheese, organic half/half (DH), and I had a refund for the dry/bitter grapefruit from a couple of weeks ago.

Meat CSA $19.04: pork baby back ribs and 1 lb ground beef(Luckily, products from the Meat CSA are paid in full, so technically no real money is actually spent, but I apply the cost to my budget as we consume it.)

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: baked scallops (local) with brown rice, roasted onions, and a special salad from my garden!
  • Friday: Fried egg topped over frozen corn, with huge fresh salad with green leaf lettuce, radish greens, snap peas, celery & carrots
  • Saturday: Take Out
  • Sunday: Baby back ribs with roasted potatoes & onions and a big veggie salad (lettuce, radishes, snap peas, carrots)
  • Monday: Brown rice & beans veg soup with tomatoes, beet greens, jalapeño pepper
  • Tuesday: Leftover soup with leftover rice & beans & an added fried egg and a small lettuce radish salad
  • Wednesday: Beef oat flax burger with brown rice, steamed beets & small lettuce radish salad

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3 thoughts on “Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: June Month 8 / Week 1”

  1. WOW! I know you think you spent a lot but you sure got a lot in return. That is a serious haul, especially because you’re also including supplements. I have heard that pretty much the only “good” fish oil to buy is Nordic Naturals.

    I love to go to Whole Foods because they always have such great things, but you are so right that it can add up in a jiffy if you are not paying attention. I used to go there almost every week, but have really reduced it to “special occasions,” or about once a month!

    Looking forward to seeing some garden results photos!

  2. so interesting how the percentages have changed based on budgeting! what a great statistic to have at your fingertips.

    and i think we spend more in the summertime. way more fresh produce to tempt me…

  3. @Angela, thank you, you always make me feel better about spending money! hahaa

    and yes, we have been using Nordic Naturals for years. They are more expensive, but a much better quality product….or maybe we just bought into the hype!

    @Emily, yes, I’m looking forward to seeing how my spending goes this summer. I’m hoping our home garden will help with some of the expense, but it is so delightful to walk/bike to the local farm and find fresh produce. And I have a blueberry addiction! LOL

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