Project Food Budget / My Healthy Food Budget: Aug Month 10 / Week 4

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $86.95
Month End total: $404.71

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. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

August – Month Ten, Week Four – End of Month

This week, I spent $86.95, for a monthly grand total of $404.71 for August.

Dining Out: $8.51
Entertaining: $15.18
Groceries: $63.26

Month End Details:

Dining Out: $55.99
Entertaining: $51.05
Groceries: $297.67

Even though I’m a tad over this month, I’m quite pleased. There was $50 in entertaining expense, so taking that into consideration, my budgeting was excellent!

Plus, I spent $30 for 50 lbs of tomatoes. Yes, even though I’m growing loads of tomatoes, I truly don’t think there is ever enough!

I’m canning, oven-drying (dehydrating), and freezing (raw & cooked); I still think that I’ll have to eventually purchase commercially canned tomatoes but I’m hopeful I can hold off for many months!

Spending Details

Market Basket $7.38: lemon juice, bananas, 5lb sugar (yes, sugar!), kosher salt

Local Farmstand $8.07: Peaches, carrots, carmen peppers, lettuce

Hannaford Grocery $5.49: Wine (sale) and bananas

Wilson Farm $42.32 (large farm store): Bargain! 50 lbs of 2nds tomatoes ($30), dozen corn, zucchini, bell pepper, scallions, parsley, green beans, peaches

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Baked casserole with eggs, brown rice, cheddar, garden eggplant, celery, scallions, garden tomatoes, garden beet greens
  • Friday: Leftover baked egg rice casserole from last night
  • Saturday: Family party for lunch, pizza for dinner
  • Sunday: Pasta with sauce of tomatoes, garden eggplant, celery, bell peppers, garden jalapeno
  • Monday: leftover frozen takeout Chinese food
  • Tuesday: Bread pizza with leftover sauce and cheddar cheese
  • Wednesday: Pasta with garden eggplant, tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, scallions, green beans, & parsley

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