$400 Healthy Food Budget: December – End of 2012, Beginning 2013!

December Total Food Spending: $417.76

I thought I’d do much better this month, but “lazy food” choices got the best of me. Our dining out budget was through the roof, but thankfully I’m only $18 over budget for the month!

Besides being sluggish about home cooking, I’ve also (temporarily) gained about 6 lbs. But the new year, brings a new outlook! I’ll be back in shape (budget and healthwise) in no time!

December Food Spending: $417.76

This should have been an easy month. I’ve learned that seasonal food purchases in cooler months are less expensive than warmer months. I should have been way under budget, but as I said, I succumbed to take-out temptations!

Dining Out: $171.04
Groceries: $233.95
Vitamins/Supplements: $12.77

Here’s where I spent my grocery money:

Whole Foods: $71.08
Market Basket: $52.23
Trader Joe’s: $42.92
Ocean State Job Lot: $25.67
Seven Acres Farm: $16.75
iHerb.com: $13.27
Hannaford: $11.04
Other: 0.99

My $400 Healthy Budget Details

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.

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