Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: December

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $35.84

My healthy budget goal is to eat unprocessed, seasonal, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and spices/herbs.

There’s two of us eating 3 (mostly) meals per day. Breakfasts are usually light, and we try to eat left-overs for lunch. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

December – Month Two, Week Two

So far I’ve spent $180.76 (total) for the month of December, so that leaves a balance of $219.24 for the rest of the month.

This week’s total was $35.84, for two small trips (Saturday & Wednesday) to the local grocery store for essentials: Broccoli, bananas, dark chocolate, oranges, apples, pears, grapefruit, mushrooms, raisins, and Pomi tomatoes.

Dining Out: $10.00
Groceries: $25.84

This Saturday, our meat CSA will be delivered, and I’ve added a jar of honey to my order; it’ll add almost $100 to my spending for the month. I’ll have $121.84 to get me through 2 more weeks (including both Christmas & New Years Eve holidays). We’ll see how it goes. I’m not panicking yet! haha!

Week of Meals

Thursday: leftover freezer chili
Friday: freezer chicken soup w/ mushrooms, spinach and barley
Saturday: take out pizza – cheap with coupon
Sunday: leftover freezer pork with acorn squash & brown rice
Monday: Clam chowder
Tuesday: Broccoli, Cheese & Brown Rice Egg Bake
Wednesday: Leftover freezer chicken soup with freezer beans, chard & peas

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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: December

Project: Food Budget Weekly total: $141.57

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 spices/herbs.

There’s two of us eating 3 (mostly) meals per day. Breakfasts are usually light, and we try to eat left-overs for lunch. My husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work, & that $ comes out of his personal cash stash.

December – Month Two, Week One

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I’ve spent $141.57 during the first week of December, so that leaves a balance of $255.08 for the rest of the month.

I’m a little bit nervous about this month, seeing that there’s an extra week plus the holiday, but I’m keeping the confidence up, and trying to plan ahead.

Whole Foods was my first stop @ $58.80 – lots of produce, including local cranberries, organic leeks, bananas, organic apples, organic pears, organic acorn squash, broccoli crowns, organic carrots, fennel, organic lemons, meyer lemons, mushrooms, (local) cocktail tomatoes, and satsuma mandarins, plus Earth Balance mindful mayo, brown cow plain whole yogurt, and olives at the antipasti bar. I also needed some pantry items: white & brown rice, organic ketchup, and bulk whole caraway seeds.

Trader Joe’s totaled $35.09: turkey bacon, raw almonds, peanuts, de-shelled pistachios, frozen organic corn, frozen organic peas, (2) frozen organic raspberries, frozen pesticide-free blueberries, and I was craving Barbara’s Multi-grain Shredded Spoonfuls cereal. I rarely ever buy cereal anymore, but I just love munching on this stuff, and it was a huge box for an excellent price!

I also picked up some King Arthur whole wheat white flour at the local grocery for $2.99 and two dozen local eggs for $5.75.

I had originally wanted to only spend $50-$60 this week, but since I needed to be in same area as Trader Joe’s so I knew it would be frugal-wise to stock up on a few things there, after my visit to Whole Foods. Since I’m fairly stocked now, I am hoping that I won’t need much next week, but some fresh produce. I’m lucky in that the local grocery has a decent offering of organic fruit, so I probably will not need to head to Whole Foods (hopefully!)

Dining Out: $33.45 – much higher this week since DH decided to replace the kitchen floor this week!
Entertaining: $5.49
Groceries: $102.63

Our local meat CSA will be delivered on Saturday December 17th, and I originally thought I should apply the cost as we cook/eat the meat. But that could be a nightmare to keep track of individual meats, so now I’m leaning toward adding the total each month as it’s delivered.

I’m really trying this month, but with Christmas and New Years Eve, I might be forced to go over a little bit. If that happens, I am not going to beat myself up about it. It’ll be okay. I’ll try my best, but things happen. I’ll just deduct the amount from January!

Week of Meals

Thursday: Take out
Friday: Braised beefalo brisket & cabbage with barley
Saturday: Left over beefalo & cabbage with white rice
Sunday: birthday party in the afternoon, so simple cheese sandwich with veggies for dinner
Monday: Spicy leek tomato soup with corn & beans
Tuesday: Take out – DH decided to work on replacing the kitchen floor this week, so it messed up meals a little
Wednesday: Potato pancakes (previously frozen left-overs) with eggs & toast

PS Next week, I won’t be so long-winded!!!!

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1st Post Project Food Budget – 1st Month Healthy Budget

Today marks my first official post for the “Project Food Budget” – a group of bloggers like me, that are trying to stick to a specific food budget every week/month – they’re already at week 9!

It also marks the end of the first month for My Own Healthy Budget challenge.

My Budget Details:

My budget goal is to eat healthy, unprocessed, home-cooked meals while sticking to a $400 monthly budget for all food including groceries, dining out, entertaining, vitamins/supplements, and spices/herbs.

There’s two of us eating 3 (mostly) meals per day. Breakfasts are usually on the small side on weekdays, and my husband occasionally eats take-out lunch at work. If needed, that $ comes out of his personal cash.

First $400 Budget Month

So, yay, I survived my first official month, with $ to spare. Soo sooo oooh proud of myself!

My budget was $400 for the month of November, and I spent $396.65

Dining Out: $86.60
Entertaining: $19.68
Groceries: $286.47
Herbs & Spices: $4.99

I need more practice in meal planning, but yesterday I tried to put together a week of dinners. We’ll see how easily it will be to follow. I’ll post next week on how I do.

Today, I used my $40 Groupon coupon for GNC and bought 2 bottles of multi-vitamins, 1 bottle of calcium citrate, and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. Not bad for an investment of $19 a couple of months ago!

Tomorrow I’m planning a trip to Whole Foods. I have my list ready on my iPhone, with estimated prices and I think I’ll be able to keep to $50-$60. This should get us through for 7-10 days before needing to go shopping again.

I’m excited for our first CSA (local) meat delivery this month, and I won’t be applying the cost until I actually cook the meat, hoping to stretch what’s delivered for the next 6 months into the summer months.

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Healthy Budget – November 2011

So, my first official month on my new “$400 healthy budget”

After spending $12 on pizza tonight, I only have about $30 left for the month. Other than brown rice and some fresh produce, I should be fine until next Thursday, the 1st. We have enough of everything else to last until then.

In the past, I would have gone shopping anyhow, buying more stuff than we really need. It’s a challenge because I really love grocery shopping, and perhaps that could be part of my problem, the need to shop because I love it! :)

I’ll update again next week at month end/beginning.