My Healthy Food Budget: Oct Month 12 / Week 1

Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $126.14

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.

October – Month Twelve, Week One

This week, I spent $126.14, so that leaves $273.86 for the rest of October.

Dining Out: $22.53
Groceries: $103.61

Starting out a little strong, but that’s usually how it is at the beginning of the month!

Spending Details

Amazon Subscribe & Save $28.32: Tuna & maple syrup

Local Farm (Monday) $7.20: Cortland apples (sale @.99lb), pepper, cucumber, scallions, radishes w/ greens, red lettuce

Market Basket (Tues) $18.94: mushrooms, broccoli, bananas, and (2) California olive oil (big big sale – $6.99 for a huge 33.8 oz)

Whole Foods (Tues) $41.04: 4+lbs of split chicken breast (sale $1.99lb), (2) Frontier salsa (sale 3.50each), WF Costa Rican chocolate bar, organic chicken broth, Calrose white rice, organic short grain rice, peanuts, (2) local mozzarella (rain check for previous sale @3.99 8oz), organic celery and organic delicata squash

Local Farm (Tues) $4.12: Cortland apples (still on sale @.99lb) and green beans

Market Basket $3.99: Applegate Farms deli chicken

Week of Meals

  • Sunday: Veggie salad and buttered toast (making up for an extravagant weekend!)
  • Monday: Fried eggs with brown rice and salad
  • Tuesday: Baked chicken with winter squash, broccoli, garden carrots, & mushrooms
  • Wednesday: Chicken veggie soup (bok choy, celery, leftover carrots & broccoli) & homemade raisin bread
  • Thursday: Slow roasted garden tomatoes with garden carrot greens, garden carrot, scallions over pasta
  • Friday: Bread pizza with salsa and mozzarella
  • Saturday: Chinese take out – (steamed chicken & veggies with veg fried rice)

My Healthy Food Budget: Sept Month 11 / Week 4

Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $23.07
Grand Total for September: $454.46

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.

September – Month Eleven, Week Four

This week, I spent $23.07 on groceries, so that brings my grand September total to $454.46.

I’m way past my $400 budget for the month, but as I said last week, I’m looking at the “big” picture of $4800-$5000 total spending for the year. If I stick to $400 for October, I’ll end up at approximately $4825 for the year, which is fabulous!

I am confident I can accomplish it!

Spending Details

Wilmington Farmers Market $15.89: (Farmer Dave’s) peppers, apples, lettuce, celery & (Gaouette Farm) bok choy

Whole Foods $3.24: Bananas and boneless chicken breast (cut from split breasts bought on sale for dogs)

Local Farmstand $3.94: local apples

Week of Meals

  • Sunday: Stir fried vegetables (peppers, bok choy, scallions) with bulgur and fried egg
  • Monday: Bread pizza with feta and garden cherry tomatoes
  • Tuesday: Baked chicken breast and potatoes
  • Wednesday: Pasta with garden tomato, celery, & pepper sauce
  • Thursday: Leftover meatloaf from freezer with the last night’s leftover sauce, over quinoa
  • Friday: Birthday dinner
  • Saturday: Family party

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My Healthy Food Budget: Sept Month 11 / Week 3

Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $134.68

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.

September – Month Eleven, Week Three

This week, I spent $134.68, with a monthly total of $431.39. That leaves NOTHING, zip, nada for the rest of September.

Yeah, September is out of control, but in my defense, I did purchase a second 50lbs of tomatoes ($30), a ton of Bob’s Red Mill ↦ Dececco pasta on sale, and we splurged on our end-of-summer seafood dinner for $50+, but there were some other selfish expenses like Olive Garden and Chinese dine-in.

Yep, out of control!

But nonetheless, I am giving myself permission go over my monthly budget this month. Looking at the big picture which is my yearly $ total, I’m within my original $4800-$5000 expectation. So I am okay with spending over $400 this month.

I hope I’ll just need to pick up a little produce at the farmers market or local farm, but I’m not going to beat myself up about my choices this month. What’s done is done, moving on.

Dining Out: $28.75
Groceries: $105.93

Spending Details

Meat CSA $16.46: Pork tenderloin (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.)

Market Basket $4.98: (2) Sure Jell Light – emergency pectin for grape jelly!

Wilmington Farmers Market $13.25: pears, apples, green beans, and shell beans from Farmer Dave & (6) corn on the cob from Gaouette Farm

Ocean State Job Lots $68.25: Big BIG sale 20% off Bob’s Red Mill, and Dececco pasta was only $1.50 per package. I stocked up! (7) Dececco pastas, (2) bulgur, (4) whole wheat flour, (1) whole wheat pastry flour, (3) 10 Grain hot cereal, (1) sesame seeds, (2) chick peas, (1) rolled oats, (2) chia seeds, and (1) vital wheat gluten

Market Basket $2.99: 5lb bag of sugar – yep, more white sugar, canning jellies and jams.

Week of Meals

  • Sunday: Bread pizza with cheddar, chopped tomatoes & scallions
  • Monday: Soup with leftover pork tenderloin, rainbow chard, scallions, garden tomatoes with homemade veg stock, topped over pasta
  • Tuesday: Bread pizza with cheddar, slow cooked tomatoes & peppers
  • Wednesday: Ground grass-fed beef tomato pepper sauce over pasta & fresh cranberry beans
  • Thursday: Homemade pizza with slow-roasted garden cherry tomatoes & cheddar cheese
  • Friday: Pasta with olive oil and toast with feta & garden sungold tomatoes
  • Saturday: Family party

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My Healthy Food Budget: Sept Month 11 / Week 2

My Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $165.95 (extra long week!)

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.

September – Month Eleven, Week Two

The official “Project Food Budget” is coming to a close in a couple of weeks, but my full year of budgeting will end in October. I’ve decided to adjust my “budget week” as Sunday to Saturday, as I think it’ll make it a lot easier to stay on track.

This week, I spent $165.95, with a monthly total of $296.71. That leaves $103.29 for the rest of September, calculating to about $50 per week.

Our dining-out spending was through the roof this week, but since we didn’t take any vacation time this year, we wanted to treat ourselves to one last blast of summertime fried (local) seafood. We’re so lucky to be on the coast!

Dining Out: $64.34
Groceries: $101.61

Spending Details

Mann Orchards $15.12: (Friday) half peck of local Mac apples (.99/lb), 1/2 gallon local apple cider, local green peppers, onions, lemons, garlic

Whole Foods $46.64: (Friday) 2lbs grassfed 90% ground beef (not local, but on sale), Tamari soy sauce, organic bananas, organic grapes (sale), kerrygold cheddar, bulk sucanat, bulk raisins, organic cashews (Canada), organic pasta, (2) fair trade chocolate bars, artichoke spinach hommus

Seven Acre Farm $7: (Saturday) 2 dozen jumbo eggs

Andover Farmers Market $4.50: (Saturday) bunch of “red” baby bok choy from Gaouette farm and three potatoes from Farmer Dave’s

Trader Joe’s $20.13: (Thursday) organic raisins, (2) peanuts, raw almonds, (2) organic pasta, feta cheese

Market Basket: (Thursday) Not part of my food budget, but I bought two Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap 32 oz bottles for only $6.99 each, in tax-free New Hampshire! whoo hooo!

Lowell Provisions Store (Thursday) $0 free coupon for 1 lb ground beef

Local Farm stand $8.22: (Saturday) Green pepper, large scallion, rainbow chard, (2) apples, (2) pears

Week of Meals

I’m adjusting my budget “week” as Sunday to Saturday, so there’ll be extra meals this week.

  • Thursday: Baked egg & brown rice with cream, radish greens, onions, garden eggplant & garden tomatoes topped with mozzarella 
  • Friday: Grassfed beef burger sandwiches with roasted peppers & onions and steamed green beans
  • Saturday: Take out
  • Sunday: Dining out fried seafood shack (splurge for end of summer)
  • Monday: Chicken broth soup with vegetables (carrots, scallions, baby bok choy, garden tomatoes) and quinoa
  • Tuesday: Pasta with garden tomato sauce
  • Wednesday: Leftover quinoa with tomato sauce
  • Thursday: Baked haddock (frozen from DH’s fishing trip) with leftover quinoa topped with butter & cheddar
  • Friday: Beef Meatloaf topped with stewed garden tomatoes with brown rice and side of steamed carrots
  • Saturday: Baked eggs & veggies (garden eggplant, baby red bok choy, bell pepper, garden Carmen peppers, scallions with a little bit of leftover brown rice)

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My Healthy Food Budget: Sept Month 11 / Week 1

My Healthy Food Budget Weekly total: $130.76

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.

September – Month Eleven, Week One

This week, I spent $130.76 so that leaves $269.24 for the rest of September.

Dining Out: $39.45
Groceries: $91.31

Wow, I can’t believe I’m on week 11 in my Budget year! Seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I started but then again, looking back, I can definitely see how much I’ve learned from the experience & applied to my life.

Spending Details

Am I a masochist for purchasing another 50 lb case of tomatoes? No, because I know all the work will be worth it when I’m eating fabulous tomatoes in the winter! I’m just about done with this last batch, and along with a few of my own garden tomatoes, I’ve canned, frozen (cooked & raw), and dehydrated enough to last awhile in the colder months when I’ll be longing for a garden tomato!

Meat CSA $13.99: chicken legs and ground beefalo

Market Basket $1.99: oops missed this receipt from last month, so I’m applying it for this month. Just a bottle of lemon juice for canning

Whole Foods $19.52: Local mozzarella, Pomona’s Pectin (psyched they sell it at WF), Hommus (sale), Hawthorne Valley whole yogurt (no more Brown Cow yogurt for me!), organic bananas, (2) avocados (sale), and Costa Rica 71% chocolate bar

Wilson Farm $45.34: another 50 lb case of plum tomatoes, dozen corn, scallions, green beans, cilantro, nectarines, and bell peppers, PLUS Bonus! A woman nearby didn’t want her radish greens, so long story short, I got a huge batch of greens for free!

Market Basket $10.47: One last trip to get Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and King Arthur white flour (sale)

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Roasted chicken legs with barley and a huge veggie salad with homemade avocado green goddess dressing
  • Friday: Fried eggs topped over barley and sautéed scallions & zucchini
  • Saturday: dinner out
  • Sunday: Burgers with corn on cob & green beans with garden tomato sauce (leftover from my canning jars)
  • Monday: Pasta with leftover beefalo burgers and veggie sauce (tomatoes, garden eggplant, peppers, radish greens)
  • Tuesday: Fried eggs, bulgur, with sautéed scallions, bell peppers, & radish greens. Topped with avocado & garden tomatoes.
  • Wednesday: Bulgur with mozzarella and butter

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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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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Food Budget: Aug Month 10 / Week 3

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $99.50

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 Three

This week, I spent $99.50, with a monthly total of $317.76. That leaves $82.24 for the rest of August.

Dining Out: $29.46
Groceries: $70.04

I was a little lazy this week regarding dining out. Twice in one week, which is unusual for us; In reality, we actually spent $60 for dining out, but I offset a portion of the expense with some extra cash we received, so my budget wasn’t affected too badly. The positive spin is we each had leftovers that I put in the freezer for next week when I’m feeling “lazy” again!

Speaking of NOT being lazy, I am getting ready for my first “canning” adventure. (Canning supplies are NOT included in my food budget.)

I already have a case of regular pint jars from Amazon ($16), but picked up 3 more cases from the local True Value store: regular pints ($7), wide-mouth pints ($8) and regular quarts ($8) along with 2 cases of regular lids ($1.29ea) – great prices, and a lesson learned to wait for sales when buying canning jars and lids! The sales associate talked me into getting the wide mouth pints, stating I could return them at any time if I found that I didn’t need them. But they will be good to have on hand.

I also am expecting the $20 Progressive International Canning Essentials Kit to arrive on Monday from Amazon.

I decided to go with a higher quality canning kit, instead of one of the cheaper alternatives because the plastic looks more durable and heat-proof and the lifter seems a lot easier to use.

I considered the Kuchenprofi 18/10 Stainless Steel Funnel but I wanted to make sure that canning wasn’t just a faze for me. It’s still in my shopping cart, so if I need to upgrade, I’ll buy it later.

Grocery Spending Details

Market Basket $16.54: Watermelon, bag o’ California Hass avocados, bananas, So Delicious coconut milk, Applegate Farms chicken deli meat, premade Greek pasta (I was hungry for lunch, grrr)

Meat CSA $13.09: Baby back ribs (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.)

Boston Hill Farm $11.05: Found a new (to me) farm, they are also at the Andover Farmer’s Market. Definitely would purchase from them again! Dozen corn, green bell pepper, onions, peaches & nectarines

Whole Foods Market $25.86: So Delicious coconut milk (sale), Big tub o’ salted cashews grown in USA (sale), 12 pack Organic Valley 1% milk (sale), Kerrygold cheddar (sale w/ coupon), Galia melon (sale)

Ocean State Job Lots $3.50: (2) Dececco pastas

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Baked egg casserole with quinoa, garden beet greens, garden eggplant, & scallions
  • Friday: Pork baby back ribs, corn on cob, and salad with raw garden cabbage, garden tomatoes, & garden cukes
  • Saturday: Dining out
  • Sunday: Garden tomato sauce with garden eggplant, onions, celery, pepper, and garden jalapeño over pasta
  • Monday: Leftover eye round beef & veggie stir fry (celery, scallions, garden eggplant, garden cabbage, garden beets, garden beet greens) over bulgur
  • Tuesday: Dining out – AGAIN! But the good thing is we each have a meal of leftovers stored in the freezer.
  • Wednesday: Bread pizzas and veggie salad

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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Food Budget: Aug Month 10 / Week 2

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $68.76

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 Two

This week, I spent $68.76, with a monthly total of $218.26. That leaves $181.74 for the rest of August.

Dining Out: $18.02
Groceries: $50.74

This was a good week!

I’m excited that our vegetable garden is really working.

Crazy amounts of eggplant and tomatoes, with fresh oregano, basil, and an occasional jalapeno pepper make a great slow-baked sauce to freeze for consumption during colder months! Pickling cukes are yummy for my lunch and for homemade pickles! I’ve picked a couple of my red cabbages too.

Next year, I will try to weigh all my harvests, but for now I’m taking photos, for keeping track, but I have no doubt that my garden is helping us save a ton on our budget!

For one example, I’ve been checking prices, and a 1/2 pint of sungold tomatoes are selling for $5 at the local farm store. I’ve been harvesting at least 1/2 pint+ every other day! What a savings! That’s not even including the red cherry tomatoes or my large beefy tomatoes!

Spending Details

Meat CSA $15.88: Eye round roast (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.)

Local Farmstand $8.00: 2 dozen jumbo eggs & bell boppers

Wilson Farm (local large farm store) $8.12: Dozen corn on the cob, 2 large bunches of scallions, leeks, green beans

Trader Joes $18.74: (2) bags o’ peanuts, pecans, feta cheese, quart of whole milk, organic raisins

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Eye round beef with corn on cob
  • Friday: Eye round beef tossed in with garden tomatoes, garden eggplant, celery, peppers over grains
  • Saturday: Birthday party
  • Sunday: Oven roasted garden tomatoes, garden eggplants, dads garden bell pepper over pasta
  • Monday: Soup with leftover frozen eye roast, green beans, leeks, garden cabbage, garden tomatoes, garden jalapeño pepper in homemade veg stock over brown rice
  • Tuesday: Leftover soup with leftover frozen hotdogs sandwich
  • Wednesday: Homemade pizza on BBQ grill with feta, garden tomatoes, & garden basil

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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Food Budget: Aug Month 10 / Week 1

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $149.50

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.

Aug – Month Ten, Week One

This week, I spent $149.50. That leaves $250.50 for the rest of August.

The first week is always a bit higher. I needed some basic pantry items from iHerb.com. Love that store!!! We also hosted a big pot luck party for DH’s previous co-workers. Fun!

I have high hopes that it’ll be a good budgeting month.

My veggie garden is starting to REALLY payoff, I feel so sustainable! hehee Between the tomatoes, pickling cukes, beets, and eggplant, I yielded my first red cabbage! Exciting! I hope I can keep growing well into the cooler months!

Entertaining: $35.87 – bbq potluck party at our house
Groceries: $104.17

Spending Details

iHerb.com $39.71: Bob’s Red Mill 7 grain hot cereal, Frontier organic dried rosemary, (2) Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat flours, Lundberg short grain brown rice, California Olive Ranch Arbosana oil, and Simply Organic Madagascar vanilla extract

Whole Foods Market $26.11: Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar, organic plain yogurt, organic half & half, canned organic tomatoes, organic fruit spread, Jarslberg cheese, organic champagne grapes, cantaloupe, organic bananas, and organic celery

Meat CSA $11.96: Center cut pork chops (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.)

Local Farmstand $10.07: blueberries, yellow squash, & peaches

Market Basket $11.29: (3) jars salsa, King Arthur white flour

Whole Foods Market (2nd trip) $9.46: Organic champagne grapes, local peaches, organic bananas, and cantaloupe

Week of Meals

  • Wednesday: BBQ pork chops with leftover brown rice topped with sautéed garden tomatoes, spring onion, celery & garden eggplant
  • Thursday: Late lunch at parents. DH had toast broiled with swiss & tomatoes
  • Friday: Stir fry with garden eggplant, garden cabbage, garden tomatoes, scallions, garden beet greens, celery, summer squash over barley topped with fried egg
  • Saturday: BBQ pot luck at our house
  • Sunday: Sautéed garden tomatoes, garden eggplant, celery, scallions, & garden cabbage over brown rice
  • Monday: Garden potatoes, onions, garden beets topped with fried eggs & salsa
  • Tuesday: Homemade flatbread pizza with swiss, salsa, garden tomatoes & homemade pickled onions
  • Wednesday: Leftover frozen hotdog sandwiches with homemade pickled cukes & onions, with a side of sautéed garden eggplant, bell pepper, scallions, celery

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Project Food Budget / My Healthy Budget: July Month 9 End of Month

Project Food Budget Weekly total: $37.42 Monthly total: $417.39

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.

July – Month Nine, Week Five – End of Month

This week, I spent $37.42, ending the month with a grand total of $417.39.

I won’t squawk about the extra $17.39 I spent!

My week (on Thurs) started with very good intentions, and then DH told me the farm was out of jumbo eggs. Sooo instead of replanning, I caved & my budget of $20 was blown to smithereens with a $17 take out purchase!

But I recovered by using a local farm store’s Groupon coupon that I was saving for August! Whoo hoo! $30 in groceries for only $15.29.

And then Saturday, we splurged on two Friendly’s 3-scoop sundaes. I had a BOGO coupon that I couldn’t resist using! Hey, it was only $5 for both, so bargain!

Dining Out: $22.13
Groceries: $15.29

Monthly Totals:

Dining Out: $99.07
Groceries: $318.32

Spending Details

Wilson Farm (large local farm store) $15.29: pint of local blueberries, local summer squash, local spring onions, NJ (not organic) peaches, local green beans, dozen local corn, local scallions, (2) dozen jumbo local eggs, bananas, and local half & half – used my $30 groupon!

How it Breaks Down by Store

(Groceries & Entertaining Costs Only)

Whole Foods $95.30 (30%)
Market Basket $55.70 (18%)
Trader Joe’s $48.23 (15%)
Meat CSA $35.58 (11%)
Wilmington Farmers Market $27 (8%)
Farm Stand $18.27 (6%)
Seven Acres Farm $17.50 (6%)
Wilson Farm $15.29 (5%)
Amazon.com $5.45 (2%)

Week of Meals

  • Thursday: Take out
  • Friday: A Feast: corn on cob, sauteed green beans, eggplant & scallions topped with fried eggs & salsa
  • Saturday: Soup with homemade beef & veg stock with fresh summer squash, eggplant, & green beans served over tiny pasta
  • Sunday: Whole grain coconut caraway pancakes
  • Monday: Turkey bacon stir fry with green beans, garden eggplant, garden beets & greens, yellow squash over brown rice
  • Tuesday: Leftover freezer beefalo tomato pepper sauce with pasta

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