FOOD ~ July 2015

We are over again this month. As I mentioned in the July Budget we had to stock up on some necessary staples such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and peanut butter. These supplies should last us a few months. So you’ll see that reflected in the Canned Goods area below. Otherwise pretty good month and as always delicious!

Anyway, here is where the money went:

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FOOD ~ May 2015

As you may have seen from the May budget, we had a rough month budget wise for groceries. We went way way over though made up for most of it using our fun money accounts. To show the full extent of our overages (due to 4 family visits, hosting book club and a Memorial Day BBQ) I’m showing all the numbers here. *cringe* Thank god for fun money. At least we ate very very well and so did our guests.

Anyway, here is where the money went:

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FOOD ~ April 2015

As you may have seen from the April budget, we stayed on budget this month on groceries. We’re still juicing but I was super strict about what was being bought for the juice. I’d like to liven it back up again here soon but since we were right on budget this month I need to be careful about that.

April was actually a pretty boring month for us food wise. Not a bad thing. We ate some absolutely delicious meals and did it under budget. Perfect.

Anyway, here is where the money went:

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FOOD ~ March 2015

As you may have seen from the March budget update, we went over budget this month on groceries. Why? All because of JUICE! We started juicing for breakfast again now that the temperatures are climbing here in Arizona and I hadn’t accounted for how much the extra veggies add to our grocery budget each week. Luckily, I saw the trend about halfway through the month and made some adjustments to both our juicing and our meal planning so we were only over by $23.18. veggiesWe will continue juicing in April but I have learned my lesson and will stay in budget this time!

Quick side note: For those who are wondering…JUICING? FOR BREAKFAST? Yup and Yup. We whip up a veggie juice every morning and have that as breakfast. It fills us up enough until lunch and actually makes us feel so much better. Our juice base is typically a head of romaine, multiple big handfuls of spinach, an apple, 4 carrots and a lemon or lime. We then add zucchini, cucumber, beets, ginger (but not too much!), berries or other delicious fruits and veggies depending on what is in the fridge and how the budget it doing. We don’t have to worry about getting all our servings of fruits and veggies in this house.

Anyway, here is where the money went:

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FOOD ~ February 2015

As I mentioned in the budgeting article, we did very well on our grocery budget this month. However, we knew we would. Not only is February a shorter month and therefore we have fewer days to cook and eat but we also spent the whole last week in Florida where my in-laws covered all our food expenses (I married right :)). Knowing that it was going to be easy to stay under our grocery budget this month we decided to stock up on some bulk items that we wanted/needed and will last us for a long time. Therefore the numbers fall in very different categories than they normally would but we are set for quite a while now.Here is where the money went:

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FOOD – January 2015

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This month we managed to stay under our $300 grocery budget even though we made every single meal all month long except for the 4 days we were in San Francisco. In truth….it wasn’t that hard! Meal planning for the whole month my making use out of bulk buying options from Costco makes a huge difference. Here is where the money went: Continue reading “FOOD – January 2015”