Did y’all have a good weekend?! We did. It was rather low key as we took turns passing around a sore throat, but I think we are all on the mend and we still managed to fit in some cookout fun with our new neighbors, a movie (The Other Woman- cute), a few house projects, some family walks and even a short run for me (which is rare for me on the weekends!).
I’m still feeling revved up on the health train. I don’t know if it’s making a physical difference yet, but I do feel energetic and happy, so those are pretty great results in my opinion. Last night I even ate my burger in a collard wrap, despite David’s eye rolls.
I like them like that; I think you can really taste the burger.
Moving on, remember how I was tracking our spending for a month to determine what our monthly budget should be? I tracked week one, week two and week three, then I skipped a week. I skipped it because we had friends up for Labor Day weekend and I spent much more than I usually do and figured I’d toss out that outlier. So now I’m back to share this week’s haul.
Being on my health kick, I wanted to travel to the health food mecca, Whole Foods, so in a possible ridiculous move, Kaitlyn and I drove into Charlotte for this week’s shopping trip. The whole ordeal took 3 hours including driving, nursing, shopping and unpacking groceries, but I dare say it was worth it.
Forgive my photography please… the new camera should arrive TODAY!
Organic egg, premade cowboy burgers, no hormone/antibiotic chicken, organic sour cream, Fage 2% yogurt, hormone-free cheese, fresh mozzarella, organic tortillas, evol breakfast burritos
Organic collard greens, green beans, organic red and green peppers, non-GMO corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, organic raspberries, organic red potatoes, organic carrots
Organic salad blend, bananas, organic broccoli, organic grape tomatoes, organic onions, organic spinach, avocado, Throat Coat tea, organic popcorn, organic tomato soup, olive oil, organic cilantro, garbanzo beans, organic pizza sauce
The total for the one stop shop: $130.69
The plan for this week is smoothies for breakfast, jar salads for lunch, yogurt and popcorn for snacks, plus 6 dinners at home:
Burgers & Grilled Corn
Grilled Halibut (from freezer) with Roasted Red Potatoes, Green Beans & Tomato Slices
Crockpot Salsa Chicken Soft Tacos with Sauteed Veggies
Lemon Pepper Chicken with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Homemade Veggie Pizza with Salad
Taking the average of the four weeks has me at about $130 a week, or roughly $520 for the month. Since I like the idea of a monthly budget over weekly, I feel pretty good about that total and honestly would be ok allotting $600 a month to allow for more wiggle room. I am embracing spending a higher percentage of our income on quality food because I think it’s important for our health. And after all, if you want to know your priorities, watch where your money goes, right?
Are you comfortable with where your monthly food budget is?
Do you shy away from shopping at places you fear are more expensive?
David will joke about my love for Whole Foods, but I love the selection and find I can shop there for the same total price as I can at most other grocery stores like Harris Teeter or Lowe’s Foods.