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If you’ve been following along, my food budget for August was $550 (our budget coincides with my husband’s once a month pay day and runs from the 23rd to the 22nd of each month). That budget plan went kaboom. My last post I was over by $17.74 but we spent a little more after that post.

On Saturday it was decided that since the temperature was over 90 my planned dinner of Vegetable and Mussel Soup was not a good choice. Joe requested hamburgers instead. Problem was that I’m almost out of hamburger (grass fed ground beef) and it was frozen solid. So we bought ground beef, buns, Hunt’s Ketchup (no HFCS in this brand), lettuce, tomato, onion, and cucumber. We had a great dinner of hamburgers and salad. Total cost was $20.07.

Sunday we stopped at Subway after church which seems to be becoming a bit of a tradition. Cost was $15.23 for lunch.

Our final total for August $603.04. We did go $53.04 over budget but I was kind of expecting it again for this month. I’m adjusting to having two extra people here (and probably as soon as I get used to cooking for 7, my daughter Sierra will leave to go back to college) and figured on needing some time to get my budget figured out.

We are now into our September budget (runs from August 23 to September 22). My budget for this month is $490 divided up as follows:

Cowshare: $54 (hopefully the cows will have their calves soon so we can start getting milk again)

Beef CSA: $50 (10 pounds of grass fed beef, assorted cuts)

Azure Standard: $135.23 

Dining Out: $50

Grocery Store: $200.77 (some spent already)

You might notice that my budget is less this month than last month. One reason is that Sierra and Rico are buying a some of their own food items which will lower our grocery spending. Another reason is we really need to tighten our belts. We used to have a very structured zero based budget based on Dave Ramsey’s principles but we have slacked on that lately. Slacking is no longer an option.

So there it is. A wrap of August’s food budget and the planning of September.

Are you finding yourself needing to tighten your belt while still providing nourishing meals? What are your favorite frugal tips for doing so?

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