June Food Spending Part 2

I’ve been keeping track of our food spending for the month. Our month actually runs from May 23 to June 22 to coincide with my husband’s payday. I started the month with $505 and a fairly well stocked freezer and an okay pantry.

I planned to spend the $505 in this way;

Cow Share: $54
Beef CSA: $50
Azure Standard $224
Grocery Store: $125
Dining Out: $50

I had already spent a total of $323.93 paying for my Cow Share, my Azure order (only $179.43, I didn’t get all I ordered), $82.38 at the grocery store and $8.12 dining out.

Since then, I’ve picked up my beef CSA, went to the store again, had lunch out with the family and Joe surprised me with a romantic date night (I even wore a dress and heels for the first time since I can’t remember when). So here is where we are now.

Yummy Bar Double L Beef.

2 packages Stew Meat
3 Top Rounds
Package of 2 Sirloins

Total $50
Plus Wendi gave me a ‘bonus’ this month. She threw in a package of liver and a tongue. What a good friend she is!

Grocery Store

No Stir Peanut Butter $2.09
Sugar $1.88 (I use regular white sugar for kombucha)
Nori $2.19
2 pounds Butter $4.58
5 pounds Tillamook Cheese $15.99
Avocado .50
Mango .50
1.55 pounds Bananas .81
Green pepper .69
.66 pound Tomato .65
Cucumber .59
Green onions .59
2 Leaf Lettuce $2.98
2 pounds carrots $1.39

Total $35.43

Dining Out

Lunch $22.45

Date Night somewhere around $40 (but worth so much more)

Total $62.45

New total for the month is $471.81

My Dining Out budget went over by $20.57 but since my Azure was short by $44.57 I’m feeling okay with it.

I still have $7.19 of my allotted $125 for the grocery store but with the Azure shortage I could put the rest of the $505 for the month toward the grocery store ($33.19) but to be honest, I’m not sure we’ll need that much from the store. We’ll have to wait and see. Maybe I can get another Date Night instead. 🙂

EDITED TO ADD: I neglected to mention a few things that I have received this month for zero charge. Free food is always nice.
My Azure Standard Distributor delivers to me each month. This month, I picked up at Heidi’s house. She had ordered organic apples and they sent her more than she expected. She shared about a dozen giant apples with me. Thanks Heidi!
My neighbor called me the other day and wanted to know if I was interested in potatoes. Her church had some for an event and ended up with too much. She brought me three 5 pound bags.

Now when you see apples and potatoes on my menu you’ll now know how they magically appeared.

Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at MillieCopper.com.


  1. Ginger

    >Excellent! Look for this on a menu in the near future thanks. The hail that was predicted skipped us. hope your garden was as fortunate.

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