A lot of my spending money goes towards food. I love food, meals are social events, and a cupcake can cure a stressful day.
But being on a spending diet really limits what/how much food I eat. Cooking at home and bringing lunches to work are great ways to cut costs, but even buying groceries can get expensive.
I grocery shopped on Friday after work. For less than $30, I bought enough food to last me through the week comfortably, while still allowing myself 2 meals out. Here’s my list:
- Low Carb Multi Grain Tortilla shells
- Cooked shrimp
- Frozen green beans
- Frozen peas
- Frozen broccoli (frozen veggies were on sale)
- 1/2 lb of ham
- A 12 ct carton of eggs
- Cottage Cheese
- 3 apples
- 1 box of Kraft Mac & Cheese
- Tomato sauce
- 1 avocado
- 2 packets of Ramen (shrimp flavor)
Granted some of these items will be used with what I already have in my fridge. Syrup? That will go with a cheap box of pancake mix I already have. I still have plenty of spaghetti and ground turkey to go with the tomato sauce. I already have peanut butter to eat with my apples for breakfast.
I spent $28.84. I didn’t use coupons but I did pay attention to sales at the store.
Some inexpensive but yummy (and not completely unhealthy…mostly) meals I’ll have this week are:
|Avocado and ham wraps|
|Eggs and pancakes|
|Spaghetti and meat sauce|
All of these meals will make more than one serving and will provide multiple meals and snacks for me. I’ve been known to spend $20 to get all my groceries for the week but as long as I’m under $30, I’m happy.
What are the cheapest meals you’ve made that still taste great? What are some inexpensive grocery store items you love?