A Week of Groceries for $50!

Eating on a budget can be difficult. Eating clean on a budget is almost impossible if you don’t know how to shop and what to shop for.

It is all about timing and does require a bit more work than stopping at Harris Teeter and grabbing a package of chicken…though that would work too! It is those small purchases that tend to add up.

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I have a weekly goal, shop for two people, three meals a day, for just $50.

First, let me say I don’t always keep it under $50. It is just my goal. On average I can go over anywhere between $10 – $20. However, having this baseline goal gives me something to shoot for.

This Saturday I did my shopping and was able to shop for 2 weeks and kept it right around $95.00! That’s less than $50 a week!

Woot!

So, I wanted to share both my weekly eating plan and my shopping list/where I shopped for what. You’ll notice three distinct things.

  1. I shop at a few different places – it just makes sense. I buy a few things on Amazon, a few at Food Lion, and a few at Harris Teeter. By being able to break up my list I am able to maximize savings.
  2. I eat the same thing – I eat a similar breakfast every few days. This keeps the ingredient list low and makes it easier on the wallet.
  3. I eat a lot – I shoot for a 1500 calorie diet, while still eating a good amount of food. You might be able to save even more money if you only have to focus on dinners!

Meal Plan:

Day 1 

Breakfast: Greek Yogurt (homemade or organic) with Granola and a Banana
Lunch: Turkey on Sprouted Wheat Wrap, Orange, Carrot Sticks, Cheese Stick
Dinner: 4oz Burger, Whole Wheat Bun, Fixin’s, Salad

Day 2

Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Almond Milk, 1/2 Banana with 1tbsp Peanut Butter
Lunch: Cheese Stick, Apple, Granola Bar – My Grab and Go Lunch
Dinner: 6oz Chicken Breast, Spinach Salad, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Sugar

Day 3

Breakfast: 1/2 Bagel, 1oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 cup mixed fruit
Lunch: 1 veggie burger, sliced tomato with balsamic and basil
Dinner: 4oz steak, sweet potato fries, steamed veggies

Day 4

Breakfast: Greek Yogurt (homemade or organic) with Granola and a Banana
Lunch: Turkey Wrap on Sprouted Wheat Wrap, Orange, Carrot Sticks, Cheese Stick
Dinner: 6oz Grilled Chicken, Whole Wheat Bun, Fixin’s, Salad

Day 5

Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Almond Milk, 1/2 Banana with 1tbsp Peanut Butter
Lunch: Cheese Stick, Apple, Granola Bar – My Grab and Go Lunch
Dinner: 6oz Chicken Breast, Spinach Salad, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Sugar

Day 6

Breakfast: 1/2 Bagel, 1oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 cup mixed fruit
Lunch: 1 veggie burger, sliced tomato with balsamic and basil
Dinner: 4oz steak, sweet potato fries, steamed veggies

Day 7 

I call this leftover day. I have whatever we can scrounge up for the meals…it also tends to be Grocery Shopping Day

My Grocery List:

Harris Teeter:

Whole Grain Bagels
Ground Beef
Steak
Chicken
Kiwi
Avocado
Sweet Potato

Food Lion:

Eggs
Veggie Burgers
Tomato
Cantaloupe
Strawberry
Greek Yogurt
Granola
Turkey
Carrots
Salad Mix

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Cream Cheese
Whole Grain Cereal
Almond Milk
Sprouted Wheat Wrap
Apples
Granola
Cheese Stick

That’s it! How awesome is that? I hope this helps y’all shop a bit better and hopefully save a few dollars along the way!

 

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