This is part 3 to my City Guide to Cheap, Healthy Eating.
My $50 grocery list
Here’s my basic weekly list:
- two protein ~ $10
- two fruits ~ $10
- two vegetables ~$10
- three lemons ~ $5
- bread ~ $3.50
Total so far: $38.50/week
This following is biweekly or monthly, depending on how fast I consume and if they are on sale:
- eggs ~ $5
- pasta ~ $5
- lentils and black beans ~ $6
- almond butter ~ $12 it’s never on sale
- oatmeal ~ $5
- chia seeds ~ $15
- a “snacking” food
- big bag of gluten-free, whole grain cereal ~ $10
- if not cereal then, pistachios/almonds ~ $10 (they are expensive…)
Unnecessary items, but when I have enough room in the food budget:
- another snacking food
- popcorn kernels ~ $5
- coffee beans ~ $12
- almond milk ~ $5
My grocery bills, last 10 transactions
- $81.34 (bonus points if $75+)
Sum ÷ 10 = $52.389
But Kathy, you eat like. Nothing
Uh. I am 155cm, petite Chinese girl at size 00. Sometimes 000.
You probably will eat more but that doesn’t mean you cannot save money. My body-building friend spends about $100 in groceries per week. But his motivation is that he is able to choose the protein and vegetables he eats. No soda. No sugar. No sodium. No dairy. That is his ultimate goal. He used to eat out daily at $40-50/day, which makes $280 per week. Cooking saves a lot of money but sacrifices his time. But he has 100% control of the food he eats, which is what he wants.
What is your ultimate goal?
Why are you buying groceries and eating healthy foods every day? Just because people tell you to? That isn’t enough to keep you motivated.
I will write more about it in the next post.