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I want to start this post by saying the following loud and proud: I LOVE GOOD FOOD! I personally don’t understand how people can eat bad food, but I do understand if you aren’t sure what strategy would help you eat organically without going broke. So, I thought I would share my process and help you eating healthy for $30 a person a week. Yes, it’s possible.
$30 a Week
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What’s In Your Pantry?
Before you go to the grocery store always, always, always check your pantry. A well-stocked pantry is the key to grocery savings.
Once a month make sure that your pantry is stocked with all of the components that you need to make a meal. Not sure what you should have? Here is a quick and dirty list of what I have in my pantry:
- Spices! A life without spice is not worth thinking about. Spices that I typically have on hand include: Cumin Seeds, Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Pepper, Curry, Lemon Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Cocoa Powder, and more. If you don’t have a lot of spices on hand stop by your local Whole Foods or other organic grocer and check out their bulk spices area. You will spend a fraction of the price and will be able to invest in a ton of different spices for that one day when you would like to experiment with a new recipe.
- Other seasoning items on hand: Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Sesame Oil, hot sauce, Chili Oil, Soy Sauce, Better than Boullion! and Korean Red Pepper Flakes.
- Flour, pasta, oatmeal, rice noodles, rice paper (to make spring rolls), rice, lentils, black beans, white beans, panko, garbanzo beans, canned tomatoes, flax seeds, coconut milk, fresh ginger, peanut btter, and shelf-stable nut milk.
Yep, I normally have all of these items on hand. The great thing about having a well-stocked pantry is that it gives the home cook a variety of meal options that you can rock out from home.
Using the items listed above I’m able to make the following meals:
- Channa Masala-Which is 1 can of chickpeas, 1 can of tomato, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and whatever other vegetable you have on hand simmered together and put on rice (if you feel like it) Note: the can of chickpeas costs less than a dollar and so does the can of chopped tomatoes
- Spring Rolls! Super easy to make. And, you can also throw together the peanut butter dipping sauce when you add a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil together.
- Lentil Stew-Lentils, tomatoes, Better than Bouillion, and whatever other vegetables you may want to add to it.
- Bean burgers-Black beans, white beans, panko, spices, you can add a flax egg. Done.
Create a Grocery List
Spend some time figuring out what you would like to eat during the week. Only go to the grocery store ONCE and use $30 in cash. If you have a meal strategy then you aren’t grocery shopping blindly.
Items that I find myself picking up each week tend to be:
- Meat-When I was eating meat (am only eating fish right now)
- Coffee beans and creamer
- Fresh veggies (and I use my Ibotta app)
Check Weekly Sales
I always check the weekly sales flyer so that I know what deals are out there. I capitalize on 2 for $1 cucumbers, $.89 bell peppers, $1.49 Kale. My point is this-if you have a well-stocked pantry all you have to do is consider what you already have and create a meal plan.
I currently spend around $130-$175 a month on groceries which averages between $32-$44 a week. The more expensive weeks are when I purchase staples. I don’t constantly each starchy foods, I never eat fast food, and I just at crab today. Yum.