Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Would You Buy if You Only Had $90 to Spend for 2 Weeks of Groceries?

Let's pretend that all of your bills are paid.  You have enough toiletries to last for the next two weeks.  After budgeting for gas money you realize that you have exactly $90 left to last the next 2 weeks and the only thing you really need is groceries.

Let's also imagine that you have the basics on hand, you know.........salt, pepper, butter, etc............what would you buy to fix 2 weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 4 people?


  1. Love these challenges:
    First tip: shop Aldi's or buy local store brand items
    2-skip any convenience items
    3-make it yourself and save

    Some ideas:
    large canister oats, coffee, bake banana/pumpkin breads or muffins, pancakes, make bread for toast

    snack: hard boiled egg, quarts of yogurt for quick protein top up

    lunch: leftovers or homemade soup (can be made out of practically nothing at very low cost)

    dinner (where the high expense usually is):
    2 roaster chickens (portion meat out for meal one (as slices), cube some for meal 2 as a stew, keep shreds from carcass as either a chicken salad filling for a sandwich or chop and use to make a bean-chicken chilli (2 meals worth)
    -several bags dried beans (veggie chilli, bean-chicken chilli (second night's worth becomes an enchillada filling) I'd get pintos, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, barley, split peas
    -eggs: besides the protein snack: omelettes, quiche, fried egg sandwiches
    -pasta, tomato puree, a wedge of Parmesan to make a baked pasta vegetarian dish
    -10 bags of plain veggies (corn, beans, carrots etc) some go into stew, soup, chilli, as a side, etc
    -potatoes (baked potatoe bar, top with fzn broccoli, grated Parmesan)
    -2 lbs ground meat (turkey is cheapest for me @ $1.69). Make meatballs and a home made gravy. 2 meatballs over mashed potatoes, side veg. Second meal: sheppards pie. Cut meat 50-50 with cooked lentils to stretch.
    -lentil-kidney bean chilli (see my blog or Frugal queen's blog for recipe) Serve on rice if desired.
    -Jack monroe's kidney bean burgers. I also have an awesome black bean burger recipe

    Areas to get creative with: snacks, beverages, desserts.

    Carol in CT

  2. Breakfasts are easy and cheap: Oatmeal or toast
    Lunches: Usually leftovers from Dinner

    Food to Buy for Dinners:
    -Whole Chicken to cook in crock pot. Enough meat for 2 dinners and use the bones and liquid left in the crock pot to make stock.
    -1 bag of dry black beans - Use chicken stock and cook beans all day in crock pot add taco seasoning packets or seasonings on hand. This can be used for taco salads, beans and rice, nachos, etc. So I would buy rice, salsa, tortilla chips, lettuce cheddar cheese and possibly sour cream if I was able to fit it in the budget. This would make enough for a lot of meals. And it's versatile enough to be able to change it up and not get sick of it.
    - I'd also use the crock pot to make a large batch of spaghetti sauce. 3 cans of Hunt's on sale for 88 cents, 1 green pepper, 1 onion, 1 pound of ground meat, 1 can diced tomatoes, season and cook all day. This should be enough pasta sauce for 3 or 4 meals for our family of four. Then we just need to make pasta which I can usually get on sale for $.88 - $1 a box.
    - Other cheap foods that I would want to have on hand to throw a meal together or be able to have on hand for snacks: bananas, apples (bought by the bag), Lettuce, Carrots,eggs, bread, whatever produce is on sale that week and milk
    I could make egg and cheese sandwiches one night with leftover cheddar from the taco/nachos, banana bread, cooked apples with some brown sugar and cinnamon, cookies for dessert assuming I have sugar and flour on hand already, salads

    The biggest sacrifice we would have to make on that limited of a budget would be no pop, cold cereals or chips.