(Closed) You have 20 dollars to buy groceries this week. What do you buy?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Pasta, jarred pasta sauce, whatever meat is on sale, cereal, bread, sandwich meat, soup, macaroni and cheese maybe, Ramen noodles. All of those things are really cheap; a batch of spaghetti will last you 2 dinners easily, you can have sandwiches and soup one night, cereal for breakfast, and Ramen noodles are the eternal food of the broke person. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Dried beans and you can use spices to make it taste yummy.

I second the pasta and macaroni and cheese.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think it’s ashame that the cheapest foods you can buy are full of carbs 😛

But I agree sticking to ramen, noodles, and sandwiches is probably a safe bet.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Pasta

Sauce

Rice

Beans

Hot doggs

Eggs

Ramens

pack of chicken or ground beef

If your store has good buy one get one free steals, choose the products by them too!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Ms.Pink: Beans are a fantastic protein source and very inexpensive. Same with lentils. You can make a quick chili with beans, canned tomatoes, an onion and spices from the pantry. Whip up some cornbread (or regular bread) if you have the ingredients.

I also make spaghetti sauce with lentils in it for protein. You can get away with $5 for a meal that will last 2 people at least 3 days. 

Dive through the pantry and see what you have now that you can use as well. 

PB&J sandwiches for lunches is another good way to stretch the main meal longer.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

All good ideas above. Also lentils, cans of tuna, brown rice, some cheap veggies if you can find them. My grocery store has kale for 0.79/lb!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper

Canned veggies and frozen veggies are cheap! And, obviously, good for you. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

I’d buy the ingredients to make a big chili, some pasta, tortillas, cheese, and some eggs. Chili on its own one night, chili over spaghetti, and chili mixed in with eggs for some yummy migas. Eggs, cheese in tortillas another time. Tortillas cut up and toasted in the oven with chili and cheese on top for some nachos.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

Ooh, eggs. Great idea, highwire!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

When I read the title, I thought this was a rethorical ‘fun’ question.  Sorry that this is your situation right now.  This is tough. :-/

I agree with the ramen. Also, buy dried lentils and make a cheap stew with them, adding a few carrots, celery and potatoes. Pasta with tomato sauce. Oatmeal for breakfast.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh and if you have some baking stuff on hand, look up a recipe for pancake mix and have pancakes one night. If you don’t have flour/baking powder/etc., buy some Bisquick. Mix with water for pancakes. Super cheap. 

I’m trying to remember how I ate in college. If all else fails, there’s the dollar menu at McDonald’s! OH and Little Caesars has carryout large pizzas for like $5. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper

@ohheavenlyday: I would be sick if that was my diet for a week, my body doesn’t respond well to all that carb load.

Honestly I would try to fit in bananas or apples (cheaper than most fruits) and frozen vegetables. While fresh is best of course frozen is better than none at all. Frozen peas or string beans can go a long way and add nutrients to your diet. A head of lettuce isn’t ridiculous either and you can use sparingly to last.

Do you have a discount grocery store around?

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would get— sandwhich meat and bread…a couple of those 30 cents chip bags, spaghetti pasta, noodles & ground turkey eat for 2 days… use left over ground turkey w sloppy joe mix & bread for another dinner….use off brand nutrigrain type bars for breakfast bc its cheaper to buy them instead of buying both milk AND cereal when you’re tight. then I’d get a off-brand frozen meal bag & eat off that for next day’s dinner…

FYI- ground turkey is always gonna be cheaper than ground beef, plus its healthier and just as good.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Treejewel19: 

Well yeah, I probably wouldn’t feel so hot either, but if your goal is just to keep yourself fed, that’s about the cheapest way to do it. 

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