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

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

beans, rice, tortillas, cheese, eggs, canned tomatos, pasta, broccoli, asparagus, cereal & milk

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

You can make veggie lasagna for $6. Ricotta, noodles, sauce, and eggplant or zuccini in the layers. This will also feed you multiple times. Try soba noodles they are made from buckwheat and better for you. You can take honey cilantro, soy sauce, diced jalapeno and garlic and toss it with the noodles. Honey Jalapeno Soba noodles so yummy and under $5. You can turn a wonton wrapper into homemade ravioli. Buy ground turkey throw in some bread crumbs, cranberry sauce, and parm cheese. Then wet one side of the wrapper and drop a teaspoon in and then press another wrapper on top. Thanksgiving Ravioli! Make a simple gravy under $5 too. You really can put anything in these ravioli. I also do sweet potato, goat cheese, with cajun pepper, and then saute them in a little butter and sage. Yummy.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Dried beans, brown rice, canned tomatoes, frozen vegetables. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Pea soup made from dried peas, salt, and water tastes great.  Lentils is good if you’ve got some curry spices already on hand.  For about $1, you can make at least 2 good meals.

Go to the farmers’ market and see which fresh veggies are going cheaply this week.  Sometimes you can get super cheap corn-on-the-cob this time of year.  

Pasta and sauce (healthier) or mac and cheese (cheaper)

Little Debby for breakfast

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Eggs and some cheap veggies will make an awesome dinner omlette.

Of course ramen is cheap but full of carbs (not sure if that is an issue).

Check out the specials and google coupons for things you would like.  I always save a ton of money from doing that.  Also, I am not sure if your grocery store does manager specials but mine does.  The manager specials are foods that are 50% + off that are almost expired but are still good for a few more days-week.  If you are eating them this week, you will be fine.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Also, that’s just me assuming she has literally nothing in her house. If she already had some meat or vegetables on hand, my list would have been totally different, but I just went on the assumption that she needed enough food for 3 meals for 4 days. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What do you already have at home. because then you can buy groceries that go well with the food you already have in your pantry. At home we have lots of rice, pasta and potates and a few canned veggies. if I was tight on money I would buy a few fresh veggies, and some meat and make a one pot stew or casserole and then I’d alternate eating that with pasta, rice or potatoes  that I already had at home for the next few days

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

…exclusively.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@elliestan: 

LOL I can just see someone loading up like 9 bags of these and nothing else.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Chicken breast, lots of veggies (my fave are broccoli & green pepper, so I’d get those), brown rice, unsalted peanuts and eggs.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m a pro at this…I’m completely obsessed with extreme couponing…

FIRST: get a newspaper, and decide which stores have the best deals…lets say for example, publix has bertolli brand pasta that is buy one get one free…(this information is also on the stores website)…google “coupon for bertolli pasta” and print a coupon to combine with the in store deal…

eggs are 1.19 at CVS….get 2 dz

bread is .99 a loaf…get 2

boneless skinless chicken breast is $1.68 lb at walmart!!! RUN RUN RUN!!!!! lol

***and always buy bread based on what day of the week it is, and what color the tab is…they go in alphabetical order, blue is delivered on monday, followed by green tues, red on wedneday, white thursdays, and yellow friday. So if its Monday, and theres a loaf with a yellow tab, and a loaf with a blue tab…you want the one with the blue tab/twist tie because the other one has been sitting on that shelf since friday. 

You will always be able to save on groceries by using coupons…no one should ever have to over pay for things that should be free…

NEXT: Buy seeds & grow your own of everything!!! I have a 5 X 10′ area in my backyard that grown tomatoes, cucumbers, spices, etc…we have an orange tree, and a banana tree, (it took 9 years to get a banana the size of my thumb, but well worth it)! Theres nothing more rewarding then totally free food…AND it requires very little effort on your oart to maintain…

I would also second the ramen suggestion, and theres a lot of shelters out there that give away bags and bags of food…GOOD LUCK!!!

 

 

 

 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@ohheavenlyday: don’t judge me!!! lol

okay but really, a bunch of rice, frozen veggies and frozen chicken & frozen fish (salmon and tilapia) would be my suggestion.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I find myself in similar situations close to pay day!! I usually stock up on ramen… it sucks but I have found some pretty tasty recipes for ramen! Spaghetti is also super cheap! Eggs are always good becuase you get your protein and they are cheap, same with beans and canned tuna! You should also see what frozen veggies your grocer has on sale. A lot of times you can get a bunch of different things for under $1 each!

If you like fresh produce try a farmers market. There is one in Dallas called Sunflower Markets and they are great and super cheap for produce!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

FIrst of all check the circulars at all of the stores and see what is the cheapest where.

I agree with all of the above solutions. I also make something called chicken stuff which a big pan will last a few days…chicken ranch and stove top. Those are the only ingredients and you can make enough to last a few nights depending on the size of the family. To add some more veggies to spaghetti get frozen chopped spinach and add it to the sauce. I am used to cooking on a budget so that will last a few days as well. Another thing we do is stew meat with brown gravy and egg noodles. We can get that to last a few days too.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@ForeverAndEverAfter: 

Wow, I just learned something new with  your bag twist tie tip. That’s so handy.

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