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

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 32
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I definitely agree on lentils! An onion, a little garlic, and some spices will get you a nice dal to serve with brown rice — about 4-6 servings per cup of dried lentils at about 50 cents/cup.

I’d add eggs, frozen spinach, milk (soy if you’re me!), a can of crushed tomatoes (cheaper thn jarred sauce and easy to add spices to make your own sauce), wheat pasta, carrots, a head of lettuce, and some deli ham or turkey or canned/dried and cooked chickpeas to pull lunch salads together–drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

Post # 33
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

when Im broke I make a big american chop suie and a salad! I can eat it for 3 days at least. Tomatos, pasta, big green pepper and an onion. Head of ice berg lettues and a cucumber!

Post # 34
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@ForeverAndEverAfter: Fascinating! I never new the color thing…

Post # 35
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013




Cheap Meat

Bologna 🙁



Post # 36
2312 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@Eva Peron: 

I just went and looked at all the color ties in my kitchen, LOL. 

Post # 37
2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

As pp’s suggested, beans, pasta and rice go a long way for a small price.  I’d have a framework in mind but I’d see what the store had on sale and finalize my plan at the store. Manager’s specials, closeouts, etc. allow you to get a lot more bang for your buck!  


Post # 38
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

bagged spinach!  tuna!

Post # 39
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This probably goes over $20, but it could be close?

Bag of frozen shrimp (for pasta)


Can of Diced Tomatoes (instead of pasta sauce: it makes a sauce and has other veggies in it so you dont need to buy veggies)



Tuna in a can

Frozen veggie mix


I can think of a few things to make for dinner from this list! And you can use the tuna for lunc sandwiches. As you can see, I don’t eat much meat.

Post # 40
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Eggs, Milk, Cereal, Bread, PB, Jelly, Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce, Soup and a bag or two of salad if you can find it on sale!

Buy generic (store brand)!  I used to live on this in college.  Eggs and toast or cereal for breakfast.  Soup or PBJ for lunch.  Salad and pasta or soup for dinner!  Might be able to get some sale fruit too!

Post # 41
1747 posts
Bumble bee

@Ms.Pink:Buy a whole chicken and cut it up, bag of brown rice, a loaf of bread, whatever deli meat and veggie on sale, if you can spare get two big cans of tuna and eggs.

Breakfast egg sandwhich

Lunch deli meat

Snack Tuna and crackers

Dinner Chicken rice and veggies

Post # 42
4822 posts
Honey bee

Many dollar stores these days have produce and refrigerator sections

Also look whats on sale at your grocer like at Publix

$3.00 I agree bag of brown rice and beans

$5.00 PUblix has a whole chicken for 1.19/ lb I would roast this for one night and then pick the leftover chicken and serve with brown rice another night with taco seasoning

Then make chicken broth with the bones and make a bean soup (use any leftover veggies you have in freezer or refrigerator like onions, carrots, celery, corn etc)

$3.79  Buy 1 get one free Boca Burger (use bread for bugers, over veggies for salad)

$2.00 loaf of bread

$2.00 eggs (eat omelets, make french toast, egg salad sandwiches)

$5 3 for 5 eat smart veggies bags




Post # 43
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Beans & Rice, canned tomatoes, canned jalepenos, potatoes – I’d make a bangin’ chili in the crock pot, serve it over sweet potatoes one night, in a tortilla the next night, maybe if I grabbed a head of lettuce too, I’d serve it over a salad!

Post # 46
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We usually have staples like rice and pasta on hand, but if that’s not the case, that would be the first thing I’d pick up.

I’d buy lots of veggies that are in season (carrots are always cheap, broccoli’s usually not too bad, potatoes, onions, zucchini, etc.), and some basic pasta sauce. That way no matter what your main, you can saute some veggies to add to the pasta sauce or steam/boil some up as a side.

Eggs for sure; omelettes are easy and filling and work for any time of day. DH and I make them for dinner when we’re too lazy to cook up a full meal.

Depending on the time of year and what’s available, you can usually find some type of fish that won’t break the bank. And basically whatever cuts of chicken or meat are on sale.

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