However, if you look at pictures of my skinny children and husband, you will see that we don’t really overdo the carbs. Thanks so much for sharing! The $50 Grocery List. Below is everything we bought, which ends up being a cheap grocery list for the month. Snacks that are well-chosen and scheduled don’t do harm to the budget or the person. The thing is, he goes into work between 5 and 6 AM, and gets off around 1. I also picked up the free container of Mentos I loaded on to my shopper card 3 weeks ago. I find it interesting, though, that you don’t shop more at Trader Joe’s. While many Americans head to the grocery store with either a mental or physical list of the staples they need, items such as ice cream, the newest cereal, or that cheese on sale are very tempting. Can’t wait to see what you think. The menu plan is created for dinners. Do you sprout a lot? This is for our health. I would love to see you include that info in your future posts, just to see whether all of the nutritional needs are being met via those meals. Luckily, we are here to give you the rundown on how you can cut your grocery expenses down. But its still feasible : Here is an example weekly food shopping list that comes out to $100/month: 1.5 gallon of milk They’re good, but not enough volume for men and boys, in my experience. I struggle because I have a high metabolism so I am eating all day long and it seems I’m always hungry. I love reading your blog for gardening tips and online deals and will continue to do so. Once you get bored with your menu planning, it is easier to go off the menu plan, and that will cost you more money. I could never survive on a bagel and cream cheese alone for lunch! LOOK AT ALL THIS FOOD!”. We are all about training independent children here. We have a kind of “continental” style arrangement for those meals. Dos. I love salads. If you click the “Home Finance” tab, and scroll down, you can see every part of this series. Thank you! As for whole foods, they are expensive but they also have good deals. Continue this thread So, now, I have 4 grown men in my house the boys aged 22,21, and 19 plus my husband. I have what feels like an impossibly tight budget for my family of seven, but whenever I buy food only at TJ’s, I manage to stick to my allowed amount. Now that the meal plan is in place, the next critical step is to make sure that the … When you make it fun, like considering your home a restaurant, it’s so much easier to get down to brass tacks. Other favorites are their olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus Soy Vay teriyaki sauce and some of the fish/shellfish. I have Walmart, Target, and … I think I googled that and that’s how I got here.. I am going to follow along for some inspiration! My favorite are the one day sales that they have occasionally.They also have monthly sales and coupons. I’m going to attempt to break down what we eat on a daily basis and stick it in my weekly grocery show and tell post. If they are, it would go a long way toward convincing my your plan is doable for the average family. Have you tried any of the TJ’s frozen pizza’s? We normally eat it with a sandwich, which is, most often, tuna. It was over $1000. Thank you for sharing your testimony. Learn how your comment data is processed. Lunch. Of course, they have their favorites, but they sometimes get to the point that they crave a salad. I notice you have no snacks listed…does your family really eat no snacks between meals or while watching football games? In part 3, we will discuss shopping. Generally speaking, my gut (ha!) . One local grocery store regularly discounts their deli meat to under $3 a pound. Let me share with you a few things about this menu. If you want more food for teens, then add several more batches of homemade oatmeal muffins and a few more chicken thighs for meat servings. Once you have a list, you can move on to the inventory, which I will write about briefly. Gaaaa! Learning so much from this blog thanks for sharing, do you have a strategy for how you look for the cheapest items of food. This is the South,  How could I forget biscuits? Love your blog and have also wondered “what do they eat? Soup and leftovers make up most of our lunches. However, I have often felt overwhelmed by how poorly I must be shopping if someone else can spend only $100 per month on groceries for their family. Still under $100! If you have any suggestions for us singles, please post! Wahoo. Especially with food prices on the rise and the whole extreme couponing crazy over. By Ally Willis Friday, July 08, 2016. This was so interesting to me!!! I just don’t have the time {or want} to write every little thing I stick in my mouth down. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work) Especially with food prices on the rise and the whole extreme couponing crazy over. Because I have such a comprehensive grocery list when I shop, I can usually buy groceries for two to three weeks. Hello from Mostly Homemade Mondays. Are they buying it just to throw it away? With the $100 Diet, you'll be spending most of your grocery money on meat. There are only two of us,but I still need to learn I have Walmart, Target, and Giant Eagle close-by (so products that I can get from these 3 places). So if we took the average of that ($0.75) and multiplied it by our 2 meals/day for both of us, our monthly food costs would come out to about $90. If I had smaller children, it would be. Note: The breakfast and lunch are what I ate. Plus, all of my lifts went up. Monthly Grocery List FAQs What sort of food should be on my monthly shopping list? Any food I bring through our door this year is going to be reported to the best of my ability. Buy in bulk– Although the upfront cost of membership may seem daunting, club stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s are excellent places to stock up on grocery and non-grocery goods. I say “grocery budget” but it also includes any personal and household necessities. My SIL also gave me some tea for Christmas and Mrs. Hillbilly tried to give me some the last time I was at her house and I was like I HAVE ENOUGH ALREADY. I am all about keeping things simple It’s good to hear others are, too! I’m doing the best I can. My children and I have discovered that we are STARVING within a few hours of eating cereal. We bought cheese last week because they were out of the pepperoni, and they are smaller! Our snacks are scheduled for 3pm andinclude yogurt, fruit, cheese etc… I try to avoid junky food. Sure! Thanks for commenting! I definitely do not drink enough water on weekends! Also, I’m feeding six people on a daily basis. Apr 18, 2015 - A 1-month meal plan for two people that requires only one grocery trip. Some weeks more than others. Fruits (either frozen or frugal) Frozen Veggies… It really makes me appreciate the kinds of things that you do in your garden or that you use to do when you got food fro the “produce guy” (because many many stores still throw away imperfect produce). Here’s a link- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1171483046225309/. We usually manage a few museums and symphony concerts per year, but more would be good. I am a huge milk drinker and survive on snacks. =D. The other forgotten item is biscuits. I’m aware that this is somewhat low, but I’ve seen lower and I’ve seen higher with some people spending $700+ each month on groceries alone. I’ve also read that they actually get their products from name-brands seen at other stores, but the products are labeled with the TJ’s logo instead, so basically you’re buying name-brand pita chips in a non name-brand package for 50% of the price. We buy frozen berries, particularly blueberries, which hold their shape, and thaw them in the fridge as snacks. The ones with a “*” have recipes that are found on my Pinterest page. Almost daily. If you’re not familiar, it’s a grocery store that does things a little differently. Thanks again for sharing. This section provides a grocery list and a 3000 calorie sample meal plan for three different weekly grocery budgets - $50, $75, and $100 per week. Basmati rice I have offered to pack both gentlemen lunches, but they prefer to wait. So, we’re looking at an overall cost of less than $35 per person, or less than $150 a month. It’s a bit out of my way to go there, but if I lived closer, I would probably always buy english, or as they call them, British Muffins and my hubby’s coffee there. When you create your meal plan for two weeks and write your grocery list, make sure you have back-ups of these types of items: toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, dryer sheets, tissues, bar soap, hand soap, etc. Even when we go to a restaurant, our family normally has water. It isn’t very filling, kind of like cereal. 1 Month, $100 Budget, Zero Gluten: My Grocery List & Recipes. I did. Briana makes them occasionally, but it is rare. Annie Ever After 20,625 views. Here’s the video-. Yet this month-long experiment has been good for me. Some of those recipes are SPICY! I am pleased to see this. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Build a budget-friendly fridge and pantry In the summer months I can cut that cost in half by farming my own food (see farming article) . Even though I do things differently I always come up with a few new ideas. Just from this first post, I can already see a few differences. So if we took the average of that ($0.75) and multiplied it by our 2 meals/day for both of us, our monthly food costs would come out to about $90. 18 ways I keep my grocery bill under $75 a month. Pretty eye-opening. I love this and I’m looking forward to stealing some great ideas. Then, I head to Aldi’s for basics. I was also wondering if the meat from Zaycon is included in the weekly budget. I like that your dinners are all different, not rice and beans and beans and rice. 80% of it eating out. That cost is for two people. You could also ask around our Frugal Family Food Facebook group. This makes for an easy, “special” breakfast. Dinner – Breaded chicken from Zaycon and sweet potato fries, Breakfast – Dave’s Killer Bread with peanut butter and strawberry jam Oatmeal ($0.15) Banana ($0.15) Milk ($0.20) Total: $0.50. Other comments: That means I only go grocery shopping twice a month. : An Example Budget a reader Nightvid challenged me to come up with a $100 / month food budget. 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