$10 For Groceries, No Problem

S.L. Carroll By S.L. Carroll, 4th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ejudp-nr/
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When I only have $10 for groceries, I look for specific items. I want eggs, potatoes, green beans, rice, and smoked sausage. With those five items, I can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner with no problems. It means eating eggs, potatoes and smoked sausage for breakfast, whatever is in my cabinets for lunch, and smoked sausage, green beans, and potatoes for dinner.

Store Ads

The first thing I do is check store ads. I want to know which stores have potatoes on sale since potatoes are the most expensive part of this shopping trip. Recently, I found 1.5 pound bags of potatoes for $1. Since I need three pounds of potatoes for the week, I'm going to shop at that store. Of course, if I happen to find a store that has more than one of those items on-sale, I'll shop there. It really depends on where I can get the best prices for the items I need.

Food

Once I get to the store, I'll pick up three pounds of potatoes for $2, one carton of eggs for $1.98, one large bag of frozen green beans for $2.38, a 16 ounce bag of rice for 82 cents, and two packages of smoked sausage for $2.76. The total cost of the shopping trip is $9.94.

Breakfast

My breakfasts consist of one egg, one potato, and three ounces of smoked sausage or roughly a sixth of the package. Since I only want to use one package of smoked sausage for breakfasts, I eat two eggs on the seventh day. For the week, it means I'm eating seven potatoes, eight eggs, and one package of smoked sausage for breakfast.

Lunch

My lunches consist of whatever is in my cabinets since a $10 grocery week is a very tight week for me. This means that I may have a can of soup for lunch, peanut butter and crackers, or beans and rice. Lunch really becomes my hodgepodge meal of the week. It's whatever I can dream up from the cabinets to eat.

Dinner

For dinner, I eat 3 ounces of smoked sausage, two potatoes and a cup of green beans. Again, I only have enough smoked sausage for six dinners. On the seventh day or one day during the week, I eat an egg, fried potatoes, and toast for dinner. I make my own homemade bread, so that particular item is free to me. When I run out of potatoes I substitute rice.
All in all, I can eat between two and three meals a day on $10. That translates to roughly $1.43 a day. The trick to eating off $10 for the week is to buy items that will last for the entire week such as potatoes and rice, and the cheapest meats. For me, the cheapest meat is smoked sausage since it can be used for every meal including breakfast.

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author avatar constance
12th Mar 2012 (#)

go girl, I love shopping on a budget and a bag of potatoes are good and rice, beans oh yes!

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author avatar Coleen Hazeldine
6th Apr 2012 (#)

I dont know where you live. But here theres no way you can get those items for $10.

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author avatar S.L. Carroll
6th Apr 2012 (#)

I price watch and the discount stores I go to do have those items at those prices. I just got a dozen eggs for $1.09.

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author avatar Coleen Hazeldine
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Wow. I am from Ny I guess im not as lucky as others as far as cheap groceries.

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author avatar S.L. Carroll
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Yeah. I wouldn't think you'd be able to get those prices in NY or CA. I live in the midwest.

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author avatar Coleen Hazeldine
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Oh ok that explains the huge differences in prices then.

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