Budget-Friendly Healthy Grocery List

Looking to spice up your meals but still trying to remain healthy and under budget? Check out my go-to budget-friendly healthy grocery list! Perfect for college students or anyone on a budget.

Okay I’m not going to lie, but I was totally out of ideas for today’s post. I almost didn’t want to post anything because I didn’t have anything super inspirational to write about, but that’s when it hit me. On Friday I have a super awesome post coming your way about surviving off the meal plan in college! Super thrilling, I know. Anyways, I wanted to include my typical grocery list in that post, but honestly it would’ve made it way too long. So what did I do?

I decided to turn that predicament into a whole new post! Today I’m sharing with you my staple grocery store buys that I typically get on the weekly. My rough grocery budget is no more than $200 a month, which makes it around $50 a week. I’m able to stick to my healthy ways even at such a low price point. Also keep in mind that I’m making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks because this girl has no meal plan.

I always make sure I have fresh fruit and salad supplies on hand because they’re easy & healthy. Plus, if I’m spending my hard-earned money on food, I’m not going to let it go bad, I’m going to end up eating it somehow. I typically have a Greek and feta salad everyday with the mixed greens, carrots, mushrooms, and whatever other vegetables I have on hand.

Some of my favorite meals I have on the regular are:
– Oatmeal with sliced almonds
– Egg whites, protein pancakes, and turkey bacon
– Soy sauce honey chicken with rice and broccoli
– Turkey and cheese on crackers
– Crock pot chicken noodle soup

Looking to spice up your meals but still trying to remain healthy and under budget? Check out my go-to budget-friendly healthy grocery list! Perfect for college students or anyone on a budget.

When you’re trying to shop healthy and stay on budget, follow the old “stick to the perimeter of the store” rule. It’ll keep you away from the cookies, sugary drinks, and ice cream. Go around to different grocery stores in your area and compare prices on vegetables and some of your staples like yogurt, almond milk, etc. This is going to sound super nerdy here, but create a spreadsheet with the prices of every item, and then when you compile your grocery list, you’ll know about how much you’re going to spend.

My biggest tip when it comes to saving money when buying food is restrict how much you’re eating out. While $10 for a meal may not seem like a lot in the moment, it adds up. You can spend $50 at the store and get enough food for 7+ days and 3 meals a day. It all pays off in the end.

What are some of your go-tos when it comes to healthy grocery shopping?

~abigail gray

  • this looks so good! I live in a sorority house and unfortunately all I have access to is the microwave, but when I move out I’m definitely looking forward to cooking!
    xo, hannah
    hannahwithacamera.com

    • Until I bought my George Foreman grill this past week, all I really had access to was a microwave as well. It’s super easy to make eggs in the microwave, and if you have a crock pot, you can make just about anything. Don’t let the fear of the microwave scare you away from not making delicious food!

  • YES! Once again you posted exactly what I needed lol. I was just grocery shopping and trying to come up with some healthy things to buy…I ended up just going on a whim without much of a list and spending WAY too much. Definitely going to reference this next time I buy groceries 🙂

    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Yay! I’m so glad I could help! I sent out the email yesterday for the fitness chat thing. Can’t wait to hear back!

  • I am so happy you wrote about this! When I moved off-campus, over a year ago, I searched and searched for blog posts/info about college grocery shopping/meal planning, and came up empty handed. There is verrrry little information out there on college grocery shopping/meal prepping — which is definitely different than cooking/grocery shopping at any other stage of life. I’ve actually planned to write about grocery shopping/supporting yourself without a meal plan in college on a budget, and how to plan meals for one!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

  • This is an awesome post! Definitely proves that it’s possible to eat healthy on a low college budget 🙂