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
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?