Sunday, October 31, 2010

Big Challenge This Week and Last Weeks Shopping List

I have a huge challenge this week budget-wise and I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it. I will be attempting to feed 3 people ( two of them teen boys ) for $3.33 a day. Can I do it? I'm not sure. I did quite a bit of freezer eating last week and fortunately still have some staples leftover; namely 1 pound of black beans, one pound of chickpeas, canned tomatoes, some lentils and two pounds of brown rice.  I also have enough dahl for 3 dinners leftover from yesterday.  Before I go any further here's my shopping list for last week:
  • Black Beans
  • White Beans
  • Lentils
  • Collards
  • Onion
  • Soymilk
  • Oatmeal
  • Cilantro
  • Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Apples
I bought a huge can of crushed tomatoes for $2.99 which served as a base for both marinara and salsa. I still have some of both of the sauces frozen.

My plan this week is to serve Oatmeal, Raisins and Chia Seeds for breakfast. I will make burgers out of leftovers for lunches and we'll have lots of soups and homemade bread/quick breads for dinner. I will also make a Sugar Free Breakfast Bread with some sort of legume in it for snacks/breakfasts. 

I looked in my grocery circular for the week to get an idea of what's on sale. Bananas are $.39/lb so I will stock up. Limes are 5 for a dollar. 

Tip of the Day: Check out your local grocery stores weekly sales and plan your meals around what's on sale. 

I think I can do this. 


  1. I am rockin' the beans too to save money. It helps. I just used a bunch of coupons on things I wouldn't normally get. not the ideal way to save money. Live and learn.

  2. Bitt, I remember once years ago I did the whole coupon thing and was horrified by what I came home with. It only needed to happen once for me to never make that mistake again!

  3. Anonymous11:34 PM

    I very much appreciate what you're doing here!

  4. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Me, too! You're very smart about nutrition, and these recipes are excellent. I'm learning a lot, and intend to continue. Thanks!