Last week I spent $42.78 on groceries. I stocked up on pantry staples, fresh produce, and cashed in on some great sales.
Here’s what I bought for our family of 2 in New York City:
1 crate clementines, 1 dozen eggs, 2 lb. oats, 1 plain yogurt, 2 lb. cornmeal, 2 packs instant yeast, 1 half and half, 1 box cremini mushrooms, 5 sweet potatoes, 5 purple potatoes, 1.5 lb. brussels sprouts, 6 carrots, 1 bunch kale, 1 green pepper, 5 boxes of pasta
Since I had a higher shopping budget than I did the previous week I knew I needed to use it strategically. I won’t pay more than a dollar for a box of pasta (and I can’t stand the really mushy cheap brands) so when I saw a $5 for 5 sale on Barilla I snapped it up. I also bought enough oats to make homemade granola for at least 3 weeks and enough cornmeal to last at least 2 months. Score!
For breakfast we ate eggs, granola, yogurt, and fruit. For lunch we ate leftovers. Here’s what we ate for dinner every night:
It doesn’t get much easier than spaghetti and meatballs. It’s cheap, filling, and satisfying. If you want a basic recipe I have one here. You can sub in any type of ground meat you have on hand and if you have some extra veggies you can dice them and toss them in the sauce! If you want you can turn some of your leftover meatballs into awesome meatballs subs.
I love cornmeal! It’s dirt cheap and you can make it into delicious polenta, cornbread, grits, pizza dough, muffins, and more. Combining small amounts of expensive ingredients and large amounts of inexpensive ingredients is a frugal cooking must. I only used 2 sausages in this recipe and it made 4 generous servings because I bulked it up with veggies and polenta.
You’ll notice I only included 6 dinners since this is a holiday week. During the holidays I splurge a bit on food, but don’t worry! I’ll be posting lots of holiday food pics soon!
Here are some other things I made throughout the week:
Ditch your cereal habit and get on the homemade granola train! It’s way cheaper than store bought cereal and you know exactly what’s in it. Plus, you can customize it to your liking!