I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I took some time off from writing to get other projects done around the house. Today, I want to share with you what happened last week when it was time to go grocery shopping.
Wednesday is my grocery shopping day while the kids are with their dad. I pulled out my wallet to see how much money I had left before payday to get food with. I was almost out of bread and milk, peanut butter and a few other essentials and also need to make dinners for a few nights. I started to panic when I opened my wallet and saw I had $20. Break and milk would eat up $7.50 of that! It was time to get creative.
I searched my pantry, freezer and fridge to see what I had. Tuna, rice, soup, crackers, some fresh fruit, salad, and frozen ground beef, chicken and fish as well as some french fries. Ok, this suddenly seemed doable. I am so grateful that I do keep a decently stocked house for emergencies like this. I searched the ads for more vegetables that were on sale. Corn was less than $1, peanut butter was on sale, I grabbed some green beans, a cucumber, decided I could do without bread, got some turkey from the deli and some milk. Grand total…$11! I made myself a nice fish dinner the first night, had some bun-less hamburgers with lettuce, corn and fries the second night, and chicken with leftover rice and veggies the next. Luckily it was payday then, but I was still able to stretch out a couple more healthy meals before heading to the store on Sunday. I used egg whites to stretch out my remaining eggs for the kids and I ate what was left of my spinach scrambled with egg whites. The kids had PB&J one day for lunch and turkey and cheese with crackers the next. I had tuna salad with crackers and a salad with whatever was left for mine. I had a can of organic soup in my pantry, which I had for lunch on Saturday. I love to eat healthy and this got me excited to see how much more I can stretch my dollars and still eat healthy, balanced meals. Here are some photos of the meals I created.
I also felt great because I used all of my fresh produce and nothing went to waste. What are your suggestions for eating healthy on a small budget?