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Grocery shopping for two weeks - success!

October 15th, 2007 at 06:10 am

I posted on September 30th that I'd spent most of the $50 I alloted for two weeks of groceries but that I was set on chicken breasts and a few other things.

Well, I'm happy to report that I haven't spent any more money on groceries since that date. And I still have chicken breasts, turkey ham and some other things I bought then! Instead of eating as I'd planned I decided to experiment in the kitchen to see just how frugal I could be.

I had scrambled or fried eggs a few times for supper, sometimes with a thin slice of turkey ham and a slice of cheese on a low carb english muffin, made beans twice, chili once, made soup twice, had grilled chicken a couple of times, and used the ground beef I had more as a condiment than a main dish. I even managed to turn one pound of ground beef into six meals. No, they weren't meaty meals but I don't need to have a lot of those, anyway, so that worked out well. I ate plenty of fresh and frozen vegetables and even had a little fruit. I think I did really well and the meals, though not perfectly nutritionally balanced, were pretty healthy.

I imagine I'll do some grocery shopping tomorrow or Tuesday as I'm out of milk, peanut butter, and a few other things and am almost out of several more. But I'm sure I can stretch that into three weeks of eating, possibly more with what I still have from the last grocery trip.

Okay, this might be addictive trying to figure out just how long I can eat fairly nutritious meals on a deliberately tight budget. Yeah, it's a new game for me. That's the ticket!

5 Responses to “Grocery shopping for two weeks - success!”

  1. moi aussi Says:

    Eating a lot of veggies is probably better than eating a lot of meat. I love eating lentil soup these days.
    I need to figure out how to make chili on my crock pot.

  2. denisentexas Says:

    I think eating the vegetables is much better than eating a lot of meat. I know it's better for my blood pressure. And fortunately, I love vegetables so this works well for my tastebuds and my wallet. Smile

    I can tell you how I make slow cooker chili. I brown the meat with onion and green pepper, drain any grease, and put the meat mixture in the cooker with some stewed tomatoes, green pepper and spices, including garlic, chili powder and some crush red pepper. I let it cook on low all day and about 30 minutes before I'm ready to eat I add cooked kidney beans and let it cook til the beans are hot. It's great chili.

  3. scfr Says:

    It sounds like you did great! Way to go!
    Just like you, I will eat breakfasty foods for dinner as a way to stretch the dollars in addition to having a tasty and fairly nutritious meal that is not hard to prepare.

  4. moi aussi Says:

    ooohh thanks. I am gonna try it.

  5. denisentexas Says:

    scfr, breakfast for dinner is a quick and easy meal and one of my favorites. Smile

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