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    $50/week Grocery Budget for 2

    It came up in another thread that I pay about $95 every two weeks for two people to eat.

    First - IF we go out to eat (which is rare) we keep it to $25 and under. That can be difficult but it is definitely worth sticking to. Outside of that, we are able to keep our grocery bill super low by shopping at Aldi and sticking to the same essential shopping list (with some slight variations biweekly). It should be noted that we are also extremely low carb - so any additional $$ for rice, bread, pasta, chips, etc. is not included here. However, I have lost 130+ pounds so if you're looking for a diet/health tips, this grocery list may help too

    Romaine hearts
    Spring mix (salad)
    Bacon bits
    Shredded cheese (two bags - cheddar and mozzarella)
    Block cheese (two blocks to cube for snacks)
    Deli meat (usually turkey, salami, and ham for snacks)
    Broccoli
    Cabbage
    Celery
    Baby carrots
    Green peppers
    Mushrooms
    Pasta sauce (two jars)
    Pepperoni
    One whole chicken
    One bag of frozen chicken breast
    5 lbs of ground beef
    Pork chops
    Kielbasa or hot dogs
    Some sort of fish (shrimp or salmon usually)
    One to two dozen eggs (considering getting these at Costco soon)
    Cream cheese
    Heavy cream
    Sour cream
    Butter
    *Unsweetened apple sauce as needed (I am an applesauce fan)
    *Low Carb tortillas as needed
    *Dressing (as needed - usually once a month)
    *Stevia (when needed - probably every two months)
    *Sometimes chicken tenders (Aldi has a 5 lb box for $12)
    *Condiments as needed

    Coffee - I get this at Costco every six weeks or so for $8.99
    Green beans - I picked up a frozen bag of green beans at Costco for about $6. My other half doesn't eat ANY veggies (ugh) so these last a long time.

    Some of the meals we make with this "frugal" list are...

    Roasted Chicken and veggies. I usually make this in the crockpot on Sundays and use the leftover chicken juices to use to make chicken stock. After we have eaten for the evening, I boil the chicken carcass with the juices from the crockpot, additional water, salt, and pepper. Then I strain the chicken over a large pot and bring the stock back to a boil (add some water) with the veggies in it. I use cabbage, broccoli, celery, and carrots. As those are boiling, I pull the chicken from the bone and shred it. Be careful to make sure you don't leave any bones in! Then add the chicken to the boiling veggies. Cook covered for another 25-30 minutes. I eat the soup throughout the week for lunch and some dinners if we are doing leftovers.

    Pizza stuffed chicken. This one is a favorite! Simply cut the chicken breast for stuffing, then add pepperoni, mozzarella, and sauce inside. Top with sauce and cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I serve mine with a small side salad.

    Chicken or beef tacos/taco salad. This one pretty much speaks for itself. We get all of our taco seasonings and other seasonings at Costco periodically and put money aside for it when that comes.

    Spicy cheesy chicken. Another home favorite - just chop the chicken up and season (I use season salt and crushed red pepper). Put a small amount of butter into a pan on medium heat, cook the chicken through. Then add cream, cream cheese and cheddar to the pan. Cook until the cheese is fully mixed together with the chicken and consistent throughout. I serve this over broccoli.

    Pork chops. Cook these how you'd like - I serve this with salad, green beans, or cabbage.

    Single-serve meatloaves or hamburgers. I top mine with mushrooms and cheese and serve with either a salad or green beans.

    Stuffed peppers. This is my fave but, since the other half won't eat peppers, I also make meatballs on the side for him.

    Lemon peppered salmon or shrimp.

    Broccoli and cheese soup. (This one is for my lunches)

    Creamy chicken. Cook the chicken breast as desired. In a separate pot, bring cream to a boil over medium heat. Add garlic salt and parmesan cheese (powdered is fine). Mix until cheese and salt are dissolved and sauce is heated through. Put the sauce over the cooked chicken. I serve this one with broccoli too.

    We make deli meat/cheese plates for snacks here and there.

    #2
    Costco has excellent prices on eggs.
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      #3
      Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
      Costco has excellent prices on eggs.
      I've been thinking about getting our eggs there. I eat them pretty much every day before heading to the gym and they are like $1.29 for a dozen at Aldi. I think Costco has like 5 dozen for a really great price? I need to make a "things to buy at Costco list" haha.

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        #4
        Originally posted by amastewa93 View Post
        I need to make a "things to buy at Costco list" haha.
        Exactly. We do BJ's, not Costco, but same idea. We have learned which items are available and at a good price there so when we need those things, we make a trip over to BJ's.
        Steve

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          #5
          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

          Exactly. We do BJ's, not Costco, but same idea. We have learned which items are available and at a good price there so when we need those things, we make a trip over to BJ's.
          We live fairly close to Costco and sometimes mosey over there just to walk around and get exercise if it is rainy out haha. But we do have a list of things we just grab there that we only have to buy monthly or quarterly (depending on what it is). I'm thinking I may need to include a few more things though... Namely, eggs.

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            #6
            Originally posted by amastewa93 View Post

            We live fairly close to Costco and sometimes mosey over there just to walk around and get exercise if it is rainy out
            How often does that result in making unplanned purchases?

            One tip I often give people who are trying to reduce spending and pay off debt is to avoid "recreational" shopping. Don't go to the mall (or Costco) just to kill time. Don't browse the specials on Amazon. Don't watch the home shopping channels. Don't sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. The less you expose yourself to shopping opportunities, the less you will shop.
            Steve

            * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
            * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
            * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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              #7
              Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

              How often does that result in making unplanned purchases?

              One tip I often give people who are trying to reduce spending and pay off debt is to avoid "recreational" shopping. Don't go to the mall (or Costco) just to kill time. Don't browse the specials on Amazon. Don't watch the home shopping channels. Don't sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. The less you expose yourself to shopping opportunities, the less you will shop.
              We tend to not bring our wallets in with us for this. Or leave our money at home to avoid that. Neither of us are huge shoppers and tend to only buy what we need for the most part. Occasionally we will buy new clothing, but that is typically a planned mall visit.

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                #8
                Originally posted by amastewa93 View Post

                We tend to not bring our wallets in with us for this. Or leave our money at home to avoid that. Neither of us are huge shoppers and tend to only buy what we need for the most part. Occasionally we will buy new clothing, but that is typically a planned mall visit.
                Good for you. That sounds like the way to do it.
                Steve

                * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                  #9
                  Great for the budget, but you are missing a lot of the benefits of having more fruits and vegetables. I see you have some but fiber and nutrients from fruits and vegetables are important for long term health.
                  My other blog is Your Organized Friend.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by creditcardfree View Post
                    Great for the budget, but you are missing a lot of the benefits of having more fruits and vegetables. I see you have some but fiber and nutrients from fruits and vegetables are important for long term health.
                    Ah. I totally get that. I've lost 130 pounds over the span of about two years eating this and have never felt healthier. I eat lots of leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, and green beans. Fruit wise - I keep it to unsweetened applesauce and strawberries mostly. I don't buy much fruit because my other half won't eat it and the diet I follow doesn't allow much of it because it spikes your sugar.

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                      #11
                      I tend to eat low carb and will eat any berries, we grow the big 3, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Both of my parents were/are type 2 diabetics as is my older brother, so I am doing everything I can to avoid it! However, I have a very hard time getting my food costs under $600 a month for the two of us. I do feed my daughter's family around once a week. I live in NoCa. We do about 75% of our shopping at Costco.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Homebody View Post
                        I tend to eat low carb and will eat any berries, we grow the big 3, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Both of my parents were/are type 2 diabetics as is my older brother, so I am doing everything I can to avoid it! However, I have a very hard time getting my food costs under $600 a month for the two of us. I do feed my daughter's family around once a week. I live in NoCa. We do about 75% of our shopping at Costco.
                        Living in NoCa is likely a bit more expensive than living here (Charlotte, NC). We keep a low carb diet for diabetic reasons as well. My other half's dad died in his early 40s from complications with diabetes and we want to do everything in our power to avoid that.

                        Do you get the bulk of your produce, etc. from Costco as well? I've thought about switching to Costco for one month to see how long the food items would last us as well as see how much it would cost to maintain. I think it may be a bit of an initial investment and then we'd stock up with things over time and it would even out, right?

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                          #13
                          North Carolina!! My oldest granddaughter was born at Camp LeJeune!! Yes food is cheaper back there, but I still feel like I should be able to get it down even more. Since I am doing the YOUF I am challenging myself to get it down to $500. We should be able to do it because not only do we have a freezer full of meat, but we have two turkeys and 40 pounds of chicken breasts in my daughter's freezer! I plan to only purchase fish and hopefully not any other meat (except DH makes jerky from a specific cut). I also plan to plant more food this year and concentrate only on gardening. This means I need to finish decluttering my home by March 1st!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Homebody View Post
                            North Carolina!! My oldest granddaughter was born at Camp LeJeune!! Yes food is cheaper back there, but I still feel like I should be able to get it down even more. Since I am doing the YOUF I am challenging myself to get it down to $500. We should be able to do it because not only do we have a freezer full of meat, but we have two turkeys and 40 pounds of chicken breasts in my daughter's freezer! I plan to only purchase fish and hopefully not any other meat (except DH makes jerky from a specific cut). I also plan to plant more food this year and concentrate only on gardening. This means I need to finish decluttering my home by March 1st!
                            I have a few friends at Camp LeJeune!!

                            Those sound like awesome goals for the next year You'll have to keep us updated on how your grocery budget is doing once you get started with your new plan .

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                              #15
                              May I ask about your low carb Stuffed peppers recipe? DH is a real fan of stuffed peppers, but he is trying to avoid rice. Thanks

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