How to spend only $10 for a week’s worth of food.

Have you ever noticed that you go to the grocery store and buy the same foods week after week?

Is it a habit to keep buying even if you don’t really NEED to buy?

This week, I decided that I was going to eat the food I already had in my kitchen and only buy absolute necessities.  Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Take Inventory

Look in your cabinets, pantry, fridge, and freezer.  Write down the ingredients you find.

Here’s my list:

food-list

Wow! That’s a lot of food!

Step 2:  Combine Meals

From my ingredients, I see that I can easily make spaghetti with pasta or squash from the freezer and a can of tomato paste.  I can make eggs, rice and beans, a quinoa salad, leftover chili, and black bean burgers.  Wow! That’s several meals with what looks like “nothing” at first glance.

salad-tomato-cucumber

Step 3: Identify Must Have Groceries

To make my meals complete, I needed to buy a few vegetables and also, snacks for work.  I bought broccoli for a side, lettuce and tomato for a salad, and carrots and fresh fruit for snacks.

strawberries-fruit-breakfast

Step 4: Stick to the LIST

Armed with my 5 item list, I headed to the store to buy ONLY THOSE THINGS.

Don’t miss this point!  ONLY BUY WHAT’S ON THE LIST!  

That’s the trick to spending only $10 for a week’s worth of food. Don’t be wooed by sales or specials. This week is about eating what you already have.

You can do it!

Let me know when you succeed!

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