My $45 Trader Joe's Grocery Haul
Is eating healthy expensive? It can be but it can also be affordable. When I grocery shop I value saving money over saving time for most things. I shop regularly at Trader Joe's because we have one right down the street from us. This week I wanted to get serious about budgeting and limited myself to $45 on my groceries for the week. I bought $45.35 worth of food and here is my Trader Joe's grocery haul!
My $45.35 Grocery Haul from Trader Joe's
2 Liquid Egg Whites ($3.99 each)
1 1/2 gallon Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk ($2.69) 1 bag of Romaine Hearts ($1.99)
1.5 lb. bag of Baby Carrots ($1.49)
1 Green Dragon Hot Sauce ($2.99)
1 Chunky Salsa ($1.99)
1 Brown Rice Cakes ($2.99)
1 lb. Ground Turkey Breast ($4.29)
1 bag Frozen Bell Peppers ($1.99) 1 Spicy Brown Mustard ($1.29)
1 16 oz bag Frozen Strawberries ($1.99)
1 lb. Grape Tomatoes ($2.49)
1 bag riced Broccoli ($2.29)
1 bag Romaine Hearts ($2.29)
1 package Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast ($5.92)
1 Cucumber, organic ($1.19)
2 Sweet Potatoes ($0.89 each)
That list is what cost $45.35. Granted, there are things I have in my pantry to put meals together that are fairly common staples.
Herbs & Spices + Salt & Pepper
Flax, Hemp, Chia seeds
Cans of Tuna
Dried grains: 3 different varieties of oats, Israeli couscous, rice
Baking needs: flours, baking soda, sugars etc.
Zack also purchases his regular staples too. Then we have shared things like coffee and mixed nuts.
Those things would bump up my bill another $16 ish dollars but think of the $3 coffee + tip money you'd spend each day buying coffee out. Making it at home is so worth it.
Here are some meals & snacks I whip up throughout the week with these ingredients.
Eggs + peppers
Rice cakes + nut butter
Protein powder+ almond milk + strawberries + hemp seeds
Sweet potatoes + chicken + salad Carrots + mashed canned beans + spices
Turkey + tomatoes + pasta
Oatmeal + cinnamon + peanut butter
Tuna + Salsa + rice cakes
Rice broccoli + chicken + couscous
Combined with the staples I have in the pantry, I can make quite a few meals with just $45-$50 dollars in weekly groceries!
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