How To Survive On $50 A Week For Groceries

$50 may not seem like much for groceries, but with this easy plan, you’ll be eating delicious meals on the cheap. Spending $50 a week on groceries may not seem like much, but trust us, there’s a lot you can do with it. Being able to survive for the entire week on such a low amount means you have to get really creative with your meals. Instead of buying particular groceries to make one meal, you have to think about how one item can stretch and make two, three, even four meals.

1. Grocery List

The prices below will vary based on where you grocery shop, however, they are based on industry standards and rounded up so that you may have some wiggle room in your budget.

Bananas (8): ~ $4.00
Eggs: ~ $3.00
Rotisserie chicken: ~ $8.00
Rolled-cut oats: ~ $3.00
Peanut butter: ~ $3.00
Hummus: ~ $4.00
Carrots: ~ $3.00
Feta cheese: ~ $4.00
Pita pockets: ~ $4.00
Kale (1 bag): ~ $3.00
Olive oil spray: ~ $6.00
Mayonnaise: ~ $3.00
Chocolate bar: ~ $2.00

TOTAL: ~ $50.00


2. Oatmeal With Peanut Butter And Banana

Place 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of rolled-cut oats in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (uncovered) for 2 minutes, or until the consistency is where you want it to be. Top with a tablespoon of peanut butter and cut up banana slices. If desired, add any toppings you may already have at home, like nuts. Makes 1 serving.


3. Banana Pancakes

Blend together a banana, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup of rolled-cut oats. Heat up a skillet over medium-low heat, and spray it down with the cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, flipping the pancakes gets bubbly on top. Serve with peanut butter. Makes 1 serving.


4. Egg Scramble With Feta Cheese And Kale

In a medium-sized skillet, add a handful of kale sprayed down with olive oil spray. Sauté until soft. Whisk 2 or 3 eggs in a small bowl, then add them to the skillet. Sprinkle in some feta cheese and scramble until the eggs are no longer runny. Makes 1 serving.

Lunch Or Dinner

5. Egg Salad On Pita Or Kale

Hard boil 4 eggs in a pot. Chop up the hard-boiled eggs and mix together with 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and if you have it, a little bit of paprika. Serve in toasted pita bread or on a bed of kale. Or add the greens to the pita as well! Makes 2 servings.

Lunch Or Dinner

6. Chicken Salad On Pita Or Kale

Mix together 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken with 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper. Serve on toasted pita bread or on a bed of kale, or enjoy both. Makes 2 servings.

Lunch Or Dinner

7. Chicken Pita With Hummus And Feta

Spread in 2 tablespoons of hummus into pita bread. Add in 1/2 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken, and sprinkle in some cheese. Serve with carrot sticks. Makes 1 serving.

Lunch Or Dinner

8. Sautéed Kale And Chicken, Topped With Feta

In a medium skillet, sauté kale with olive oil spray, salt, and pepper until the kale goes soft. Throw in some rotisserie chicken and continue to sauté until the chicken has warmed through. Sprinkle on some feta cheese. Makes 1 serving.

Lunch Or Dinner

9. Chicken With Roasted Carrots

Chop up 3 carrots into sticks and place them on a baking sheet. Spray down with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve with chicken legs and thighs from your rotisserie chicken. Makes 2 servings.


10. Kale Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place 2 cups of kale on a baking sheet and spray down with olive oil spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the kale chips are brown and crispy—but not burnt.

11. Snacks

Carrots and hummus: Chop up a few carrots and dip in hummus.

Banana and peanut butter: Slice up a banana and serve with a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Chocolate: In need of a sweet treat? Enjoy a piece of chocolate to satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth!

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