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BootyEvolveBootyEvolve Member Posts: 45 Member Member Posts: 45 Member
If you have a weekly budget of $25 dollars or less. What healthy foods could you get that feed you the whole week.
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  • gesundundmuntergesundundmunter Member Posts: 175 Member Member Posts: 175 Member
    I get my basic healthy food from a 99ct store. I hope you have one in your area.
  • Kiki_StartingOverKiki_StartingOver Member Posts: 43 Member Member Posts: 43 Member
    I haven't really scored how much my groceries are (buying for soon to be husband is expensive!) but for myself, I go to Aldi's and Kroger for my fruit, veggies, and meat. I buy whatever fruit/veggies are on sale at which ever place and center my meals around that!
  • sdolan91sdolan91 Member Posts: 246 Member Member Posts: 246 Member
    i spend around 30-40 every week on my food. i skip breakfasts usually, salad stuff for lunches with some type of protein for my snacks during the day, and my dinners are usually some type of chicken/turkey/ground beef and veggies. i eat chicken fajitas a loooot lol
  • davepollackdavepollack Member Posts: 17 Member Member Posts: 17 Member
    I spend about 90-100 for my family a week. 2 adults and 2 childern. And that includes the snacks for kids so $25 a week could be done for an individal.

    Fruits and veggies along with your lentils can be bought at that budget. The more meat protein the higher your costs will be.
  • BootyEvolveBootyEvolve Member Posts: 45 Member Member Posts: 45 Member
    I get my basic healthy food from a 99ct store. I hope you have one in your area.

    I have a dollar store and I shop at Wal-Mart add grocery outlet a lot.
    That isn't enough money to feed an adult. Do you have a food stash, do you get free meals outside your home, or can you get help from a food bank?

    Probably none of the above. My work cut my hours and I go to school to 25 dollars is all I get
  • JMcGee2018JMcGee2018 Member Posts: 273 Member Member Posts: 273 Member
    Ditto everyone who brought up dried beans and lentils. Canned or frozen veggies over fresh, bulk rice, always shop the sales section and look for coupons. Chicken thighs are cheaper than breasts, and although they may be considered less healthy by some, they fit my budget better. Lots of eggs. Go to several different stores to find the best prices. I shop Aldis, Cub, and Wal-Mart for groceries to get by on a tight budget.
  • MrsPinterest34MrsPinterest34 Member Posts: 336 Member Member Posts: 336 Member
    It will depend if you prefer to cook your own meals and how affordable groceries stores are in your area. Also what you enjoy eating and what you have available at home.
    I enjoy cooking, i'm easily bored, so i'll buy the basic things i need to cook for whatever i'm craving for the week. Since I like variety I enjoy cooking meals from different countries. I usually buy at my local international grocery store, some times i pick something from Target, Fresh Market or at Wholesale stores like BJ's or Costco which can last for a while.

    Where I am for $25 I can buy chicken $5 or fresh beef $5, bread$2, small bag of Idaho potatoes $4, onions $2, tomatoes$3, eggs$3, a bag of fruit$4 and 2% Milk for $2. All approximate prices. Sometimes lower with sales. I cook with Olive oil only which I buy in a large amount that lasts for a while. I'm a spice junkie. I have so many spices from around the world. I already have so many condiments.
  • vivmom2014vivmom2014 Member Posts: 1,534 Member Member Posts: 1,534 Member
  • aeloineaeloine Member Posts: 2,163 Member Member Posts: 2,163 Member
    aeloine wrote: »

    ETA2: to make bread, you need flour, salt, water, and yeast. Yeast is VERY cheap, so is flour. Home made bread and some cheap butter/margarine can REALLY hit the spot.

    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018203-simple-crusty-bread
    https://bakerbettie.com/four-ingredient-no-kneadbread/
    https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/homemade-artisan-bread-easiest-bread-recipe-ever.html* recommend this one for sure!

    You can also mix in some of the herbs/spices I mentioned above (like rosemary or Italian seasoning or garlic powder) to give it a different flavor.

    Walmart has 5 lb bags of potatoes for $5, if you want something different. You can mix them into soups, bake them with eggs, microwave them on the go, make potato bread, latkes, hash browns, mashed potatoes (I don't even add milk to my mashed potatoes, just some potato water, an egg or two, and a bunch of seasonings).
    edited January 2018
  • crysgabrielacrysgabriela Member Posts: 34 Member Member Posts: 34 Member
    Walmart. Eggs, Milk, Sliced Bread, Ground Beef, Tuna, Potatoes, Chicken, Rice, Beans.
  • BootyEvolveBootyEvolve Member Posts: 45 Member Member Posts: 45 Member
    Thanks guys! I'll definitely check out everything you guys suggested! Right now I do have potatoes and rice stocked up from when I was able to do 50 dollars a week. Eggs, oatmeal, pb&j, and frozen veggies are my life right now. But I love them all!

    I really appreciate you guys taking the time to post!
  • xmaryexmarye Member Posts: 385 Member Member Posts: 385 Member
    It can be enough money to feed an adult, depending on where you live. In Canada, the average is $200 per person per month. In the US, it seems to be $100 per month. Check out Freedom in a Budget. She posts budgeting videos and financial tips, but is also sharing her weight loss on a budget. She spends $25 per week (she lives in Florida, US) and does the weight watchers points too (you will notice that in her latest videos she spends closer to $50 per week, but that's because she just moved in with her husband and now shops for two). She shares delicious recipes too! I don't do the WW points, but I enjoy watching her videos still.

    Here's a link to her weight loss playlist:

    How to spend $100 a month on groceries videos: and

    Good luck! ox
    edited January 2018
  • aeloineaeloine Member Posts: 2,163 Member Member Posts: 2,163 Member
    Thanks guys! I'll definitely check out everything you guys suggested! Right now I do have potatoes and rice stocked up from when I was able to do 50 dollars a week. Eggs, oatmeal, pb&j, and frozen veggies are my life right now. But I love them all!

    I really appreciate you guys taking the time to post!

    @PB&J, consider making your own bread! I know I've harped on it more than once, but it's the cheapest thing to make IMO.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Member Posts: 7,636 Member Member Posts: 7,636 Member
    That isn't enough money to feed an adult. Do you have a food stash, do you get free meals outside your home, or can you get help from a food bank?

    To be fair I think this response might be more to do with the cost of living where you are (Norway isn't it?) I could get by on 25 euros per week relatively easy (realise dollars are less than euros but cost of foods here in Ireland is a little higher).

    I have supermarket brand weetabix with fruit for breakfast - a 36 pack is around 2-3 euros and will do my breakfasts for 7 weeks. A couple of bananas a week @ say 2 euros (around 2.60 per week total)

    I make homemade soup which costs me a couple of euros for 4-6 portions and does me 2 weeks of workday lunches along with a pack of mini naan breads (around 3.00 per week total)

    I have pasta on the other days, a large bag of pasta will last me a month to 6 weeks @ a couple of euros. (around 0.50 per week)

    Pack of 10 large Chicken Breasts from the butchers is around 10 euros. I pick up other meats in the clearance section and freeze them. (around 7 euro per week)

    I keep a couple of bags of various frozen veg at 1-2 euro each in the freezer to go with chicken or whatever alternative meal prep I have going on. (around 1.50 per week total)

    Also tend to buy a 20 pack of eggs from Aldi which will last me up to 2 weeks (around 1.75 per week). Usually have omelette/poached eggs for brunch on a weekend and boil a couple as snacks or to add to my pasta.

    There are other cheap things that you can bulk out meals with, some already mentioned above.

    Planning ahead is a good way to help with budgeting, if your local supermarkets send out flyers or have a leaflet in store pick one up, see what's on offer and plan your food ahead a week, buying only what you need.
  • LounmounLounmoun Member Posts: 8,433 Member Member Posts: 8,433 Member
    If you have a weekly budget of $25 dollars or less. What healthy foods could you get that feed you the whole week.

    Meal planning is a good idea if you have a tight budget
    Low budget friendly foods where I live are things like oatmeal, tuna, whole chicken or chicken thighs, dry beans, lentils, rice, pasta, bread, peanut butter, eggs, potatoes, carrots, apples, ground turkey, cabbage, onions, canned vegetables, frozen vegetables, flour.
    Buy store brands or generic. Buy whole things and cut, skin, bone, shred it yourself.
    A big pot of soup is a good dollar stretcher.
    https://www.thespruce.com/fassolatha-white-bean-soup-fassolada-1705785
    http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/copycat-olive-garden-minestrone-soup-by-todd-wilbur-77585

    Low budget menu planning and recipes:
    http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/40dollarmenu.htm
    http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/70dollarmenu.htm
    http://www.budgetbytes.com
    http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/03/35-meatless-meals.html
    http://www.meatlessmonday.com/favorite-recipes/
    http://www.lentils.org/recipes-cooking/recipes/

    Some MFP threads you may find useful:
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10518784/healthy-food-choice-on-a-budget/p1
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10500423/costing-a-lot-more-money-to-eat-healthier/p1
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10490067/most-healthy-food-options-are-very-expensive-and-im-on-a-very-poor-budget-what-to-do/p1
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10020804/looking-for-vegetarian-recipes#latest
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10142490/a-list-of-calorie-dense-foods/p1
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10614805/need-quick-cheap-nutritious-food#latest
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