… $35 for a weeks worth of groceries!

Hi there everyone! I’ve learned that budgeting is key when first living on your own. Here I have given a few shopping lists that I’ve made a few times this school season. So here we GO!

Week 1:

  • Breakfast = $10
    • egg wraps
      • sausage links ($4)
      • eggs ($2)
      • cheese ($2)
      • tortilla wraps ($2)
    • Meal prep option: Cook the sausage links, and chop them to smaller pieces. Cook the eggs. Lay out your tortilla wraps, and lay your eggs, then cheese, the chopped links into the tortilla. Roll up like a burrito, and put into a freezer safe bag. Freeze your wraps. Then ready to eat, roll in a slice of paper towel, pop them into the microwave when you need it quick in the morning.
    • OR make them up each morning, by precooking only the sausage links.
  • Lunch = $10.50
    • sandwich
      • honey ham ($3)
      • bread ($5.50)
      • cheese ($2)
      • sauces — mustard and mayo (already owned)
    • Self explanatory. 🙂
  • Dinner = $11
    • teriyaki chicken
      • chicken breasts ($6)
      • teriyaki sauce (already owned but… $3)
      • soy sauce (already owned but… $3)
    • noodles
      • asian stir fry frozen veggie blend ($3)
      • chow mein noodles ($1)
    • salad ($1-2)
    • Recipe time! Cook your chicken how you like: grilled, cooked in pan, baked. Toss teriyaki sauce and soy sauce to liking (aka. I eyeballed it! But start small! easy does it on the soy sauce! It’s like liquid salt!) Cook noodles as said on the package. Cook frozen veggie mix in the same frying pan as the chicken. Then divide the noodles, veggies, and chicken evenly into containers.
  • Snacks = $5
    • chex mix ($4)
    • rice cakes ($1-2)

Week #1 Total: $36.50

Week #2:

  • Breakfast: $10
    • over night oats
      • oatmeal ($2)
      • frozen fruit of choice ($5)
      • almond milk ($3)
      • cinnamon
    • This one is really easy to do the NIGHT BEFORE! hence the name… Anyways. Take a small zipblock container or reusable mason jar (glass or plastic). 1/2 cups of oats, then a handful of frozen fruit (I recommend mixed berry). Next, pour about 1/4 cup of almond milk over mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon on top, and mix. Add milk if it seems dry. Keep in mind that the oats soak most of the liquid up! Add a lid, and place in fridge until ready to eat, but wait at least 12 hours!
  • Lunch: $8
    • zoodles
      • 4 zucchinis ($4)
      • pasta sauce ($2)
      • meat of choice/ ground beef ($2)
    • Meal prep time! Alright, you are going to need a type of zoodle/voodle maker (The one I own). Now make your zucchini noodles. Place sliced noodles into a pan with olive oil, and cook until softened. Divide into containers. Cook meat and sauce together. Spoon sauce and meat mixture over noodles. Place in fridge and microwave when ready to eat!
  • Dinner: $11
    • Chicken and Rice
      • chicken breasts ($6)
      • rice ($2)
      • salt and pepper
      • lime juice ($2)
      • cilantro ($1)
    • Easy! Here we go. Give the chicken a good rub with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook. I baked mine. Make rice as package says. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro to rice while there is still a little bit of water that remains in the pot. Let chicken cool, then slice. Divide rice and chicken into containers. Heat when ready!
  • Snacks: $5
    • granola bars ($3 a box)
    • yogurt ($1 a piece)

Week #2 Total: $34

Well there ya go. I went over on groceries one week, and under the next. Sometimes I don’t even buy snacks, and instead of a sandwich for lunch I make a salad and mix in some left over chicken, and that saves me like $5.

I hope this helps. Have fun cooking and leave me a comment if you want to see more weeks worth of groceries with meal prep recipes!

XOXO, Renee

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