$40 Grocery List For The Whole Week

I know most people can easily spend $200 a week on groceries.

I think everyone will go through a hard time once in their life. When my husband and I moved to South Carolina by ourselves (for only a year) we had a hard time when we got there. My husband didn’t get his transfer and I didn’t find a job for the first month we were there. We found cheap meals until we got our jobs, and I would like to share them with you.

*Disclaimer- I would not recommend eating like this for long. It is not very healthy but if you are struggling this might help.

So here are some simple “get through the struggle” meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), that serves 2-4 people for under $40. If you have young children I have some cheap snack ideas for them too. >>HERE<<

College students, single parents, and transitioning life goals can be some times when you might be hurting for money. If my family goes through a drive-thru, it can almost be $40.

Fortunately, I found all this stuff right at a Dollar Tree but you can find these foods at Walmart as well (maybe cheaper). I have a bag of potatoes, an onion and bananas you will have to get at Walmart or a fruit stand. Keep your eyes out for any deals and coupons. Also, check out some more ways you can save on groceries >>HERE<<.

Breakfast Foods:

Oatmeal and bananas
Pancakes with syrup
Eggs and potatoes (You can add SPAM)
Peanut butter toast and bananas


Peanut butter Crackers
Pork N’ Beans
Hard-Boiled Eggs
Left Overs

Lunch and Dinners:

Rice and Beans
Spaghetti, pasta sauce, bread, and butter
Mac & cheese and hotdogs
Alfredo (Knorr Sides), canned chicken, frozen broccoli (mix up like a casserole).
Bean chili (kidney beans, canned tomato, half onion, pinto beans, and seasoning if you have any). Use leftovers for the next day over a baked potato.
PB&J sandwiches with applesauce.
Baloney sandwiches and cut potatoes like chips and bake them.
Ramen noodles (drain the juice), scrabbled egg, and canned chicken or canned tuna
Potato soup (water, potatoes, half onion, butter and seasoning if any)
Ramen noodle soup with crackers
Yellow rice, canned chicken, and canned peas (one-pot meal)

Grocery List

Pancake mix (just add water kind)
Peanut butter
Saltine Crackers
Pork N’ Beans
White Rice
Yellow Rice
Pinto Beans 2x
Pasta Sauce
Kidney beans
Canned tomatoes
Alfredo (Knorr Side)
Canned Chicken 2x
Canned peas
Jar of applesauce
Ramon noodles
Tea and Sugar (Sweet Tea, is my go-to drink)
Frozen Broccoli
Bag of Potatoes

Good luck, and let me know if you have any other cheap meals you grew up on maybe just discovered. If you need help with food, there are food pantries at local churches that can help you. Have a blessed day. Love ya, Mary xoxo

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