A little while back, a Facebook friend asked me:
What groceries would you buy each week if you only had $50 to spend and had picky eaters to please?
Honestly, picky eating is not allowed in my house. I am not cruel about it but everyone is served the same food. I might set aside some cooked ingredients before mixing up pasta or casseroles since children are more inclined to eat things when they are not grouped together, but I very rarely make a special meal for my picky ones. If they choose not to eat, then I offer them crackers and water (maybe cheese) if they are hungry before bed. No one goes to bed with a rumbly in their tummy but neither do I reward picky eating.
This might be harder if the picky eater is an adult… especially a MALE adult. Know what I mean? Those meat and potatoes guys? The ones who dislike beans and vegetables and anything remotely healthy. If you have one of those in your home, best of luck. I recommend sitting down for a chat with that person and explaining how difficult it is to stay within your budget while pleasing their peculiar palette. If you cannot come to an agreement, then take the picky eater to the store with you, calculator in hand, and show him (or her) what those picky eating habits are costing.
Now, to focus on the $50 budget…
You can find an abundance of less than healthy options for cheap when using low prices matched with coupons and if really pushed for a solution, this might be an option. Make sure you have polished your couponing skills by taking the Online Coupon Workshop. Then, follow the coupon match-ups listed at Southern Savers.
Because we avoid as many processed foods as possible in our home, here is what I would buy:
- Basic baking supplies (flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter)
- Produce (potatoes, carrots, cabbage, bananas, and other produce in season and on sale)
- Pasta (in bulk or on sale with coupons)
- Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce (when BOGO with coupons)
- Whole chickens, chicken thighs, or chicken breast (in bulk and on sale)
- Chuck roast (in bulk and on sale)
- Dry beans (in bulk)
- Milk, tea bags, coffee (in bulk and on sale)
- Frozen vegetables (in bulk and on sale)
What would you buy with a $50 grocery budget?
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