Tom’s Grocery List

Posted by Tom

As the SNAP kick-off approaches, I’m wondering if I can do it.  Not that I lack the discipline, but when push comes to shove, and I have to make something that tastes good and is nourishing, can this happen with the inventory of food I bought on a daily budget of $4?   Well, the first thing that has to go is the dollar for my early morning cup of coffee from the local convenience store, the place I go before I head out to hike and let my dog give friendly chase to a rabbit or two.  This is our play-time, but if I get hungry enough, who knows, I may hope he bags some some extra protein!
I don’t know what my weight is today, I don’t keep track, but I’m pretty confident that a week from today, those jeans will slip on a bit easier.


SNAP GROCERY LIST (take calculator and pen to record prices)

  • 1 lb pinto beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 garlic
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 pkg noodles or pasta
  • 6 mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 loaf sandwich bread
  • 1 doz eggs
  • 1 gal milk
  • 1 box corn flakes
  • 1 lb oatmeal 5 bananas

If there is any money left over, buy some cheap fresh fruit or vegetable, or a piece of chicken.

I will have to borrow flour, sugar, margarine and spices from neighbors, and steal ketchup from McDonalds (for the egg sandwiches).

Breakfast: cereal and milk

Lunch: egg sandwich

Dinner: either beans or tuna casserole


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Comments (3)

  1. Good List! Have you priced things out? Do you have your shopping strategy in place yet? All one store? All at one time?

    I’d love to hear your plan! — I’d love to hear everyone’s plan!

    Thanks again for sharing your list. I’m going through the weekly ads and making my list based on best prices. I’ll post my list when I come up with one.

  2. Tom- like your list, but I am having trouble coming up with the RDA for protein (about 40 grams/day) at low cost . Are you? This web site is an easy way to see if you get enough protein: I’ll try to analyze our meals for cost first, then nutrition after the fact and see how we do.

    I have eggs, pasta and chicken on our proposed menu (found boneless chicken for only $.99/lb yesterday at Basha’s so that’ll help a lot). I wouldn’t actually miss the protein for five days, but in a long-term strategy this would be a real challenge. Also picked up some fruits and salad fixings but had to stick with frozen veggies to save $$$. Cold cereal with soy milk for breakfast (I prefer hot cereal but gave in so we could share Soy Milk since I don’t care for dairy milk) with fruit, dinner of ravioli with sauce (one night), onion frittata (two nights), chicken parmesan with mashed potatoes (two nights). The eggs leftover from the frittata will have to be used for lunch on the ravioli days to give us more protein, maybe in a sandwich with some onion.

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