I plan on completing this challenge during the week, and I will post everything I eat, breaking it down so you know just where each penny went. It will be fun!
I made up a rough meal plan and already went grocery shopping and this is what I purchased:
- Bag of collard greens : $2.28 (Mom bought this before we went shopping)
- A bunch of spinach: $0.89
- 6 Bananas: $1.19
- A loaf of wheat bread: $0.89
- A head of cauliflower: $2.35
- A Couple Roma tomatoes: $0.50
- Blueberries: $1.75 (This is an estimate, mom bought them previously and froze them)
- Soymilk: $2.79
- Block of Tofu: $1.25
- A huge onion: $1.16
- Celery: $0.93
- A sweet potato: $2.16
- Quinoa: $1.25
- Lemon Juice: Including in Spice/Oil Discount because it was last longer than this one week
- Better than Bouillon: Including in Spice/Oil discount
- 2 Cans of Pinto Beans: 1.38
- Box of Pasta: $1.05
- Can of Corn: $0.59
- 2 Avocados: $1.56
- 10 Tortillas: $1.99
- Apple Juice: $1.99
However, there are a few things to take into account.
1. I will not eat all of this food by myself. I will not use all the celery, bananas, blueberries, tortillas, apple juice, avocados, etc. I live with my mother and sister, so some of the food will go to them.
2. I think I underestimated the leftovers I should have, so there is a good chance some of this food will roll over to next week.
That being said, that is what I spend on groceries,
I will further break down the cost of each meal to figure out how much money I am ACTUALLY eating.
I may go over the limit in the end, but this is still a valuable learning experience and should be fun! :D
Do you think you could live on $21 a week? I definitely think it is possible. What strategy would you use to make your money stretch across 21 meals (plus snacks)?