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    • $10 Grocery List for when you're Broke

      NOTICE: This article was Originally Published on Budget101.com in 2001

      Surviving on a Budget, $10 Grocery List

      Has this happened to you? Following several harrowing hours of balancing the checkbook, making payment agreements with various creditors, you sit back and look at the balance in your checkbook and realize you have about $20 left for the entire week. Somehow, with that measly $20, you have to put gas in your car for work... and still buy groceries to feed the family.

      So how do you do it?

      You put $10 in your car & spend the other $10 on groceries... and you eat for the entire week.

      How can someone eat on $10 a week?

      Here is a list of groceries that can be purchased for approximately $10.

      1. Baking Powder (MYO!)
      2. Eggs
      3. Flour
      4. Fruits (on sale)
      5. Hamburger
      6. Rice or Ramen Noodles
      7. Margarine
      8. Milk
      9. Potatoes
      10. Salt
      11. Vegetables (on sale)
      12. Tuna (1 or 2 cans)

      What's For Breakfast?

      * Scrambled eggs in a Biscuit
      * Fruit Smoothie, Hash Browns
      * Muffins, many kinds...
      * Pancakes, Fruit
      * Potato Pancakes
      * Tortilla with scrambled or fried eggs inside
      * Donut Muffins
      * Rice Pudding

      What's For Lunch/Dinner?

      * Tortilla with anything you have on hand in it.
      * Tomatoes/onions/hamburg etc.
      * Shepherds Pie (Hamburger/gravy over mashed potatoes/corn)
      * Veggies in gravy over rice
      * Baked Potato and Vegetables
      * Scalloped Potatoes and Vegetables
      * Oven Baked French Fries & Salad
      * Vegetable Soup w/ or w/o Rice
      * Tuna/ Pea Wiggle (serve over toast or biscuits or saltine crackers)
      * Scalloped Potato/Tuna Casserole
      * Popovers fill with: tuna pea wiggle recipe or gravy/veggie mix
      * Chicken Pot Pie
      * Pizza Pasta

      Although the above menu is very limited, this grocery list is for extremely tough times and is meant to help you get through the week, not to base your diet on for any length of time! ~Liss

      By Liss Burnell 2001



      Some of the Recipes Mentioned...

      1. Quick Gravy
      2. Tuna/ Pea Wiggle
      3. Scalloped Potatoes
      4. Chicken Pot Pie
      5. Popovers
      6. Oven Baked French Frie
      7. Tortilla's
      8. Donut Muffins
      9. Shepherds Pie
      10. Pizza Pasta


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      Comments 33 Comments
      1. JVallaincrt's Avatar
        JVallaincrt -
        Our favorite recipe is your chicken pot pie, it's delish!
      1. Delly's Avatar
        Delly -
        This is my week...and I googled "Grocery shopping for 10 dollars" and came to this post...which led me to join this site. I cant however get your recipies and I am trying everything. I think my kids will love your chicken pot pie too! Any suggestion as to what I need to do to get them??

        Thanks
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by Delly View Post
        This is my week...and I googled "Grocery shopping for 10 dollars" and came to this post...which led me to join this site. I cant however get your recipies and I am trying everything. I think my kids will love your chicken pot pie too! Any suggestion as to what I need to do to get them??

        Thanks
        Yes, just click on "Recipes" in the left hand side of any page and it will open up a number of Menus of various kinds of recipes including Mixes (in 32 categories), Dirt Cheap Recipes, OAMC, Ramen Noodle Recipes and more.
      1. awnryprincess's Avatar
        awnryprincess -
        So glad I found this - money is extremely tight - barely making it & this will help cut my expenses. Maybe I can get back on my feet now... This site is great!
      1. RAYT721's Avatar
        RAYT721 -
        Just a quick note to say "HI" and "Thank You" for this incredible website. I just found you today and have bookmarked several articles. I'm now following you on Pinterest! Ray - North Royalton, Ohio
      1. farmkat's Avatar
        farmkat -
        Wow! This is great. Been there before, but didn't have this list!
      1. amante7777's Avatar
        amante7777 -
        I am so glad to have found this website, such great, life-changing info here! I'll be trying this $10 grocery list next week, simply because that's all I have in my bank account until the end of the month. I already racked up on potatoes and tuna during last week's grocery hall, so I'm ahead of the game so to speak. These are rough times, but I'm determined to make it through...
      1. harlele's Avatar
        harlele -
        I have to admit I am skeptical that I can get everything for $10 but it is a good list to make the best use of your money when it's really tight like mine is. Thank you for doing the thinking when I can't make sense of anything right now!
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by harlele View Post
        I have to admit I am skeptical that I can get everything for $10 but it is a good list to make the best use of your money when it's really tight like mine is. Thank you for doing the thinking when I can't make sense of anything right now!
        Yeah, you're not definitely not going to get it all for $10, I wrote this article 12 years ago back in 2001. You should still be able to do it for around $15 but it really depends on your area.
      1. Tipsy's Avatar
        Tipsy -
        When money is tight, all I buy is meat and vegetables. Maybe a bottle of wine
      1. lawannagrace's Avatar
        lawannagrace -
        I like this article.
      1. MabelMartha's Avatar
        MabelMartha -
        A great option is to replace the hamburger with lentils. I can purchase an entire pound of lentils for less than a dollar cook them in 30 minutes and get at least 12 high protein and fiber servings. I just substitute the lentils for hamburger in most recipes. If your family insists on meat,use half lentils and half ground turkey and you'll still be saving money.
      1. Extrathrifty's Avatar
        Extrathrifty -
        Lentils are a great idea, as well as dry beans (whatever you enjoy). Last night I was going to try Chicken Fajita Ramen, but discovered I didn't have the chicken I thought I did...instead we had Italian sausage, peppers and onions over Ramen. My husband preferred it without the peppers, but the site definitely helped me think outside the ramen box.
      1. opal1973's Avatar
        opal1973 -
        I would exchange the ground beef for ground turkey, but you could still manage it for less than $20. I just got our groceries and spent about $90 at the store for two weeks worth for four people. With the exception of maybe needing one more gallon of milk- we are set. This is almost all thanks to Liss and this site.

        I am making 6 dozen muffins from the recipes on here right now. I always put a link into a blog posting when I am on a Mom site and they ask for help. This site has been invaluable to our family.
      1. johnhocking's Avatar
        johnhocking -
        it is amazing how much you can shrink your food budget when you get back to the basics.
      1. cbrogdon's Avatar
        cbrogdon -
        This site reminds me of a book that I found about 20 years ago. "Feed a family of four for as low as $ 10.00 per week." I still refer to this book for making my own low cost cheese, tofu. It was an eye opener to me to realize how much I was spending on food that I could make myself with my spare time. I love this website.
      1. SLSaver's Avatar
        SLSaver -
        Quote Originally Posted by cbrogdon View Post
        This site reminds me of a book that I found about 20 years ago. "Feed a family of four for as low as $ 10.00 per week." I still refer to this book for making my own low cost cheese, tofu. It was an eye opener to me to realize how much I was spending on food that I could make myself with my spare time. I love this website.
        I remember a time many years ago when I had to stretch $25 for an entire months worth of groceries. Sounds like this would have been a handy book to have then!

        MYO cheese is also something my husband and I have been researching for a while now. My husband is a big YouTube junkie but I tend to follow directions better if I can read them in print. Sounds like the book would be helpful for this as well.

        Thanks for sharing.
      1. ashley1727's Avatar
        ashley1727 -
        I had emergency surgery a few weeks ago which led to almost four weeks with no income but my husbands which had to go to diapers and baby food and gas for him. To get to work and back home and bills. We are about to get my first check since I've been back to work and we have to catch up on some bills so this is going to b great!
      1. harleymomma's Avatar
        harleymomma -
        Quote Originally Posted by JVallaincrt View Post
        Our favorite recipe is your chicken pot pie, it's delish!
        What great information! Will remember this.
      1. kknnielsen's Avatar
        kknnielsen -
        Thanks! I'm going to give this to my newly married kids.


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