$10 Grocery List for when you’re Broke

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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.

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

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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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

37 Comments

  1. 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 :stars:

    • 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 :stars:

      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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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!

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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!

  11. where do you live that all of that would be $10. I live in vancouver canada and all of these groceries would cost me approximately $40 or more.

    • where do you live that all of that would be $10. I live in vancouver canada and all of these groceries would cost me approximately $40 or more.

      um, i think you missed the details that the article was originally published in2001!!

      i don’t know about canada, but the us has some massive inflation going on, particularly with our current .. “president”. :073:

  12. if you have a program called community helpings coop in your area you can get enough veggies and fruit for a family of 5 for about 20$. The co-op is great. the more that participate the more you get for your money.

    they also have eggs, and dry goods too. St. louis is doing them. Such a great thing.

  13. this is a great list, even though the dollar amount is dated. the whole idea is to make the absolute most out of every bit of food on the list. so much of frugal living is actually thinking about and making wise spending choices. i am so glad i found budget101!:money1:

  14. after watching an informative article; about only spending 25/week on groceries, I started doing more research and came across this website.
    It it now May of 2014; I went to Kroger last night in Hendersonville, tn (north of nashville, tn) i’m helping out a friend whose in need of groceries.

    here’s a list of what i purchased:

    1 Bag of Noodles – $1.59
    1 Box Brown Rice – $1.69
    1 Bag of Mixed Beans – $ 2.99
    2 cans of Mixed Veggies – $1.06
    3 cans White “Alb” Tuna – $3.00

    That is a total of 8 items
    Including 9.75 % sales tax my total was: $11.08

    It was a dollar more than I wanted to spend…lol

    And after taking the survey, I earned 50 points; which I will use to get a few cents of of my gas purchase!

  15. love this site. thanks for the helpful tips. anything anyway i can save a dollar adds one more dollar i can put to good use for my family.

  16. while i like the concept, where we live…

    1 gal. milk _almost $5.00.
    1 lb. hamburg.

    $4.00 o more
    bag o rice $7.00
    baking powde $2
    collards is only veg < $2

  17. i think this is meant for the concept of making use of what you have and go from there. of course it will not cost you $10.00 but depending on where you live, you go for the cheaper ingredients that will make the meal work.

    • Groceries are higher in 2014 but the list is great. A lot of us have a One dollar store close by and it can help out some. I have used it when money was tight and to help others.

  18. While groceries continue to get higher, and our budget this week is just $30. I will be using this to beef up our pantry because over the winter, my husband was out of work for almost 3 weeks, so we are not in emergency mode. I will do all that is on here and then see what else I can get to beef it up more.

    I will post what I spent on everything when I get home. I will be shopping at Save A Lot today. Can’t wait to post when I get back so that you can see what all I got and how much it was without coupons.

  19. I am in love with this $10 budget shopping list!! This is ROUGH$$$ month so this is a great tool to help me figure out how to get through it… and it’s looking up because some of the items on the list I always keep on hand anyway (stock up when I can ahead of time in baking supplies, tuna, canned chicken….etc) so I have more to work with than I realized….I loved the recipes listed for each meal…I know I will refer to it for ideas this month.

    I honestly feel soooo much better….Huge worries listed…we can do this!

  20. I am not sure you can get the hamburger and still stay under $10. but I know I have a pantry and keep staples on sale so I can keep our family well fed. Getting those meats on sale and freezing them is great too. I get one big Piece and cut it up and freeze it. I get the biggest turkey when they are on sale at Thanksgiving and freeze the extra. I keep the drippings for Soup stock, and peel every bit off and put it in freezer bags. We have our “fat times” and our “lean times”.

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