Sometimes times get tough. For whatever reason you find yourself with not enough money until payday and bare cupboards. It happens. This is my list of foods I would buy if I suddenly found myself in this situation.
Eggs (one dozen) - a very versatile source of protein - $1.69
Rice (16 oz.) - $1
Pinto beans (16 oz.)- $1
Elbow macaroni (16 oz.) - store brand 89¢
Bread - a loaf of store brand wheat or white, runs about $1
Peas & Carrots (16 oz.) - store brand frozen peas & carrots run about 79¢ and yield four servings.
Green Beans (16 oz.) - store brand frozen peas & carrots run about 79¢ and yield four servings.
Tuna (5oz.) - store brand canned tuna runs about 69¢ per can
Bologna (12 oz.) - store brand turkey bologna averages $1.29
Milk (1/2 gal.) - whole milk cut 50/50 with water to equal a gallon $1.59
Orange juice concentrate - makes half a gallon of juice $1.19
Oatmeal - one large canister of the store brand quick cooking oats $2.89
Bananas - 59¢ a pound, less if found in the markdown bin
Peanut Butter (16 oz.) - store brand $1.99
Hot Dogs (8ct.) - chicken franks 89¢
Margarine (1 lb) - 89¢
Brown Sugar (1/2 lb.) - 79¢
Chicken Thighs - 89¢ per pound
Spaghetti Sauce - one can 99¢
Ramen - 5 for $1
Canned tomatoes - store brand 59¢ each
Assuming you still have a few condiments and spices I think this list could easily feed one or two people for a week for less than $25 and you most likely would have some food left over.
What would you make with this? Well you could make:
Scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice
Bologna sandwich, banana, milk
Chicken, rice, green beans, milk
Fried rice with chicken, eggs, peas & carrots, milk
Pasta marinara, green beans, milk
Tuna sandwich, banana, milk
Oatmeal with brown sugar, milk, orange juice
Hot dogs, peas & carrots, milk
Peanut butter banana sandwich, milk
Chicken & rice soup, milk
Ramen, vegetable, chicken stir fry
Ramen soup with vegetables
Pinto beans with canned tomatoes, milk
Do you think you could make it to pay day on a tight budget with these options?