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Ok, things are financially tough right now..I have maybe $20 to buy food for a week..<br><br>
I need some advice on how to buy for the week. It is just me.<br><br>
I do have some basics...<br><br>
Brown rice, frozen broccoli, dried beans, dry tvp(chunks and granules),and veg cheese(shredded),wheat pasta.<br><br>
Anywya..What else can I get to round this out to have 3 healthy meals a day(and snacks). I work from home so I am home all day...<br><br>
THanks for any help you can give me..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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No prob! You should be able to mostly do with what you have. I would buy a few tins of tomatoes- diced, crushed, or puree- which you could make tomato sauce with (add TVP and herbs for a bolognaise sauce!) and which you could add to beans and rice. Opt for lots of beans and brown rice, since you have it on hand. Add veg, spices, tomato sauce, veg cheese, whatever you like! Cook some of the dried beans to make into a bean dip. Do you have anything else on hand- flour? You could make a basic chapti/roti bread if you have no yeast/baking powder, and that would certainly give you plenty to work with! You could add a small bag of flour to the shopping list if you don't have any. Dried lentils or split peas might be another good option, you could make a soup! As would be black beans & sweetcorn or a winter squash- also both good bases for soup. If you have/purchase flour, you could add mixed herbs to tomato puree for a sauce, make a basic pizza base, and pile some veg and veg cheese on top for a pizza!<br><br><br><br>
I would also add oats to the shopping list (porridge for breakfast! Healthy and cheap as anything), perhaps some fruit or dried fruit? Your supermarket might have fresh fruit which is a bit old at a discounted price, which you could grab. Are you vegetarian or vegan?<br><br><br><br>
I foresee plenty of oats, beans & rice and pasta in your future. Good luck with the situation and making the money stretch!
 

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Oooh,, Great ideas..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Thank you.<br><br>
I am vegetarian but I am trying to cut back on dairy and eggs...
 

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I think Keelin has some great ideas.<br><br><br><br>
Flour is a great idea, yes. And as big a bag of lentils or black beans or split peas as you can possibly afford (dry). They'll last forever!<br><br><br><br>
If you know how to make (or like) corn tortillas; masa flour is super cheap too. You can then make bean tamales or rice and bean tacos.<br><br><br><br>
Potatoes are great. Winter squash, sweet potatoes, too.<br><br><br><br>
Asian Markets oftn have tofu for 59 cents a 1-lb. block (around here - and the cost of living around here is very high!). Check out Asian markets, if you have any locally, for cheap and great deals on rice, tofu, fresh veggies, noodles and soy sauce.
 

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I have attempted the asian markets before but I honestly had no clue what anything was as all the packages were not english...I got confused and jsut left...I may have to try it again.
 

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I don't see any fruit mentioned yet..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Keelin</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
...perhaps some fruit or dried fruit? Your supermarket might have fresh fruit which is a bit old at a discounted price, which you could grab.</div>
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I do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"><br><br><br><br>
Hitting an Asian or Indian market is a great idea, as well! Hopefully if you buy only ingredients you are familiar with, you might be able to recognise them without being able to read the packaging?
 

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There it is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shy:"><br><br><br><br>
I was just testing you, of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Oatmeal is a good, cheap, and filling breakfast item. I like to make it with soy milk and add fruit and nuts. Nuts are pricey, though, so you could skip them if no room in the budget this week.<br><br><br><br>
To round out what you have, I'd buy onions, since I don't think one can cook much of anything without them. Soymilk, (or whatever type of milk you prefer) whatever fruit is on sale and looks good. (With the milk you can make smoothies) Good cheap winter time vegetables: cabbages, other greens such as kale, collards, etc, some of the other's that have been mentioned, canned tomatoes. Tomato paste makes a great pizza sauce. Thin it out with water and add seaoning. And definitely get flour if you have none. Then you can make breads.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It would be cool if you post what you buy, how much you spent, what you'll make. I'm curious to see how you meet the challenge. I spend $50 a week on groceries for 2 people, but I live in a low cost of living area.
 

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rice rice rice! hehe.<br><br>
stuff thats almost past its sell by date or 1-2 days gone in the bargain bin is always good when being tight
 

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Well, the closest Aldi's is about 50 miles away. So far I have just ben eating what I can scrounge up..mainly at my parents house. Grits, pasta, toast..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I am going to go get a couple of items suggested here. I am thinking I will mainly be eating beans and pasta and rice for teh next couple of weeks..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I work from home and have had some computer issues so I havenot been able to work much lately..Soon..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Thanks again to you for the great ideas..<br><br>
Amy
 
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