Meal Planning on a Budget {48 meals for under $60}


After living in Los Angeles for over 5 years, I have become quite the expert at finding the best deals and bargains at the grocery store to maintain the lowest possible cost of living in one of the most expensive cities to live! After all, it isn’t easy being on a starving artist budget while also loving to cook and eat delicious, healthy, organic food.

Since it’s Monday, I thought I would start this brand new week by helping you do your grocery shopping and meal planning…on a budget! Just yesterday, I did the grocery shopping for my husband and I. I like to spend my Sundays planning and prepping our meals for the upcoming week, and I found myself quite amazed when the cashier gave me my grand total…about $60. Now, this $60 I spent provides us with at least 8 days worth of meals. I’m not talking about just 8 dinners, I mean 8 complete days worth of food…including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

I was never all that great at math, but let’s work this problem out together, friends.

2 people times 3 meals a day per person = 6 meals a day
6 meals a day times 8 days = 48 meals
$60 divided by 48 meals = $1.25 per meal

Basically, with wise meal planning, we are able to eat healthy, home cooked meals for the price of eating every meal at McDonald’s. Today, I am going to share my grocery list and meals for the week with you (remember: I am only sharing the meals for Monday-Friday, but with the ingredients leftover, we have 3 more meals we can use that food on!).

Start with the Staples:
I always keep our kitchen stocked with the everyday staples that last us a while. These things were already in the pantry, so I didn’t need to purchase them at the store:
Flax seed
Chia seeds
Brown rice
Olive oil
Coconut oil
Apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
Matcha green tea

My Grocery List
Unsweetened almond milk: $2
Organic frozen blueberries: $5
Organic bananas: $4
Organic spinach: $3
Brown cage free eggs: $3
Avocados: $3
Organic apples: $3
Organic tomatoes: $3
Sweet onions: $2
Hummus: $3
Organic gluten-free chips: $3
Salmon burgers (4 burgers, which means we get two dinners each out of if): $6
Whole wheat pita bread: $2.99
Black beans: .79
White beans: .79
Organic vegan chili: $3
Gluten free pasta: $2
Organic pasta sauce: $3
Turkey burgers (4 burgers, which means we get two dinners each out of if): $5
Grand Total: $57.57

Meals for the Week:

Matcha green tea and detox smoothies (frozen blueberries, 1 banana, ground flax seed, ground chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, spinach)

Boiled eggs, hummus, apple, organic gluten-free chips

Monday Night: Salmon pita burgers (with avocado, tomato, and spinach)
Tuesday Night: Black bean bowl (with brown rice, black beans, salsa, and avocado)
Wednesday Night: Gluten free pasta (with organic tomato basil sauce and fresh tomatoes)
Thursday Night: Vegan chili (place vegan chili, white beans, tomato, and sweet onion in the crock pot and let it cook all day, top it with avocado)
Friday Night: Turkey pita burgers (with avocado, tomato, and spinach)

There you have it, ladies! 48 meals for under $60. Enjoy a delicious week on a budget!

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