First, my apologies that the cheese ($1.89) did not make it into the original listing of purchases. That runs the total (with tax) up to $46.04.
Over the past 2 weeks you have been able to observe some strategies for eating fresh and healthy on a budget. To recap:
~ buy inexpensive, basic ingredients that can be made into a variety of dishes so you don’t get bored eating the same thing over and over.
~cook a couple meals worth of food at a time, so you have something in the fridge when life is too busy to cook.
~make “plan overs.” That is, if you are making a marinara sauce, make enough for spaghetti and pizza and chili. If you are baking chicken, make enough to make chicken salad later in the week.
~eat what spoils quickest first. I ate the bananas before the oranges and the spinach before the cabbage.
Over time, you will start to look for sales on your favorite staples and be able to add spices into the rotation, making for even more variety. Recall, I initially spent less than $46 for 15 days of food and here is what is left, which will make a nice start for the next 2 weeks.
There are a lot of strategies for eating well frugally. I would love to hear yours.