Ever since coming to New York for the summer, I have been trying to save money as much as possible (key word = trying). An easy way to do this is by cooking instead of buying food out. Of course I give into Postmates and going out to dinner or drinks with friends, especially on the weekend, but during the week I try to cook as much as possible.
This might be old news for you, but the BEST hack for getting groceries is Trader Joe's. I am shocked at how affordable it is, even in the city. Every time I've been there I have spent around $25-$30 on all my groceries. Not kidding.
Other than spending the least amount a possible on groceries, I have been trying to make filling, nutritious meals. I'm going to start putting together my go-to recipes for the blog. But today I have compiled my usual grocery list for a typical work week.
Something you should know is that I don't really eat a lot of meat, so if you do your bill might be slightly more than $30. I eat a ton of veggies, fruits, and pasta. Life's about balance right?
- Chickpeas (in a can)
- Corn (also in a can)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Heart of Palm (in a can)
- Avocados (my OBSESSION)
- Feta Cheese
- Grated Parmesan
- Pretzel Chips
- Whole Grain Pasta
- Strawberries/apples/grapes/blueberries (anything in season)
- Olive Oil
- Blue Chips (for my homemade guac)
- Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter (if I need it)
- Salmon (sometimes if I'm feelin it)
I also usually go by a local Lebanese grocery store to grab some Lebneh, Pita Bread, and Zaa'tar Spice. (more on this in a future post)