SURVIVING becomes increasingly difficult in times of rising costs and paychecks that aren’t keeping pace with inflation.
However, one shopper found a way to budget just about $10 a week for groceries and to feed herself — and she shared how she did it with ingredients from Aldi.
It’s not an easy task, and of course you have to make a lot of sacrifices to spend $10 on groceries for a whole week, but That Lisa Dawn shared how she did it in a YouTube post.
She has received nearly half a million views for her April 2021 how-to video.
Grocery costs have risen about 10% since last year due to rising inflation.
That means what would have cost them roughly $10 for ingredients back then would average closer to $11 in the current climate.
Nonetheless, it was a huge success. That’s how she did it.
Lisa spent a total of $10.12 including taxes. This was on her shopping list:
- Long grain rice for $1.49
- Black beans (three cans) for $0.39 each
- Pinto beans for $0.93
- Diced tomatoes (two cans) for $0.29 each
- Whole corn for $0.37
- Tomato paste for $0.29
- Cabbage for $0.79
- Carrots for $0.99
- Avocado for $0.45
- Sweet Potatoes for $1.35
- Large eggs (two dozen) for $0.48 each
- Bread for $0.55
It all added up to $9.92 before taxes, and she said she was “excited about the variety of fruits and vegetables” she could get hold of.
She also said she used staples she already had in her pantry, including cooking oil, salt, pepper, garlic, soy sauce and cayenne pepper.
menu for the week
She made several batches of most of the following items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even had some left over to snack on.
- spanish rice
- Egg, corn, tomato breakfast muffins
- Refreshed Beans
- Black bean burger with sweet potato fries
- Avocado toast
- Sweet Potato Hash Bowl
- eggs in a basket
- Fry cabbage and carrots
- Bowl of leftover sweet potatoes
Lisa had some eggs and carrots left over for snacks and said she could have increased her calorie count by about 300 per meal.
She said she was satisfied and didn’t feel deprived while sticking to the menu.
The food pro has received nearly 475,000 views on her YouTube post and almost 1,800 comments.
One comment read: “Thank you for that. I’m a college student and last semester was the first time in my life I wasn’t sure I could afford food for the week.
“I live about a mile from an Aldi and that helps me feel confident that I can do it.”
While another added: “THIS woman knows how to live on a budget.
“I hope she gets millions of subscriptions so she (hopefully) never has to worry about $ again. TONS of people could use this information.”
Lisa added a caveat to her video post, saying that Aldi item prices vary regionally and weekly, so what she was able to do within her budget might not be feasible in other parts of the country.
She also had words of wisdom for anyone watching her video who is struggling to get food on the table.
She said to ask for help, adding that she knows from personal experience that it’s not always easy.
If you are food insecure, like 38 million people in the US are, there are resources.
For example, you can qualify for food stamps – now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Depending on your income and household size, the maximum monthly benefit is $250 for a one-person household, while a four-person household can receive up to $835.
There is also the WIC program for parents and free school meals for children.
Visit the USA.gov website for more information on assistance.
More recently, Lisa Dawn showed how to eat for just $15 a week by shopping at Dollar General.
https://www.the-sun.com/money/5972661/10-budget-week-aldi-grocery-budgeting/ I ate for only $10 a week by shopping at Aldi – you can do that too and still be full