Believe it or not, shopping for proteins and fewer processed foods and carbs will actually save you money at the grocery store.
Before I started focusing more on proteins, my average monthly grocery bill in a typical month was $297.
Once I eliminated processed foods and greatly reduced high carb foods/products, I got my typical monthly grocery spending down to $224. Shopping 'carb-smart' can save a person between $800 and $1,000 a year, if not more.
I don't buy NEAR the carbs I used to. The savings are significant! Yes, some baking basics are still making the grocery list, but gone are any kind of ready made cakes, pies, cookies, or sweets. Greatly reduced are purchases of crackers, chips, cereals and frozen/baked breads.
Absolutely gone from the grocery list are processed foods. They are bad for the budget! Why buy a fabricated lasagna for $10 when you can buy four pork chops, two chicken breasts and a large bag of carrots instead? That's 2-3 meals vs. about 5-6 meals with the latter MUCH more body friendly. And the best part, you DON'T have to sacrifice any flavor!
With protein shopping in mind, here's a great crock pot meal you can prep before going to work, it will be ready for lunch and it costs less than $5. No, McDonald's can't pack this kind of easy flavor that is body friendly.
- Two pork chops or one large chicken breast
- One teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup of your favorite jar spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried, minced onion
- One small can of sliced mushrooms
- Salt and pepper to taste
It's pretty obvious isn't it? Put all ingredients in the crock pot. Set crock pot on the high setting, enjoy at lunch.
This meal packs about 50 grams of protein, just 16 grams in carbs and less than 500 calories!
TIP: Here's a general tip for crock pots, 4 hours on high gives you a meal ready to eat. 8 hours on low is a meal ready to eat. Leftovers, can go on the keep warm setting while you're away.