Under $40 Grocery Haul, Healthy Meal Plan M-F

March 20, 2014 · 13 comments

I was excited to shoot this video because it seems like people are very confused when it comes to eating clean on a budget. I bought all of the groceries featured in today’s video at Trader Joe’s, Shaws and Aldi. This is not part of the Aldi campaign, I’m just a fan like you now. 

Healthy Cheap Grocery Haul Trader Joe's

Eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner may sound boring but if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss, it has been found to be effective in helping you reach/keep your goals. For this reason, many of the meals are the same for each day. Makes sense if you are trying to save money though, right?

This video shows you how to eat well Monday through Friday. I did not include dinner on Friday night but my grocery bill was also just $32.76. I left Friday night free for social plans.

Breakfast per serving costs just $1.65, Lunch came to $2.30, Snack was $1.19 and Dinner came in at $3.94.

This is an example of a Pescatarian diet, and can be made gluten free or Paleo (swap the wrap, switch peanut butter to almond). You may need more calories depending on your size and activity levels but this should come out to around 1660 calories.

    • Breakfast: 310-440 calories, depending if you eat the egg yolks or just egg whites
    • Lunch: 430 calories
    • Snack: 310 calories
    • Dinner: 450 calories

Do you do all your grocery shopping at one store or do you shop around like me?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim @FITsique.net March 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I am so impressed that you spent 40$ all week and not just in TJ’s! Whenever I go there I end up buying way more than I anticipate because of all the new products I always find!! I need to start making lists :)


2 Livi March 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

This is an awesome week of eats!!


3 Runner Girl Eats March 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

I shop around a little bit but the bulk of our stuff comes from Publix. But after seeing this $40 grocery steal I may have to shop around!


4 Cassie March 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

I really can’t convince myself to spend the time shopping around. I’d rather pay a little more and have the time.


5 Patty March 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Great post Sarah! With this meal plan, any idea how much weight can be lost? Sounds like a great affordable jump-start meal plan!


6 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment March 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I usually shop around. I like a lot of items from Whole Foods but it’s too expensive to do all my shopping there. I mix in Trader Joe’s as well as the regular food store. I keep lists so it doesn’t turn into too many trips!


7 Morgan Z April 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I can’t get enough of this video! Thank you so much for putting in all this hard work for your blog readers!!
I have shopped at Aldi’s for years now and I feel like it is just now becoming the “cool” place to shop lol

Looking forward to more videos!!


8 Esther April 7, 2014 at 4:08 am

Hey Sarah,
Can you recommend a few good health/diet and fitness coach?


9 Nat November 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

GENIUS! Great video.


10 Jennifer January 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Hi sarah! I loved the same meal plan with exactly what to eat and the times (9am English muffin with peanut butter etc). Do you have a full meal plan like that? I would love to print it out and follow it day by day! I love your page and hope to loose some weight! I look forward to hearing back from you!


11 Jennifer January 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

I spelled that wrong. I meant sample meal plan!


12 Sarah January 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Yes! I upload new meal plans each week to my app! Do you have an iPhone or iPad? You can download my app for free – the meal plans are $1 a month but I upload 3-4 new plans a month.


13 BreAnna March 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I also blog about my grocery hauls! I have a $70 real food grocery budget for two adults, so I can definitely relate to this. I always check ads before going to the store and typically go to at least two places. Gotta get the best deals! :)


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