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Groceries for 2 for $30 a week?

My 15yo daughter and I are in a motel room and only have a microwave and a toaster oven for cooking. We only have a small, dorm-size fridge for cold storage. For the next 3 weeks we have to make do with about $30 for groceries. All suggestions of cheap, mostly shelf-stable food is appreciated. :-)

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:15 PM on Dec. 23, 2010 in Food & Drink

Answers (15)
  • Ramen noodles. :) Hot dogs are small enough to fit in your dorm size fridge and buns are able to be left out.

    Answer by AtHomeMommy-3 at 3:17 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • They are all under $1.00 too! :) GL

    Answer by AtHomeMommy-3 at 3:17 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • try making different items with bagels. like mini pizzas, mini breakfast egg sandwiches, peanut butter and apples on the bagels. Ramen noodles are always cheap. Rice can cook up good in the microwave. hotdogs

    Answer by eyezofblue76 at 3:18 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • I was going to suggest Ramen also. A lot of stores have a certain day of the week that they mark down a lot of items...check w/the store to find out what day that is in your area. You can get a lot of items (eggs, meat, dairy) for 50% off.

    Answer by cheekycherub at 3:19 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • cereal, sandwiches, mac n cheese cups, spaggetti o's, soups, french bread pizzas, gronala bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly,

    Answer by momindiana at 3:19 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Pb&j and ramen noodles are your best bet for under 30 bucks.

    Answer by arenad at 3:24 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Thanks for all the tips. Anyone know how long to cook pasta in a microwave?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 3:34 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Pasta usually takes about 3-4 minutes in a bowl of water in the microwave. Ramen noodles are awesome budget food because they can transform into any pasta dish. Use them for spaghetti, pasta salad, mac n cheese.

    Answer by lostlemonade at 4:03 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • A good cereal like special K can suffice as breakfast or lunch. with some fruit. Fruit that is in season will be cheap. you can scramble eggs in the microwave. In a small bowl scramble them with a little butter and cook for 1-2 min per egg. Make SURE to break the yolk.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:18 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • I have a group that can help you with this. I'd normally send you an invite via pm, but you're anon, so I'll put it here:

    Because you only have the minifridge, some ideas there aren't going to be an option, but you should still find some help.  In the meantime - potatoes are dirt cheap this week for Christmas - poke with a fork, wrap in a wet papertowel, microwave 5-7 minutes (based on size).  Those will be far more filling than processed stuff (and a lot more food for your money).  Use those as a base and add on some veggies as you can find them - avoid canned, just get whatever's on sale in the produce section for the week and stretch it out.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:24 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

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