Eggs are cheap if you don’t buy fresh organics. I got mine for 79¢ dozen at Kroger and Aldi. Some Aldi stores had them as loss leaders for 25¢ a dozen in 2016 dues to a market glut. I got a manager’s special on bacon, and found Butterball turkey bacon on sale for 2/$5 with a .55 manufacturer’s coupon (9¢ a slice). I later saw it on sale for $2.99, but buy 2, get one free (final cost $1.99 or 9¢ slice).
Update: I recently bought eggs for .59¢ at Kroger. I also get coupons for free eggs every other month or so.
14¢ – 2 eggs*
18¢ – two slices bacon
40¢ – yogurt cup
13¢ – 1/2 grapefruit (on sale for 25¢ each at Kroger)
3¢ – bread
7¢ – grapefruit juice ($2.49 64 oz. Ocean Spray bottle – $2 off Kroger coupon)
13¢ – 8 oz. milk
*I recently bought eggs for .59¢ at Kroger (5¢ each). I also get coupons for free eggs every other month or so.
I wait until Zatarain’s is on sale for $1 per box, and sometimes find a manufactuer’s coupon at the same time. I wait for deals on sausage and then buy a bunch of them and freeze them. I keep some diced in a tupperware container and then anytime I want Zatarain’s, I can toss in a handful of sausage and a chicken breast or two. I also add canned tomatoes and baby carrots (sometimes this is enough and you don’t need meat).
19¢ – Zatarain’s jambalaya (or red beans and rice)
Kroger had refried beans (normally 89¢ can) on sale for 79¢. If you bought three cans, you got $1.00 off, bringing the price per can down to 46¢ a can. I got three bell peppers (normally 78¢ each) for 99¢ in Kroger’s manager’s special sacks (they have different veggies each day, depending on what’s getting close to the sell-by date). Avocados can cost $1.78 each. Sprouts had them on sale for 3/$1.00. Publix had Pace salsa on sale for 99¢ a jar and accepted a 40¢ Kroger coupon (they don’t accept them any more), bringing the jar down to 60¢. If you have a garden, you have no cost for peppers, onions or whatever other veggies you want to add).
10¢ – flour tortilla (pictured is half a quesadilla)