After last week’s post on grocery shopping, I got a few requests for a list that would work for a tighter budget.

groceriesYou can actually  stock a pantry pretty well for very little cash. Here are some staples to have on hand so you can always whip up a tasty, healthy meal instead of ordering in!

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Greens-kale, spinach, etc
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • 2-3 Seasonal veggies such as brussels sprouts, squash, fiddleheads, asparagus, etc.
  • 1-2 Seasonal fruits such as plums, berries, fresh figs, cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, etc
  • Frozen non-seasonal fruits and veggies if preferred (ex: berries in the wintertime)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes


  • Eggs
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Peanut butter


  • Yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • Grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • Goat cheese


  • Old-Fashioned/Rolled Oats
  • Whole Wheat bread
  • Whole wheat pasta or brown rice
  • Whole grain cereal

Fats & Oils

  • Olive Oil


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Green tea
  • Coffee
  • Ground Flax
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, oregano, etc,

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