Grocery shopping isn’t a sport, but maybe it should be. It’s a learnable
skill. With practice, anyone can strut into any supermarket, make fast,
wallet-friendly, meal-centric choices, and avoid all impulse buys. It can even
be fun! Here’s how to shop for a week like a pro with about $50 ($2.38 per
meal!) — assuming you already have some basics at home, like olive oil, spices, and
First, pick a supermarket that stocks what you want. Do you prefer
organic foods? A big ethnic section? Next, stick to the store’s perimeter when
shopping; perishable whole foods like dairy, produce, and meat are not only
healthier for you than processed, packaged goods that line the interior aisles,
but they’re also less expensive. All those bottled drinks, chips, and crackers
add up quickly.
Here’s an aisle-by-aisle guide to food shopping like a pro, plus a weeklong sample menu based on our $50 budget.