Recently, I gave myself a challenge: to make a full week’s worth of food (working week = 5 days) for $20 and to make it as easy and simple as possible – mainly because I don’t like spending 4 hours in the kitchen. I always stress the importance of meal prep, especially for people who are busy and on-the-go. Meal prepping is a great way to save time, money and also eat healthy.
An intense meal prepping session can also be time-consuming however, which is why I try to keep mine as simple and easy as possible – and cheap, of course.
Since I’m a big fan of these types of “money saving challenges” and I haven’t done a challenge like this in a while, especially since coming back to Canada, I decided to give it a go!
$20 Five Day Vegan Grocery Haul (Everything in Canadian $):
(Note: to my pleasant surprise, there was no tax added on top of the groceries I bought… Usually where I live in Canada, GST is added on top of whatever price is shown. I guess not for grocery/food items? …mind blown!)
- Instant Oatmeal – $2.00
- Bananas (0.945kg @ 1.70/kg) – $1.61
- Chickpeas (540ml can) – $0.77
- Corn (341ml can) – $0.87
- Dijon Mustard – $2.00
- Diced Tomatoes (796ml can) – $1.00
- Stuffed Olives – $2.00
- Black Beans (540ml can) – $0.77
- Long Grain Brown Rice (900g) – $2.24
- Smoked Tofu – $2.49
- Bag of Broccoli (from the reduced pile) – $1.00
- Penne Pasta (900g) – $1.17
- Baby Spinach (142g) – $1.00
- Taco Seasoning Mix – $0.97
TOTAL = $19.89 + $0.05 (plastic bag charge) = $19.94
To see everything I made, please watch my video!