- A $40 healthy grocery list for Walmart provides ideas for cheap meals for a week. If you follow other tips, such as shopping loss leaders and utilizing coupons, you can save even more. You’ll find a one week food budget plan, shopping lists, estimated costs, and recipes for cheap meals. Don’t despair if your money is tight – you can feed your family inexpensively while still coming up with nutritious meals that are cheap. You’ll also notice that many of these meals are either keto friendly or can be adapted to be lower in carbs.
One of the great things about Walmart is their generic products, which you can buy for a discounted rate. I also love that my local Kroger now has a grocery pickup service.
Theoretically, I could go to my Walmart cart and add each of these items and know exactly what my total would be. However, I much prefer grabbing discounted items in store. If you are an impulse shopper, you may want to use the pickup service.
All of the ingredients on this healthy meals for a week list can be found at any store. While the prices might vary slightly, you will still save money by sticking to this preplanned $40 healthy grocery list for the week.
If you choose to shop in the store, just don’t do what I do and get distracted with clearance items and other things I remember I need. When on a tight budget, you must keep your focus.
Cheap Meals for a Week
- Day 1 – Salad and Grilled Chicken
- Day 2 – Zoodles with Alfredo Sauce & Leftover Chicken
- Day 3 – Veggie Omelets and Turkey Smoked Sausage
- Day 4 – Uncured and Nitrate Free Hot Dogs with Fried Radishes
- Day 5 – Turkey Burrito Bowls
- Day 6 – Baked Whole Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Potatoes
- Day 7 – Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Prefer to shop at Kroger? See my article outlining a $40 grocery list for Kroger for cheap, healthy meals for the week.
$40 Healthy Grocery List
So, let’s talk about that list. You have exactly $40 to spend, so if you run into any issues, such as prices are higher in your area, you’ll need to eliminate one of the meals from your list and eat leftovers for that day.
Typically, I go ahead and use one day a week (or more) specifically to eat up any leftover food in my fridge. This reduces waste, especially with expensive fresh produce and leftover meats.
- 1 Head of Lettuce – $0.94
- 2 Zucchinis – $1.41
- 1 Green Pepper – $0.68
- 1 Large Tomato – $1.58
- 1 Bag of Radishes – $1.28
- 1 Bag of Whole Carrots – $0.98
- 2-3 Potatoes – $0.95
- 1 Pound Chicken Breasts – $6.86
- 1 Package Turkey Smoked Sausage – $2.48
- 1 Package Uncured Nitrate Free Hot Dogs – $4.24 (Sam’s brand)
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey – $3.44
- 1 Whole Chicken – $6.37 ($0.98/lb)
- 1 Package Taco Seasoning or Make Your Own – $0.44
- 1 Small Package Long Grain Rice – $1.26
- 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce (watch carb counts and hidden sugars!) – $1.44
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese – $0.82
- 8 oz. Swiss Cheese – $1.84
- 4 oz. Butter – $1.23 (16 ounces, but you’ll only use 4 oz. You may already have on hand)
- Eggs 6 count – $1.02
- 1 Package Hot Dog Buns (if eating the buns) – $0.88
Note that while my total was $40.45, you won’t use all of the butter or Swiss cheese in these recipes. You will need to have a few things on hand, such as salt and pepper.
Recipes for Cheap Walmart Meals – Tips
The recipes are pretty self-explanatory, with the exception of the chicken cordon bleu (link included). Keep in mind that I tend to change recipes. I always have leftover ham, so I didn’t buy any for this recipe.
- Salad and Grilled Chicken – I like to use a rub I found that is whole ingredients and no added sugar. I am pretty generous sprinkling it on and then I just grill outside or on the stove top until cooked through. Set aside half of the tenders for tomorrow’s meal. Cut chicken in strips and toss into salad. Use half the tomato, save the other half for the burrito bowls.
- Zoodles with Alfredo Sauce & Leftover Chicken – If you don’t have a gadget to spiralize veggies, you can also slice into very thin, long strips. Cook lightly in a pan with a pat of butter (you’ll have plenty of butter). Once cooked until no longer crunchy, add chicken from yesterday to pan – I like to cut into chunks). Toss in alfredo sauce and serve. Yummy!
- Veggie Omelets and Turkey Smoked Sausage – I take all my leftover veggie bits and add them to a big omelette. I like to cut the turkey smoked sausage into rounds and fry in a pan. This is such a nice twist on bacon and eggs. I wouldn’t eat it constantly because it is processed, but it is okay occasionally.
- Uncured and Nitrate Free Hot Dogs with Fried Radishes – Toppings make the hot dog. Again use up leftover veggies. Top with mustard and ketchup or relish. Eat them plain. I personally don’t eat the buns hardly ever, but they are inexpensive to add. Fried radishes are something new. Apparently they taste like fried potatoes. Who knew? Hint: cut the radishes thin for crispier “fries.”
- Turkey Burrito Bowls – My oldest daughter makes these for meal prep for her work lunches. These are the bomb. So easy to make the meat – make it just like taco meat. Then, you boil some rice and layer that in the bottom. Add your taco meat. Add some leftover lettuce, tomato and a bit of cheese if you have some on hand. So yummy and a good way to use up leftovers. If you’re going to eat up the leftovers, keep the meat separate from the rice and heat and add at the last minute.
- Baked Whole Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Potatoes – You can also throw everything into a slow cooker for 6-8 hours, but I prefer to roast in the oven. I usually add a bit of butter to the outside of the chicken, salt, pepper and savory. Then I place the veggies around the outsides and bake on 350-degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of hours. I do use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is done. Make sure you set aside at least a cup or two of the chicken meat for tomorrow (you can pick the little pieces off for this when everyone is done eating).
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – I just discovered the recipe for this on a keto website and I am in love with this recipe. It is an absolutely brilliant way to use up leftover chicken and stretch your budget. Chicken, cheese, leftover ham (optional), and cream cheese make this a creamy dish that is outright comfort food.
Hopefully this list gives you an idea of what you can do with a $40 grocery budget for the week and still eat healthy. You may want to adjust things to better suit your own tastes and that of your family. If you don’t like hot dogs, sub out for grilled cheese and tomato soup. Just keep the costs similar and you should be fine.