Well, I am officially on a budget! As spoiled as this may sound, I’ve never been on one before. I was always able to afford my groceries, gas, and the occasional Starbucks run. I’m doing a little experiment now seeing how much I actually take in and out of my wallet each month. Since my work situation doesn’t offer steady hours, I don’t know how much I’ll be making per week. In order for me to afford runs, I need to cut back on all the little things I can live without.
This is where I know I need to spend to money each month: health insurance, gas, groceries, and Planet Fitness Membership. I’d like to keep my grocery budget to, at most, $100 a month. I buy for one so I don’t think this is unreasonable. I’m great at buying things on BOGO sale and stocking up on what I know I’ll eat. I have plenty of bread for PB&J sandwiches, that’s for sure.
This is where y’all come in. I need ideas for cheap meals! I’m content eating peanut butter every day for lunch and cereal for breakfast. Every once and a while, I’d like a real meal, and keep it healthy! I’d like to fuel my body properly for running while also not paying an arm and a leg for healthy groceries.
Here’s whats in my kitchen thus far: eggs, life cereal, whole grain bread, peanut butter and jelly, apples, yogurt, pasta, and frozen veggies. I added the veggies into the pasta one night to make it somewhat of a decent meal.
I’m no stranger to eating healthy meals. I love salads, anything grilled, and fish. What I don’t know is how to keep healthy and budget in the same sentence without dropping one. How do all of you runners/athletes out there fuel your bodies on a tight budget? I know darn well Ramen is not on the shopping list!