Trying to eat on a Budget – Keto lifestyle

I was currently watching the new season of MasterChef which I love that show. It’s such a great inspiration. I have been struggling lately with cooking and fell back into bad habits of eating out. Anyway, after watching MasterChef one of the contestants talked about eating on a budget of $40 a week. Which I thought wow, that’s really low but then I also thought wait I should be able to eat less too since I’m trying to lose weight. I also have been wanting a new car and a new laptop so it probably would be best if I tried to eat on a low budget also.

So, a light bulb lit up quickly, I am about to buy a new laptop it would be a good idea to cut back on extra expenses so I can get a laptop I want without worrying too much about the price. I am starting a new job in a week so I want to be able to focus all my time on learning and not worry about food that week so this week would be perfect for a trial run of eating on a low budget.

As I’m writing this prompt, I’m also cleaning up my kitchen so what better thing to first do then to go through my fridge and my pantry to find what I have. Then I’ll find some coupons and plan out some meals.

I will be sticking to keto but this time I need to watch my butter and my salt intake. All while increasing my water and my vegetables. My other goal is to cut back on proportions. Not sure if I need to eat a few meals throughout the day or intermittent fasting. I guess it determines how I feel.

Foods I plan on cooking – after going through my cabinets, fridge and coupons…I suck at sticking to meal plans so I’m curious to see how much of this I end up eating this week.


  • Keto Waffle egg bacon sandwich – going to pre-prep the waffle so I can make two sandwiches
  • Egg Cup Muffins – these only take about 10-12 minutes at 400F so I can literally put them in the oven while I get ready for work without much work


  • Deviled egg salad with spinach – I’m looking forward to this one and the spinach is to promote healthy blood pressure.
  • Leftovers if any


  • Cajun smothered sausage, onions, and green beans – easily can meal prep this one into two servings
  • Pesto chicken zucchini noodles – I already have the pesto and it needs to get used up


  • Almonds
  • Strawberries with monk fruit sugar
  • Celery with cream cheese
  • Cheese

My goal is to spend less than $75 on food during the week. I don’t really drink coffee, but I have a bit of soda issue going on right now. The dinners are two servings. The deviled egg salad should take up two lunches but some days I don’t eat lunch if I eat breakfast because I’m just not hungry. I don’t like forcing myself to eat if my body isn’t hungry. I’ve given up weighing myself because of my thyroid it is affecting my weight currently. I have almonds, garlic, and spinach to help with my blood pressure. I have a mixture of vegetables every day. At least 2 servings.

As for drinks, not sure what I’m going to do about that. I would like to only drink water but let me be realistic I’ll want a soda at least once or maybe even tea or coffee. I would like to try to make cheese crisps.

Grocery List for the week comes down to…

  • Garlic
  • Strawberries
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
  • Celery
  • Almonds
  • Chicken
  • Sausage
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Cheese

As you can see, there isn’t that much I need to buy and I’m really hoping I eat up all the food I buy. I already have the bacon, mustard, and seasonings. I also have Himalayan salt, pickles, and cream cheese. I also have some coupons that I plan on using. Its cutting down my meals tremendously to eat less yet more filling food. Protein and vegetables while limited carbs. I am still staying away from gluten as I try not to eat it every day. I am also taking the Perfect Keto pills every day to help my appetite. I’m suspecting this to cost around $50-$75.

We shall see how well I am end up doing with all of these. I really hope I don’t cave into any cravings. Can’t wait to show everyone how this goes!

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