For months, my main dinner shopping list for the month was:
a bag of potatoes (two if there was a sale),
one package of chicken or turkey franks (2 pkgs whenever there was a sale),
one package of bacon (when there was a sale),
one package of chicken thighs (always cheap here),
two 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes (or tomato puree, or peeled tomatoes) -- if they were a good price (four cans if there was a good sale),
3 bags of carrots (almost always on sale for three), and
a large bag of mixed, dried beans (two if they ran a sale -- a rare occasion for dried beans).
I already had a stockpile of rice and macaroni, as well as spices and condiments, which I used sparingly and it took a few months to deplete..
I used the chicken bones to make stock, and I went through almost all the boxes of fruit tea bags that I'd previously bought from the 99-cent stores to make my own drinks in bottles (for work and home).
I managed to get a month's worth of dinners every month for quite a while -- without food stamps or public assistance.
My financial situation is getting better, so now I can spend a little more on groceries, but that's still my basic food shopping list.
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