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Cabbage - 1 head
Fresh spinach - 1 bunch
Fresh carrots - 1 pound bag
Fresh cilantro - 1 bunch
Potatoes - 1.5 pounds
Sweet potatoes - 1.85 pounds
Butternut squash - 1
Oranges - 5
Limes - 2
Bananas - 2 pounds
Frozen shelled soy beans
Frozen cut corn

Protein and Dairy

Shredded mozzarella - 1 package
Cheddar cheese - 1 block
Tofu - 1 package
Eggs - 1 dozen
Chicken thighs - family pack


Whole wheat tortillas - 2 packages
Tortilla chips


Food Balis Had on Hand

She says you can save a lot of money if you keep your pantry stocked with staples and cook from scratch as much as possible.


Flour (white and whole wheat)
7 Grain Cereal
Coarse corn meal


Baking powder
Baking soda
Brown sugar
White sugar
Cinnamon stick
Whole cardamom
Cayenne pepper
Whole cloves
Curry powder
Olive Oil
Canola Oil
Black tea
Green tea



Protein and Dairy

Soy milk

Balis' Additional Tips

On weeks that you buy less expensive proteins, or have protein left over from the week before, stock up on staples. Balis spends $10-$15 a week on pantry staples. Try making breakfast out of leftover grains or make muffins from scratch rather than buying boxed cereal, which is expensive. Buy dried instead of canned grains and beans because they're generally cheaper. With cans, you're paying for water. Eat seasonally. It's healthy, supports local growers and vegetables and fruits in season are far less expensive. Supplement your fresh produce with inexpensive frozen vegetables. Other cheap proteins: edamame soy beans, canned fish, peanut butter. Buy generic store brands whenever they're cheaper but just as tasty. Check unit prices. Giant packages are not necessarily cheaper than many smaller ones. Use every bit of the item. Examples: Make chicken stock out of chicken bones. Saute the greens from turnips. Clip and use paper and online coupons. Find stores that offer double coupon credit. If you are a tea drinker, try buying just bulk black and green teas, then adding your own spices to them for variety.

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