What Would You Buy if You Only Had $20 To Spend on a Week's Worth of Food? Redditors Weigh In

Online buying and delivery concept


Cheapism is editorially independent. We may earn a commission if you buy through links on our site.
Bag of Groceries

Cheap Eats

What would you eat for a week if you had a budget of just $20? That was the question posed on a r/AskReddit thread, which has since garnered over 450 comments. The ideas went beyond peanut butter, bread, and noodles, and we were surprised to see that we would make a number of these meals — even if we had more to spend. These were some of the ingredients mentioned over and over, plus our favorite ideas for how to make them.

Related: Secrets for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Steamed rice and beans
Valentina Tubaro/istockphoto


Potatoes are a surprisingly good source of nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, and vitamins. That may be why the potato diet — where you eat, guess what, nothing but potatoes — has become popular. Many Redditors suggested potatoes as an obvious budget-friendly food choice. "When you're really hungry, a couple of microwaved potatoes (sweet or Russets) with butter and a little salt is absolutely delicious," comments a user.

For more money-saving cooking tips, please sign up for our free newsletters and like us on Facebook!

Two raw chicken breasts on a white background

Chicken and a Few Basics

One Redditor suggested a couple basics from Walmart can create a week's worth of recipes: chicken, frozen green beans, frozen corn, chicken stock, oatmeal, canned fruit, and dried pasta.  Meals include stew, pasta salad, and chicken salad. “Omg, this is so well planned,” writes a Redditor.

Lentils legumes beans


Another Redditor uses lentils or beans to make soups in giant portions that last up to two weeks in the fridge before getting spoiled.

Frozen Vegetable

Frozen Vegetables

"Bags of mixed frozen vegetables are around $1.50, so about 6 of those. Lentils are similarly priced, so about 6 of those. Aldi eggs are $2.30 for a dozen. Pretty easy and nutritious," shares one Redditor.