Complete Whole 30 for Less than $400

A few months back, I completed my first Whole 30. If you need a refresher as to what it entails, it is basically an elimination diet composed of whole foods without any of the junk that makes us feel less than our best. You can check it out on the official website here for more info!

The food is great! We’ll get to eat things like this:

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And this:

Twice-baked spinach-stuffed sweet potatoes with eggs

Twice-baked spinach-stuffed sweet potatoes with eggs

If you remember from last time, the whole 30 itself was not a major issue, it was preparing myself for after the program that I ran into trouble. I have officially fallen back on bad habits and even though I’m not sure there’s one particular food I’ve eaten that bothers me, I feel tired and down all the time again whereas when I was done with my whole 30 I was feeling fantastic! It’s time to get that feeling back!

Another problem I had when initially completing the program was that all of that new, healthy food was expensive! So this time, I want to add in the budgeting aspect you all have come to know and love. I have been previously feeding the two of us for $75/week. I will up that to $100/week for $400 total for the entire whole 30. That means 30 days of no processed, all whole, mostly organic ingredients for less than $400.

So, how did I go about planning this budget? Well, another new-to-me item on my to-do list was to check out Costco! I had heard that they have great deals on organic meats and veggies and I wasn’t disappointed! The nice part about buying in bulk is:

– I have pretty much bought all the meats and staples I need in one fell swoop
– I have extra items that will carry me through several months (hello- 12 pack of tuna!)
– I just need to replenish the perishable fruits and veggies and I’ll be golden

So for my trip to Costco I spent just under $300 which leaves me about $25/week after this to restock my produce. So what did I buy?

8 lbs Cara Cara Oranges $7.49
Organic Gala Apples $10.99
Tomatoes $7.99
24 Organic Eggs $6.99
18oz Raspberries $6.99
Fresh Green Beans $4.89
4lbs Organic Ground Beef $21.99
Loin Tip Steak $12.68
Organic Chicken Wings $14.11
Organic Chicken Breast $19.99
Lara Bars $14.99
Romaine Lettuce $3.39
Bananas $1.39
Avocado Oil $9.79
Light Tuna $14.99
Chicken Apple Sausage $13.99
Organic Blueberries $13.99
Cod Fillets $14.99
Strawberries $9.99
Avocados $6.99
Ahi Tuna $21.89
Irish Butter $6.99
Lobster $26.99
Coffee $12.59
Salt Grinder $3.99
Tomato Sauce $7.99

Total: $299.05

So, now what to do with all of this food? Here’s a meal plan that will get us started. Stay tuned for updates with the extra groceries I buy throughout the month and recipes!

April Whole 30

I started my Whole 30 early, so this menu plan reflects that as well as the fact that I know I’m going out to eat one day this month. There are also a lot of repeats to ensure the budget is doable. If you find better deals than I did, feel free to make substitutes. The items I bought were not on sale (with the exception of the coffee) so I’m sure there are deals to be had out there! (Any secret tips to Costco shopping are always welcome in the comments or by email!)

If you want to check what I’m eating on a daily basis, please follow my Instagram profile, @savingsanely!

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6 comments

  1. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini says:

    This sounds like a really great idea. I have never heard of this concept before. I live in Japan and would have a problem getting all these ingredients, but its worth a try.

    Right now my meal planning for me and my daughter is adding up to 50 dollars a week, but I can tell she is getting bored already with the meals. After reading this I realize I need to step it up and spice up the meals. Good luck this month.
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    • Saving Sanely says:

      Thanks, Petrish! Of course, everyone’s meal plan will be different depending on where you live and what’s available. But I know you have your budgeting down! It’s simple enough to make changes if you’re board with what you’ve been eating, which is where I find meal planning to work the best! I know I’ll be tired of sausage and chicken wings after this month, so next month I’ll buy something else to plan with!

  2. Alyssa says:

    This looks great… but I think I’m missing something. This shows one meal per day? What did you do for the other 2 meals a day? Or do you have to follow Instagram for that?
    Thanks!

    • Saving Sanely says:

      Thanks, Alyssa. I generally don’t put my breakfast or dinner down on my meal plans, but I was eating eggs with fruit or veggies or fruit and nuts for breakfast and salads, leftovers, or meat and veggies for lunch. It just isn’t very exciting to list in my meal plans but it was included in the grocery list! 😉

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