2 lbs of brown rice for 1.89 3 cans of black beans (16 oz) for 2.07
that's 3.96 before tax, 4.23 after GA sales tax (7%) which leaves me with .77 to roll over to the next week, or just to buy another can of beans with.
Water is included in my rent every month, so it is literally free. Yeah, beans and rice sucks for a whole week, but its food, and I only eat once a day anyway (not because I'm poor, but because it is efficient for me to do so. I eat between 12 and 3, once, every day)
The only downfall to this is no veggies, but with 10 bucks I can add on 4 bags of frozen veggies and be at 8.51 instead.
I don't keep my food within a budget, so much as I only buy certain food and I know how much it costs to do so. Most people only eat the same 5 to 10 meals for life anyway, with some slight variations of course. If the food I enjoy just so happens to cost me less than 20 a week to purchase, so much the better. I might spend 200 groceries a month, maybe, but that is only if I feel like being extravagant. It helps that I walk to the store, so no hidden costs for gas, and I also cook all of my own food. If I didn't make it, I don't eat it. I wanna get away from canned beans though, I'd rather have fresh ones.
But yeah, most people on this board tend to not have to worry about managing expenses in any real way outside of 'Mom, can I get this?' Nothing wrong with that though.
Vitamins are a rip-off, and if you aren't getting what you need out of your diet, you are doing it wrong. Also, milk, no thanks. I'd rather have almond milk, less fat and just as good as for you, plus it doesn't come from a cow. Cows are only good for steaks and burgers. They can keep their breast secretions to themselves.