What Does Wallet Engineer Eat

A recent reply from a questioning reader asked what I eat every month!

She noticed that I spent around $120 to $150 each month on my grocery bill. So What does Wallet Engineer Eat? Let’s find out!

By Wallet Engineer

What Does Wallet Engineer Eat?

 Thanks for stopping by! Here are a few things I eat a regular basis:
  • Burrito: Flour tortilla, black beans, cheese, and jalapeno tomatillo sauce. I cook it in the George Foreman grill for a few minutes and it’s nice and crunchy! Yum.
  • Tacos: 15oz black beans, onions, peppers, maybe another vegetable, two packets of taco seasoning. Also good with tortilla chips. Sometimes guacomole. Always some shredded cheese.
  • Salad: Spinach, banana peppers, cucumber, olive oil & vinegar, bleu cheese or gorgonzola, walnuts (buy in bulk! $6/lb or less!). So good!
  • Breakfast: 1 cup uncooked quick oats from Target, 3/4 cup soy milk, 3/4 cup water – pour into 1 quart Pyrex container. Cook 2:30 minutes in 900W microwave. Add 1/8 cup brown sugar, some cinnamon, and a handful of walnuts.
    • Calories: oats (300), sugar (110), walnuts (200), milk (95) = 705
    • 1 cup uncooked oats is a lot! Start with 1/2 cup.
  • Broiled salmon (coat in vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper), broil on the top rack, use a meat thermometer.  Make 1 cup uncooked rice. Stir fry vegetables(see below). Make a mixture of 2 parts soy sauce to 1 part brown sugar and use with rice and salmon.
  • Brats ($3.49/lb or less). Add some chips. Mix into spaghetti for protein if you want.
  • Stir fry: onion, bell pepper, a few snap peas, broccoli. Add in a little oil and stir fry. Add a pre-mixed packet of stir fry mix (about $.80 to $1.00). Add a handful of peanuts or cashews!
  • Farfalle pasta, 1 jar of pesto ($3 or less at Target), cut broccoli. You can steam the broccoli on top of the boiling pasta, then mix in. This is low on protein, though.
  • Pulled Pork: One large onion, several cloves of garlic, several pounds of pork butt (cut into large pieces about the size of a large, fist). Etc. Slow cook in a crock pot. Freeze what you don’t use. Google a recipe, haven’t perfected this one.
  • Pancakes – whatever usually. Sometimes we eat Kodiak protein pancakes with milk and an egg. Add some walnut chunks, cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract, and a little sugar. Costco sells a 4.5lb box of Kodiak for about $12
  • Fruit – About 3PM every day I have some fruit (apple, banana, or orange usually).
    • A normal banana is 2 servings of fruit.
  • Peanut Butter and a Clif Bar with some fruit. I like making a peanut butter toupee on my banana.
  • Cracked Black Pepper Triscuits and cheese, side of apple.
  • A can of tuna or a packet of salmon, mix with honey mustard (no mayo!), a little bit of onion, and some pepper. Eat plain or make a wrap with a tortilla (add some spinach).
  • Homemade pizza. We buy crusts at Target (2 for $4 or so). Then olives, cheese, onions, peppers, whatever vegetables, olive oil on the crust.
  • When my budget is over, it’s usually because I bought a bunch of grocery store sushi.

In a normal day I eat the oatmeal on and off until about 11, then eat lunch at 12:30, have fruit at 3PM, and eat dinner somewhere later. Generally dinner is whatever. Sometimes fancy, sometimes not!

Wallet Engineer Tips and Tricks:

  1. I get most of my protein from nuts and beans, with some from fish and rarely meat.
  2. I try to avoid red meat as it is fairly expensive and it has many health repercussions (heart disease, colon cancer, etc).
  3. I don’t eat bread. I get some grains from rice and also flour tortillas, pizza crust.
  4. I shop around for groceries. Certain types of stores sell product X at a discount while they sell Y at a markup which is how they are still profitable. Example: Target has a big can of quick oats for $2.80, at Kroger they’re $4.29! :O Target also sells pesto at $2.72 while Kroger is almost $4.
  5. I buy my vegetables from the local Sprout’s or Lucky’s (local “Farmer’s Market” store).
    I buy my oatmeal, beans, and a few other things from Target.
    I buy my tortillas, hot sauce, taco seasoning from King Soopers (Kroger’s).
  6. Buy generics. (Unless it’s Saran Wrap, always buy Saran Wrap).
  7. Fill your diet with fruits and vegetables (like is recommended). You can eat your face off with vegetables.  I ate a whole bag of “Asian Medley” for stir fry: 240 calories!
  8. Eat meat sparingly (a serving is only 3oz!). Meat and potatoes is not a balanced diet.
  9. Drink less milk (I drink about 3/4 cup soy milk each day in my oatmeal).
  10. It’s OKAY TO BE HUNGRY. Seriously. Also, if you’re hungry you’re probably thirsty. Drink some water!Thanks!


You can also check our Mr. Money Mustache’s “How to Kill your $1000 grocery bill”.
Wallet Engineer

4 thoughts on “What Does Wallet Engineer Eat

  1. Income Surfer

    Interesting Engineer. You eat similar to how we do, but a little more health conscience. Mrs IS makes these awesome salads and we keep our meat servings small also. Oh, and I love bread…..so that is my vice 🙂


  2. Tawcan

    Very cool to see what you eat and your tips. We eat quite a bit of chicken nowadays and try to stay away from red meat as well. Buying generic and produce from local stores instead of big chain grocery stores will save you tons of money.

    1. walletengineers@gmail.com Post author

      I do think chicken is a much better choice than red meat. Both from a health perspective, as well as the resources consumed. Chickens are much less resource, especially water, intensive than cattle. Livestock use a very large portion of fresh water supplies.


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