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  • 7 Days of Pinoy Homecooked Dinner for 4 Costs Less Than P2,000

    You can make all your favorites even when on a budget!
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7 Days of Pinoy Homecooked Dinner for 4 Costs Less Than P2,000
PHOTO BY At Maculangan
  • Nothing expresses love better than a hot meal to come home to after a long day. Inflation might have you thinking twice about making your favorite dishes, but did you know that you can churn out a delicious classic Filipino dish every day of the week with just P2,000 worth of groceries? We show you exactly how!


    The grocery list

    • 360 g red onions, P54
    • 1 bundle green beans (sitaw), P42
    • 400 g green onion, P22
    • 1 sayote or green papaya, P20/fruit
    • 200 g ginger, P33
    • 1 piece medium tomato, P20
    • 250 g calamansi, P30
    • 3 bulbs garlic, P21
    • 1 bundle malunggay leaves, P12
    • 80 g annatto seeds, P57.50
    • 80 g okra, P9.60Â
    • 400 g radish (labanos), P43
    • 2 bundles kangkong (water spinach), P44
    • 500 g gabi, P51
    • 1 198-gram can sliced mushrooms, P32.25
    • 1 198-gram can shiitake mushrooms, P39.25
    • 2 beef broth cubes, P13.65
    • 2 whole chicken, P218 each
    • 500 g chicken, tinola cut, P82
    • 1 1/4 kilograms chicken breast fillets, P203
    • 500 grams pork, sinigang cut (large chunks), P82.50
    • 1 large boneless bangus (milkfish), P130
    • 250 g pork belly, chopped, P74.25
    • 80 ml mayonnaise, P18.50
    • 37 g sachet onion powder, P76.25
    • 350 ml fish sauce, P17.25
    • 500 ml soy sauce, P29.75
    • 1 L white vinegar, P30
    • 44 g pack sinigang na gabi mix, P22.95
    • 1 330-ml can clear soda (7-up or sprite), P23.75
    • 400 g pancit canton (egg noodles), P55.75
    • 1 stick margarine, P28.75
    • 6 eggs, P38

    Total: P1,892.95

    Note: Excluded from this list are staples like rice, oil, sugar, salt, and black pepper.

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    Tuesday: Filipino Chicken Inasal

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    Wednesday: Sinigang na Baboy

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    Thursday: Tinola


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    Friday: Bangus Sisig

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    Saturday: Chicken Adobo

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    Sunday: Easy Pancit Habhab Recipe


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    You really can't go wrong with this affordable meal plan. The homecooked food you'll be eating the whole week will satisfy not only your taste buds, but also your pockets. 

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