33$ and some change. Hm. In California, there's no tax on foods, so that definitely helps.
Where I live, sweet potatoes are 78 cents a pound. Regular potatoes are 48 cents a pound. Eggs are about a 1.80$ per dozen. Ground beef is about three dollars per pound for 85% lean. Chicken thighs are about 2.88 per pound. Broccoli is 99 cents, zucchini is 88 cents, and carrots are 48 cents per pound. A pound of butter is 3.28$. Dark chocolate is 2.25$ per 100 grams, but our bulk bins have it (70% dark) at 4.70$ per pound. Bananas are 68 cents per pound, and peaches are 99 cents a pound, and strawberries are two pounds for 4.25$.
I would purchase two and a half pounds of sweet potatoes, two and a half pounds of regular potatoes, three dozen eggs, two pounds of ground beef, a pound and a half of chicken, a pound each of the noted vegetables, a pound of butter, a half pound of bulk bin-chocolate (or a bar of Lindt), two pounds of bananas, a pound of peaches, and two pounds of strawberries.
0.78 x 2 = 1.56$
0.48 x 2 = 0.98$
1.80 x 3 = 5.40$
3.00 x 2 = 6.00$
2.88 x 1.5 = 4.32$
0.99 x 1 = 0.99$
0.88 x 1 = 0.88$
0.48 x 1 = 0.48$
3.28 x 1 = 3.28$
4.80 x .5 = 2.40$
0.68 x 2 = 1.36$
0.99 x 1 = 0.99$
4.25 x 1 = 4.25$
Total cost: $32.89
This would provide me approximately 1860 calories per day, which is perhaps a bit scant for a person of my height and weight and activity level.
[Whew, this totally took me about an hour to do, adjusting for calories and cost, as well as plugging it into my handy-dandy calorie database. Fun!]
With more time and a better awareness of the prices at the store, I'm sure I could bump those calories up a bit to suit a person with higher needs, or eschew the vegetables or fruit altogether and focus more on the meat and eggs. However, this is reflective of my diet and it really only falls short of my calorie goals by about a hundred or so. I could dump the strawberries and get another pound of chicken for my money, or eliminate the chocolate in exchange for more eggs (I'm tempted to whinge about having to dump the chocolate, but in retrospect, that seems selfish in light of the fact that there are people in the world right now who cannot afford chocolate, much less a fraction of the items on my shopping list).
This was an eye-opening activity, and definitely made me think about where my money goes. Typically, I purchase organic meat and eggs, which are considerably more expensive than the conventional counterparts offered at my local grocery store. If I did account for those, it would probably increase my expense by another ten to twenty dollars or so. I'm also greatly aware of how fortunate I am that I can splurge on more humane meat and eggs.
I think you've posed an intriguing challenge, Koko, and one worthy of much consideration. Thank you. :)