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JKW1957 Posts: 185
2/23/13 9:16 A

With the medical problems you have listed I would also suggest increasing your activity level even if it is just walking. The more you are able to move with arthritis and fibromyalgia the less pain you will have. Also helps lower your sugar levels with diabetes. Don't let your situation be an excuse for overeating. Eat in moderation and try to find low cost canned vegetables and low fat proteins on sale. I know it is hard to keep positive when things aren't going well.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/22/13 7:59 P

using my crockpot has been a hugh help in making a big amount. You might want to think about doing that. A big pot of chilli is cheap. So is chicken soup.

DEBBIE19584 Posts: 261
2/22/13 2:15 P

Thanks everyone for the helpful tips, this is my grocery list this week, a blade roast on sale, potatoes, carrots, oatmeal, milk, 2 dozen eggs, 5 lb bag of apples. This should last me a week until we get money again in a week or so.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,261
2/22/13 1:01 P

A note on Costco-- I don't have a Costco membership, but I do have a Sam's one, and I think they're fairly similar. I can take one non-member in with me on my card, any time I go. So you could ask around your friends and family and see if anyone has a membership and will take you on their card.

That being said, just because it's at Sams or Costco doesn't automatically make it cheaper than the local supermarket, Save-a-Lot or Walmart. And for the most part, you are dealing with buying a large quantity of whatever it is, at one go. I get my carrots at Sams-- 5 lbs. for 2 dollars something. Needless to say, we eat a lot of carrots and they keep well, so 5 lbs. works for us. Their yeast and bread flour are really cheap. But it's not necessarily the best place to buy cereal or coffee or frozen vegetables. If you know your prices, it could be worth a trip to Costco or Sams (on someone else's card, don't buy a membership right off the bat) just to see what-all they could save you money on.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (85,172)
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2/22/13 11:30 A

Look for coupons for your cleaning supplies, and toliet paper, paper towels. This can help save in this area so that you can spend that savings on other foods.

This chicken taco soup recipe I recently tried is GREAT!!! It is so thick (could cut back on rice) and made at least 10 bowls!

Buy on sale, Stock up if better than 50% off.

I know a friend who has fibromaylgia and she says that she has to stay away from wheat products. for some reason that flares up her pain when she eats it.


CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/22/13 7:53 A

there's lots you can do with dried foods and frozen vegetables, with a few fresh thrown in.
Lots of herbs and spices, too.

Plenty of soups, for starters (and they don't have to contain spam or wieners).

A little bit of meat in a large soup goes a long way, and you can freeze portions for later, so you have variety.

Split peas, beans, chickpeas, barley - lots of good nutrients and fibre, without resorting to highly processed foods

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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2/21/13 8:08 P

I know Costco has a membership fee of (I think) $50 a year, but for me it has been well worth it just for the vegetables. After I started eating them everyday, I could not believe the price difference compared to other supermarkets. I'm in Alberta, so I'm not sure if there's as big a price difference in other areas as well. I find it's less than half the price.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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2/21/13 7:46 P

Depending on if you work the sales, you can get whole chickens for a couple bucks a pound. Catch them on clearance, even less. And those are terribly versatile!

Here's a great article here on SP about eating healthy on a budget.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/21/2013 (19:48)
RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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2/21/13 7:03 P

As someone who eats a ton of beans and chickpeas and lentils -- the canned kind are no more expensive than the dried ones, I believe, and significantly easier to prepare. Either way they're cheap, though, low-calorie without being devoid of good stuff like protein, and healthy.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (192,066)
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2/21/13 6:59 P

My local supermarket has great Buy One, Get One Free sales. I take advantage of them, and stock up. I have to say, rice and beans are healthy and cheap. Go for whole grain pasta, eggs, barley, lentils. There are some cheap things that are good for you. Oh, it may be high in sodium, but Campbell's Chunky soup makes a great chili in a can.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,261
2/21/13 4:02 P

Brown rice and beans are pretty cheap. Carrots (not the baby carrots, regular peel-them-yourself) carrots are cheap. Potatoes are usually cheap. Frozen vegetables (generic or store brand) are pretty cheap. Meat is fairly expensive; again, rice and beans instead. Cheese. A serving of meat is actually not that big; most of us are probably used to thinking a serving needs to be a large slab. But no. If you put it in a casserole, or make something like soup or chili-- use a lot less meat and tons more beans or lentils. Peanut butter. Oatmeal is cheap.

Absolutely no soda, chips, cookies, junk food of any kind. When money's tight, there's no room for anything like that. If you've got an extra dollar, buy a couple bananas.

Local food bank and/or churches that do food distributions. Just about any church, if they don't do food themselves, can tell you which ones do. Angel Food Ministries. Shop the cheap stores-- Dollar General Market, Aldi's. Forget the name brand stuff and go only for the generics and store brands.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/21/13 3:59 P

Actually, I don't think you have to make poor food choices because you lack money, especially if you have time on your hands. You can make a lot of quality foods from scratch. Don't buy anything in boxes. Opt for staples like old-fashioned oats, dried beans, eggs, peanut butter and frozen fruits and veggies -- no sauces, etc. -- when fresh is not inexpensive. Do you have an Aldi by you. I save tons by shopping there, especially when I focus on their produce specials. Canned tuna and salmon is better than Spam. What about making your own whole wheat bread. Any food pantries or churches in the area that can help you out.

It sounds like you have a lot of health issues. Be sure to check with your doctor about your dietary concerns. I don't think any of your conditions would be helped with a high carb diet.

DEBBIE19584 Posts: 261
2/21/13 3:40 P

Hi everyone, I was prompted by Sparkcoach to tell you all about my diet and nutrition challenges. Then I thought about it.....there are lots of challenges I face. Mostly is nutrition because my husband is laid off from work and money is very tight. So its very inexpensive food, with a high carbohydrate count. Such as macaroni, sandwiches, and the old reliable spam. This probably will get better though when he starts collecting unemployment insurance in 3 weeks. I also have a lot of health issues that interfere with my daily life, like fibromyalga, osteoarthritis, diabetes, lupus, and post traumatic stress disorder, and paralyzed stomach, and a heart condition. So what do you do when you are on a weiner diet??

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