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6/16/11 8:46 A

It can be more expensive to eat healthy. I know that when my husband finally jumped on the healthy train and swapped out Ramen & Canned Pasta for fresh produce, whole grains & the occasional lean meat (I am vegetarian so he pretty much eats the same), our grocery bill jumped. However, with some careful planning...much like you would budget your money, ration your food, you can get by on a surprisingly little amount of money. We are a family of 6. My husband and I and our four kiddos (ranged 10mths to 5 years). Our kids also eat healthy. You won't find candy, sweets or chips in our house. We budget $150 a week every other week and $200 on the alternate weeks. This includes any cleaning supplies, baby food/formula and diapers. We sit down and plan out our lunches, dinners & snacks for the week. We get fruit and yogurt for the kids for deserts....they get to choose which they want after lunch & dinner. We also get low sugar/fat granola bars, frozen fruit, nuts or whole grain crackers for the kids for snacks. When the kids eat all of one thing (as they tend to eat their favorite foods up the fastest) then that is all they get of that type of food for the rest of the week. So, when they eat all the Life cereal within the first 2 or 3 days of the week, then they must eat cheerios, Kashi or oatmeal the rest of the week. We make our grocery lists based on our menu and do not buy anything that is not incorporated in our meal plan.

We also shop at Sam's Club (bulk) which helps a lot. You can get good deals on fresh blueberries & raspberries there right now. We also buy cereals there.

I have to agree with another poster below.....your food and health should come first. Cut the money from somewhere else if you can't make it work on your current budget. I myself sometimes dig us into a hole where I find at the end of the month...that last week, I have to take a hit on the grocery budget because I have slipped up somewhere else during the month. I have been working to curb that habit, but it is easy to slip into. Just be aware of it and try not to undercut your food budget :D


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6/16/11 8:12 A

I wish I could cut coupons like you can in the US, I would have a very low grocery bill. It is hard to be cheap up in Canada. Plus I eat low carb so is a bit more expensive but not buying all the crap carbs.

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MISSOTIS1 Posts: 3
6/16/11 8:09 A

A friend told me about a wonderful
It allows anyone to buy food at a discount. They offer boxes of food for half of what the food normally costs. They have a monthly box for $35. that would cost $65. in a store. The food is specially purchased in bulk to get a big discount. You can buy as many boxes as you need. They often have specialty boxes of just meat. My husband has been unemployed for 4 years and is changing careers. I am on disability. If we'd know how much this program would have helped, we might still be in our own home!

Edited by: MISSOTIS1 at: 6/16/2011 (08:13)
6/16/11 8:09 A

I'm a coupon clipper

6/16/11 8:07 A

I'm always amazed by what's already in my cabinets and freezer, if I just look around a little. I also find that I spend a lot less money on groceries if I don't think in terms of "cooking dinner," but instead, "I'm hungry, I'm going to find something healthy that's already in my fridge/cabinet/freezer."

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6/16/11 7:58 A

I get 30-40 a week CONDITIONALLY to live on.
Aldi's is a god send!

I find that my shopping list is alot less expensive since becoming a vegetarian, now don't worry i'm not going to say become one :3 but meat is certainly expensive, so it may be a good idea to find many meat alternative meals (as long as they have enough protein) because lentils and cous cous are much cheeper than chicken. emoticon

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FANCYQTR Posts: 7,611
6/16/11 1:01 A

I also have to stay on a tight budget and cannot eat a lot of what they suggest like beans and rice. I try to get only what is on sale or (if I remember them) what I have coupons for. If they have the chicken on sale I will get quite a bit and separate the package into smaller packages and freeze it. Same with the super lean ground beef. Veggies and fruit I just have to get when it is on sale.

I don't know what part of Texas you are from (looked at your Spark Page), but there is a Sunflower Farmers Market in Dallas if you are close enough. I get most of my produce there since it costs much less than the major grocers and is better quality. They also usually have the lowest meat prices when they have it on sale. They are mainly a health food market, but do have other things. I've also gone to Sprouts, but the closest to me is usually out of whatever they have on sale.

Most people seem to be fortunate to have good deals at the farmers markets on the produce. Unfortunately, they are higher priced around here, so I can seldom afford to go there.

I make a lot of chicken and just find different ways to marinate it or cook it so it doesn't get too boring.

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6/15/11 11:26 P

I have been keeping track of grocery bills over the last 2 years - since we started growing some of our own summer veg, and we are spending about half of what we used to spend on groceries. And I am eating about 95% vegan - only a small portion of fish once a week, and a little milk in my oatmeal. DH, who is a confirmed carnivore, will eat vegetarian a couple dinners eqch week, and sometimes doesn't even know it! I use all the tips others have written about here - couponing, batch cooking, homemade soups, buying seasonal vegetables and freezing or canning, and I make just about everything from scratch. And we are eating out a lot less than we used to. It takes a lot of time, but it is very satisfying to eat healthier for less.

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VALERIE30907 Posts: 66
6/15/11 10:27 P

eating small portions helps me, and buying frozen dinners (healthy versions.) If I get what I like, but eat less - it saves me $ and cals. Hope this helps...

Oh - another budget buster is Over the counter dietary supplements. Avoiding those can help you save lots and lots of $$$. Best source of nutrition,,, food - the real deal.

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6/15/11 9:34 P

I would also like to add, if you have a family to buy for to buy in bulk if you can. freezing what you can. helps too. gardening when and where you can. I live in an apartment and have vegetables growing in season. food co ops, like "angel foods" farmers markets etc. are all good sources of good cheap foods.

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6/15/11 8:09 P

Coupons, comparison shopping, menu planning, whole wheat everything, meatless mondays and maybe tuesdays, canned beans (just rinse it out a couple of times to reduce sodium), get creative and start cooking at home, eat out less, natural herbs and spices for your own marinades. Bringing snacks with you from home, prevents having to buy when you're out and about.
Planning is KEY!

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6/15/11 8:02 P

Lentils are cheap and they are quick and easy to cook.

Beans cooked in a crockpot and mixed with peppers and rice. Cheap and yummy. Best wishes to you.

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6/15/11 7:51 P

I am a very careful shopper;and, only buy what I need to eat healthy

DISLIMPET Posts: 1,041
6/15/11 7:33 P

May I ask about your cooking abilities?

It's generally less expensive to buy raw materials to make meals than to buy completed products.

Your experience with cooking from scratch, the cookware you have access to, the amount of time (or blocks of time) you have to prepping healthy, AND your personal tastes are all going to be factors.

The types of mega-marts, discount places (like Aldi...), farmer's markets, co-ops, etc. can all make a difference in your bottom line.

Coupons can make processed stuff less expensive.

Watching sales, planning meals, shopping locally and in season can make eating cheaper.

Growing your own staples can make things cheaper.

Just depends on your own skills, time available, tastes, logistics.


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6/15/11 7:16 P

Turkey bacon or ground turkey instead of pork bacon or ground beef.
Venison sausage or ground venison instead of pork sausage or ground beef.

Much leaner!

Dole 100% fruit juice cups

MERWAK Posts: 55
6/15/11 6:44 P

Lots of good ideas here. I agree about making veggie/bean based soups and freezing for later dates. Quinoa salads are great in the summer with lentils and fresh veggies- you can make a big bowl and eat it throughout the week.

When our food budget was super tight I made my own pizza dough and my own pancake batter. Much cheaper than buying frozen pizzas or boxes of pancake mix.

I made it a game to see how far I could stretch a penny feeding a family of 4 and that made me feel less deprived and less of a victim to the budget.

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6/15/11 5:39 P

There is a blog called, "Poor Girl Eats Well," which is written by someone who needed to be on a very tight budget. I believe it is, but you can probably google it and find her. She also has a page on FB. She posts great, budget-friendly recipes every day. Most of it looks pretty healthy, lots of fruits and veggies.

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6/15/11 5:36 P

SparkPeople has several articles in the Nutrition area about eating healthy for less. Here is 1 of my faves:

Its called "15 ways to save big bucks on healthy groceries."
My other fave is "25 cheap foods that are good for you." Link:

Hope these help!

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VK2ZT14 Posts: 1,263
6/15/11 5:32 P

One thing i didn't see mentioned in all the other ideas, which i agree with and do most of them, is buy a whole chicken. roast it and divide up the meat into individual portions. then boil the bones to make broth. with the meat, get a big size and cut up into individual portions yourself. that is what my DH does because it IS less expensive. We eat a lot of dishes with beans, rice, and veggies. that is cheap and complete meals.

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BIBLIOMANE1970 Posts: 116
6/15/11 4:44 P

Here is a video on how to debone a whole chicken - sometimes you can get these at really reduced prices, and a whole chicken can feed you for a long time!

Also one of my favorite dishes is lentils and brown rice or bulgur. You can get beans & grains at a bulk food store and just buy the amount that you need.

I second finding a farmer's market for fresh produce!

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6/15/11 4:40 P

I know firsthand how hard it is to eat healthy on a tight budget. Healthy foods are normally more expensive than junk food for instance, I stock up on lean meats & chicken when they are on sale. I get whatever fruit is on sale that week. But yes, groceries are expensive either way you go.Yet, a doctor on tv said you either pay now or later. I would agree with that. At least, if you buy healthy options you will be eating better & it is better for your overall health. There are also some good tips on eating healthy on a tight budget on the internet. I have done lots of research so I have learned some tips. I hope this is helpful.

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6/15/11 4:31 P

I agree with most of the tips listed here, but would like to add an alternate strategy...

Healthy lifestyle habits should be the last thing you cut from your budget, especially healthy food, because we have all seen the price of an unhealthy lifestyle. Try cutting the corners on other things first...switch to cheaper laundry detergent, lose the fabric softener, buy cleaning supplies from the dollar store, switch back to the "cheap" garbage bags, don't wash your car as often, etc.

I know this may sound lame/trashy, but YOU are way more important than your things, and you deserve better!

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6/15/11 4:30 P

What helped me was grow some of my veggies like spinach, collards, kale, tomatoes, peppers and now as I harvest I bag and freeze them for future use. I do this in my backyard in the city :)

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NATALIE225 Posts: 157
6/15/11 4:28 P

Eating healthy on a budget can be a challenge depending on where you live and what's available. Here's a few things that can really help:

Shop seasonally. The fruits and veggies that are in season are generally cheaper because they don't have to be shipped in from South America.

Buy in bulk. Many stores have a bulk section. Buying whole grains, seeds, dried beans, etc can be very cheap if you buy them in the bulk section and you can control how much/how little you buy.

The more you cook from scratch the cheaper it will be.

Look at sales and compare prices. Also, group your shopping trips together based on geography so that you're not driving all over town. (Sometimes, what you save in food you spend on gas.)

Use coupons. Even if you don't get the paper you can print off the weekly Smart Source coupons online. And check store websites. Whole Foods, for example, doesn't have an ad in the paper but they do have weekly sales and you can print their coupons online.

Oh, and chickens are super easy to de-bone. It's easiest if you cook them first and then just tear the meat off.

Edited by: NATALIE225 at: 6/15/2011 (16:30)
THINKNEES Posts: 431
6/15/11 4:19 P

find out if there is a food coop in your area. check local farmers market check food pantry. As someone else suggested beans and rice are filling and cheap. homemade soup goes a long way. and frozen veggies are the next best thing to fresh and not as costly.mostly stay encouraged better days are ahead. emoticon

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EMMANYC Posts: 1,702
6/15/11 4:12 P

Changing the proportions of what you eat also can help you eat healthily on a budget.

For example, before I started losing weight I would eat a fairly large serving of meat or chicken - not because I was actually that hungry but because it just seemed like the right size.

Now, the serving size for meat, chicken or fish is typically 3 ounces at dinner and 2-2.5 ounces at lunch. Instead of buying and eating two 4-6 ounce servings of fish, I get one 6-8 ounce portion and split it 1/3-2/3 between my husband and me. I add bulk with veggies and a small serving of an inexpensive, starchy food like potatoes or brown rice.

If chicken breasts are too much of a hassle to debone and defat yourself, try chicken legs, which are easier to debone and defat. Dark meat is tastier (so you'll use less) and only slightly higher in fat.

The summer's a bit warm for hot soup, but come the fall, make a hearty soup with lots of veggies and a bit of something starchy (maybe a bit of barley) and freeze it in one-two cup servings. Heat up a serving when you're hungry, as an appetizer before a meal, or as a healthy filler before you go out to eat.

Try not to drink your calories. Drink lots of plain tap water, and flavor it with a squeeze of lemon juice or something similar. Cut out or cut back on liquid calories like juice, milk/cream/flavour in your coffee, and soda. Liquids don't fill you up as much as food, so you don't get a lot of "fullness" for your calories. You're better off eating a piece of whole fruit (which has fiber). I use hardly any milk on my cereal and save the dairy calories to 'spend' on yogurt, which has more protein and leaves me feeling fuller.

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6/15/11 2:56 P

I second using the lean ground turkey in lieu of beef. If you use it in a casserole people usually can't even tell the difference. I stock up on those when they're on sale (which is often at my grocery store) and freeze them.

Actually, I stock up on all my staples when they're on sale - just keep an eye on store flyers and coupons. If they're having a good sale on cheerios (or whichever cereal you like, for example) don't just buy one box - buy 3!

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6/15/11 2:55 P

The other option is something simple like eggs. Boneless/Skinless chicken breasts are in high demand and require a lot of post processing -- Eggs not so much. Due to the cholesterol/fat scares since the 1970's you'd be surprised. A lot of the new science is pointing to the requirement for good fats and the need to stay away from processed carbohydrates. I personally have problems eating chicken breasts all the time because of their drier/low fat texture/taste.

Good/Cheap Protein: Ground Beef / Eggs / Beans
Good/Cheap Vegetables: Frozen Veggies
Good/Cheap Other: Less expensive fruits like bananas, apples, etc.

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6/15/11 2:52 P

Brown rice, oatmeal, carrots, apples, hummus (certain kinds).

Filling and nutritious!

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
6/15/11 2:48 P

the reason I didn't switch to healthier food sooner is because I had always heard healthier food is more expensive. When I started this journey though I decided to research it and find out for myself.
Not only is it NOT more expensive in some aspects it is cheaper. Sure on the surface it appears more expensive cause of price tags BUT you have to figure in what I call "the full factor". In other words, I can eat a lot of other food and still feel hungry but I can eat LESS of the healthy foods and feel like my gut will bust!!!
Make little changes at first like buying brown rice instead of white rice etc...

As for shopping tips, well I always shop Krogers produce clearance and plan my meals accordingly. I just got 5 meals out of $2.50 worth of markdown produce.

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MO-CROSBY Posts: 353
6/15/11 2:45 P

As mentioned by a couple previous posters, definitely check out your local Aldi store if you have one. They have a great produce section and the prices cannot be beat. I have been a loyal and dedicated Aldi shopper for years and I am never disappointed by the quality of anything I buy there.

Edited by: MO-CROSBY at: 6/15/2011 (14:46)
APLUSGURL Posts: 2,565
6/15/11 2:44 P

I also shop at Aldi's . My husband and I spend no more than $150 every 2 weeks. I cook alot of bulk meals so that they last 2 days and can be packed as lunch the next day. The best thing we do is sit down every two weeks and make a list of what we want to eat for those weeks and it saves alot of money. Btw that dollar amount includes non food items. We usually spend about $60-$80 at aldi and $30-$50 at Walmart. Crock pot recipes are great to cook in bulk. We eat lots of brown rice, whole wheat noodles , and potatoes. Also my husband is very picky so I don't always cook healthy but I watch my portions and track everything. I hope this helps:) good luck!!!! emoticon emoticon

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6/15/11 2:41 P

I'm trying to get better about growing vegetables. Tomatoes don't take much room and can grow in pots on a porch or ledge (depending where you live). Herbs also grow well in pots. Lettuce is good in a pot (and it has gotten so expensive at the grocery store). I don't know much about gardening, but I keep asking my neighbors and looking online and we are getting some good veggies out of the back yard garden (we live in the middle of a city) and it is so much less expensive.

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6/15/11 2:36 P

Produce, produce, produce, produce! Otherswise frozen veggies, canned fruit and veggies in fruit juice, use coupons, and hit the farmers markets - late in the day they will make deals with you, though there's less selection. I need to follow a gluten free and low lactose diet, so my few splurges are gluten free items and almond milk, that I keep in the freezer in individual portions, and use sparingly. Otherwise I have found gluten free generic cereals on the cheap, rice and other grains that the whole family can enjoy can be purchased in bulk and are inexpensive. Coupons only for items we already buy, or if we want to try something new, never for brand name item that is cheaper generic anyway... I use internet recipes a lot and many of them break down into cost per serving, then if you substitute that gourmet parmesan cheese for more family friendly low fat cheddar or mozzarella, things are even better... etc... It isn't impossible to eat healthy and cheap. We splurge now and then... but seldom, and then it's on ground sirloin, or something like that. The main thing is to try to time out the amount of produce that you get with your needs for the week, and don't let it spoil. We cut things up as we are putting it away for the most part, and that way it is ready to go, except things that spoil faster if they are prewashed, like fresh berries... We have a bowl of fruit on the table, and one in the fridge for the kids to snack on.

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6/15/11 2:29 P

Extend the more expensive proteins with cheaper versions like beans. Pasta has a lot of protein too and is pretty cheap and if you get the high fiber stuff you kill two birds with one stone. If you need volume, fill up on veggies. Frozen will work just fine. For instance, today for lunch I had 1/4 of a whole skinless chicken breast, 1/2 cup of rice, and tons and tons of mixed veggies. I also love beans (black or red or pinto) with salsa or tomatoes, corn, brown rice, greens of some sort if you have them, and if you wanted to add ground turkey or beef a small amount would do becasue of the protein you are getting in the beans. If you need to save money make your own stuff. Make your own foods like hummus (a can of chick peas is cheaper than premade hummus and you will get more) or granola. For breakfast, get yogurt in bulk (cheaper than individual cups) or have Peanut butter on toast and a banana. In order to have a filling breakfast I will use 1/2 c egg substitute or egg whites with lots of veggies or a tbs of guac and salsa (both of which you could make yourself).

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6/15/11 2:28 P

You can generally buy bags of frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The flavor isn't as great as fresh but they will last a long time and can easily be doctored up a bunch of different ways.

SAMACOOP Posts: 57
6/15/11 2:22 P

I agree with you, it's so hard to eat healthy on a budget. What works with me is actually eating like I normally do but pay close attention to portions. I've been able to loose weight while still enjoying the foods I like and not breaking the bank.

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6/15/11 2:14 P

We have an Aldi's nearby, so I hit that before I shop at any other store. Most areas have some kind of "discount" grocery store. If you don't belong to a Sam's Club/Costco, maybe you have a friend who does and you can go in as a guest. Our local big Wal-Mart does offer a few things that Sam's does, like the bulk chicken. I usually buy a couple of whole chickens and break them down.

And home-made can be much cheaper, healthier, and tastes better. When you buy processed or pre-packaged food you're paying for the packaging. There's a website (Peas and Thank You by Mama Peas? I think that's it...) She has recipes that she breaks down into cost per serving. They're mostly vegetarian, but worth the look when you're on a budget.

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6/15/11 1:54 P

I'm not a master chef or anything, but I find that soups can be not only healthy, but cheap to make and can also last throughout the week. Soups and salads or healthy sandwiches can give a huge variety to dinners and lunches if you plan properly. With soups you can use even frozen veggies which can be cheaper than their fresh versions.

Farmers markets also tend to sell fruits and veggies at a better cost. It can be inconvenient, but it's worth checking out if you're really committed to spending less to eat healthy. I also try to go to the store once a week and that way food doesn't get wasted like it would if I go for a shopping trip to last a whole month. Also, check out Freecycle. I know it sounds strange, but sometimes people have packages of food/cans of veggies or soups that they just don't like/want.

In regards to ground turkey, I have actually found that it's more expensive than ground beef. I opt for turkey since I have a beef/pork allergy, but it can be more expensive - especially the leaner you go.

Misc tips:
1.) Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. That's where all of the healthy items are and they are typically cheaper too! The less you have to go to the inner isles of the stores, the better!

2.) Make your own salad dressings/marinades. Much cheaper in the long run.

Best of luck to you!!

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6/15/11 1:44 P

Do you have a henry's/sprouts near you? They are have such inexpensive produce! .49 cucumbers, 19 cents a pound peaches, .89-.99 lettuce. It's where I go to get all healthy products then I go to Stater Bros to get the best bang for my buck on other foods.

LILA165 Posts: 4
6/15/11 1:42 P

Call your local food bank to find out about fresh produce. In my area (large farming country) the farmers give out free produce on specific days and write it off their taxes. I have probably saved thousands over the years by accepting the free fresh fruits and vegetables. You'll never know until you make that call.

6/15/11 10:02 A

KatyARose what a great idea! I never even thought about that. I wonder if I can get ground turkey past my Texas raised boyfriend!! lol He swears by beef! lol Thanks again!!

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6/15/11 9:59 A

Another meat option is extra lean ground turkey. I use that for spaghetti, chili, tacos, and other meals. With all the seasoning and other ingredients, I can't tell the difference between turkey and beef. I mention this because I think turkey may be a cheaper option than the boneless chicken breasts.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a YouTube video that showed you how to debone chicken.

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6/15/11 9:57 A

You can also get the chicken breasts on the bone and just grab and tear the skin off and any fatty area.

6/15/11 9:50 A

Thank you all.

I will look up the info about the lemon and vitamin C that could be very helpful! Although I think I am one of the few people that does not like lemon in her water! lol

I do tend to shop the clearance sections. I find if I go early a lot of times I can find meat on sale. I just wish boneless skinless chicken breast wasn't so expensive. I really need to lear how to debone it myself! Then I could eat healthier!

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6/15/11 9:47 A

I hope that didn't come off as rude. When we eat healthier foods our bodies react to it and we fill up faster and our bodies are satisied because we gave it good nutrition and the brain will tell you that you are satisfied. You won't need to eat as often or as much, you will also have energy to burn. Even cars run better and longer on better fuel. I hope my learnings help you out because it took me a while to learn this myself.

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6/15/11 9:46 A

I am on a very limited and strict budget and I find that if I use my freezer I save a lot of money. If I can buy a slightly larger package of chicken, or make a double batch of muffins and then freeze what I won't be using right away I can get the better deals. Sometimes there is a slightly larger upfront expense, but the long term savings have added up for me. I also keep my grains and flour in the freezer to keep out the bugs so I won't have to throw them out before they are used up. Comparison shopping is also very useful, as well as coupons, and if you have the access some stores have reduced clearance racks or sections where you can get good deals You just have to use it up fast.


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6/15/11 9:44 A

I think most bean salads are pretty inexpensive to make, so it's just a matter of finding some recipes you like. Plus beans pack a lot of fiber and a good amount of protein.

Bananas and oranges are inexpensive fruit.

Frozen veggies are typically less than fresh veggies, and if the frozen veggies you purchase are flash frozen, they may even be more nutritious than fresh veggies.

Oatmeal, eggs, popcorn (the kind you use for air-popping - not the microwavable stuff), potatoes, and bulk grains (many can be used for soups and/or salads) are all pretty easy on the pocketbook.

I also look for my store's sales and use coupons when possible. The one thing I don't skimp on is organic skim milk. Milk in general can be expensive depending on where one lives, but I love and need my milk, so that's the one food I will "splurge" on.

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6/15/11 9:39 A

It is not expensive to eat healthy. Drop the excuse first then go shopping and you will see. Chips and cookies are expensive! Okay so brown rice cost more then white but guess what you eat less of the brown rice so in actuality is is cheaper for you. You will see that a lot with the healthy foods that it may cost more but it last a lot longer so really you are saving money. Fast food is expensive, sugar is expensive, really think about it. Good luck on your journey.

6/15/11 9:26 A

Hi everyone!!

I am looking to start eating better and loose the last bit of this darn weight! The problem is I am going through a divorce and with everything going on I am on a severely strict budget. I always here of how this is good for you and that is good for you but it is way to expensive. I am looking for some very budget friendly ideas and recipes. Thank you all in advanced for your help!!!

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