Oddly enough, stores that sell inexpensive tools often have fabulous prices on digital scales identical to the ones we pay more for in kitchen shops. The last time I went to Harbor Freight, they had three or four different models in the $10-$20 range. Apparently people who know what they're doing weigh things like nails and screws instead of counting them, or something. Anyhow, mechanics and carpenters use scales like our kitchen scales and expect them to cost a lot less.
I also have the digital one by Perfect Portions. Love it.
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2/23/13 1:54 P
I have a digital one by perfect portions. I purchased it from bed bath and beyond and used a 20% off coupon. I think I paid 40.00. It comes with a book with a list of foods and codes for those foods. I like it because you can put codes for the food you are weighing and it will provide you with the nutrition breakdown on the screen. If you choose to simply weigh the food and not put the code in, you can. You can also switch between ounces and grams.
I am very happy with it. It weighs accurately whether you are weighing a quarter ounce or several pounds, switches easily from ounces to pounds to grams, and my favorite feature is the "tare" feature that allows me to easily subtract out the weight of whatever container i place on it. It's very thin/compact and easy to store, and goes a long time between battery changes.
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2/21/13 11:07 A
I have the one GLH1980 linked to and I like it. Easy to use. When you buy one, just make sure it has a "tare" feature. That means if you set an empty plate on it, you can "tare" it to bring it back to zero, so when you put your food on it all you're seeing is the weight of the food.
2/21/13 10:44 A
I got mine at Walmart too. I recommend digital because that will be easier. I found I was actually eating less than I should be once I started weighing things.
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18 2/21/13 10:39 A
I got the same one as the PP. Happy with it soo far. Wake up call to how many oz. of chicken I was guessing. :)
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2/21/13 10:07 A
You definitely don't need to spend a lot on a food scale. I spent about $20 on mine. Below is the link to it on Amazon. It's $25 right now but that will give you an idea of a good scale.
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9,692 2/21/13 10:00 A
lol, it doesn't actually say hello, it just displays "HELO" on the screen. It's adorable. So very Engrish.
2/21/13 9:54 A
a small digital scale was recently on sale at Canadian Tire for $10 You may be able to find something similar elsewhere You don't have to spend a fortune, but I believe digital is best, because many of them have a "zero" feature - where you can put the plate/bowl on; zero it out (to subtract the weight of the plate) and then weigh the portion (either ounces or grams)
2/21/13 9:05 A
I totally agree, you don't need anything expensive. Mine was a gift but I know the person who purchased it really well, so I know for a fact it was probably from WalMart. And it is fabulous! Doesn't tell me "Hello" when I turn it on, but personally I'd find that annoying. You can choose to weigh things in pounds/ounces, or in grams. The ounce function doesn't go any "finer" than 1/4 ounce, so when I'm doing little bitty things or calorie-dense things (like nuts) I'll set it for grams (28 grams to an ounce) to get a "finer" measurement.
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9,692 2/21/13 8:57 A
Honestly, you don't need a super high-end scale or anything. I picked up mine for about $15 at walmart, and it looks nice (glass top) and does what I need it to do, and allows an easy way to switch between measurements.
I also like how it tells me "HELO" when I turn it on. ;)
2/21/13 8:46 A
I would also like to find a good, but not too expensive food scale
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5 2/21/13 8:30 A
Hello I have been guessing at my food portions and so most likely not getting the calories that I need. What kind of scale do I need to get that will take care of all of my food weighing
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