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03/20/2013 Time to focus on my budget i spend for my meals!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I got a my paycheck today it is time to cut back and spend less for the meals I SPEND for my meals that means I should plan what i am going to eat for lunch& brekkfast. emoticon

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INTHELOOP 3/20/2013 11:14PM

    Fresh whole real nutritious foods - are a lot cheaper than prescriptions caused by eating junk!! But also easier to waste becuase they don't last as long- we go shopping two or three times a week - and are terrible about using the freezer!

All of the comments you received for writing this blog are great advice!! Writing a few of these down for my own goals and saving account!!


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ROXYZMOM 3/20/2013 10:50PM

    Most of the time I pack breakfast and lunch. You will save a lot of moalah that way:)

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POSITIVEPAULA8 3/20/2013 6:13PM

    Yes it does help to plan out all your meals for the week. Go through your cuboards and freezer first and do a stock take and see what meals can be made from from is in there.

Then what I do is look at the weekly specials catalogue for Woolworths and meal plan and shop according to those specials only after checking the price online at Aldi first. Generally I shop at Aldi first (I think it is the cheapest here is Australia) then get what I really do not like or can't get at Aldi at Woolworths.

I make some meals like taco sauce, pasta sauces etc... and frezze for easy meals or make enough for a few meals have it the night I make it plus divide the rest up into our family size portions and freeze the rest.

The cost of Groceries in Australia is not cheap. Sometimes buying produce at the markets works out a bit cheaper also.

I always check labels when I shop including ingredients list to check for preservatives, additives and anything artifical I have a book called "the additive code breaker" by Maurce Hansen which tells me what all the code numbers mean so I know where they are safe and ok for my family and I to eat.

Like Fatkat 65 said make a list and stick to it, eat before you shop and do not take kids with you if possible as they always seem to want something or sneak something extra into the trolley.

It would be good if we had coupons here like they do in America but unfortunately we do not.

Just my thoughts.

Have fun doing all your shopping.

Take care,

Paula emoticon

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FITKAT62 3/20/2013 3:50PM

    It helps to plan your meals for the week. I find fresh fruits and veggies are a much better value than packaged foods. Make a list and stick to it. Shop along the outer walls of the store. The middle aisles are filled with packaged foods. The packaged foods contain lots of fat, sugars and/or sodium which make you crave more of them. Eat before you shop so you won't be tempted to buy foods you don't really need. Happy shopping!

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LOTUSFLOR 3/20/2013 11:26AM

    I hear ya! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/20/2013 10:21AM

    Are you buying lunch out? Packing a lunch saves a bundle. The slow cooker is a great tool. Cook a batch on the weekend and freeze portions for the week or later. Because our economy has been so bad in the last few years, there are now tons of recipes online for healthy low-cost meals on Food Network, women's magazine sites, etc. Google it, and you'll find some great ideas.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2013 9:07AM

    You CAN eat cheaply and healthily with planning! Whole, unprocessed foods that don't come in boxes or bags can be inexpensive AND healthy. For fruits and vegetables out of season, look for frozen. They are pretty reasonable. Last night I had roasted cauliflower, and I used a bag of frozen! It was just as good.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/20/2013 8:57AM

    You can do it.

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DB1167 3/20/2013 7:57AM

    It's so hard to eat healthy and do it cheap. I find planning out my meals saves a lot and I can try and use produce more efficiently before it goes bad and I end up throwing it out. I also use a lot of leftovers for my lunch the next day to help save money. Good Luck!

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EDITOR 3/20/2013 7:44AM

    In this day and age, I cannot cut back on any daily necessity but my grocery bills! Planning is necessary for wholesomeness and frugality.

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