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La Vie En Cheap

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It cracked me up the other day, to read an article (I thought it was on SP, but I can’t find it, so…pardon my paraphrase) about eating healthy on the cheap…and one of the first items on the list of ways to slim down your grocery bill was (y’all ready for this??):
Eat less.

I seriously laughed, right out loud. I mean, it’s so basic—but nobody ever says it that simply. ‘Hey, your budget is tight? Got money concerns? Try EATING LESS.’ Now, this is closely followed by ‘eat better foods, they keep you fuller, longer’ and ‘coupon’ and ‘here’s a list of some great, cheap, nutritious foods…’ (If I hear about lentils ONE MORE TIME…lol. I do not like them, Sam I Am.)

Anyway, I thought it was funny. So, here are a few articles on cheap and healthy eating:
http://nutritionexpert.com/b
log/2009/02/12-ways-to-eat
-cheap-and-healthy/
http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
esource/nutrition_articles
.asp?id=511


And then I really liked this response to the ‘but fast food is cheaper!!’ argument:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/b
log/blog.asp?post=what_20_
will_buy_at_the_drivethru_
and_at_the_supermarket
(The prices are a little outdated, but I’ve found chicken for as little as $1.49, and 12-oz ‘tubes’ of ground turkey for $1 apiece in the past couple weeks—it’s all about where you look!)

People LOVE any article about ‘outsmarting/cheating the grocery store’, lol:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
esource/nutrition_articles
.asp?id=1326
http://stoopsthemag.com/2013
/02/outsmarting-the-grocer
y-store/

And then there’s the list of cheap foods that are good for you:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
esource/nutrition_articles
.asp?id=1210

And best of all: how to save money while grocery shopping… (we all know by now, everyone and their brother will tell you—don’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry, and try to scrape together some semblance of a plan, lol)
http://www.moneycrashers.com
/ways-save-money-groceries/
http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
esource/nutrition_articles
.asp?id=524

Tomorrow, I'm running back to the store to take advantage of the Buy-one-get-one sale on boneless skinless chicken breast...with a couple of coupons, it'll work out really very well. :-) Plus, the Digiorno pizzas we have coupons for just went on sale--2/$10, 3 pizzas = $15, minus $6 in coupons = 3 pizzas for $9. Toss in a salad, and that's a $4 dinner for the two of us...three times!! lol
Tonight, I'm making broccoli-cheddar soup (omnomnomnomnom)...$1 for a package of broccoli, we got SmartBalance milk on sale (2 for $5, 3 coupons for $1 off, $7.50 becomes $4.50, so each jug...) for $1.50, cheddar at Save-a-lot for $3, a pinch of flour and a bit of butter (plus a few diced onion bits)...Big ol' pot o' soup for about $6. And this baby will make 8-10 servings, let me tell ya. :-) Bf doesn't dig broccoli cheddar, but...this is mostly for lunches, anyway. We're clearing some stuff out of the freezer tonight.

AND gratifyingly enough...he told me last night how much he appreciates the work I put into couponing, that he'd never seen how much work it could be before... I felt so loved and understood, lol!!
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NEELIXNKES 4/30/2013 12:41PM

    Sounds good. I need to get back to planning meals and our shopping trips. I downloaded that app you suggested yesterday, snip snap. Hopefully I can use some of the ones that they have for our area.

I use the Out of Milk app for our shopping list and they added a new feature to the free version in the last few months. It actually shows you what is on sale at various stores in your area so if you need something when out and about you can check the ads. Pretty handy.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 4/30/2013 9:41AM

    I don't like the texture of lentils, but I use them: I BLEND them into soups! (soup is one of my favourite things too!). I make a lot of thick, blended soups with veggies (sweet potato, cauliflower, kale) and simmered with lentils and blended into creamy deliciousness!

Great job on the shoppings! I am impressed!

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