Sunday, May 12, 2013
Boy! This month is going to be a real challenge! There is practically nothing on sale at a price that interests me, which means I'll have to plan menus from "regular" prices instead. This is where having bought things on sale last month when I had a little bit of extra money would really come in handy. I'll have to rely on sauces and things like that to change the taste and appearance of the same old foods.
I'll have to make a trip to the stores to see what's available, but I expect to be having a lot of chicken legs (10 lbs for $5.90 at Walmart), maybe a whole roasted chicken (89 cents a pound at Aldi), cheese as the protein (cottage cheese on sale for $1 per pint at Kroger, several hard or semi-hard cheeses for $1.79 for 8 oz at Aldi), and some canned fish (tuna for 69 cents a pound at Aldi, mackerel for $1.38 for 14 oz at Walmart). Also, depending on the price, a lot of eggs. Their price fluctuates widely, though, so I'll have to look into them. There aren't veggies on sale, either, which means lots of frozen spinach ($1.98 for 26 oz at Walmart) and frozen broccoli (98 cents per pound at Walmart). Fresh cabbage and carrots are usually fairly cheap. Onions usually are, too, but they were $1.89 for 3 lbs at Aldi a couple of weeks ago, which is half again as much as I expected.
What are some of your favorite low cost meals or dishes that don't rely on sale prices?
Other than that, I'm going to take a different approach this month. So far, my menus have been very low carb, averaging around 25 or so net carbs per day. That's because that's the way I eat and it just comes naturally to me. Not everyone eats that way, though, so I'm going to try to raise the carbs this month. I'm going to aim for around 50 net carbs per day, using "healthy" carbs. Of course, not everyone agrees on what exactly is a "healthy" carb! I'm thinking in terms of some low carb fruit (strawberries are 99 cents a pound at Aldi this week), sweet potatoes (I have no idea what they cost), and maybe some oatmeal (preferrably steel cut, although it costs more, because it has less impact on blood sugar) and barley. We'll see. Any favorite cheap recipes using these ingredients?
Wish me luck with this week's challenge! It will be s real test of whether one can eat a low carb diet on a budget on a regular basis, and not just when meat and veggies are on sale.