I am 40, and on a limited budget, and single due to health issues. So my budget is limited, and I eat my own meals, which is what I think you are looking for.
I eat low carb, so I can only help you in general. I eat eggs, canned veggies, butter, oil, and lots of chicken, and 1 ground beef a week. Meat is obviously my biggest expense. To save money, I shop at Aldi's, for everything but my meat. I buy that at an Amish market, which is slightly more expensive, but saving money elsewhere allows that, and you probably don't eat as much meat, so that won't affect you.
There are lost of ways to save money. Look for specials, and keep a little money in savings. $100 maybe. Next time there are 2/$1 canned vegetables, buy 100 cans, they last forever. I KNOW fresh is better, and so is frozen, but they can be expensive, and are seldom 1/2 price. The same can be said about dry goods, especially pasta. Sometimes it is $1.50 a box, at other times $.75. Be prepared to buy 20 boxes of pasta, if you will eat that.
I rarely have fish due to the price, but last week, there was pollock for $3,49 a lb., so I bought it. When it is $6.99 a lb, I skip it.
Next is serving size. I tend to use foods that I can split up. Pasta is 8 servings a box, or $.10-$.15 a serving ( cheap ), and the box is resealable. I buy chicken in large quantities, and separate them into daily servings, so I just thaw one days meat. Same with cheese, when I can afford it. I cut it up, and separate it into serving size. Twice as much is not twice as expensive, as long as you don't eat it twice as fast. It is cheaper per 2 oz serving.
You could eat something like pasta and mix it with soup, or a sauce. I used to eat Chunky soup, which was about $2 a can, but was 2 servings. So I ate it with 2 servings of pasta ( 1 cup ). I would split it in 2 and have 1 for lunch, and have leftovers the next day. This cut the cost, since pasta is cheap, but also the sodium, and another plus was not having to cook lunch the next day. If not enough calories, throw in an extra can of vegetables. You can use spaghetti sauce in place of soup to flavor a dish, just pay attention to serving size, and nutrition.
You can take a relatively expensive can of soup ( $2.49 ), and mix it with pasta( 2 servings $.25 ), and a can of veggies( $. 50 ), and make 2 meals for about $3.24, or $1.62 a meal.
So look for deals, and use cheap filler foods to add bulk, and calories to meals, without breaking your budget. I prefer 2-3 cans of vegetables, and no pasta, but the idea is the same.. diluting an expensive menu item, with several cheaper ones. Better than the alternative.. the cheap boxed macaroni and cheese..lol. Healthy may be slightly more expensive, but with a little planning is possible on $30-40 a week.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 1/16/2014 (12:17)
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0