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If you live near an Aldi's store, they have FANTASTIC prices. Where I live, fresh pineapple is sometimes one dollar, the bag salad is less than $1, they frequently have bags of baby carrots for 59 cents, sometimes less.

Also look for marked-down or clearance items wherever you shop. If something is close-dated, ask the manager to sell it half price. Never hurts to ask! :)



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An old man I used to look after was an avid gardener all his life. I remember him telling me that when his children were little, he gave them EACH a little plot to grow some veges - ones that don't take too long to grow. He said that the children couldn't wait to eat what they had grown.

Your idea is a really good one, and can be cost-effective, too, so long as the plot is well looked after.

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Thought I would just mention that we are 4 in out household with two children under 13 years. It is hard to cook for them as they are not very keen on trying new things.

We are in South Africa, we don't have things like frozen fruits etc.

to those who comment on this about things we might buy... we never buy biscuits, crisps or any kinds f thing like that.

We are working on an action plan to extend our vegetable garden, this will help loads, will get the kids more involved with this, it might help them want to eat more veggies too,

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Just an add on to Algebragirl's post concerning chicken stock. I keep a gallon size zip lock bag in my freezer and add any veggie odds and ends. Things like peelings (carrot, parsnip, turnip, potato), ends of onions and the leafy tops and chunky roots from celery. Use all the bits as your veggies for the stock and toss in a bay leaf and some pepper. Between this and your saved chicken bones stock is basically free. Also, here's a great link for how to cut up a whole chicken- www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW5BFvCmV7k It only takes 5 minutes once you get the hand of it.



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Some great advice in this thread! Some things are more expensive, but there are also deals to be found. By fresh fruit and vegetables when they are in season. Frozen fruits and vegetables are frequently cheaper and may go on sale. They still have a high nutritional content.

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Check if there is an Aldi store in your area. Great prices and a decent selection. You won't find a lot of specialty items but they do well on basics. I often stick with produce picks of the week. On Tuesday, the last sale day, you often can find amazing bargains that you can freeze. In my area, they are moving into organics, which often are the same price as regular produce in other stores. If you quit buying packaged foods, even "healthy" ones, it's a lot cheaper.

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How many people are in your household?

Buy a whole chicken at the beginning of the week,
Take the skin off and make cracklings. Pack them for lunch as a snack. Or garnish cooked vegetables with them.
Save the chicken fat (strain it) and refrigerate it. Use it for cooking fat, or mix it with other cooking fats.
Save the bones, all of them.
Save the giblets (neck, etc.) to make soup. Except the liver.
Cook the liver, season it and mash up with a hard boiled egg to make a sandwich or eat with crackers.
The chicken's body - break it into pieces and brush with some oil - roast pieces of the chicken, excluding the breast.
Save the breast to cook using any recipe you like - but the white breast meat deserves its own dish because there are so many recipes that use it and it needs special treatment. It can easily overcooked to the point of being dry. Poaching is a perfect way to cook it!.
Serve some of that roasted chicken at one meal.
Take off the cooked meat from what you didn't use for that meal and make chicken salad. Make your own rolls or biscuits for the sandwiches.
Eat a little bit of that chicken all week. If you're not going to eat the roast chicken, cook it and freeze it. Heat it up in aluminum foil. Dark meat is fattier in itself so it's not as easily dried out by cooking.
Use all the bones you set aside after stripping off the roasted meat. Cook them down in water to cover, with a bay leaf and some loose veggies, to make a soup base or stock. No cauliflower, broccoli, or brussels sprouts - instead, carrots, tomatoes, celery, onion, scallions, garlic, etc. Take out the cooked veggies and discard - unless you want to chop them and make fritters or veggie pancakes, or even add them to a blender and grind them up with some liquid - buttermilk, milk, canned tomatoes - and make a veggie soup.

Out of that whole chicken and the other things I've mentioned, you have: cracklings, chicken stock, vegetable soup or fritters, chopped liver, chicken salad, roast chicken, and some chicken breast entree, The biscuits or rolls are up to you - find a recipe you're comfortable with.

The chicken itself should be inexpensive. Get frozen veggies on sale and some loose lettuce. Wash the lettuce very well and strip off the outer leaves. Chop them up and cook them in a soup. Or even add that to a stir-fry. Serve the stir-fry with brown rice.

Look for what's the least expensive so you can buy more of it (freeze or refrigerate leftovers).

Look for the area of the supermarket where produce has been marked down. If you don't want to make your own bread or rolls or biscuits, look for the best quality day-old baked stuff and then freeze it. Take out what you need, sprinkle with water, wrap in aluminum foil and heat it up in the oven. Or toast that bread.

Buy very ripe bananas (discounted) and freeze them. Or make a smoothie with them, using fruit canned in juice if you see it marked down. Or bake them with some cinnamon and a little brown sugar.

If you see milk on sale, you can buy it and freeze it. If you see eggs on sale, you can lightly mix them and put them in a ziploc bag and freeze them.

I eat meat once a week. Everything about using up a chicken to the max can be said about vegetables, too - wash them well and you can make soups, purees, stir-fries from the greens that a lot of people discard, smoothies, frittatas, quiches, breads, pancakes, pickles, homemade jams and chutneys - and throw out very very little. Wash your onion well and save the peel - it flavors soup and gives it a golden color. Wash your potato well and roast the peelings and serve them as a seasoned side. If you have the time and interest, make your own condiments. It takes time but everything you learn will help as you go along. You don't have to do all of it, or any of it, at once.


If you like fish, look at the seafood department of the supermarket. In my area, there are several supermarkets that sell whole fish heads. So cheap! Buy one or two, put in a very large kettle with bay leaf, celery, onion, carrots (the standard stuff) and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that collects at the surface, Turn it down to simmer. Cook for as long as it takes for the heads to collapse - then cool, drain, and pick the fish meat that you can recognize off the bones. Discard everything else. Drain and use the liquid as fish stock in a soup.

Make a fish salad with mayonnaise, or add the fish pieces to hot milk (cook some chopped onion in some olive oil and a little butter, then add milk), and throw in some boiled potato or leftover baked potato. Season it to make a fish chowder. If the process of picking off the meat was too gross or tedious, then just make a chowder using the fish stock, some whole instant milk powder (Nido brand is really good) and any pieces of seafood or fish you have found on sale.

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Buy things like dry beans, lentils, oatmeal instead of packaged instant meals.
You can save a lot of money if you cook from scratch more often.
Don't pay someone to chop, shred, skin, debone, etc. Often food that is whole is cheaper.
Buy fruits and vegetables that are whole and in season. If you can't buy fresh, then buy plain frozen fruits and vegetables.
Reduce waste. Use what you buy. Use the more perishable fruits or vegetables first or freeze them. Use leftovers for another meal. If you freeze things be sure to label them so you know what they are and use them.
Plan your meals. Make a grocery list and stick to it.

Try growing some vegetables. Look up "container gardening" if you don't have a patch of ground to plant.


In my house, we have meatless meals 3 or 4 days per week. We make a large pot of soup once a week that will be used for lunches and/or go in the freezer. We don't eat out much. It helps reduce our spending.



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If yo sho the bulk food section of grocery store they have lots of healthy options. Nuts, seeds whole grains protein powder etc . Also buying whatever produce is on sale and in season saves money



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Beans, lentils, eggs, canned tuna, salmon, and sardines are all very cheap sources of protein. Lean cuts of beef are often less expensive than something fatty like a rib eye. I am in an area with a number of grocery stores and my sister and I will often pick up extra items for each other when we find bargains. Chicken is not super expensive and I stock up when it goes on sale. This is harder to do if you don't have a freezer. I also like to make occasional trips to the farmers market ( also close to me). I also shop ethnic markets. There is a great Asian market near me that sells fresh and frozen seafood, meats, and vegetables often for less than the regular stores. I also like to try new vegetables to steam or stir fry. You may have to give it a bit of effort but you will feel better when you eat better.

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I would agree with making soups and using the Crock Pot to make tough things tender (I have trouble with the tougher meats, so have found I can eat them only if they are made in the Crock Pot). The freezer section seems to have the best deals if you are going for produce, but they have very little selection here. I also check the circulars and buy on sale only, if possible. Unfortunately, the stores around here seem to figure out what people are doing to eat healthier and raise their prices so that things cost even more to get fresh. Lettuce for less than $1 - NOT. It is $1.79. I have never heard of tomatoes for 33 cents a pound. More like $3+ most of the year and lowest 99 cents in the summer when they are in season but usually over $2 even in season. Those are U.S. prices. Broth for the recipes that they have on SP has jumped. I can understand the person asking how to get the stuff on a budget. I am also very low budget and run out of food budget before my month is up. The things that are recommended ALL the time, like beans, rice, etc. may be low budget, but are high in carbs and cause severe medical problems for many people. Food banks give out high carb foods like pasta, rice, cookies, etc.

If you have food Pantries (not food banks that just give out 1 bag of high carb foods no matter how many in the family) near you check them out if you fit their criteria. I went to one a few weeks ago and signed up. I was surprised at what they had there. It is true that much is canned, but they also had fresh meat and produce that you cannot get from the food bank. I actually will make it to the end of the month without going over my food budget. And you can choose what foods you want, so you can choose what is healthier.

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Personally.... I found that eating healthier was actually cheaper than the way we (DH and I) used to eat. IF you quit spending money on chips, soda, packaged cookies and other treats, "convenience" type things such as jarred spaghetti sauce or frozen meals or anything that makes a meal or side dish by dumping a box of assorted stuff in a pot and adding water (things like Suddenly Salad or Hamburger Helper, for example).... and start with just real, whole ingredients and cook it yourself. It takes a commitment to the time and effort involved though.

And I'd agree that anything where someone else has already done some of the work (baby carrots, pre-cut raw vegetables) is going to be more expensive. You're paying extra for the convenience of saving a little time. And I'd agree that there is absolutely no need to spend any money on anything marketed as "diet" food. Snackwells cookies, Skinny Cow ice cream, sugar free chocolates. If you want a treat, just buy the real thing (hopefully, when it's also on sale!) and practice some portion control.

Plus, DH and I went to meatless meals twice a week. Not that hard to do. I really like lentils-- they cook quick, compared to dried beans. Generally, I alternate and one week will make a big pot of vegetable soup with beans and corn or rice (it's enough for us to eat dinner Monday and Thursday) and the next week I make Lentil Soup (again, enough for Monday and Thursday). Part of the logic behind the meatless meals was eating healthy. But part of it was also to reduce our reliance on protein from animals.

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Some of the cheapest meals (and very healthy) are soups and casseroles. I extend the meat in the casseroles by adding in lentils and/or red kidney beans or chickpeas, and fine chopped veges, plus often a can of tomatoes. Use a variety of spices/herbs to alter the taste. Try 2-3 dried baking apricots, chopped, in with a chicken casserole. Delicious.

Soups I chop up the veges (hardly every remove any of the skin) and lentils, plus sometimes chickpeas or cannelinni beans. I puree them when cooked. Pureeing the soup helps to keep us fuller for longer, as opposed to using the chunky plus liquid version. Have it with a piece of quality toast. My late hubby and I lived off the smell of an oily rag for years, and there were times when we had this 5 times in one week. I always bulk cook. Even now that I am on my own. I containerize in single-serve containers and then freeze them. That way you not only take good advantage of the specials with meats/veges, but also save money on power/gas because it is only one lot of cooking and cleaning up. It also helps when you are too tired or just having got the time, ensuring that you still have a quality, filling and CHEAP meal on hand.

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I get my produce from a co-op every other week and it lasts me 2 weeks. $20 bucks and I have fruits and veggies for 2 whole weeks for my family of four and we typically dont even finish it all. I then freeze, dehydrate or can the rest. If I need something that i dont get from the co-op I will buy frozen veggies and they are really cheap! Less that $1 for a 10-12 oz bag. And if you keep an eye out, there are coupons for frozen veggies too...making them even less expensive, if not completely free.

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I get my produce from a co-op every other week and it lasts me 2 weeks. $20 bucks and I have fruits and veggies for 2 whole weeks for my family of four and we typically dont even finish it all. I then freeze, dehydrate or can the rest. If I need something that i dont get from the co-op I will buy frozen veggies and they are really cheap! Less that $1 for a 10-12 oz bag. And if you keep an eye out, there are coupons for frozen veggies too...making them even less expensive, if not completely free.

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I have priced out CSA's and farmers markets. Sometimes they are more and sometimes less. Buy fresh in season. It is usually cheaper. If this winter ever decides to end, spring and summer fruits and veggies are almost here.

My food bill is cheaper now than it was when I bought standard american fare. it took some research, it took some adjusting to my palate, and it took some time.

My guess is that you do have the food budget, you are just buying the wrong things.

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I think the "eating healthy is expensive" idea is borne out of the reality that so-called "Healthy" versions of various processed foods, really ARE expensive. I.e. a frozen dinner is 3 bucks. A frozen "Healthy Requst" dinner is six.

The resolution is - to do the best you can to move away from pre-packaged, processed, prepared foods and embrace home cooking/home prep. This can be VERY daunting at first, especially since the cultural message being blasted at us day in and day out is one that screams "you don't have TIME to cook, cooking is so unimportant and such a drain on your busy, important life! you deserve a break today! why waste all that time washing, peeling, shredding, when you can buy it [at twelve times the the price] pre-sliced, cut, washed and cooked").... but once you get the hang of it, taking care of nourishing oneself is rewarding and dare I say even fun.

I know that I still feel funny spending thirty bucks at the greengrocer, and coming home with nothing more than a bag of cauliflower, onions, sweet potatoes, kale, apples, yogurt and dozen eggs ("wow, thirty bucks just for a few veg... mannnn"). BUT when i look at how many meals i can get out of that thirty bucks... it's a good value. So long as you actually cook it, and don't let it just get soggy in the back of the fridge.

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Another thing to watch out for - precut veggies and such are often priced slightly higher than just buying the veggies and cutting them yourself.

Also, if you live in or near a big enough city, gather all the circulars from your local grocery stores. If you're able, sometimes you have to shop at multiple places - to get the best deals.

Also, check out couponmom.com. I registered for this site and they often have printable coupons, which, when pared with weekly sales, greatly reduce the amount you spend. Sometimes items are even free or (rarely) you actually make money. This is especially true for "staple" items like rice, cereal, etc.

Another thing I do, especially during winter, is make meals that will last more than 1 day. Soups and stews and chilis can be made cheaply and easily and allow you to eat on them for 2-3 days, if not longer. Yes, it can get monotonous to eat the same soup for days, but we're concerned with money, not variety. Even though variety is nice.

I hope all the suggestions help!


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if you have dollar stores in the area - check them out for fresh veg
watch the ads - you can look up store ads on line
If you have q Vallero's market in the area they often have tomatoes for 33 cents a pound and other great buys
dry beans are a great source of protein and vitamins for cheap - lentils too add some greens and you have a nutritious meal

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We're about to buy new appliances for our kitchen. Every time I see 10 bags of frozen vegetables for 10 dollars, I wish I had a roomy freezer. I am going to consider a freezer when we go appliance-shopping.

It also makes a difference where you live and how easy it is to get to a supermarket or markets. Years ago, I lived in a great area of the city that was much loved for its ethnic restaurants. I walked up 7 flights of stairs to my apartment (good exercise) and had to walk blocks to a laundromat to do my laundry. There was no supermarket. The little cute ethnic groceries were not competitve with their pricing. Go figure - the tourists weren't buying groceries!

My grocery bill is probably lower today, relatively speaking, because I have a car and there are four good supermakets near me, competing with each other. I think of those apartment days whenever someone tells me, 'Join a food co-op.' That may be a good option and it's worth looking into, but it depends on where you live and how you live.

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It always baffles me when someone says they can't afford to eat healthy. It makes me wonder what they are eating now...? I guess if your meals consist of Top Ramen, then yeah, buying veggies would be considered an extra expense.

I am poor- VERY poor! And when I made the change to healthier eating I was actually able (for the first time in my life) to put money into a savings account.

I buy mostly frozen veggies, sometimes canned and fresh veggies when the price is right.

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@ Anarie - with the lentils!! OMG I never even know I liked them before!! Wow - it's like my all time favourite lunch now! Sauteed onions, lentils, carrots - topped with a little butter and hot sauce (I love hot sauce!) - anyway, without even trying - I think my lunch clocks in for less than 40 cents a day - lol...maybe even less than that - considering that a bag of dried lentils is a dollar......

@ Russell - ha ha yeah I was kidding (clutches phone to chest!!)

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"Real food" has turned out to be much less expensive for me than all the processed things I used to stock. Four bucks for a tiny box of cereal? how many meals is that? Three to four bucks (unless you buy the tiny 10 for $10 junky things) for a frozen meal? One? Tasty-looking sauced-up veggies, to the tune of 2 or 3 bucks apiece? those last, what... maybe two meals?

How are these things less expensive than a giant bag of frozen veggies? A big roast you can eat from for days... a family pack of chicken pieces? Ground meat in bulk packs... a whole turkey or ham you can get on the cheap when they're on sale?

The reorientation I had to accustom myself to in switching to healthier whole foods was that
1) I have to shop more often, usually. I do buy a lot of fresh produce, and that means visiting the grocery twice a week rather than once; and
2) It takes a little more forethought and kitchen time to prepare foods, rather than just tossing something in the microwave or toaster oven.

I don't mind the shopping. I can see it might be a bit of an obstacle for someone with a very tight schedule.
As for the cooking, I've come to actually love that part. I take my bulk foods and cook several meals all at once on the weekend (or whatever day works), then put them up in portion control packages and freeze them. This also saves on cleanup, electricity, and kitchen-heating, too! Yes, it "takes more time"... unless you also factor in that you're *not* spending any time cooking daily. You're back to "microwave time" then, since you've made your own "fast food" ahead of time. Works for taking lunches, too. A nice thing is that you don't have to trundle through several days of one type of leftover. You can have something fresh and tasty when you are in the mood for it. If you have housemates, and you don't agree on what you're hungry for... well, everybody can have what they want. Simplicity.

It's more a matter of deciding what you want and consider important. The details are workable once you have that foundation. There are obstacles to nearly everything - but most of them are fixable. You do have to make changes to accommodate your wishes... but some of them, you may find, are actually improvements.



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Most of the healthiest foods are also the cheapest. Right now in many parts of the US, plant protein foods are on special because of Lent. When I checked grocery ads this week, lentils were 50 cents a pound! A pound yields about 10 servings. You can make a very nice lentil soup with just lentils, carrots (never more than a dollar a pound), onions (usually under a dollar a pound, and you only need one), spices, and water. It wouldn't cost more than $2 to make 10 servings of soup, which provides protein, almost half a day's fiber, a serving of vegetables, iron, and all sorts of other vitamins and minerals.

Cabbage is rarely more than 80 cents a pound and can go as low as 25 cents. It's just as healthy as more expensive veggies like fresh broccoli.

If you live in a big enough town to have a store that mails advertisements or posts them on the internet, check out the vegetable specials every week before you go to the store, and plan your meals around the vegetables instead of around the meat or protein. Vegetables and fruit go on sale when they're plentiful. That means that what you buy on sale is what's freshest and healthiest. Most newspapers also have a weekly mini-article mentioning what's on sale that week, hidden away near the horoscopes.

It does require a change of thinking, at least a little. You have to stop thinking only about price and consider value. You do this in almost all your other budgeting; snow boots are much more expensive than plastic flip-flop sandals, for example. You could buy ten pairs of flip-flops for the price of one pair of warm, water-resistant boots. But the flip-flops do you no good when there's a foot of snow on the ground. The price is cheap, but they have no value. The same is true of things like white sandwich bread, sugary cereals or fruit drinks, generic packaged cookies, etc. Fresh oranges might cost more per serving than cheap snack cakes, for example, but if you compare the nutrients, the cakes are like flip-flops sandals. They do your body no good. (And if you shop smart, the best-priced fruit usually *doesn't* cost more than packaged desserts, anyway.)

If you have a budget for food at all, you have the budget for healthy food. But if all else fails, just eating less of the same things will save you both money and calories.



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3/7/14 10:28 A

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I know you are sort of joking Eelpie, but yes, your phone. I pay $40 a month to have a cell phone. For that, one can buy plenty of vegetables. It is all about whether you think the constant need to be contacted is more important than good health.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 3/7/2014 (10:29)
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3/7/14 10:15 A

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I get what Russell is saying...but my phone? ha ha ha.

But, if think about it...you should be subbing the veggies (and fruits) for other things currently in your diet.

So what are you buying now? So if you are spending money on bags of chips, chips ahoy, little debbie cakes, boxed mac and cheese - you are taking that money and buying apples, oranges, cauliflower (roasted cauliflower is to die for as a snack), carrots (grab chickpeas to make homemade hummus for very cheap - can be made without tahini).

Does it make sense to look at it that way?

The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.


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3/7/14 9:56 A

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Veggies are cheap. A can of them at Aldi's runs 50-60 cents, and is 3.5 servings of veggies. So 2 cans ( $1-1.20 a day ), gets you 7 servings. They sell peaches, and plums for 29 cents each.

Look at your budget again, and cut something else that is less important. Which means almost everything else, since other than shelter, there isn't much else more important. Do you own a car, or a cell phone? Why aren't they too expensive?

If you are living in the cheapest place possible, bumming rides/taking bus, eat all your meals at home, and are without a cell phone, and really don't have the money, then you can't buy vegetables. Nothing anyone suggests will fix the lack of money, but most of us have the money, we just decide other things are more important.

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It takes a little planning, but you can do it!



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Some healthy stuff is always cheap - bananas, cabbage, onions and some lettuce are nearly always less than $1 per pound fresh.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.


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3/7/14 9:37 A

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Try stocking up on frozen veggies when they go on sale - most stores run sales on bags pretty regularly. Bread freezes, too.

I use dried beans and lentils - talk about cheap!! I shy away from canned beans and veggies due to the sodium.

Cheaper cuts of meat become super tender when slow cooked in a crock pot all day.

The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.


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3/7/14 9:18 A

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Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
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3/7/14 8:32 A

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Two pounds of frozen veggies should run you no more than $3, which breaks down to thirty cents per serving. A canister of oatmeal will run you under $2 for about 13 servings or fifteen cents er serving. You can buy a pound of beans or rice for under $2 per pound and that pound has between 11 and fifteen servings in it, which means eighteen cents per serving on the high end. If you shop around, on sale or in bulk you can easily get the cost per serving down to seven cents. Most weeks your local grocer should have at least one fruit r vegetable on sale for close to $1 per pound or under. That is what you need to be choosing to keep costs down.
On the high end a serving of beans, a serving of rice, a serving if frozen vegetables, a serving of olive oil is going to be seventy one cents. Figure you can add a searing of sauce for ten to fifteen cents and you are well under the dollar menu prices for a meal with a lot more fiber and veggies.

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3/7/14 8:13 A

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How do one eat healthier and better if you simply don't the money to buy the veggies etc?



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