SparkPeople Nutrition on a Shoestring Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20506 Are you on a tight budget? Eating healthy without breaking your budget isn't impossible. Share ideas on how to prepare healthy inexpensive meals without compromising your budget or your health! SparkPeople Nutrition on a Shoestring Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20506 Saying Good Bye http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x56869873 I am getting involved in way too many groups. <BR> I can't give you the attention that I need too. So I am going to have to say bye for now. <BR> Sorry to leave. I wish you all the best on your way to a healthy lifestyle! <BR> Your friend in Good Eating and Fitness, Holly <em>220</em> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:54:17 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x56165462 Hi. I live in MA and am a SAHM to three children (Icluding an 11 y.o with Autism and other diagnoses). We are on a pretty tight budget as our only income is my husband and son's SSI checks along with SNAP (Foodstamps). In November they cut our SNAP just as they did everyone else's. For us that cut was $43 which was quite a bit. I'm trying to lose about 40 lbs, but want to do it in a slow healthy way through exercise and eating better. I was a Vegetarian for the past three-and-a-half years,... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:13:42 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x54954612 I get $200 per month in food stamps and I need to feed 2 people with this. The only way I can figure to do this is to buy cheap highly processed food. If you can tell me how to eat healthy on that budget I will sing your praises to the very throne of God. Please be specific and remember that living in the desert means that all produce and seafood must be shipped over long distances and the prices reflect this. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 03:11:44 EST Happy Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x54758144 Hi guys, I hope that you are doing well. <BR> And that you guys had a pretty good Labor Day. <BR> Spent most of mine working in the yard and helping mom cook. <BR> Did 30 minutes of picking up pine cones, sticks, and hauled off leaves. <BR> We ate chicken and ratatouille for lunch today while watching Next Master Chief. <BR> Did 24 minutes of Wii Walk It Out. Cooked sloppy Joes and washed dishes. <BR> Well, I am going to go for now. Have a good night. <BR> Holly <em>247</em> <em>223</e... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:15:24 EST Greetings From GA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x54418422 Hi I am 30, live in SW Georgia, and wanting to continue eating healthy. <BR> I help mom buy groceries sometimes and we are on a tight budget. <BR> Throw in the fact that I am looking for a job. <BR> So the farmer's market is out of the question. <BR> I am starting to really love my veggies and learning to cook. <BR> So maybe I can make friends and learn to cook at the same time. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all. Add me if you want! <BR> Have a good day! Your friend in healthy ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:36:45 EST 08-03-2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x54379566 GOOD morning fellow sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm off to work and then a stop at the 'farmer's market' to see what that's all about. Wishing you the BEST day of the week today - take time for you! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:55:08 EST Why more fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x53964018 I don't understand why my nutrition tracker keeps telling me to eat more fat when I am trying to lose the fat I have. I'm not grasping why a fat person needs to eat more fat? Can't my body use the fat that is already in/on me? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:49:50 EST new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x53875613 I get disability and have a very limited budget when it comes to food. i normally end up buying cheap helper box mixes and condensed soups. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:10:05 EST been here before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x53756084 been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:34 EST What's on SALE? SALE Recipe Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x51840655 Did you find a food item sale? If so, tells us what you found, and how you plan to use it in a "healthy," budget friendly recipe! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:33:09 EST Welcome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x49334123 Welcoming new members here! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:03:21 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x45694945 This sounds like a good team as I am a carer for my husband and we live on a restricted income. I buy a lot of my food from our CO-OP's cheapie corner, It is a lot cheaper to make fresh lunches and dinners than readymade especially as they are usually full of salt. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:12:31 EST Couponing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x43113812 Does anyone utilize coupons as a means to save money and stretch their food budget? I recently started couponing, and am always looking for suggestions on where to get the best deals. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:16:43 EST I really need support now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x42630003 I am back up to the weight I haven't been in 15 years. Stress from my autistic husband has gotten to me. I am now looking for a place for him to live away from me. He will not look himself. Now I need to get my weight off, as I am feeling too sluggish to take good care of my daughter. We are starting paperwork to apply for my daughter to be on disability next week. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:54:12 EST hi again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x40818184 hi again <BR> it is me magdalini-el <BR> same person new account <BR> hope all is well Sun, 27 Mar 2011 05:10:09 EST SPARK Recipe of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x39707401 Today I found a recipe for slow cooker salsa. Recipe looks very easy and had lots of GREAT comments from our SPARK friends! Also very inexpensive to make. With this recipe, you can feed a family of four for under $10.00 <BR> <BR> I will let you know how it turns out! <BR> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:05:49 EST BUDGETING WORKSHEETS ??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x39101003 Does anyone have a BUDGET worksheet or budgeting website that they use, that they could share with the TEAM? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:14:10 EST good bathroom scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x39038783 Hi, <BR> does anyone know of a good and accurate digital bathroom scale to recommend? I don't want to spend alot, but I also don't want to get the cheapest one and have it only last a few months.Thanks!! <BR> ~Sarah Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:18:19 EST Everyday Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x38969829 How is your day? <BR> I'm om google chat daily if you'd like to chat with me. <BR> owens2u@gmail.com Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:53:13 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x38963567 Hi, I'm Sarah. I have the goal of losing 18 lbs by may, but the larger goal is to live a healthy life! I find that hard to do because of the tight budget my husband and I are on, which is why I joined this team. I look forward to learning! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:08:09 EST Gardening indoors, small apartment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x35068752 I am planning on getting some of those long rectangle planters to start planting fruits and veggies indoors. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they care to share with me? Like what types of things grow inside well that kind of thing. The planters will be sitting on a ledge that goes around the wall. I also want to know if anyone has had success with those Topsy turvey planters that hold tomatoes and strawberries. I want to use them indoors as well. Thanks! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 23:19:06 EST Newbe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x33984136 I have zero money. I mean zippo, zilch, nada. lol. My husband and I moved into our own place over a year ago. Within a month, we found that I was pregnant with my second child (another boy), and a week later, my husband was laid off in the great state of Michigan (for those who don't know, our unemployment rate was over 16% at one point and still isn't so great), after getting help from the government (not fun, super degrading, hate that I had to do it) we were able to get our groceries taken... Fri, 7 May 2010 16:14:15 EST How's your BUDGET? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x33845774 What did you do today to keep from blowing your budget? <BR> <BR> Did you make coffee at home instead of going to STARBUCKS? <BR> <BR> Did you pack your lunch instead of eating out? <BR> <BR> Did you resist the urge to SPLURGE? <BR> <BR> OR....Maybe you got off track? If so, what will you do to prevent future mishaps? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 May 2010 01:44:30 EST "How was your day?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x33844980 Share your day with your friends! <BR> <BR> I there something on your mind, or something you need help with? <BR> <BR> Was today a good day, or bad day? <BR> <BR> "What went right? or What went went wrong? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Regardless of how today was....What will you do to make TOMORROW BETTER? Sun, 2 May 2010 00:11:48 EST When is your Birthday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x33841595 I saw this on one of my other teams, and I thought it might be something we would enjoy on our team as well! <BR> <BR> So that on our teammates "Special" day, we can send them a Birthday wish and a Goodie or two!!! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the whole list in your message. Then and add your name in the appropriate month and add the date that reflects your special day... Please list your birth dates in a sequential nu... Sat, 1 May 2010 21:10:35 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x33816470 Hi, I am a stay at home mum to three boys aged 6,4 and 2. I am 33 and happily married. We are very very broke, we are strugglnig to get by on what we have but to be honest we deal with it and it doesnt really affect our realtionship, unfortunatly my eldest son is just getting into the 'all my friends have one, why cant I?' stage!!! Anyway, I would love to join your group to share recipe ideas and thoughts on how to save pennies. i live in england on the south coast. <BR> <BR> Jacqui Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:55:12 EST Tucson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x33795974 Hi! I'm Di. I'm 57, I have about 70 pounds to lose and I need some help. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm new to Tucson; I moved here the end of March. I'm currently living in a rented room (until my significant other can find work and we can get an apartment). So, I need weight loss meal ideas that don't require refrigeration or freezing and can be prepared in a microwave and as my income is poverty level I buy most of my food with food stamps. <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:25:51 EST Use a EMOTICON to share how you are feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x33762850 Choose an Emoticon to share how you are feeling today! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:47:52 EST Steaming Vegetables w/o a steamer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4895x20506x32408424 Instructions for steaming vegetables <BR> <BR> 1. In a large pot, bring an inch or two of water to a boil over high heat. <BR> <BR> 2. If you're using a steaming rack or a bamboo steamer (works great!) make sure it's clean and have it ready. <BR> <BR> 3. If you don't have a steamer, use aluminum foil to make balls about the size of a baseball. Make enough to cover the bottom of the pot you're using and make sure the water level is well below the tops of the balls. You can use this as a bed... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:16:04 EST Hello from southern Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x32304511 Hi everyone, my name is Stefanie and I live in Texas. I work part time from home at night to supplement our income, and during the day I stay home with my 11 month old little boy. I love it! I do love to save money and hey, who doesn't need to try to save as much as possible these days! I look forward to learning from you guys! Sun, 28 Feb 2010 02:16:25 EST Feeding a family of 6 in TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x32302441 Greetings from a Houston Sparker .... happily married mother of four, stretching our dollars. <BR> <BR> I work out of my home part-time for a nonprofit organization. I am a Regional Director for AYUSA and help match foreign exchange students with volunteer host families. I work with schools and organizations, plan events, supervise exchange students' stay in America, etc. So, I often end up feeding more than just my own - but yet some kids who are here on loan :) <BR> <BR> My house is al... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 23:09:59 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x31928646 Hello from Kat in California! I am looking forward to hearing all of your GREAT ideas! Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:53:43 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x31315476 I am so thankful that my DH has a job! He texts me everyday quite a lot with romantic words. He wants to decorate our bedroom in a romantic & Christian style. He is starting the Love Dare book February 1st. I bought him the large text so he won't need his glasses. He has been negative for years and now wants to change. Keeping in touch by texts is helping our relationship now. We made a deal, I will support his Love Dare program and he will support my diet. He also wants to help me decorate t... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:04:15 EST free music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x31277614 would you like me to post some free music links to download music free <BR> <BR> right now i'm downloading lady gaga and black eyed peas <BR> well it is so i can listen while walking does any body else want some too??? <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:47:14 EST Hi from Ohio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x31258400 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am endlessly trying to lose weight and endlessly trying to gain savings. Maybe I can find the best of both worlds here? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:52:13 EST Hello from Acton, Ontario, Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x31077777 I am a mother of 2 teens. I have been married to Frank for 18 1/2 years. <BR> I put my extra 40 lbs on when I quit smoking 3 years ago. I have always struggles with my weight, but that extra brought me up to the weight I was pregnant! <BR> <BR> We are like most families, struggling to pay the mortgage, groceries (fresh fruit and veggies are costing more and more these days) & utilities. We are lucky as both of us are working full time. We even car pool as we work for the same company. <BR>... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:55:17 EST hi from greece http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x30849677 yes that is right from greece <BR> well am an ex canadian living in greece <BR> i was born in canada montreal but got married to a greek guy in greece <BR> so i'm in greece now Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:47:21 EST Beans and Rice Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x30317308 I have a lot of white rice with white dry beans. What can I do with these with very limited items to mix with them? What kinds of spices would you recommend to make a delicious meal? Sun, 13 Dec 2009 22:26:28 EST Angel Food changing ordering again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x28173372 you can now pre-order your thanksgiving package! apparently there was a shortage last year? <BR> <BR> ALso they are now allowing you to order the "Special" boxes without ordering a Signature Box! this is great..because i'm beginning to wonder what to do with all the shelf stable milk.. i can only make so much mac-n-cheese. lol! <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2009 08:19:35 EST Frugal workout homeschooling mom in Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x28173005 Well, that says it all I think! I'm a Christian, I have two boys and my niece lives with us. I am happily married and have a Bernese Mt Dog and a Maltese. <BR> <BR> I AM FRUGAL and just about everything I own comes from Walmart. This is the board for me! If you look at my video blog, my goal is to lose weight without spending a ton of money. Mainly that means no snack bars <em>20</em> and no new treadmill! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2009 07:59:03 EST hi from mass! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x27245043 hi everyone! i love to be afugal shopper and still be eating healthy! so this is the site for me! I still have 75 lbs to lose and by golly I'm gona to do it! but could use a little support if you don't mind!lol Sat, 25 Jul 2009 14:24:41 EST Idea's on leftovers??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x26380922 My daughter brought some sweet and sour chicken from a Chineses take-out and the sweet and sour sauce was in a separate container...that she didn't eat and was going to throw away. I used the sweet and sour sauce by adding it to some chicken salad that I made. It was yummy!!! <BR> <BR> <em>180</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:39:27 EST I ordered again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x25611835 Now that Angelfood allows me to buy seafood as my main box I was able to order extra meat boxes without the regular main box. So this month I'll get the Seafood Box, The Fajita Kit & 10 lbs Chicken Breast Tenders. Now that's very diet friendly! <BR> ~Susan Sun, 17 May 2009 20:15:08 EST hi from arkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x25380402 Hi names Felicia. I am a SAHM of two great little girls. Just starting this Spraks thing full force after being absent for a few months but I am ready to get back on track. I have been doing the frugal thing for a few monhts now and LOVE it. And I am always looking for more ideas and ways to save. <BR> Can't wait to meet everyone. Fri, 8 May 2009 11:39:20 EST Hi from North Dakota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x25084759 Hello everyone! This is probably about the 3rd time I've tried the Spark Diet. My hangup is that I get sick of having to cook the same old things over and over. We are on a VERY tight budget, and it seems like so many of the recipes require more ingredients than I've got and/or pricy foods. I'm hoping that with a little help, I'll be able to get new ideas to help me stick with the program. :) Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:21:29 EST Hi from North Dakota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x25084747 Hello everyone! This is probably about the 3rd time I've tried the Spark Diet. My hangup is that I get sick of having to cook the same old things over and over. We are on a VERY tight budget, and it seems like so many of the recipes require more ingredients than I've got and/or pricy foods. I'm hoping that with a little help, I'll be able to get new ideas to help me stick with the program. :) Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:20:29 EST Anyone else starting seeds for their garden? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x24412539 I started mine a few weeks ago and I have little sprouts! This is my first year starting seeds so it is pretty exciting. My only problem is that my cucumbers have gotten leaf top heavy and collapsed over on their sides. I think they may need more dirt. I may replant some of them this weekend and see how they do. <BR> Anyone else doing this? How are your seeds coming? Fri, 3 Apr 2009 21:41:45 EST Feeding 6 and then some http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x24340358 Hi my name is Becca. And I have a family of 6 and then some. I watch my sister's children on a regular basis so any tips that will stretch a dollar send them my way. I do shop at stores like dollar tree and comparison shop at walmart and target. But whole grain whole wheat foods can be double or triple what the regular foods. Which is just crazy to me. I mean they process less and it is more natural yet we are paying more. Anyway that is a soapbox for another time. Thanks for reading. <em>88<... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:05:00 EST Bread Machine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x24125604 i've got a question for y'all.. <BR> i've inherited a Bread Machine..i'd love to use it, but i didn't get the instruction manual that came with. does anyone here have a bread machine that can give me a basic recipe? i'd make my own bread with it if i could. <BR> <BR> thanks. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:09:53 EST Tip and Tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x24120891 Bake your own bread! It's really easy. <BR> <BR> Use the sales flyers. <BR> <BR> Meal plan and make a list. <BR> <BR> Stick to your list! <BR> <BR> I am a coupon fan. It works for us. Though tends to save us more money on non-food items, like dog food and toiletries. <BR> <BR> What else? There has to be more ideas out there. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:26:22 EST Frugal cook from S. Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x24059743 Hi everyone! I'm from S. Colorado - a big difference from N. Colorado (Denver and Springs areas) and 30 miles from the nearest town. <BR> <BR> I've always been a healthy eater so rich food, junk food and pop were never an issue for me. But my food budget is very low, solely out of necessity. <BR> <BR> I find it incredibly difficult to meet caloric and nutrient daily requirements. My quest is how to maximize each dollar nutrition-wise. I will stretch those dollars until they squeak! It'... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 17:09:51 EST Hi everyone! How are you doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x21758087 I am back on track now. Today was my highest calorie day. it was close to 1,600. I don't feel too bad. I skipped the cookies after church and had black coffee. I skipped mayo and cheese, and replace fries w/ a salad. So I feel confidfent. i ghot in a 30 min brisk walk today too! <BR> Happy 2009 everyone! <BR> ~Susie Mon, 12 Jan 2009 02:53:49 EST Initial eating plan question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x21738161 I am just trying to get a general idea of what diets or eating plans people have gone on in their beginning stages. I'm having a hard time choosing which eating plan to go with. I just don't want to get bored to death with food. I also don't want to have it so complicated that it's just too much of a hassle to keep up with. Unfortunately, I am a volume eater. I can't do those diets that only let you have a snack bar and a glass of water and call that lunch. Any insight is appreciated. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:39:51 EST from ohio here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x21416967 my name is jenny. my fiance and i are trying to be as frugal as possible. lol, we both have a huge pop addiction but im tring to cut down. i have learned a little from another board that i belong to and reading the complete tightwad gazette (need to return the library's copy since i got it for christmas from fiance's mom). ive been making our bread, cakes and cookies homeade off and on for almost a yr (usually with the bread machine i got for my birthday from my dad and stepmom). Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:51:20 EST Hi from South Carolina.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x21326339 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Tina and I am in South Carolina. 40 yr mom to 3 (14,12,2.5). <BR> <BR> My major problem is eating right. To me it is expensive to eat right. I love fruits and veggies. But I do not like the processed, canned, frozen ones all that much. I can eat it... but these types have additives in them. I much rather have the fresh, which is too pricey for my budget. This is my major brick wall. <BR> <BR> I hope to find some good costs cutting ways on here. I have been reading... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:23:35 EST Merry Christmas Greetings to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x21155924 Merry Christmas to each of you! <BR> <em>233</em> Remember the Reason for the Season. <em>233</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2008 07:02:55 EST Hello from North Indiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x21096607 I had posted on this forum a month or two ago and got an email que that somebody had responded to my email. i guess I wasn't a member then. <BR> <BR> I retired a few months before the stock market issues. Have easily lost over 20% of our retirement funds. Scary. Any way, we have always tried to live frugally. Now we are trying to be more cautious. <BR> <BR> When I started on SP, my grocery bill seemed to sky rocket. DH assured me that it was in part because we were eating at home now ... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 14:37:42 EST Healthy Eating on the Shoestring. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x20888478 Hello I'm Esther. My food budget is now a shoestring and I really dislike it. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 02:24:20 EST Hi From Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x20486762 Ok, I joined this team today and hope to be an active member. I need to lose this weight and all I've done this past year is play at it. No more. I need to lose a good 50 or so pounds just to be at a more healthy weight. Hope ya'll help keep me on track. <BR> Vicki Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:55:20 EST Hi from NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x20008111 Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I am 34 married and a mother to two boys (10 & 4). I am trying so hard to keep our heads above water and feed my family good foods. My husband is Type 2 diabetic and I am a kidney transplant recipient, so just our meds alone can break the bank. And my 10 year old is a non-stop eating machine. Hoping to get some advice on healtier eating on a budget. <em>213</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2008 10:55:20 EST &#9788;Hi From NC&#9788; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x19960984 I came across this group from someone else's spark page. i hope i'm able to find ways to make our meager budget stretch further. I plan on placing an order with Angel Food on saturday- the order date for Nov. i've got a family of 5 and one on the way. so anything i can do to stretch that dollar you bet your tush i'm gonna. <BR> <BR> thanks for having such a great group! <BR> ~Volante Wed, 5 Nov 2008 16:00:11 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x19956750 Hi, I am Lisa. I am re-joining spark people after taking a year absent..new name, new life! I was down to my happy weight goal, moved 1000 miles to take care of my mom who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, got PG, had baby, lost my mom, and gained and gained.. enough is enough and I am back! I am a 32 year old stay at home mom of three boys..13, 6 and 5 months. Looking forward to getting to know you all! Wed, 5 Nov 2008 13:21:13 EST Hi from So Cal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x19279753 Hello, <BR> I'm joining this group 5 weeks into my SP program. I'm looking short term to lose 12 more pounds before the end of the year. <BR> So far lovin' SP. I love the points and the boards, and the tracking. It's all working for me and the best part is the cost. Love IT. <BR> <BR> I'm recently retired 56 yr old female with 2 kids, a girl fully launched working in Chicago as an attorney and a son busy on his career goals as a shredder guitarist still in HS. My husband helps me in my... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 22:57:51 EST "Save" me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x19136181 Hello! I'm Ashley. I am a stay at home mom who feels it is part of my job to make money for my family by saving as much as I can and to feed my family the most nutritious/cheapest food. I try to trim every area of the budget as much as possible, but can still do better and came here looking for some tips. See you all around! Tue, 7 Oct 2008 14:15:45 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x19052332 I was looking for sparkteams that I could stick too and honestly I like the smaller groups the best. I look forward to getting new ideas and sharing my own. :) Sat, 4 Oct 2008 11:52:23 EST Where do you get your food to save money? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x18836729 I get Angelfood at a church once a month. I also get produce, eggs and tortillas from a warehouse produce company every week. They also have boxes of lots of veggies and fruit cheap. Their produce is wonderful!For other items I buy at the local store on sale. Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:57:28 EST OCTOBER 2008 MENU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x18647341 OCTOBER 2008 MENU <BR> <BR> For fourteen years, Angel Food has provided balanced nutrition and variety through its regular box, with enough food to feed a family of four for a week. <BR> <BR> REGULAR BOX <BR> <BR> 4.5 lb.(Avg) Split Chicken Breast Family Tray Pack <BR> <BR> 26 oz. Heat and Serve Meatloaf and Brown Gravy <BR> <BR> 1 lb. Chicken Breast Fajita Strips <BR> <BR> 1 lb. Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops (4 x 4 oz.) <BR> <BR> 1 lb. Fully Cooked Meatballs <BR> <BR> 1 lb. All... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:08:34 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x18374985 Hello everyone, <BR> I'm Mss Vicki. I'm here to get some tips on being more frugal with my food dollar. So on and so forth. Coupons are a help, but only when they are the things I buy. I wish everyone health and happiness. <BR> <BR> As long as your feet touch the floor in the morning we have nothing to worry about. <BR> Mss Vicki Wed, 10 Sep 2008 17:06:14 EST Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4895x20506x17594147 Anyone have any good recipes using beans? I love black beans, but am getting tired of the same old way I've been making them Mon, 11 Aug 2008 23:20:23 EST No Useres Hand Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x17381230 I have a Welbelt ABMY2K1 beard machine that I found at the Good-Well over a year ago all of my a temps of trying to make any thing in it have failed due to the fact I have not yet found a users hand book for it. Is the any one that knows how to find one or know how to use it your help would be greatly appreciated? <BR> Thanks <BR> Athena Tue, 5 Aug 2008 04:08:05 EST New from Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x15682610 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> How is everyone today? I am glad to be here. I find it hard to buy healthy food on my budget and see that i am not alone here. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me join. <BR> <BR> Heather Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:26:32 EST Angelfood-also new to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x15074688 I try to purchase Angelfood each month and plan my meals around their menu each month. It is just me at my house so the food will last a good bit of the month. I have had some problems with the fresh produce I get, it does not seem to last long. I guess I should clean and prep it the day I get it. That would help I am sure. <BR> I look forward to this team, as my funds are short and need to be stretched as far as possible each month. <BR> Thanks <BR> Ellen Tue, 20 May 2008 13:54:39 EST Angelfood Menu for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x14034094 1.5 lb. Bacon Wrapped Beef Filet (4 x 6 oz.) <BR> 2.5 lb. Breaded Chicken Breast Filets <BR> 1.5 lb. Bone-In Pork Steaks (4 x 6 oz.) <BR> 28 oz. Salisbury Steak Dinner Entrée <BR> 2.5 lb. Beef and Bean Burritos (10 x 4 oz.) <BR> 2 lb. Popcorn Chicken <BR> 9.5 oz. Stouffer’s Flat Bread Pizza <BR> 16 oz. Cauliflower & Carrot Blend <BR> 15 oz. Corn Niblets <BR> 16 oz. Green Beans <BR> 2 lb. Fresh Onions <BR> 29 oz. Pears <BR> 32 oz. Borden 2% Reduced Fat Shelf-S... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 23:05:08 EST Angelfood Ministry's Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x14007726 Here is the link to their website. Look for "locations" and "menu" buttons. <BR> http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 08:45:02 EST General Frugal & Healthy Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x14007542 I homeshool my daughter so she had to make a meal as part of her homechooling. It had to be low cost and healthy. She had to try to use mostly what we had in the house. <BR> She wanted to cook Salmon, rice and peas. For dessert she wanted to make babanas splits but that was too unhealthy and expensive. So we improvised. She made sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding, then sugar-free, fat-free banana pudding. She layed the puddings in a dessert dish with thawed orgainic strawberries and toppe... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 08:39:35 EST Angelfood menu for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4894x20506x14007263 Here in California, the basic menu box is $30 <BR> Here is the CA menu: <BR> 2 lb. Fully Cooked Meatloaf <BR> 1 lb. Beef Fajita Strips <BR> 3 lb. Breaded Frying Chicken <BR> 2 lb. St. Louis Style Ribs <BR> 2 lb. Lasagna Dinner Entree <BR> 1 lb. Gourmet Sausage <BR> 1 lb. Fully Cooked Meatballs <BR> 16 oz. Broccoli <BR> 15 oz. Refried Beans <BR> 12 ct.Tortillas <BR> 26 oz. Pasta Sauce <BR> 16 oz. Pasta <BR> 6 oz. Pancake Mix <BR> 16 oz. Fresh Carrots <BR> 3 lb. Go... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 08:28:53 EST Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20506x13667839 Welcome to the Nutrition on a Shoestring SparkTeam! <BR> I hope that by creating this group there will be members who will share ideas recipes, ideas, successes and more. <BR> ~Susan Thu, 3 Apr 2008 12:28:23 EST Introductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20506x13638903 <em>235</em> Welcome to the Nutrition on a Shoestring Team! Please introduce yourself, Your homelife (single, kids, etc), your goals, etc. <em>235</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2008 15:12:35 EST