Hi Everyone! I joined Spark last year, but didn't put it to use, so I'm basically new to Spark and to this group. I'm recommitting to my health, learning about clean eating and putting it into practice and have major fitness goals this year also (including losing 20lbs.). I can relate to the budget situation..I still need to check on local co-ops, etc, but your posts have been very helpful to me already! Thanks!
If you have a little land or room for some potted plants gardening and freezing/canning/preserving your own food if you are able will save you a small fortune! I think the key with fruits and veggies is eating what is in season and buying frozen items that aren't in season.
I am not sure if you live near any farms or not...but farmers may sell their eggs lower than the price in the store. My boss farms on the side and is organic. He sells me eggs at $1.50/ dozen. He also sells his beef and pigs that are free range/grass fed animals. My husband hunts and we eat a lot of deer, and wild turkey (elk once after a special hunting trip). We actually spend very little on meat at all.
I agree with the previous posts, I never seem to see coupons for whole foods. Your best bet is to watch sales fliers for deals and compare and spot shop for the best deals on items.
I hope you find what works best for you and that is affordable. Best wishes to you. Welcome!
current weight: 198.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,813) Posts: 638 1/3/12 1:53 P
I suppose it depends on how one shopped before! I've always been a vegetarian, which saves a fortune and keeps a lot of the bad out, and we have never been much for packaged food, per-se (no cookies, no chips, etc etc). Most of our food is fresh, either from the garden or the local farm box scheme (but not for the winter of course). I also am hyper diligent about never, ever wasting food and always have been.
But certain things do add up, especially if one is used to buying the absolute, bone cheap store brand at the cheapest possible store. I spent the day price checking...basically getting used to new costs. Tomato paste for .99 rather than .49; mustard for 2.19 rather than .79; vinegar for 1.33 rather than .59; a dozen eggs for 2.39 rather than 1.69...flour, uncooked pasta, etc and so on. I'm not complaining, I'm just teaching myself to not worry so much about the added cost.
If I find any good organic coupon websites, I will let you all know!
current weight: 133.4
Fitness Minutes: (151,118) Posts: 20,090 1/3/12 1:20 P
I don't think it will cost more necessarily, you get fuller from eating better so you actually waste less food, eat clean AND see your grocery bill decrease, at least we have. DH is hanging on to a few of his favorite processed foods, and those are the things that cost the most when we shop!
Anyway . . . great job on the clean eating! 3 weeks is great! Glad you found Spark and this team, its a very helpful bunch!
Hi everyone! I am new to spark and new to clean eating. My boyfriend and I have taken the plunge, cleaned what little "bad" remained in our house, joined the nearby food coop and transformed what we eat. We've been going strong since Dec 14th and are determined to be completely better eaters, no exceptions, no going back.
Goals wise: I am trying to get down to 130 which would mean -32 lbs. I've actually made strides towards that and am feeling positive. The fella is a normal weight and just wants to eat better.
So we have accepted that this is all going to cost a bit more...not that much more...just a bit more for things like bread, eggs, dairy etc. But I would love any cost saving tips that you all have. I've bought all my dry goods in bulk since forever, no canned beans for me, etc, but we are two grad students on a serious budget. Non-printable coupon sources (the co-op wont take printable ones)?
All the best, I look forward to hearing from you all!
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