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7/14/11 10:23 P

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We eat lots of eggs for breakfast and lunch. They are a good bargain. And I shop at places that are cheap. And use coupons when they have them. Kroger even sometimes gives you coupons for free food. I buy fruits and veggies in season and stock up when things are on sale. I plan my meals by what is on sale.

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7/14/11 1:36 A

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Home cooked meats are so much better than the deli meat stuff (not even sure you can call it "meat"). I buy roasts at Costco (or wherever they might be on sale) roast them and thin slice... pack them in serving sizes and freeze. Then I can take out a package after breakfast for my lunch and make a wrap with a LC tortilla, or cut up for salad or whatever... and home cooked meats taste so much better too!!

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7/13/11 11:59 P

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Thank you for your suggestions ;) I need to get better at bulk meat sales and buying but I'll get the hang of it...spent way too much money shopping tonight but I had to get a lot of staples for my diet! It was fun!!

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7/13/11 8:33 P

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I would add also that I've been trying to cut out processed lunchmeats, mostly b/c of the nitrites and nitrates in them, but also b/c you can save a bundle by buying real meat when it's on sale, slow roasting it in the oven, and slicing it thinly. It can be frozen in individual zip-loc bags and thawed quickly when you need to make sandwiches for the family or a nice deli plate for yourself. It's healthier AND much cheaper.

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7/13/11 7:30 P

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I watch for sales and cook cheaper cuts of meat in the crockpot. In summer, shredded meats in barbecue sauce are quick and cheap. I just serve mine on the plate with no bread. Salsa beef is great in lc burritos or for a change on a salad. Kebabs are fun too and you can put fruit as well as veggies on them.

In the winter, I roast big pans of assorted veggies to save time and fill up plates.

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7/13/11 6:44 P

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Hello, MAMAJENC emoticon I have had the same challenge and if I understand you correctly you are noticing that carby things are much cheaper than low carb, right? I have had a real struggle w/ that b/c during lean times financially, we've always save $$$ by eating more beans & rice, potatoes & veggies, burritos, pasta, etc---CHEAP CHEAP. But I have recently found I have a strong grain & gluten intolerance AND my DH is short on work.....so I've had to be creative in cutting money AND carbs at the same time. I can basically only eat meat and veggies and I don't like my family eating very many carbs either---they're usually not good for them either. So....

Besides all the usual no-brainer stuff like shopping the sales, shopping in bulk, buying meats and cheeses to freeze, etc, (which really do help a lot w/ the food budget) I also have found that I can cut the budget by making non-starchy veggies the biggest part of my meal (it takes a lot of veggies to rack up carbs) and eat smaller portions of meat. I also have found some casserole recipes that use broccoli & chicken, or cauliflower and chicken and/or sausage. Casseroles use less meat than serving meat all in once piece. In this hot weather I also make a lot of salads. Taco salads are pretty cheap to make and you can add beans for the family (or yours too if you can have beans on your plan) and that stretches the beef. One good sized pc of beef, pork, or chicken can be marinated, BBQ'ed, sliced, and put on top of a big salad and feed our family of 4 (one is a teenaged boy--so he really should count as two people, lol).

I have challenged myself to use just one to one and a half pounds of ground beef to feed the whole family dinner--I make it stretch by finely shredding cabbage, which is still pretty cheap, and sometimes other vegetables too, like celery, onion, or the zucchini I get from my sister in law's garden, whatever I can find, and add them to the ground beef, add two or three eggs, season it all up together and make meatloaf or hamburger patties and very little meat feeds us for the night. Very low carb and my family really likes the flavor.

When the weather is cold, we rely on soups a lot and many soup recipes can be packed with veggies and use just a little meat. For the family I put bread or a baked potato on the side, or add rice to their soup after I make it to stretch it further.

That's all I can think of right now.....hope that helps a little.

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7/13/11 5:12 P

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Congratulations on your commitment to healthy eating! I am impressed that all of the carbs in your house are already whole grains, especially with a house full of little ones. If you want to save money while cutting carbs, may I suggest that you forgo carbs during your main meals and enjoy them as part of a healthy snack in a proper portion? One of my favorite low carb snacks are 5 multigrain crackers with laughing cow cheese (I love Brie cheese if that's in the house too, but no more than 1/2 ounce at a time). To top off this snack I usually have a piece of fruit or one cup of milk (I have almond milk if I want to save on calories and increase my vitamin E). Just a suggestion, hope this is helpful.

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7/13/11 3:20 P

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So because I just started induction and have a 9,7, and 4 year old and a hubby and our house is still filled with carbs from before starting ( everything is whole wheat or whole grains)...the problem is I don't want to break the bank for our new food...any suggestions on low budget recipes/ menu plans would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!! thank you so much for your help and support!!





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