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Right now pork tenderloins here are on sale and I buy them and freeze them.

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Thanks, Kierae. I gave up before I found it.

Cooked chicken at Costco is $4.99. I'm raising cabbage in the garden, not many low cal vegs left this time of year. Green beans, kohlrabi, cabbage, tomatoes and peppers. All the herbs are still growing and the mint smells great. I've grown beets for my db and sil. They love them pickled. The berries are finished, but rhubarb is still standing. It can be picked and used as long as it's standing up. I love it cooked and mixed with sf gelatin, yogurt etc.

Also, if you shop at Costco, they'll break down the package sizes for you. You don't have to buy $30 worth of steak. Ask the meat cutters behind the sliding windows. They will do it for you.

Everything has gone up in cost, but South Beach eating can still be done.

Hope it helps.

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Bumpity bump for the new folks!

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Bumping this up.

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Sounds great!!

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I found a way in my local area to get cheap produce. There is a program where you go and pick and 1/2 gets donated and the other 1/2 you can take home. I will be getting some cherries next week. it is great to get the food and to teach the kids. (Totally free.)

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(bumping this up)

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I live in north Mississippi. The Kroger store here is cheaper than Wal-mart if you have a Kroger Plus shopper's card and shop wisely. In addition, the meat and the vegetables at Wal-Mart here are terrible. The meat has a strange taste and texture and the vegetables are usually old looking, there's not as good a variety, and they are more expensive. We don't have a costco, but we do have a Sam's Club, and some things are worth buying there even after you factor in the annual fee. (Does it seem stupid to anyone else that a store would actually charge you to shop there or am I just stupid for paying it? If it's me, I'm in good company because there's always a crowd there.) I have 2 mothers-in-law. One in Louisville, KY and one in Scottsdale, AZ and my daughter lives in Dallas so I'm sort of familiar with prices in those areas. My son and his wife live in a very rural area about 25 miles from me, and some of their prices are lots cheaper in that little town and some are higher. Some things here are much cheaper than AZ or KY and some things are much higher. It is very seasonal, too. During the summer. I can buy really good cheap food at the farmer's market or from roadside stands. Some places will let people pick the food and pay an even cheaper price. Buy lots in season and freeze them.

I happened to do my grocery shopping this morning, and I found boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.97 a pound for a name brand and $1.69 a pound for the Kroger value pack. The "manager's special" bin almost always has marked down meats and poultry that has a sell-by date that is today or tomorrow, and that's what we usually have for dinner on grocery shopping day or I freeze it. I only buy eggs from chickens that are fed a vegetarian diet, and they were $2.29 per dozen today but the regular eggs were all below $2.00 per dozen. Green bell pepper - $.89 each. Bag of shredded cabbage - $1.67. Baby mixed greens - $2.50. Frozen cauliflower and broccoli - $1.49. Interesting to see all the differences.

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We can buy a huge pork loin at Costco for under $20 sometimes. When that happens, Corey cuts them into chops, about 18 per loin I think, that we freeze in small packs and then grill on the George Foreman. There is good value in that and I'd gladly eat pork loin in place of beans at some meals.

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Interesting to see the locale differences in prices. The cheapest bell pepper price here is costco for a bag of like 5 or 6 which is $6. Organic yogurt in the small size $1. Cheese - double yours in Dallas.

Also interesting that most of our lists would have to do away with animal meats (for the most part) in order to accomodate the veggies.

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I am a bargainista - Always on the hunt for the most bang for my buck, prices as close as I can remember. I am in Dallas, TX -

$20 for grocery shopping (I am still in P1 so I will only use those foods)

$3.00 - ($1.00/ea) Celery Stalks - Qty 3 (Makes 6 days of snacks)
$3.00 - Smuckers Organic Peanut Butter (for celery 6 days & other cooking needs)
$5.00 - ($2.50/ea) 2 bags of Spring Mix Salad
$1.00 - Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
$1.50 - Light Balsamic Vingarette Dressing
$1.25 - 12 eggs (breakfast food/cooking)
$2.00 - ($1.00/ea) Organic Kidney/Black Beans
$1.50 - 1 bag of low fat shredded cheese
$1.00 - ($.50/ea) Plain Organic Yogert
$.75 - 1 onion and 1 bell pepper (usually about 45 cents each)

No meat on this list, but I think I could make a stab at it with my beans and veggies if I only had $20 :)

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Seattle area isn't horribly higher than Oregon other than we do have sales tax (not on most foods) and a gazillion "sin" taxes. But in comparison to midwest/south - definitely higher.

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Hi from Southern Alberta.

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I live in BC, Pam, so I know what you're talking about when it comes to the prices of Healthy food. My sister lives in Saskatchewan where the prices are outrageous too. I am fortunate to be able to go across to the US and buy things like chicken and dairy products which saves money as they is a big difference in the prices.
Really- why do we have to pay almost $10 /lb for bonless, skinless chicken breats when I can buy then 30 miles away across the line for $2.68/lb????
One thing I do have going is that I live in the Fraser Valley where I can get local produce fairly cheap most of the year round.
One thing I did notice when I was down in Washington loast weekend was that the yogurt, even the Light type has way more sugar than ours. Yoplait Lit & Fit 6oz has 80 calories BUT 11 grams of sugar while the Yoplait Source up here 4 oz, has 35 calories and only 4 grams of sugar. It was funny, people watching me read all the labels as I perused the dairy aisle. Anyway, I guess we learn what is the best bang for our buck in each area and try to stay within a budget that we can afford.
I'm going to be trying more bean recipes, as it is something I don't use too much and has good nutrition for the cost.
That's the news from around here, plugging along on South Beach!

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Believe me, getting a Canadian turned on to the South Beach way of eating is a real switch. I have always loved -- CRAVED -- veggies, but for many of my family and friends, a spoon full of cooked, previously-frozen or canned, veggies is all they may get in a day for all but two or three months a year. Where I am, the growing season is short, the soil is nasty (clay and rock), and we are semi-desert. Teaching people how to eat healthy on a budget by being a good role model and prepared to answer questions has become a passion of mine.

...Pam

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I did not realize that Seattle was that much higher than Oregon.

I thought that Texas had high food prices and cheaper home prices. I was happy when I moved back here from Texas and the food was cheaper.

It is interesting that some of the same foods are cheaper but cost so different. Perspective I guess.

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Pam is in Canada and I am in the Seattle area (both are spendier areas). emoticon

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good heavens girl where do you live?that cabbage is $2. and even eggs. I live in Texas and have never paid more than 30 cents per pound for cabbage and even our eggs on a high day are 99 cents a doz. some day they are on sale for 2 doz for a dollar. last time I bought a raw whole chicken it was under $5.
I always felt we paid to much.Now I see how lucky we are.

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I always grow a huge garden. I talked to hubby today about getting the green house cleaned up and ready to go.

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If you look at the chickens at Costco, the whole raw chickens are about the same price as the cooked ones. I buy 10# of frozen chicken breasts and pre-cooked Jimmy Dean turkey sausage.

Safeway is always more expensive here. I always go to WinCo. WinCo has bulk foods and those items are a lot cheaper, expecially spices. You can grind your own peanut and almond butter. Costco has $1 off coupon for apples. Costco isn't always cheaper anymore, since they've gone to organic.

Here's a good recipe, it might already be on the recipe site. Dh liked it.

Mock Cinnabon

1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 packet sugar substitute
7 pecan halves-toasted, if you prefer
ground cinnamon-all you want

Combine cottage cheese and sugar substitute. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Microwave until warm. Top with pecan halves.

Serves 1 ;)

I'm going to put a garden in this year. Hopefully, that will help me with the grocery bills.


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The lentils were insane. What's worse is that we grow the things here. LOL I was at Safeway, I have one close to work and another close to home, but I'll be at Walmart and Costco tomorrow to see if I can do better. As far as the chicken goes, its usually less to buy a rotisserie bird already cooked for $7, $6 on sale. I can get a big container of spinach or mixed greens at Costco for $5.

Not to be one to back down from the challenge, I came up with a weeks' worth of Phase 1.5 beachy food for about $30--35 (for one person). Of course, I'm eating the same thing every day and these are not my favourites, but it goes to prove you can do it on a teeny budget. I may have to actually try it.

BREAKFAST
Steel cut oats 1/3c dry (I bought a massive box at Costco for $9)
Peanut butter, 1 tablespoon (stirred into cooked oats)
Coffee (I'll have to give up Splenda)
Milk, 1 cup

SNACK
Hard boiled egg

LUNCH
Cabbage, shredded, 1 cup
Celery, 1 cup
Onion, 1/4 cup
olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon for stir frying
beans, 1/2 cup

SNACK
Hard boiled egg

SUPPER
Frozen mixed veggies, 2 cups
onion, 1/4 cup
beans, 1/2 cup
olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon for stir frying
milk, 1 cup

SNACK
Peanut butter, 1 tablespoon


...Pam

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wow thats crazy...whole chicken here goes for anywhere from 59 -89 cents/pound. I do shop between walmart, our whole food type store and costco. Shopping for certain items at costco pays off. I tend to buy my eggs (2.99 for 18), egg whites (8.99 for a box of 8 versus 2.50-4 for indiv at store), mushrooms, cukes ($4 for 3 big english cukes), spinach or mixed greens (3.99 for oversized container), hummus, laughing cow cheese (works to $2/each in case of 4). I also normally find the lowest fat chicken sausage which comes in cheaper than walmart and freeze the other packages (usually 3 packages per bunch).

Man why were the lentils so spendy? My prices were either generic or bulk/loose with the exception of my yogurt which I don't compromise unless its getting tossed into a smoothie.

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I actually wanted to make Kierae's $20 foods, I've been craving chicken, so I just got back from the grocery store. This is what I found out. K's prices are in brackets.

one whole chicken $9.80 ($4)
dozen eggs $2 (same)
plain yogurt 64ounce $5 (same)
1lb shredded cabbage $2 ($1/head)
onions $4 ($1)
mushrooms $8 for 2lb ($3.30)
1 lb dry lentils $3.39 ($1)
frozen cauliflower $4.69 (1.50)

I spent over $6 and came home with cabbage and a pound of mushrooms. I'll add a can of beans and call it supper.

...Pam

PS A box of Kashi Go Lean Crunch was $8, but I could have Fruit Loops for $2.

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I've looked for rhubarb in the freezer here. I've only seen it fresh market. I'm going to get a start from my friend. I like it made with red Jello.

Kierae, great examples with your $20 groceries. I love it.

Pam, I can buy milk for $1.98 per gallon at WinCo.

Like I said, I'll have to wait until we go to the store around the 25th to do this exercise.

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Ouch that sucks! We usually buy cabbage by the head or half (if they have split one) and eat off that quite a bit. When I am lazy, I buy just the coleslaw since you can usually pick up a bag of that for a buck. Just a thought if cabbage is a stupid price locally.

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I'm envious of the prices some of you pay. Kierae, can you believe I can't afford to eat cabbage?! LOL These are all really terrific ideas, though, and I am realizing that I really should be eating dried beans and lentils instead of canned ones for the HUGE savings.

...Pam

Edited by: PRAIRIEDAWNPAM at: 1/14/2011 (17:18)
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This is right up my alley! I'm only working part-time right now so I admit I'm poor, lol. Thanks student loans!

I would get:

Dried chickpeas-$1
Dried black beans-$1
Frozen peppers/onions-$1.50
Frozen broccoli-$1.50
Crushed tomatoes-$1
Chicken on sale-$5
Head of lettuce-$1.50
Eggs-$2
Misc frozen veggies-$1.50
Shredded cheese, low fat-$2
Nonfat yogurt-$2

This is similar to my shopping list. I make vegetable chili with frozen peppers/onions, crushed tomatoes, and some beans.

Chicken stir fry with frozen veggies.

Omelette with cheese.

Yogurt for snack.

Egg salad on lettuce for lunch.

Salad with hard boiled egg or beans.

Chicken with cheesy broccoli for dinner.


But of course I spent twice that much this week, haha. Hooray for payday!

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hehe true true

SOOOO after much thought and discussion with my mister who loved this "challenge"

My $20 grocery list:

one whole chicken $4
dozen eggs $2
Nancy's plain yogurt 64ounce - $5
head cabbage $1
onions $1
mushrooms (2lb container from costco) $3.30
1 lb dry lentils $1
frozen cauliflower 1.50
one box sf jello

=cook the chicken and strip the meat. Part of the meat can be initially eaten with cauliflower mash. "Leftover" chicken - 1/2 diced and made into a stir fry with cabbage/onion/mushroom. Boil the chicken bones and make broth with additional cabbage/onion/shrooms...add lentils.

Side dishes of lentils
side dish of stir fried cabbage/onion/mushroom

Boil half the eggs for hard boiled eggs

Other half can be used for breakfast (or whatever)...scrambled egg w/lentils, scrambled egg with mushrooms

Yogurt - enough for 8 servings (1 cup). Add 1tbsp of jello powder for flavorings.

We pondered a couple variations which would allow a stir fry meal and a soup (including one that had BACON..lol)


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Kierae, you live so far north, you are practically a Canadian. Suck it up, eh!

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And it is soo not a Canadian thing...lol. I grew up with rhubarb here in the Northwest. It is mostly used in pies, jam and wine and usually in conjuction with strawberries. I harvest my girlfriends plant and freeze it. I have one or two bags left but I haven't found it frozen before (which sucks).

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Rhubarb is a vegetable that is eaten like a fruit (in jams, pies, etc.) and it grows like a weed here in the summertime, so bad that most people cannot give it away fast enough. I really should freeze my neighbours' crops so I don't have to buy it in wintertime. I find it in the freezer section of the grocery store with berries and other frozen fruit.

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I like soup in winter and salad in summer. I'll keep the '3 Bean Garden Salad' to make this summer.

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I like the 3 bean idea.

But, I was thinking about a salad with lettuce and other salad type vegetables. I then add some black beans or kidney beans. You can add cheese or sour cream. It is inexpensive and adds protein to the meal. Low fat cheese or sour cream work well. I like a salad with taco stuff and salsa mixed with sour cream when I am eating tomatoes, in the summer it is so good. Just be sure to leave out the chips.

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Thanks for recipe idea. I would have to go along with the beans, peanut butter, etc. as great ways to stretch that $20. If you bought chicken (pieces???) in bulk that would help too. I am not familiar with rhubarb(sp?) and have no idea how to buy it, cook it, etc. But it sounds like Canadians really enjoy snacking on it. emoticon Going to have to do some research. Thanks!!

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LOL.

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Flutter, a bean and veggie and salad is a great idea. I haven't ever made one, but I just found this recipe that could be tweaked with a sugar-free sweetener. I bet this would cost me $10 to make and I could eat off it for a few days.

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Sis, that comment doesn't even deserve a reply.

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I guess 5 pounds of bacon is out, huh? emoticon emoticon

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This will take me a while, Pam. We went to the grocery stores on Sunday, but I spent a lot more than $20. I buy staples at Costco or WinCo. They are the cheapest here. I don't have any prices to figure it out.

I'll get back to you with it.

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yeah let me ponder (brain is fuzzy from gym and need food NOW)..lol.

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Oh that is fun. Beans and raw vegetables. If you got dry beans and cheese. you could make a large salad cheaply. It would take time but, would last a bit. I will have to look into that. One cheap snack is peanut butter and celery. I need to go to the store to see exact prices.

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MY $20 SHOPPING LIST

Frozen rhubarb $4
Strawberry Jello $1
(for stewed rhubarb, a week's worth of snacks)

Frozen green beans $3
Frozen broccoli and cauliflower $3
(three days' worth of veggies)

Eggs $2
(12 protein snacks or two day's worth of protein)

4L milk $4
(8 servings of milk)

Vanilla yogurt $3
(2 servings of milk)

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I don't really see decent meals in this $20, except stewed rhubarb with yogurt for breakfast or snacks, but I could eat off of it for a few days in Phase 1 and be healthy, albeit not happy.

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Today's Daily Spark does a pretty good job of showing us how $20 (or even $10, $5 or $2) can go far to buy healthy food that will feed our family for more than just one meal.
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=wha
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20_will_buy_at_the_drivethru_and_at_R>the_supermarket


I notice, however, that the examples given in the blog include foods that South Beachers will probably avoid, like potatoes, corn, orange juice, sweetened dried fruit and pasta. Would you join me in making a grocery list? If I gave each of you $20 to buy beachy food, what would you get and why? Get creative and try to make that money go as far as you can.

...Pam

PS As a Canadian with a short growing season, I do recognize that prices vary in different regions, especially when it comes to fresh produce.

Edited by: PRAIRIEDAWNPAM at: 1/13/2011 (15:27)
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