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Cook up a bag of dried beans and refrigerate them. That way you can control the sodium too. You can even freeze them so you don't get tired of them. I buy the individual portions of frozen veggies for a dollar. As someone already said the rotisserie chickens are great, and I shop at Aldi also, the produce is really cheap there. We also have a "bent can store" I can go to and I stock up on veggies there. They also usually have a big variety of salad dressings, just check the exp date and sugar content. Watch meat sales carefully and stock up if you can. I'm so eager for turkeys to go on sale, I plan to buy several for the freezer :) If you have a Dollar Tree with the freezer section, I find fish in mine. The large containers of yogurt are cheaper than the small ones. Store brands are very helpful. Don't buy salad mixes, cutting your own is so much cheaper!
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Kierae - happily maintaining since 1/2009
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I buy rotisserie chicken each time we go to Costco. It's the same price cooked as it in the in case raw. Remove the skin and your meal is ready. We have chicken salad with lettuce and every vegetable in the refrigerator. We have a large garden and I'll can beets after frost.
We had a section on the cheapest things, but I can't remember what it's called. I'll bump it to the top, if I can find it.
Prosser, Washington PDT
Most of us in the group are on a budget. We don't have access to a lot of organics here. I try to raise as much of my own food as I can and I thoroughly wash what I can't raise. When you cut out all the worthless junk food and eliminate eating out you end up with more money to spend on healthy food than you would think. I buy what is in season and buy it in bulk when I can get it on sale. Farmers markets are sometimes good buys. We have food co-ops that focus only on certain foods like fresh veggies. Most stores here now have a reduced price section and everyone is using it. The meat is often greatly reduced. Beans are fairly economical. I shop at Aldis and discount stores. Eggs are great. Lettuce is still fairly economical if you avoid the prepacked stuff. Sometimes frozen veggies and fruits are a good buy and canned veggies can be too. You can rinse the salt off. Generic is okay. Canned tuna is good. I use coupons and scan the sales ads.
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is there a new member thread? Anyway, this lifestyle WOL seems to be the most healthy sensible way to lose weight. The only problem is, I am a little on the poor side. Have you seen the price of food lately? The cheapest food is ramen noodles and prepackaged white carbs. You can forget organic food. You'd have to take a loan out just to buy anything organic. Is there like a more budget friendly way to do southbeach? I know this has probably been posted a thousand times so forgive me. Thanks, Amy