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4/29/09 7:32 A

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I think my biggest problem is avoiding free unhealthy food!

I can buy good cheap food, but sometimes people give me food which looks good and tastes good, but which really does not have a lot of nutritional value.

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4/25/09 12:52 A

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I am not a big fan of Suzy Orman. She & her girlfriend live in a very plush & expensive place in San Francisco and although she only has one pair of earrings - because she doesn't believe in buying things to satisfy other people's taste, she seems to forget that we also need variety and to please ourselves. It is very easy to live on half you rincome when your income is over 6 figures annually!Any way, I'm glad I don't have to live on $25 a week for food. I don't know that it would be the healthiest choices and I also have food allergies that complicate using the cheapest products. However, if you show the bargain places and watch the ads, and don't mind eating odd things, it could be done. I would think eating more raw foods, nuts and bulky produce would be a major part of staying full and doing so cheaply. If you are still into it - good luck.

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4/24/09 7:52 P

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I had come across this blog a while back, and thought of it again when I saw your string. Maybe it has some helpful ideas?

thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/

'Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.'

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4/5/09 10:46 P

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Well, it helps if you have it every day!

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GREENBRIAR1 Posts: 313
4/5/09 7:35 P

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Fresh bread and moderation . . . I never knew that they could be used
in the same sentence.



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4/5/09 7:30 P

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I know fresh bread is too good!

But we eat it. Without butter or margarine. (Most of the time.) I wish my husband wouldn't leave it out all the time...

It is healthy though. In moderation. Without the butter.

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4/5/09 6:36 P

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No, I don't make my own bread. I had a bread machine but gave it
to a friend because I was going to make it the old-fashion way. I
haven't yet.

One problem I have with fresh bread - LOTS of real butter. I don't use
margarine and will use butter if a recipe calls for it. But with fresh
bread . . . please oh, please not when I'm dieting and trying to live
healthier.



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SLOLOSER's Photo SLOLOSER Posts: 8,646
4/5/09 6:20 P

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Do you make your own bread? (It's not hard. It does take time.)

Buy your yeast in bulk! You can save a bundle. The jars are cheaper than the envelopes, but if you go to ethnic food stores, you can buy in even larger quantities. We buy a pound at a time for bigger savings.

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4/5/09 6:18 P

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Dieting or maintaining with inflation you may have to increase. If prices drop, you may be able to cut back more. In the summer, you can try and grow some of your own food.

Buying in bulk usually helps, but beware! Do the math.
This week I saw baking soda in 1 kg. packages at $3.09. However two 500g. packages of the same brand came to $2.98! And if we went to the cheaper brand we could get the 500 g. packages even cheaper!

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4/5/09 5:59 A

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You are right. I am motivated mostly by the amount of $ I will save.
I think that I will be able to get down to $25. per week while I'm
dieting but when I am maintaining, it may have to increase.

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4/5/09 3:36 A

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to make it more feasible you need to look at it more as a whole.not 25$ a week but over the year.25$ times 52.you must also work it out by planning ahead and looking at the seasonal productīs ,sales,coupons available etc.when you can it is cheaper and better to grow your own fruit and vegtables.it just takes time,patience and hard work.see the hard work as exercise and mark it in on your fitness minutes.when that option is not for you. buy fruit and veg when in season are cheaper.buy in bulk when they are on special and freeze,pickle perserve etc for the times when they are not in season.or when you donīt have the nessarcary storage facility or freezer space for that ,club together with family,friends and neighbours to split a bulk buy between you.works out a lot cheaper then.i do that often with my sister-in-law.buy things at times where the shop might be putting them cheaper.i.e.end of the day at bakerīs when they have a happy hour.saturday afternoon just before it closes for the weekend in the super markets.if it is a small local shop who closes for summer the last day they are open is good for bargins.items with a short term shelf life like yogurts,milk etc.near the end of date shops will put them even cheaper if you plan to eat them in the next couple of days then buy them.same with fresh meats etc if they have been put on sale.i usually go shopping with a plan but i am open for that plan to change if there is an item on sale that we like.also another way to save money but takes a bit of time is to bulk cook.i do a basic sauce out of tomatoes and different veg which i puree and freeze in poition size.then i use it for the base of different meals.also when i cook things like lasagne or cottage pieīs i always cook double and freeze one portion for another time when i have not the time to cook anything from scratch(scratch cooking takes time but is cheaper.).soups are also a good cheap norishing alternative and would keep you in your calorie range.also you can make it out of things you have left over.same goes with salad.it doesnīt always have to consist of lettuce.it can be made up from left over rice or pasta as well.the secret to eating on a budgit is no secret really.it is to do with planning.keeping yours eyes open for what on offer and buying things in season,time and preperation.it might take a while to work in to a routine but it is worth the effort.eating cheaply doesnīt mean eating poorly on the contry it just means eating wisely.when having pulses buy dried it is cheaper, and preparing it yourself,you could also elke out many meat dishes that way.when i make a chillie con carnee i use half minced meat and half lentils,it is cheaper,healthier and in my opinion tastier.good luck with the budgiting.hope this is a help.

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4/4/09 7:07 P

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I'm trying to keep my bill down as well and so far so good. I do the coupons and buy what is on sale. Some weeks it is hard but I keep going. We can do this - we just have to keep smiling and know we are strong and things will get better.

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4/4/09 12:16 P

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Wow! $25 for a week of food! Now I was able to do that in the 80's when I lived off sandwiches but today, that seems very hard. You are doing great!

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not exactly sure what food stamps are but if you have 7 dollars a day by my reckoning that would make 49 dollars not 25.congrats on getting it down to 29 dollars first attempt next time will be better.donīt forget sometimes bulk buying can be cheaper.then have to work out how much you use of it in a week to work it in to your week budget.good luck and as you say.it canīt hurt.you just have to decide what you are going to do with the money you save.

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4/3/09 7:34 P

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I attempted to spend only $25 this week on food. I ended up with about
$29. I will be watching my spending very closely so that I can end up
averaging $20 - $25 per week.

I am not sure if anyone saw Oprah but she had on Suzy Orman. Suzy
has advised everyone to live on 1/2 of their income. Because if you
get laid off, unemployment will be 1/2 of your income. I thought that
I would do this the best I can. I have nothing to lose since the money
I save will be in my savings account.

Many thanks for the idea of $25. per week for food. (Suzy stated that
food stamps is about $7 per day).


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