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When the scale was not moving for me, I took a look at my tracker. I noticed I was eating most of my carbs at supper or after. I also dropped my calories by 100 per day and than once a week, I let myself go over my calories by about 400 or so. These things made the scale move! It maybe that you are trying to stay at the lowest end of your calorie allowance. Try eating a little more. Also, make sure you get enough protein. It is a little expensive, but if you can swing getting a protien mix ( mine is 15.00 and lasts the month) that will help get your protein in.

I can't add much about where to buy groceries. I do know that I would not be able to afford fruits and veggies without Aldis. I also buy some meats there. I get a big pack of chicken at Walmart. It is 1.99 a pound here . I only eat about 1/2 of a breast,so it can last a while. I have a big family so it may only last a night if everyone is home lol.

Make sure you are weighing at the same time of day.I weigh about 30 minutes after I get out of bed, but before I eat anything. Seems to give me the lowest number for the day.


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If money is tight, don't be embarrassed to ask for help.

If you are within income limits, don't be afraid to apply for food stamps. Getting $15 a month is better than nothing. Don't be afraid to go to local food banks.

It also comes down to calories in, calories out. If you eat 5000 calories worth of big macs and expend 6000 calories, you will loose weight. If you eat 5000 calories worth of carrots but expend only 1500 calories, you will gain weight.

Other things to consider-you may be gaining muscle. You also may not be expending enough calories. Or you may only be eating 1500 calories and expending 2000 a day, and it's put your body into shock/starvation mode where its gonna hang on to every last ounce for dear life.

Don't let the scale dictate your life.

Look at the clearance meats, clearance sections of the store. If you can't afford to buy fresh fruits and veggies, eat em canned. Not as healthy, but healthier than a candy bar/chips.

Try produce markets/farmers markets. They may have better deals than the grocery store, maybe not.

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1/21/14 4:44 P

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I always ask the butcher at my local Giant store if they have any meat or chicken that they have reduced because it is out of date. I almost filled my freezer with chicken the last they had it reduced. I got if for around half price and I am still making meals with it.

Good luck. I know grocery shopping has become very expensive and it is a real struggle to eat healthy.





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One of my great tips is to use www.couponmom.com
The website is free (you do need to provide an email), and they show you how to use it. Basically, the site has taken ALL sales of stores in your area and combined them with coupons that you get in the mail/Sunday paper, etc, and combines them for the lowest possible price. Seriously, it takes me less than 30 minutes every week to go through and decide what I want, and cut the coupons out. Get familiar with your stores' coupon policies too.

Another tip, is I use mostly oatmeal instead of ground meat, or I add a cup or 2 of it to ground meat. I have to feed a family of 4 (myself and 3 little kids) on an almost nonexistent budget, and find oatmeal to be a great filler. The kids don't even notice the difference, and I don't have a husband to complain either. Haha!

I hope these help. I literally spend less than $30 a week and we make do, but it's not enough so I know how you feel. I could easily spend $300 a week on groceries, but just can't afford that. I find when people spend $1,000 a month on groceries for a family of 4 to be ridiculous when there are people out there truly struggling to get enough to eat. 1 in 8 Americans struggles with hunger.


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The drug store in our community renovated and expanded. They have quite a bit of food now and I try to go in frequently, not just for the sale items but also to see what they are clearing out. Today, I got pkgs of KD for less than 1/2 price, shredded cheese for 1/2 price and bread for 2/3 off. Decided not to get the milk that was more than 1/2 off, because I was walking and felt I couldn't manage that much more weight. Everything has a few more days to its best before date, it is not past, so I know I can use and/or freeze the stuff.

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Shopping at your local $ store can really help to save money or if you have at discount bread outlet and can buy day old bread. Making large pots of soup and stews and freezing some saves money also.


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thank you for sharing

A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.


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LYNETTEMOM
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great site. Tks for sharing

LJ


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This website might be helpful. Good luck!

cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com/

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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8/19/13 5:24 P

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On Saturday my son bought chicken with teriyaki sauce. He decided to drain the sauce into a bowl because it was so much of it. A few days later I baked chicken and cooked half of it with the teriyaki sauce and the other half with barbecue sauce. so I saved a little barbecue sauce for another day.


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love this time of year when so many fruits and veggies are in the store at good prices. I watch the sales very closely and when it's on sale, it's in my basket!

LJ


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What alot of great ideas I'm going to use some of these myself.

A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.


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Payday is next week, and I am living out of the pantry. It' s about portion control for me, and using every bit I can.


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I've discovered a viable alternative to Aldi--a store whose produce, dairy and frozen food I trust implicitly ... it is built along the lines of a warehouse store.

By and large, though it does cater to a certain ethnicity/nationality in the local area, who have in the main, few money problems (and might finagle food stamps when they really don't qualify for them), but there are pockets of legitimate poverty and working-class within the group. So THEY need Aldi-like prices, too.

Well, I stay away from the ethnic stuff ... (ALL carbo-fats and less-than-lean plus over-salted, nitrate/nitrite-laden cured fish and meats .. but then, so is regular American food) and shop the outer aisles [which in Aldi are not just produce (traditionally expected in stores in the United States) but also carbo-fats in addition to the cured meats/fish--this store knows enough to keep the carbo-fats away from the periphery of the store] ...

It's in a small region of the Northeast United States right now, the store is called Net Cost Market ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 6/7/2013 (21:36)

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Made baked Ziti last night with ground turkey, pasta, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. All together $6.00 split by 4 people and 1 serving leftover. 1.20 per person. I used what was in the house, when I get to the grocery store again I will buy the whole wheat pasta.

I have given myself a six week challenge to eat healthy on a budget. Over the past three weeks I have realized a few things. 1. do your homework before going shopping not just meal planning but research things like high protein foods or buying in season produce. 2. Time management is as important as money management. Dry beans and inexpensive spices can go a long way.




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Thank you, KLUTZY, you really don't live up to that name.

Excellent suggestions!!


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Can you grow some vegies? Many do well in pots as long as you are religious about watering *every morning*--tomatoes, cukes, zukes, peas, beans, beets, carrots, scallions, lettuces and greens. A good growing medium is MiracleGro potting soil impregnated with fertilizer; that would be your major investment. I've gotten two season out of it by bringing the pot inside in winter and replanting in the spring. Free containers can be scrounged from many places; styrofoam keeps the roots cool, which makes the plants happy. My grocery tore buys grapes in styrofoam boxes which already have ventilation holes in them; the bottoms are good for many things and the shallower covers can be used for lettuces, greens, and scallions. Even a thick cardboard box will last a few months. From one sixpack of romaine lettuce seedlings, I harvested enough for a sandwich the day I bought them. Within a week I could get a decent sized salad every other day by picking just the outside leaves of each plant. All for $1.59!

Take a good hard look at how you are spending your money now and see what you can change to let you eat better. Check out the team Bustin' That Bulge on a Budget, and here are some links to good info. Good luck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1345 http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/articles.asp?id=1129

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In addition to all the great advice everyone has already offered, maybe some of the tips in this link can help; you could buy what's on sale, make meals, and freeze them. Avoid junk foods and packaged foods like the plague. Use dry beans rather than canned. Try to make your own bread, biscuits, quick breads, corn tortilla chips. Forage in the spring and summer, glean in the fall. Rent movies from the library and make your own popcorn. I've been there; it's tough, but doable, and an adventure at times! http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/one-afternoon-cooking-for-many-healthy-meals.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_content=05.27.13+RFSF&utm_campaign=2013+RFSR&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email#axzz2UWwyK2gQ

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If money is low, I suggest buying frozen vegetables, which are quite inexpensive. You can also buy frozen fruit and make smoothies.

Use meat sparingly, make more casseroles, use more beans....



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Aldi?

I'm sorry, my health is already compromised and I can't afford to get sick. Already did - but once - on Aldi food. That was without even trying out their produce yet. There are two alternatives, should I be desperate: C-Town is kind of the yuppie version of Aldi (and a lot closer by); and there is always the large fruit and vegetable store down the hill. Actually, before my neighborhood started to have a yuppie incursion about a year after I moved to it, there had been twice as many places to buy reasonable produce in a pinch ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/25/2013 (10:40)

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I do most of my shopping at Grocery Outlet (90%), 5% at FoodCo and 5% (or less) at Safeway or MiPueblo. The grocery aisles at my local Target and Walmart are not worth the money. I used to go to Costco, but cut that out, too.

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I know the feeling there. Seems by the time I do that and keep money back for gas, my grocery bill has to be done creatively. We split our shopping now ebtween 3 places - Sams Club, Bottom Dollar Food, and Walmart. Veggie-wise I get my Spring MIx for salads from Sam's, carrots, and potatoes. Havent found those 3 things chepaer anywhere. The rest of my produce comes from Bottom Dollar foods. Very low priced, sales, and very fresh and good quality. Their own brand line is similar to Walmart's, so that helps. Walmart I use for the things I cant get at the other 2 places. It usually works to about 1/3 at each one.

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Paid bills including rent last night. I'll be on the air and water diet by the time my next paycheck hits! LOL!

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I have a small change jar that I have now titled grocery jar. Once it gets full, my local grocery store has a coinstar machine and I have the option of getting the store gift card and it doesn't charge, so that takes off on my grocery bill.


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There is so much wisdom on this team...I'm in awe!

I use a combination of all of the things that my mom taught me: salvage stores (like the dented cans mentioned below), coupons, sales and buying from a variety of sources. DH and I also love soup, which tends to be cheaper and goes a long way.

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I shop at outlet stores. I cannot afford to be picky about dented cans (never buy builging cans) or close-to-outdated food. The kind of places where I shop are the kind where you buy what you see when you see it because it may not be there again. Fresh produce is problematic. The lower price often translates to poor quality so I have to either spend more at a place like Safeway or choose something else...

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I am one of the extreme couponers - I am able to get 50 to 75 percent of my grocery bill. It has taken a few years to get this good but I have not figured out how the ladies (and men) get the 95 to 100 percent. We live out in the desert and every grocery store is two hours away so I had to learn how to coupon so I could stock pile for months. I only go grocery shopping once a month and have my hubby buy the milk and bread on his way home from work. I am always looking for ways to save a penny to help our budget.

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It is hard to buy groceries on a small budget. Lots of times there is no money for groceries after meds and bills. I try to remember to eat as healthy as I can on my budget. I buy fruit cups in water or light syrup that are the bargain brands. I shop mostly at Walmart. It has some things that i can use. I get the Great Value brand of frozen vegetables and fruits.I try to get as little meat as possible. We have Tuna, chicken, and Turkey products., mainly.I buy some things at the discount bread store. I hope this has helped some. Also do not get discouraged the pounds will drop off with less carbs and calories, plus excercise. I look more at other measurements than the scales. D





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I also shop aldi's and most of the time their produce is really good. I also buy a lot of frozen veggies there too. It's the fresh, fancier fruits and veggies that cost so much. You really have to look only at the ones that are on sale and let those be the fruits and veggies that you eat that week. It doesn't have to be too expensive to eat healthy. I also coupon shop, I save a lot but again, I try to only buy the things my family will use.



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Aldi's has very affordable fresh produce.

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If you live alone and are shopping just for yourself, it might help to find a neighbor or friend who lives nearby to split the costs with - someone with similar health goals - so that you can buy in bulk and keep lots of healthy food on hand while lowering the cost.


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These are all great ideas. We also have a section in the grocery store's meat and produce section where they put the "markdown" items. Ask the butcher or the produce manager when these markdowns are done to get the best selection. I buy from this section often and freeze the items that I'm not going to use immediately. You can do the same in the bakery to get a good price on whole grain breads. And I don't know if this is an option for you but I save a TON of money by having a garden each year. It is much cheaper to buy seeds or even small plants once than to put that money out all summer. You could even container garden if you live in an apartment or have limited space. Good luck~ I'm cheering for you!emoticon

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Cutting back on meats is a good idea. One of my goals is that I can't drink pop for a month, I am on my 2nd almost 3rd week. Another goal was to drink at least 16 oz of water a day, so water has been my choice.. good thing to... is it is cheap..lol. Thank you for the advice.



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I am in the same boat. I decided that I would cut back on meat and use other more inexpensive proteins. I am going to have a bean night, a soup night, a vegetarian night, and only 2 nights where we eat meat.

Canned and dried beans are very inexpensive. Lentils and brown rice (I am making these right now) Eggs are pretty cheap too.

I can't afford the convenience foods I used to be able to before (individual hummus, small packages of nuts, bagel thins, etc) so I have just been using what I can.

Also, just use meat sparingly for flavor - it can go a long way.

Oh, I've also been making unsweetened iced tea because I can't afford diet pop (which is probably a good thing).

You just have to work with what you've got & not give up or use it as an excuse.

Sherry

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I can't add any much more to the great advice that's been given. I try to buy groceries as frugally as possible, too, especially now that prices on everything have gotten so high. We had to pay for car repairs this week, so I'm definitely going to have to buy frugally this week. One thing I plan to buy this week are dry beans and potatoes. Potatoes really are good for us. It's the things we add to them that make them not so good for us.

Also, if you have family members that take the Sunday paper, ask them for the coupons if they'll be thrown out otherwise. If you have a grocery store that doubles coupons, you'll be amazed how much money you can save on your grocery bill.


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If you are excerising that much you are probably building muscle. While you may be losing fat the scale isn't moving because muscle weights more. YOU WANT MUSCLE BECAUSE IT BURNS CALORIES. Don't give up. Also when you do get to shop try to buy frozen friuts & veggies to have on hand for when you can't shop. Hang it there, try keeping track of measurements instead of pounds, are your clothes getting looser? Than some fat is gone.

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2/9/12 8:36 P

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in an ideal situation of course we should be eating lots of fruits and vegetables, but....at the end of the day it's about calories. When we expend more calories than we eat we normally will loose weight. Veg/fruit per servng still are cheaper than junk food such as chips/dips
ice cream and candy. Search the www for healthy budget friendly recipes. Beans,peanut butter and cheese are proteins, eggs are great source of protein and are fairly cheap.
Cooking meals instead of packaged/processed foods are cheaper and better for you. Oatmeal is cheap and great souce of fiber. Buy meats on sale and portion out and freeze.
Lots of luck



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2/9/12 7:05 P

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My question is how do you loose weight when you can't afford all the foods that are healthy for you. I never know when I get to buy groceries and there are times when I have to eat what I can find in the house. I am supposed to be eating all of these fruits and vegetables but I can't afford it. I have been excersing none stop for 3 weeks now, haven't lost a pound. I am getting really frustrated and ready to give up.. PLEASE someone give me some tips.



 
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