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4/19/10 10:43 P

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WinCo is the cheapest grocery store in our area to buy bulk foods. Spices are an expecially good buy. Their prices beat WalMart groceries. Costco charges the same amount for their roasted chickens as their raw whole chickens. That's a no-brainer.

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4/19/10 12:08 P

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We're on a tight budget. Avoiding packaged foods means more cash to buy good ingredients. We cook almost everything from scratch and in big-batches. I bake all our bread. Usually bulk is cheaper for whole wheat pasta, old fashioned oats, barley, brown rice and quinoa, but know your prices and watch for sales; sometimes you'll pay more for bulk. Beans are cheap protein, but I prefer canned and I don't mind Walmart's store brand. Costo is my go-to place for dried milk powder (for cooking), Splenda and almond butter.

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4/18/10 10:14 P

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4/18/10 8:54 P

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Thank you Kierae! Those are some great tips. My husband and I watched Food, Inc the other day and it totally changed the way I looke at food! We are growing our own garden this year and we'll be hitting up the farmers market until ours starts to grow so we should be able to save money there, plus have healthier food! Thanks for the advice everyone!

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4/18/10 1:00 P

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I have to go along with everyone else - buying in season, figuring out what I can buy frozen (ie cauliflower, broccoli are fine frozen), buying in bulk packages and then repacking into portion sizes, shopping bulk for nuts and beans...shopping farmers markets now that the season is hitting...avoiding the packaged salad mixes and making your own.

Cooking in bulk - making soup and freezing portions, chili, spaghetti sauce..

Yes chicken breasts are recommended but realistically there isn't much difference in fat/calorie count between it and dark meat so buy the cheaper cut and take the minor hit. Ditto on hamburger - if need to buy the higher fat count, cook it up and rinse, rinse, rinse!

Save all your veggie scraps and meat scraps (and any veggie starting to turn) and stick in a freezer bag. This is for your soup stock. I buy a whole chicken about once every two weeks, roast it, peel the meat off and use it for salads and what not and then take out my veggie scrap bag and toss it in a pot with the bones. Boil it up, strain and you have stock base to make soup (add some beans, any fresh veggies you want (can buy one of the mixed frozen bags) - and bam soup! I always have 2 different type of soups in my freezer (ie about 4 bags that have 4 cups in it).

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4/18/10 9:53 A

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Eating healthy shouldn't cost any more. Instead it should cost less. Especially when you think about the better health you will have long term.
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4/18/10 6:43 A

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I, too, buy in bulk. When ever I hit a sale, I buy extras and freeze. This works real well with everything except fresh fruits & veggies, of course.

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Phase 2 shouldn't be a budget breaker. Eggs, in season locally grown fruits and vegetables, whole grains.
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4/17/10 11:09 P

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I save money by raising a garden and fish in our pond. Plus I buy meat on sale in bulk and veggies and fruits in season. Beans are always cheap.

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4/17/10 10:51 P

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I'm on phase 2, and I used to not really worry too much about what I spent on groceries. I'm not sure if anyone has heard of Dave Ramsey, but we just started his program, which means BUDGET!! So, what are some cheap meals that you make that work for Phase 2? I love some great ideas on yummy food but still not breaking my budget! Thanks so much! I really need some new meal ideas :)

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