In the morning, I have a whole wheat bagel with two egg whites and maybe a cup of yogurt. Usually, I'm too full after the bagel to finish the yogurt. For snacks, I buy whatever is on sale. This week, I picked up Wheat Thins since they were only $2 a box. I also buy fruit when it is on sale and eat that as a snack. Bananas are always cheap, so I buy them a lot. Lunch is pretty simple with either a salad or a sandwich. I always stock up on yogurt when it's on sale. I bought 20 cups of Yoplait for $7 a few weeks ago and I have one or two cups of that a day. I have bottled water for when I'm at work, but I just bought a Brita and use that when I'm in my dorm so I don't have to constantly buy more water. For dinner, I usually cook. I've been using the recipes on this site. I made the Asian Noodle Stir-fry recently and it was delicious and very cheap. Frozen veggies, ramen, and ground turkey. All the ingredients probably cost me around $7 and it made 6 servings!
Always shop around for great deals. You can look up circulars for nearby grocery stores online. I always do that and don't mind making trips to multiple stores if I can save a lot of money.
I've never been a huge fish person, but lately I've been eating a lot of Tilapia, it's doesn't have a real fishy taste, it's great on protein! and great for you! a few minutes in the microwave and your good to go.
lately ive been eating a protein milk shake every morning which is protein powder and skim milk... tastes very good and fills me up for hours. (eas 100% whey protein) then for a very easy and healthy dinner, i like salmon with lemon pepper baked for 20 mins in 350 degree oven, make sure it flakes before you eat it! add a salad and youve got a delicious meal!!!
Michelina's frozen dinner line includes some lean meals, watch the calories, but they go on sale for $1 each. I can even get my husband to eat them. Carrots and tiny tupperwares of ranch make a nice snack that's not too expensive. If you have one, Albertsons has sales where, if you buy 10 boxes, the cereal is $1.50-2.00 a box but it's one brand at a time. Right now it's quaker products were I am, so I was also able to stock up on oatmeal and granola bars. Speaking of granola, you can buy a box of low fat granola for about $3, which you can sprinkle!!! on yogurt($.50 a container) and it makes it feel more like a whole meal. A box of granola can last me a month if I don't eat it as cereal, and I can keep my husband out of it. Most grocery stores also have a discount meat section, as long as you eat it by the end of the next day, it's pretty much the same.
SHIRUKOFUKU- I have tight funds as well so grocery shopping does tend to be a headache. I'm not sure what you have available to you, but here what I do to cut my costs.
Every morning for breakfast, I have a protein smoothie. The ingredients are frozen fruit (MUCH cheaper than fresh fruit), nonfat yogurt (you can buy cheap store brand if you like it), and protein powder (I use Aria...it's $10 and lasts me about 3 weeks).
I have salads for lunch during the week. I keep them very simple, just lettuce and 1 or 2 additional veggies. I purchase all of my produce from a produce cart instead of a grocery store. If you don't have produce carts in your area, look for farmer's markets or even local farms.
Dinner changes every night and purchasing dinner food tends to be where I incur most of my food costs. To curtail this, I load up my freezer with frozen veggies whenever they're on sale. For meats, I look through the grocery circulars to see who's having the best deals. Again, if it's a great deal, I'll stock up and freeze food for later use.
It really comes down to being a smart shopper. Always, always compare prices at different stores before you go out. Also, it's better to go shopping with a list so you don't add a bunch of unnecessary items to your cart.
Also, avoid pre-packaged meals (i.e. Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine) because they tend to be more expensive than if you just prepare a meal yourself. Opt for store-brand items, too.
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I also had a concern that someone might be able to address... I always find articles about how to pack a single meal for lunch, but never do I find anyone who can help me prepare an entire day's worth of food - portable. I live off-campus, but spend between 10 and 12 hours on campus, and am far, far too poor to buy anything more than once a week. My husband is in the same predicament and we end up spending tons of money on groceries but never seeming to have anything to eat.
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