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One of my best tips for dieting as a Coupon Queen..."hide" the unhealthy deals! I don't literally mean to bury these things in the back yard (ha!)...but just try to make the more unhealthy items less noticable. I will admit to still buying junk food...because my husband and children do NOT have weight problems. I feed them mostly healthy food, and I think it's wrong to deny them occasional treats because of my own weight issues. That being said:

I "hide" ice creams, frozen pies/cakes, frozen appetizers, etc. in my deep freeze in the garage. I stockpile as much frozen food as I can when I can get it for a song...this includes unhealthy fare. So to keep myself away from it, I've found keeping all of the "bad" food in the garage freezer completely puts it out of my mind as I don't have to see it everytime I open the fridge. Even once I open the boxes, the food stays in the garage. My fridge's freezer is solely for my veggies, garden burgers, etc.

I use grocery store tactics...in my pantry. I put the healthy foods on the shelves that are at eye level, so that they are the first things I see when I open the doors. The foods that I try to avoid (cookies, chips, whatever), are put on the highest shelf or the lowest shelf, and I kind of have myself trained to NOT look at those shelves unless the kids specifically ask for something on those shelves or if we have company coming over.

In my fridge...I use what I call "The Husband Principal". Basically, I just stack the shelves so that the healthy foods are in the front, unhealthy foods are in the back or in the crisper drawers. (You know how a lot of husbands can't find the ketchup if it's behind the milk? Same principal).

I hope this helps some of you!! It is ENTIRELY possible to be successful in your journey to healthy living and be a cheapskate...I mean "frugal" at the same time! :)

Jessica

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I try to make veggies my main course.
I don't cook large amounts.
I freeze fruits or veggies that I want to save for later.
One of my most recent favorites is fresh carrot soup with ginger.



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Lots of questions - but I think that's great!

One cheap meal I love is tuna-bean salad. I mix a can of water-packed tuna with a can of drained, rinsed beans - my favorites are chickpea and cannellini. Add in some chopped red or green onion, chopped red or green peppers, some herbs - fresh basil when I have it, and toss it all with a little olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt & pepper. Its best if allowed to chill and marinate a bit. This is great as a quick lunch over some greens or just by itself. Its really quite cheap, and very yummy! emoticon

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
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Great info "Roadtohealthy" !


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I have been to that site I kinda like it I have to find a few that I go to I will post back with it later but right now I am tring to find the site that showes you what coupon circulars that are in what sunday paper. I was at the sight right before thanks giving and I for got to save in my favorites. HELP!!!!
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Low cost, Home cooking from scratch!
I just love this site and have to pass it on!
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And here is the healthy version!
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This is something we battled with in our home.. How to eat healthy on a limited budget. Here is what we have started doing.. and it is working!
1) Meal planning! We plan what we will eat every day.. this limits eating out, and eating junk! I go through and do a monthly one since we live so far from everything.
2)Limit your meat. Meat is expensive! You can cut your meat amount in half per recipe. Replace that with beans when you can. Have some meatless meals or go meatless all together!
3) Cooking from scratch. We have cut out almost all processed food and learned how to make our own.
4) Batch cooking. We cook our own beans for one.. I cook them up and then freeze them. So much healthier and cheaper!
5) Grow your own! Learn how to can and put it up, or put it in the freezer. We eat on it all winter and spring!
6) limit the amount of canned goods you buy. Pick frozen instead!
7) Set up a budget.. we went through the first month and figured out what we normally spend. Then the every month after that, we try to shrink our bill!
8) use coupons. We get what we can from online coupons. I will not buy something that we don't need just because we have a coupon. I also will not buy a certain brand just because I have a coupon, if it is more expensive.
9) Buy in bulk.. but only if it is cheaper. Bring a calculator when shopping so you know how much an item is per ounce.
10) Know what is on sale, get the sale fliers or go online. We may have to go to three stores just to get the best deals!

That is all I can think of now.. I am sure I will think of more and post them as I remember them!

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There are a TON more articles.. all you have to do is a search! I used our Spark People Web search and came up with a TON! Now, let's post our own!

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Plan Meals and Cook from Scratch to Save Money on Nutritious Foods
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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
A visit to a health food store can convince anyone that eating healthy is a luxury rather than choice. To the contrary, eating healthy does not require buying the hottest new diet food or piles of exotic fruit. Nor does eating cheaply limit you to a menu of pre-packaged pastas. The exact items that make up cheap, healthy diets vary greatly by location, but the methods to creating these diets vary little. Since most of what you pay for in food is convenience, you can save money and maintain your health by investing time and planning into your diet.
www.wikihow.com/Eat-Healthy-on-a-Budget

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Lose Weight, Save Money
How to eat healthy without blowing your budget
You want a trimmer body, not a slimmer wallet. But when you're cutting calories, it's not always easy to cut costs. If you're not careful, fresh salads, juicy fruits, and lean meats can add up to far more than the value meal at McDonald's or that economy-size box of macaroni and cheese. What's a cost-conscious dieter to do?

The first thing to keep in mind is this: When you count the costs of a healthier diet, don't forget to tally the costs of being overweight. Just ask the famously cheap author and radio personality Clark Howard.

It's true that fans of the Clark Howard Show tune in for Howard's cost-cutting strategies, not diet tips. "I've got the exercise part down," he tells WebMD. "I exercise every day and run a half-marathon every year. But I eat fast food."

More of this article:
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Top 7 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
A healthy diet can help you to keep your medical costs down, but how do you justify the added expense of healthy foods? Try these simple tips and you won't have to:
1. Buy Reduced Produce
It's no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but the price of fresh produce isn't nearly as good for your budget. To stretch your shopping dollars, look for a reduced rack at the grocery store. You can often pick up super ripe produce for a fraction of the regular price.
2. Go frozen
Frozen vegetables are usually fresher and cheaper than anything that can be found in the produce and canned sections of the store. Cruise down the frozen food aisles, and you'll find big bags of veggies at bargain prices – sometimes as little as $1 a bag.
3. Shop locally
Your local produce stand or farmer's market can be a great source for healthy bargains. For the best deals, shop often and look for reduced produce or end-of-the-day specials.
4. Grow Your Own
Slash your produce prices even further by growing your own healthy eats. Start a plot in your backyard or a container garden on your patio, and enjoy homegrown fruits and vegetables all season long. Like fresh herbs? Grow your favorites in small pots by the kitchen window, and take a snip whenever you need it.
5. Substitute Oil
Slash the fat grams in your cakes, muffins and other baked items by replacing the oil in recipes with an equal amount of no-sugar-added apple sauce. It won't change the taste of your recipe, but it will change the healthfulness of it.
6. Substitute Eggs
Reduce your cholesterol consumption by substituting the eggs in baked goods with a tablespoon of soy flour. You can pick up a bag for as little as $2-3, and it will last you for quite a long time.
7. Skip the Salt
Sodium lurks in lots of foods, and it's just not something that your body needs a lot of. Limit your consumption by purchasing no-salt-added or low-sodium versions of canned foods. This switch won't cost you a dime, so it's probably the simplest switch of all.

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Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget
An AskMetafilter user wonders:

What’s your favorite healthy food that can be bought on a college student budget? I’ve decided that I’m really going to crack down on my poor eating habits. As a college student, I’ve always bought the food that was the most affordable. Unfortunately, this is usually generic-brand pizza, toaster streudels, and whichever soda is on sale. In order to combat this, I’m looking for suggestions for healthy, easy-to-prepare foods that won’t break the bank.

There are some great answers here, such as:

* A cup of rice and a vegetarian stir-fry
* Replace soda with water
* Pasta primavera
* Fruitshakes/smoothies
* Cheese and crackers
* Nuts
* Beans (flavored with a little meat)
* Fruits and vegetables

Learning to eat (and prepare) more meals at home is an excellent way to reduce your food budget and eat healthfully. Find a source of recipes that you trust and learn to prepare them. (Here’s a good online recipe page that features many cheap and healthy meals.)

If you’re looking for healthy food on a small budget, then fruits and vegetables and other whole foods are the way to go. They’re the basic building blocks of a nutritious diet, and they’re much cheaper than processed foods.

Similar questions have been asked several times before at AskMetafilter:

* I want to eat more healthy foods. I have a very small food budget. Any ideas?
* What do you think is the cheapest, healthiest, tastiest, easiest meal to prepare?
* I need suggestions on high energy food that’s cheap, doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and tastes good (if such a thing exists).
* What’s the simplest, cheapest yet most complete diet available?
* I want to bring lunch to work because I am 1) trying to lose weight and 2) save money. Any ideas for what’s both healthy and easy?
* I am looking for unique ideas for making quick, easy, heathy, inexpensive dinners (in my case, for two) every night… or at least most nights. “Dinner Hacks” you might say.
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Eat healthy on a budget
With a little planning, you don’t have to spend a bundle on nutritious food

My weight-loss clinic is filled with patients who want to “eat healthy,” but believe it’s just too expensive. Maybe you feel the same way.

My weight-loss clinic is filled with patients who want to “eat healthy,” but believe it’s just too expensive. Maybe you feel the same way.

With food prices rising, I want to convince you that it’s not so hard to eat healthy on the cheap. I took a trip to my local supermarket to give you some tips on how to eat well while minding your pocketbook.
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Eating Healthy on a Budget
Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality

When you’re on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Not only is it easy to get sucked in by grocery merchandising tricks, but it’s also normal for most of us to fall into a mealtime rut, eating the same foods over and over. But you’re in control of your kitchen—and if you cook smart, you can enjoy the first-class meals you deserve.

You can save money and still have quality. If you’ve been using cost as an excuse to eat junk, you can kiss that excuse goodbye! With a little organization and creativity, you can have the proverbial champagne when cooking on a beer budget. To start, here’s a quick review of basic tips of healthy eating:

* Limit your intake of junk food and alcohol
* Drink lots of water (at least 8 cups a day)
* Limit salty and sugary foods
* Avoid eating many foods that are high in saturated fats
* Make “variety” the watchword of your eating

Next, set aside regular blocks of time for planning meals, making your grocery list, and shopping—tasks that are most often shortchanged in food prep. Include healthy snack ideas, as well as main menu items. Think about the time of day, day of week, and even week in the month that you shop. Generally, the grocery is the least busy early in the morning, in the middle of the week, and on any day but the first day or two of the month (when many people receive pension or paychecks).
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Well one thing that my family dose is We sell candy bars to help pay for our membership for the YMCA

That helps out.

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This is a place to share your tips, suggestions, and links to articles on how to lose weight and save money at the same time!

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