We're used to buying in bulk to cut down on cost, but when we have large packages we tend to eat more out of it- making it not only less cost-efficient but giving us too many calories! If you want to treat yourself, buy the smallest package possible until you have the willpower to truly only eat ONE serving. Your waist line AND your wallet will thank you :)
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I buy store brands when I shop. I compare ingredients to the national brand and buy the equivalent in the lower price items. I buy the smallest package possible in the equivalent until I use the item and find if I like it or not. If I do, I buy a larger amount next time and save even more!
Even if you cook for only one or two buy the larger packs of meat, larger cans/packages of other foods and you can divide it up by portions or by quantity you usually use at once and freeze the rest or use in another recipe. This is much cheaper then buying smaller bags/cans or packages of meats.
Assuming I am motivated (and that's a whole 'nother story), I have always found it fairly easy to lose weight. I eat when I'm hungry, which ends up meaning several small meals a day of only the healthiest food. Fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and a small amount of fresh nuts.
Some small amounts of cheese is okay too, but avoid refined, packaged foods.
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