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6/9/13 9:24 P

Look for recipes that use beans or lentils. Dry beans and lentils are not complicated to cook, are inexpensive and are very filling. You can also freeze them so if you'd like to cook them in advance and the add them to recipes later you can.

Make soup at least once per week. Minestrone and Fassolatha are favorites for my family.

Reduce waste. Buy frozen fruit or vegetables... or freeze extra fruits and vegetables. Plan meals that use the things that go bad first and use less perishable foods later. Eat your leftovers or don't cook more than you will eat at one time.
Make sure you eat the food you have on hand. Don't buy something and just let it sit.

Buy store brands.

Do meal planning before you shop. Don't make new things every day. Stick to a grocery list.

You might try a limited meal plan with just 20-30 meal choices that you use for several months. When you know you are going to have the same meal in a couple of weeks you might choose to cook double and freeze the extra portion or know you will use leftover ham in a casserole.

6/7/13 5:07 P

False. It is cheap enough to buy healthy foods!! Let me show you what I buy on my college budget, pretty lady :)

Carbs: Brown Rice!! Buy a big bag. If you have a Costco membership, this is even better.
Second choice is packaged noodles. However, never use the spices that comes with it. Add your own lean meat (or crack in an egg) and lots of veggies when you cook it.
Third is potato (sweet is best, but russet is cheap. Do not fry though.
Veggies and fruits. They are cheaper than you think.

Protein: Buy bulk! Lean meats. Pork is the cheapest. Beef. Try going for about 10$/kg It is possible. Canned tuna is very easy too. Tuna sandwiches and soups! Beans.

Fats: Olive oil, avocados, nuts. Get them in bulk. Avocado can be a treat every now and then.

Pick seasonal produce if you can. Good luck on your journey :)

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6/7/13 10:42 A

It is definitely not cheaper to buy processed "bad" foods. It may be easier, but definitely not cheaper.
I buy dry beans and cook them in my small crock pot when I'm at work. You can also buy a whole chicken for the crock pot instead of buying the breasts or tenders which tend to be more expensive. You can make chicken salad, tacos, soup, stir fry etc from the whole chicken. Stir fry is also a cheap meal idea. Throw in whatever veggies you want, a protein (beef, chicken, tofu, beans etc), salt, pepper, low sodium soy sauce or whatever else you want and serve it over rice. We do that to clean out the fridge or use random frozen veggies. You can also buy a stir fry blend in the freezer section for $1 if you buy store brand.

There are certain foods that I will only buy when they are on sale, because they have such a huge markdown with the sale price: cheese, pasta, frozen veggies, meat, eggs, beans, breads etc. Sales at each store follow a cycle. There are times where the price is marked down, but it's not the lowest it will go. Its about once a month at my store where the price will hit it's lowest (99c/lb for chicken versus $2.49/lb or $1.69 for 8oz cheese versus $2.79).

Check out the blog budget bytes. Her recipes are great and she prices out everything for you. And you can search by recipe type, which is nice

6/7/13 12:42 A

Shop different stores if this is an option where you live. Hit the reduced meat and produce sections and also the specials on canned goods, frozen veggies and while you're there, paper goods. If you've got outside space or even a sunny window, try a couple of pots of herbs. Herbs and spices are super expensive in the store but they add so much to the flavor of food, even cheap cuts of meats and poultry can be delicious with an herb rub, marinade, or garnish. emoticon

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6/6/13 12:52 P

Hello!!! how do you set up the weight chart?

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6/3/13 9:10 P

I don't know what's expensive in your area so it's hard to respond.

Beans - like kidney and black beans are very healthy and tend to be cheap. There are a lot of really great chilli recipes that make a ton and can be frozen in serving size packages.

Vegetables like onions, carrots, turnips tend to be less expensive. Local in season veggies tend to be less expensive.

Shop the perimeter of the store for the healthy stuff and look for bargains. Work your meals around those.

I tend to buy healthy things on sale. Boneless skinless chicken tends to be pricy here, and I buy a lot on sale and freeze it for future use.

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5/31/13 2:28 P

My boyfriend and I recently moved to a new place that is a little more expensive than we are used to and the first few months are going to be really tight. When I have a low budget I feel like the only thing I can get is the "bad" high calorie foods because they are cheaper. Does anyone have any meal plans or ideas for eating good, cheaply?

I appreciate your responses!

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