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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 19:07
I am currently on a severe budget! I ate nasty Gualtny brand hot dogs {no bun of course} they were gross! I am forced to conserve and needed to fill my gut.It really sucks being broke and trying to eat healthy.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 19:19
I know what you mean. My budget is $40 a week, and I have been over budget since I started.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 20:45
I note you were following Atkins. You should consider another method of reducing since I suspect Atkins is costly, but I am not sure. Not an Atkins person my self. I bet calorie counting is cheaper and I know it will work. (Calorie counting-Simple, figure you number of calories to maintain your current weight, subtract 500 calories a day,) and in 7-10 days you will have lost a pound. I bet you can find inexpensive foods to fit that profile. Good luck
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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 20:48
I agree with Glaun. Calorie counting is definitely the way to go. You can plan ahead very easily since you know your calorie limit for the day, so it makes buying food a lot easier. Good luck!

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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 21:22
I think it depends on why you are doing Atkins. If it is for health reasons, then just "switching to Calorie-Count" isn't going to work.

I think the key to doing Atkins cheaply is investing in a crock pot so you can buy the big, cheap cuts of meat. I try to find any meat that is less than 2 dollars a pound and I buy it and freeze it, if I can.

When I am in financial lean times, I will just eat the same thing every day. So I can buy a package of meat and then ingredients for a salad or a bag of frozen broccoli and that gets me through the week. It gets tiring eating the same thing, but it works. Good luck.
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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 21:32
Katekat. Excellent idea. I always forget about the crockpot. Guess who's getting that baby out tomorrow. Have a pork roast that would be great and we could eat on it for several days. Thanks.

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Posted: 08 Jun 2013, 21:42
I like that idea, Katekat. I do some of that, but not as much as I should! Smile

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Posted: 09 Jun 2013, 11:14
Low carb doesn't have to be super expensive. Keeping it simple will help reduce costs greatly. We usually do a meat and one or two veggies. Very quick and easy and actually really inexpensive. Eggs are pretty cheap for breakfast--add cheese and veggies to change it up some. Salads are generally cheap and easy.


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Posted: 09 Jun 2013, 23:28
I feel really bad for you if you are in a position where you are so broke you can't buy healthy food. Here are some ideas for healthy and cheap meals. Eggs and egg whites are inexpensive. A pack of turkey bacon is maybe $3.50 at the most. If you shop in the right stores and watch the prices it can make a huge difference. A bulk pack of chicken breast is $1.99 per pound at Walmart and costs under $10.00. You could make stir fry for very little money with cruciferous vegetables and small packs of stew or stir fry meat. Beef Vegetable soup can be made with tomatoes, cabbage,green beans, zucchini, a little bit of onion, and some water. It won't cost an arm and a leg & a big pot can last all week. Fry up lean Ground Beef season it appropriately, use a small amount of cheese and green onion, sliced tomato, shred some lettuce and use larger lettuce leaves as the Taco shell and you have tacos for a few days.
Cabbage cut up fine stir fried with lean ground beef and a small amount of oregano, garlic and tomato sauce is awesome, filling and inexpensive.

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Posted: 10 Jun 2013, 11:01
This is a serious problem with America today. A head of broccoli costs at least $3 whereas a double cheeseburger at McDonalds costs $1. Healthy foods are expensive and the unhealthy foods are the cheapest. A pack of ramen noodles are only a few cents yet they are so bad for you. It's ridiculous!

I tried growing my own veggies in an effort to cut costs, but it seems I have a black thumb instead of a green thumb. I've never even been able to keep indoor plants alive!

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Posted: 10 Jun 2013, 11:39
I just bought 2 heads of brocolli for $1.50. If you avoid buying chips, crackers, cookies, cereal... Snack type foods, then you will have the money to buy healthier foods. If you stay away from expensive sodas and stop eating out, you can buy healthier foods. Frozen veggies are not that expensive and just as good as fresh, in some cases. The bottom line is you have to plan your meals. Then make your grocery list and stick to it. You may have to make a few sacrifices, but it's worth it in the long run.

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Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 10:06
My grocery budget hasn't changed that much since I've started eating healthier, but we also don't eat fast food or at restaurants near as much, maybe once per month, but probably not even that. Like NCNOLE said, not buying the snacks helps. Try to find the sales or places like Walmart will price match, unfortunately our Walmart produce is usually horrible, so I go elsewhere. Like others have said too, buy something that you can make and eat all week. I do that for lunch each week and it's cheaper than eating out and healthier. Also, before you go shopping look at what's already in the pantry or cupboards and see if you can use what you already have with what you're getting. And there are always coupons, look on-line. You may not be able to find a lot of healthy things in the coupons, but maybe the everyday things like soap, toilet paper, etc., may be $1 off and every little bit helps. Make a grocery list and check prices on-line before you go if possible. You can do it!!
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Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 11:51
Processed meats are full of fat and lower in protein than something more natural like chicken breasts. They are not an economical source of nourishment. It's like eating nothing but potato chips because they are on sale.

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Posted: 12 Jun 2013, 20:14
I was given the Gross hot dogs.Beggars can't be choosers in desperate times ya know?

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Posted: 13 Jun 2013, 03:25
You might do better shopping for produce at farmers markets or ethnic food markets rather than supermarkets.

A couple of years ago I priced Chinese long beans at three different places. From memory, they were $.79 per bunch at the produce markets in Oakland's Chinatown. They were $1.49 at the Berkeley Bowl, a local store that I describe as "making Whole Foods look like a corner store."

The beans were $2.99/bunch at Nob Hill Foods, a part of the Raley's chain. There were fewer beans in the bundle at Nob Hill, and the beans were withered and not in very good condition.


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Posted: 13 Jun 2013, 11:35
First off congratulations on your weight loss and progess.!! How many carbs a day do you want to maintain at? Oatmeal is a cheap but healthy way to start the day but is about 20 net carbs... Try to look for the fruits and veggies that are in season. They are usually the cheapest but the most nutrient dense. I've been eating swiss chard for about 3 months steady now and I'm not sick of it at all. Make veggies the big part of the meal and meat as a side dish. I like all the above suggestions especially for crock pot meals. And salads with a tin of tuna mixed in can be a full meal. I don't know where you live but hopefully there are some farmers markets around and you can get some deals. Absolutely stay away from processed foods which are full of chemicals and extra stuff you don't need while trying to get healthy. Good luck to you.
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Posted: 17 Jun 2013, 16:06
Don't give up on a small indoor or window garden it took me a long time before I could keep anything alive but now I have a salad garden and even strawberries. Almost anything can be done indoors and seeds are cheaper then starter plants . Keep trying and good luck
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Posted: 19 Jun 2013, 10:54
Budget Foods
Eggs, beans, canned tuna, Canned Chicken, seasonal veggies and seasonal fruits, oatmeal, grilled tomatoes, lentils, Kasha, Barley, Brown Rice, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, celery, tacos, pasta, celery, frozen broccoli, frozen green pepper bits
Here are some ideas to eat cheap and healthy

Pearl Barley comes in cello sleeves, as well as, lentils & brown rice and these can all be purchased under $1.50. Make barley soup. Buy a bag of brown rice & add Cumberland Gap Ham Chuncks for $3.00

Lentils are good with sliced carrots and bouillion, cheap and easy. Low on calories & rich in plant proteins & amino-acids.You can buy a 16-ounce bag for $1.29 Carrots under a dollar.

Brown rice is good as a side, or with some copped Canadian Bacon & onions added to make a meal. Easy prep. 1 Package of Candian Bacon Oscar Mayer is $3.00 and they have 2 cello packs with 6 slices each, so you can freeze one. Canadian Bacon which is low in carbs, low in fat and has protein. About 33 calories a slice.

Hurst's Cajun ham beans also come in a sleeve at around $2.85. Add 1 or 2 chicken legs to make soup. Available at Dollar General. Publix and Walmart also has beans on a cello sleeve and some can be purchase for under $1.50

Orzo 1 box about $1.29 A Small Pasta. Great for soups.

Make tacos using kidney beans in place of ground meat or Make a Kidney Bean salad with sour cream and chives.

Take leftover spaghetti noodles with the sauce and place in a taco ...its really good. Tacos at Walmart, their Great Value Brand is $1.00 for 12

Make a bean stew, kidney beans, black beans, chopped onion, diced tomatoes, sliced sweet potatoes, 2 cups of chicken or veggie broth...Yum

You can buy a 15-ounce can of store brand vegetarian refried beans for about $1.19 @ Walmart, add lettuce into a taco shell, fresh tomato slices, & matchstick carrots. Bean burritos, bean burgers and bean chili are all easy to make, very tasty and budget friendly

Make cabbage soup, cabbage is inexpensive, add boullion and a can of "Veg All" ($1.00 AT Walmart) with the liquid. Add any veggie left overs so nothing goes to waste. Try shredded cabbage instead of iceberg lettuce on your tacos You can buy a large can of Veg All At Dollar General ...use half...freeze the other half

Sardines are cheap, around $1.00. Combine sardines with chopped onion, and a sprinkle of dried mustard. Good on crackers. COQ10 is one of the good features sardines have and they are heart healthy. Also high in protein.

Sweet potatoes are inexpensive, dice up & pair with black beans and make a casserole.
Broccoli contains a bunch of good nutrients, Publix sells a 2 lb. bag frozen for $3.59

Oatmeal, string beans, cucumber, radishes, celery, Kasha made with bow tie noodles, eggplant ( you can make eggplant burgers), carrots are good staples. A large box of Old Fashioned Oatmeal @ Walmart is $2.50 Eggplant is about $1.29 a pound...

Have A Craving For Lasagna?
Instead of using noodles, use eggplant slices. You can par boil them for a minute remove and start to layer. Ricotta cheese is low fat, has omega 3's for your brain and heart, calcium and protein. Add green bell pepper, chopped onion, and olives as you layer with some ricotta, parm, and tomato sauce. Yummy! You can also use Cottage cheese instead of ricotta.

Hormel has a pork roast (Garlic & Onion) for $5.99 put it in a crock pot and cook until you can shred the meat...or in the oven (see panel for instructions) Put on rye bread with a slice of red onion and Kraft Horseradish Sauce) as rye takes longer to digest and keeps you full. Alexia Brand has sweet potato fries with chipolte, you'll need to freeze the left over but you can have 30 fries @130 Calories or make your own they are cheaper. Just put a couple of sweet potatoes in the microwave for two minutes to slice easier. Coat lightly with olive oil and a sprinkle of connamon. Bake for 22 minutes ir until crispy.
Make a cucumber salad, slice cucumber thinly, add fat free sour cream, 2 packets of sweet & low or similair and a splash of vinegar. Add a little pepper to taste. Chill overnight for a creamy mixture. Stir before serving.

Popcorn has many vitamins and nutrients and is cheap. Sprinkle with parm or Romano or cinnamon.

Take 8 Large Cabbage Leaves off cabbage and fill with a mixture of Brown Rice, about 4 ounces of ground turkey or ground chicken whichever you have bought on sale, 1 small onion diced & mixed into rice and turkey meat. Take that mixture and fill cabbage leaves and secure with toothpicks. Take 1 can of Tomato paste and make a sauce or 1 can of tomato sauce with a tablespoon or two of water to stretch it. Bake @350 until rice and cabbage is soft.

hili Mac..1/2 Box of elbow noodles, prepared, 1 can of kidney beans with liquid, 1/2 onion, chopped, 1 can of tomato sauce or make 1 can of tomato paste to make a sauce, use the 1/2 can of the diced tomatoes you froze, 1 celery stalk chopped thinly, 4 ounces of the ground turkey or ground chicken browned separatly in 1- 2 tbs. of Olive Oil. Mix all together and simmer.

Make brown rice, add ham chucks and a handful of broccoli, mix all together & serve.

A huge box of Cheerios at Walmart is $3.50, Jimmy Dean's breakfast turkey/pork sausages in a bag...get 32 for $4.99, most can goods under the Great Value brand name in Walmart are 68 cents and are low in sodium and sugar. Their eggs are reasonable too especially 21/2 and the 5 dozen containers.

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