- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@roweboat: I find it easier to eat healthier. Make up meal plans for the week and stick to them; you don’t have to assign each meal to each day, just have 5-6 options ready to go for the week. Also, make sure to keep healthy snacks available. Stop buying junk foods; if it’s not there and easily accessible, then you can’t eat it. Finally, choose one day per week to be a “cheat day” and save your cravings for junk food/meals for that day.
We spend $60 per week on food and we are able to save a lot of money by buying basic staples and store brands, and by buying most of it from the Walmart grocery where we save lots of money. A typical grocery list for us includes: chicken breasts (I buy a big package and then freeze each breast individually in ziplocs), ground turkey, frozen shrimp or tilapia filets, loaf of wheat bread, dozen eggs, gallon of milk, shredded cheddar (2 cup pack), string cheese, low sodium deli meat, frozen veggies (stir fry mix, broccoli, etc…), instant brown rice, taco shells & taco seasoning, bag of apples or oranges or other in-season fruit, tri-color rotini, pasta sauce, parmesan cheese, in-season veggies, canned diced tomatoes and/or Rotel, Salsa, and romaine lettuce. (Buying in-season fruit and veggies means you will get a variety over the year and it tends to be on sale or a discounted price since it’s abundant.)
We always have teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, worcheshire sauce, tabasco, Frank’s hot sauce, balsamic dressing, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, HP sauce (FI lived in the UK), Heinz 57, creole seasoning, McCormick’s seasonings (montreal steak or chicken is a favorite), garlic powder (not salt!), salt, pepper, onion powder (not salt!), Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, Italian bread crumbs, and boulion cubes/packets.
A typical menu for a 5 dinner week is: chicken stir-fry, ground turkey tacos, baked tilapia with a side of brown rice and broccoli, cheesy salsa chicken with a salad, and creole seasoned shrimp over rice.