Post # 32
I dont really make a set list of things to buy. What I buy is based off of what is on sale that week. If something is on sale and it’s non perishable, I stock up to last me a LONG time. Spaghetti sauce, pasta, a few canned soups, canned tomatos.. .I dont eat it often, but I stock up for ‘in case’ lazy meals. For veggies, I always buy the one or two that is on sale that week and we’ll have that. For meat, same thing, whatever is on sale, a lot of times its the 3+ lb bags, so I just freeze whatever I dont use and use it later during weeks I dont want to or dont have time to shop, or that dont have any good sales running. I dont normally buy junk food, cause I just dont want it around to eat and it saves money. We dont eat out, but once again, that’s cause eating out is not as healthy. The only thing Im’ slipping on lately is buying lunch. But even with buying lunch almost daily, our totally dining is $300-350/month tops. I think buy sale and stocking up is key.
Post # 33
Fiance and I just signed up for Emeals. It’s endorsed by Dave Ramsey and you get emailed a custom menu every week. Groceries for 2 are $60/week and they send you additional coupons on top of that. We’ll see how that goes!
Post # 34
@Ms.GoodEarth: There is almost no protein in the example you gave.
Post # 35
I’m super great with not wasting food, the boy on the other hand- urg!! He’ll pack a lunch and leave home with food but then, “well the guys wanted to grab lunch!” and that lunch will go uneaten.
I know 100 calorie pack foods aren’t good and are processed, but I’m, without a doubt, the most healthy person I know, and it’s the one thing I allow myself to snack on that is not produce.
Yeah, the $100 dinners were out of control and a lot of that was wine/cocktails, as well as we LOVE good food. Food is our #1 priority over any other entertainment or anything and it’s our #1 thing when searching for a honeymoon destination.
I definitely never do the weekly shopping without a list on my phone and I don’t stray from the list. I’m pretty good about that, but the mid-week run by the store I tend to find more distracting.
@Cappugcino: An air-pop is on our list of things to register for!! I want one so bad and I know it’s so much healthier for you.
@MrsLulu: We don’t eat meat and I don’t consider cutting out the dairy we do consume to be a good decision for us.
Post # 36
that’s a lot of money to spend on groceries and dining out. it’s very easy to trim that. there’s alway coupons online for grocery items and restaurants. i would make it a challenge each week to find what you’re looking for. have fun with it.
when i go out to eat, i almost always have leftovers. if you do, take them home and have them for lunch the next day. i do.
i always buy things on sale. if chicken breasts are on sale, i buy a bunch and freeze them in packs of 2.
i also buy cheaper cuts of beef. for roasts, i put them in the crock pot and they turn out nice and tender every time.
i buy bulk meat from costco and cut it myself and freeze it. i once made about 25 good sized steaks + 2-3 small roasts with only $45 of beef. the big pork loins at costco are great too. i cut them into nice chops and/or smaller roasts and freeze them. these last us for months.
pasta and rice are cheap. i always have leftovers and end up eating them the next day for dinner as well. potatoes are cheap too.
stews and soups are great to make in bulk and good leftovers for dinner or lunch the next day.
cut back on the snacks (they are expensive) or only buy them when they are on sale.
Post # 37
@julies1949: Actually, there’s a lot of protein in my diet, just not meat (I’m a vegetarian). Greek yogurt is incredibly rich in protein, 8 oz of greek yogurt has 24g of protein in it. Ezekiel break is 4g per slice. Also parmesan, hummus, and veggies have protein in them. A person my size is supposed to get about 40g of protein a day, which I almost always get. Myths about vegetarian diet is the lack of protein 🙂
Post # 38
I have a family of 5 and generally we spend about $150-170 total including other items and diapers 3 times a month. We generally eat out twice a week. One a date night and pizza or subway with the kids. (pizza is about $23 with leftovers and most date nights we go to local places and eat for under $25 including tip)
Post # 39
@Ms.GoodEarth: As a vegetarian, there is a lot of protein in your diet, but the example given has hardly any calories. Breakfast should have the highest caloric value of the day and should be about 330-500 and in the example it’s like 100. I work out 6 days/week and in order to eat back my calories and even out my average breakfast is between 400-500.
Post # 40
@caits615: Wow I didn’t realize my diet would be under scrutiny… It was just an example! The key is that my portions of veggies are a lot larger than my portions of fruit and grains. It comes out to about 1200 calories a day, which for someone who doesn’t exercise (me, although I know I should), is perfect. I’m small, I’m only 5’2″. My Fiance eats very similarly to me but larger portions. I realize it’s a weird way to eat, but it works for us.
ETA: Anyway, adding things like lean meat or something like that would be helpful since you work out a lot. I think the other bees all that the right idea: plan meals, waste less food, eat more unprocessed food. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 41
@Ms.GoodEarth: Oh no, I didn’t mean to scrutinize and I can see how I came across that way! I guess I just know that I’m constantly eating and trying to fuel, so I was surprised by the amount of produce and lack of higher calorie items, such as nut butters. I truly apologize 🙂
Post # 42
As a university student, I’m in the same boat with trying to spend as little as possible on food… which is hard for me because I love to cook and especially with pricey ingrediants 🙁 BUT it is possible. It’s already been mentioned to look for food on sale… I can go to the grocery store early on weekend mornings and buy a whole chicken for a dollar or so (but gotta get there early or they’ll all be gone). Then I can make it into a soup and freeze the extra. Another cheapie I like to make is pizza… if you’re not into making your own dough, I like the dough that comes in a can and you can roll out, then of course you can put whatever you want on it. Don’t go for a meal that’s entirely pre-packaged… for example, buy a head of lettuce instead of what’s already chopped up and in a bag. As far as canned food goes, I like to stock up on things like tuna, kidney beans, and chickpeas. They’re versatile and can go in salads, pastas, whatever. Also, try growing your own herbs. It might just be my climate, but things like mint and rosemary grow like mad and are super easy to maintain.
Post # 43
@caits615: Haha no need to apologize, I edited it after I realized I sounded a bit put off. I got defensive unnecessarily, and for that I apologize 🙂 I do eat nuts sometimes–I go through phases 🙂
Post # 44
I like to plan dinners out and use leftovers for lunches.
We think of 5 dinners that we like or a few we want to try as new. I get the ingredients for that (you can use the loss leader ad to plan around your meals), then I write those menus on my white erase board. If I know which preparable meals there are in the house, then we do better with eating out less and wasting less. I don’t assign meals to a specific day, but I know what there is that I can make. Even using pantry items. Then cross them off the list as the ingredients get used.
Making things with chopped cabbage goes a long way! Add it to stirfries, hashes, etc.
I know what you mean about getting in protien. I aim for 80g/day since I weight lift. It’s hard and I don’t want to be chewing on meat every snack either! I had to add protien shakes.
Post # 45
We usually spend $80-120 every 2 weeks on groceries. We spend an additional $60-80 on eating out for lunch and dinner (2x/ day)
Post # 46
@Ms.GoodEarth: I thought your diet was pretty awesome! I definitely aspire to eating like that every day, but with maybe some chicken a couple times a week.