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Cutting calories has cut my grocery bill

Has anyone else noticed this. I've got a few dependable staples that I buy for the most part that are cheap,delicious, easy to prep, and low-cal. Then smaller portions means that everything last longer. Then cut out the expenses for alcohol, snacks, fast food, buying just the deli sandwich instead of the deli sandwich's really adding up to a nice bit of savings.

Tue. Aug 9, 8:18am

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A bag of chips or a basket of

Since I'm a poor student, I never have much money to spend on groceries but I've also noticed that I get a lot more for my money now. Instead of spending 6 or 7 bucks for a bag of chips and a pint of ice cream, I can buy a whole basket full of fresh fruits and veggies.

I like to think of that extra money as money I've EARNED, not just SAVED. It's definitely a result of all my hard work dieting and exercising. When I reach my next weight loss goal, I'm going to spend that money on a new outfit that shows off my new fit and healthy body!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005, 4:26 PM

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Ha. Mine went up

Because now I buy more meat and veggies at home. My meals out are also more expensive because I'm skipping the pizza and getting the salads with meat.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 6:19 PM

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I agree - mine went up as well. Vegetables add up quickly. There are things I love to eat that I now choose the lower fat or fewer calorie alternatives - which they always charge you more for. Example - Baked Doritos - never on sale - always have to pay $3.49 for them as opposed to $2.50 for the regular kind when they are on sale.

And since I no longer eat at McD's - I can't exploit those "value meals" - it's been 3 years since I "supersized" anything.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 6:33 PM

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Try farmers' markets for veggies - they're often fresher, not as picked-over (especially if you go early!) and often way cheaper than at the grocery store! Also, they're just fun!

Thursday, August 11, 2005, 8:11 AM

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Healthy food is more expensive

When I am buying healthier foods, it gets more expensive. It's always more expensive to buy the low fat or fat free versions of food. Skim milk is more expensive, fat free mayo is more expensive, egg substitutes are more expensive, low calorie bread is more expensive and all this stuff tends to add up.

Friday, August 12, 2005, 9:05 AM

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Where do you shop for grocerys?

Im wondering where exactly you shop!! I find produce and healthier cuts of meat much more expensive than processed foods. Dairy is way up. A gallon of skim milk is now $4!! I spend at least $20 more a week at the store buying fresh, than if I was buying processed, fatty foods. Fat is cheap. I am wondering though where the original poster shops for her grocerys!!

Friday, August 12, 2005, 9:13 AM

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I think it all depends on where you live and where you shop. I too find it cheaper because I can hit the farm markets and local produce stands. I rarely buy beef but chicken, turkey etc. when it's on sale is also cheap. You just have to stock up when you can on the sale prices.

Friday, August 12, 2005, 11:38 AM

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What is "healthy"?

It seems like there are 3 "stages" of eating here at PEERtrainer... The "newbies" who are trying to cut out things like chocolate bars or potato chips, the people who tell themselves that "substitutes" for junk food are healthy food, and the people who actually eat healthily.

If what you eat is mostly fresh veggies, beans, chicken, brown rice, whole grains, etc., your grocery bill should go down. If you're busy buying "low fat" or "low carb" varieties of junk food, like the Baked Lays that were mentioned above, it is expensive. However, that's not really eating healthily, because it's still eating food that is entirely made of empty calories and simple carbs. That seems to be the difference in this thread. People who eat "fake" junk food have expensive grocery bills, and probably aren't losing much weight; people who eat whole, real foods only have lower grocery bills, and are probably losing weight quickly.

Food for thought!

Monday, August 15, 2005, 8:20 AM

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I think a lot of this really is regional - my grocery bill is mostly the same because I'm cutting out some food that I just don't buy anymore; however, produce adds up quickly as does meat. The biggest change I see is that I have switched from buying white bread, tortillas, and pretzels to buying whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortillas, and organic whole wheat pretzels which are all about 3-4x more expensive than the white/flour varieties. Also, I live in the DC metro area and I find that produce from farmers markets is of better quality and more tasty; however, is also about 3-4x more expensive than in grocery stores.

Monday, August 15, 2005, 8:36 AM

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It's not particulary where I shop...but how much I buy.

Your right the healthier cuts of meat are more expensive. But now I eat smaller amounts and leave the cakes, cookies, and chips in the store. Instead of buying a twelve pack of beer plus soda for the week. I drink water (good ole' tap) with my meals.

When I do buy fast food, instead of buying the whole meal...bacon cheese burger, fries, and coke; I just get a plain hamburger and a cup of water.

It's not that the things that I suddenly do buy are cheaper, it's all the things that I don't buy anymore.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005, 11:31 AM

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