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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 meal....it'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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