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Old 12-08-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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Hello All,

I will be going to graduate school next month and I would like a list of healty food for frugal living. Im trying to save as much money as I can and still stay healthy/not starve. The food I have on my list now is oatmeal. Are their any other foods that I can add to my list?
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Whole wheat pastas with spaghetti sauce. You can make your own sauce from scratch pretty easy, or even buy the prepared sauces at grocery store. Lower cost cuts of meats are fine if you cook them in a way that they're not so tough, or greasy. Take advantage of seasonal "specials" and stock up a little depending on your storage space.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Beans and rice. Separately, they lack in the protein dept, but when combined, they provide complete protein. Dried beans are more affordable than canned- just soak overnight and you're ready for the next day. If you use black beans, just add a bit of onion/hot pepper/garlic/tomato and salt to the cooking beans, and serve over rice with some sour cream. Great, filling meal that you can eat for days without getting bored.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Hello All,

I will be going to graduate school next month and I would like a list of healty food for frugal living. Im trying to save as much money as I can and still stay healthy/not starve. The food I have on my list now is oatmeal. Are their any other foods that I can add to my list?
You would be better advised to cut expenses in other areas such as cell phone usage, internet access, purchasing music online, going to movies, sporting events, etc, than your diet.

That having been said. Concentrate on fresh, whole, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fats. Preferably raw and preferably organic. Ideally, your diet should consist of 75 percent raw and only 25 percent cooked foods. If you follow a highly nutritious diet like this, you will also benefit from having your brain working at optimum capacity, having a lot more energy *and* probably not getting sick as often as your classmates.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Apples with peanut butter are a great healthy snack to have around. Fajitas are healthy and fairly inexpensive to make. I use chicken/steak, green bell peppers, and onions. The other bell peppers are a little more expensive so I leave them out and to me it tastes just as good.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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You would be better advised to cut expenses in other areas such as cell phone usage, internet access, purchasing music online, going to movies, sporting events, etc, than your diet.

That having been said. Concentrate on fresh, whole, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fats. Preferably raw and preferably organic. Ideally, your diet should consist of 75 percent raw and only 25 percent cooked foods. If you follow a highly nutritious diet like this, you will also benefit from having your brain working at optimum capacity, having a lot more energy *and* probably not getting sick as often as your classmates.

20yrsinBranson
I understand but I don't do any of those things u listed.
My parent's still pay for my cell phone.
Internet usage is a must since I will be doing a lot of research online for my studies.
I have other people buy music for me
I don't go to sporting events

I don't want to spend over $200 a month on food. I realize I need healthy food but I think I can still get cheap healthy food if I realize what they are.
p.s. I take Omega 3's and Vitamin A,C,E capsules everyday so being sick won't affect me too much.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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Eggs are great, veggie omelets can round out the nutrients.

Homemade soups are a great way to stretch ingredients, and can be made in large batches and frozen in individual serving sizes, so you only have to do the time-consuming part once and eat off it for ages.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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If you're willing to do your own cooking then you can save $$$.

1. Learn to make very simple dishes using beans, rice, whole grains, some fresh veggies.

2. Avoid convenience foods because those are more expensive.

3. Buy a whole chicken and you'll save $$ as compared to already cut up chicken.

4. Invest in a crock pot. You can buy very cheap cuts of meat when you do decide to have meat, and it will be tender after cooking for 8 hrs. Add some veggies, some spices, a package of onion soup, a cup of water, along with a 4 lb roast, and you'll have lots of meals from that one crockpot dish.

5. Learn to make hearty soups. Perfect for the fall & winter and so cheap! Add some crusty bread and a small salad and you've got a great dinner or lunch.

You can eat really well and not break the bank.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: The Pizzle, FLorida and Poconos in Pa
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Hello All,

I will be going to graduate school next month and I would like a list of healty food for frugal living. Im trying to save as much money as I can and still stay healthy/not starve. The food I have on my list now is oatmeal. Are their any other foods that I can add to my list?
Things I always have in my fridge are:

A fresh head of lettuce.

A healthy supply of these, I eat one a day:

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates - Classic Candy Bars - Gourmet Bars made with Premium Flavors

A good supply of sardines of a specific variety. Great for quick hunger attacks and a great protien rush.

A half gallon of pineapple juice.

Walnut oil for salad dressing.

Ground turkey.

Merlot in a box.

Ocassional lobster. (okay, not frugal)

A dozen of eggs.

Apples, bananas, fresh lemons.

Beyond these, not much else gets in there.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Agreed with the suggestions here and to the beans category I'll underscore that lentils are terrific and quick cooking - no need to soak them and they're full of great protein
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