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Old 12-18-2017, 09:29 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Perhaps an odd question. I want to lose weight but it seems like most healthy food is just too damn expensive. I'm on a budget so am curious if there are any diet plans any of you are aware of that might be geared toward those on a budget.nor is this a pipe dream and dumb question?
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:17 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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How is produce (veggies, fruit) that expensive? Are you paying extra for prepared forms of these foods instead of preparing them yourself? Buy the raw ingredients in season, preserve, dry, freeze, or cook them and make your own meals. Don't buy convenience packaged versions of them. "Deli" salads and pre-packaged snack type veggies or fruit are expensive because someone else did the work. Stores count on the convenience factor to make their profits...don't let them. Many whole grains are not expensive unless you prefer the exotic "trendy" types. There are many dried legumes and veggies you can buy in bulk less expensively.

Find healthy food co-ops, farmer's markets, buy directly from growers, buy in bulk. We don't know where you live, but find out what's in season and when and take advantage of it.

If you really want to stick to a healthier diet you can. This is mostly an excuse IMHO.
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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You can make a huge pot of cabbage & onion soup, which is low cal, for a small amount of money. Proteins do not have to be steaks, ground turkey is cheap ( at least here it is) I got a one pound chub for $1.50 at Walmart. Eggs are cheap too. What do you want to buy that is not in budget?
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Rice, beans, veggies - all inexpensive.

I would think merely eating less would save money.
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Old 12-19-2017, 04:11 PM
 
Location: left of center
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Stop buying anything made with wheat. No bread...no need for peanut butter. No cereal...no need for milk. Don't buy fruit, you will get all the fiber and vitamins you need from vegetables. Eat 80% vegetables and 20% protein at every meal, including breakfast. For dessert, drink chai tea.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Whole grains are inexpensive, so are beans. Buy seasonal veggies and fruits. Buy a whole chicken and use all of it. You can use the carcass for soup. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive if you are willing to plan ahead and cook.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I agree with what others have said. Buy whole and fresh and do the cooking yourself.
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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as simple as it sounds, beans, rice, potatoes, chicken...all are things that are inexpensive. You can also eat less of what you're currently eating.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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You can also save money by buying whole foods such as oats, potatoes, rice, beans, vegetables, and fruit in bulk at a big box store like Costco.

I'm not a meat eater, but I know they also sell meats. You could individually wrap and freeze whatever you are not ready to consume.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Frozen veggies are often cheaper than fresh. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is usually cheap and it's a good source of lean protein. So is pork loin. Eggs are cheaper than they were a year ago.

Plain white rice is not a good choice when you're trying to lose weight.
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