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Buying big and repackaging

Friday, February 19, 2010

So the problem I have with the way a lot of people diet is that their method calls for buying pricey prepackaged dinners, lunches and snacks. It drives me up a wall to see those 100 calorie packs of crackers or candies. I'm a frugal girl by nature. Not because I have to be but because I feel like it's my responsibility to start saving for my future now, and to stop being so much of a material person.

So instead of buying the 100 calorie packs, I buy large bags of the same stuff, break it down, and put it in snack bags. Like crackers, chex mix, even candy.

Since I LOVE string cheese but hate all that packaging and the huge price, I had the brilliant idea to buy a block of mozzarella cheese and cut it into 1 oz squares. String cheese is just mozzarella cheese anyway, and this way I save on packaging and saved myself about $2.

Of course, I dropped by Sam's club and saw that if I bought a big package of string cheese there, I'd pay even less. I didn't look to see if they had blocks of mozzarella, though. Maybe I'll look on their website.
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    This is a smart idea. My thought is to make sure you buy the right food. I tend to gravitate toward salty snacks and sweet things. I would be soooo tempted to buy something not good for me and repackage it to 100 calories to save money, but then I would go back to the cupboard 5 times a day to get a snack bag. But, it is very economical when you have kids to feed!

    I am a cheese lover too, especially Vermont Cheddar! I had to make 5 pizzas for my sons Nordic Ski Team dinner yesterday. While I was shredding cheese (a lot, my arm even hurts from it) I was stressed from all the stuff I had to do and mindlessly ate all the larger crumbles that sometimes happens when you grate it yourself. I have no idea how many ounces I ate, and wasn't happy with myself. Cheese is so good!

    3897 days ago
    That's a really great idea, and it is probably better for the environment too. I just spent a little time cubing up a block of asiago cheese. Thanks for the reassurance about my loss, it was a little unnerving :)
    3898 days ago
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