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Day 378/ Food Budget

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

emoticon We spend a lot of money on food... A LOT. And we have a deep freeze full of food slowly getting freezer burned for us to find thinking that we had something in particular to cook. DH wants to cut our food budget in half. Yup, half. For starters we have to quit eating out. Okay. We can do that. I don't mind as it has gotten harder to find things I can eat that will keep me in my calorie range. But cutting our food budget that much is going to be hard, because I'm mostly eating veggies. I can't eat a lot of our old standby's for when we needed to penny pinch (pbj's, ramen, etc). But we want to do this permanently, not just for a few month. We spend too much on food and let too much of it go to waste. So for starters, we are going to go through and use what is in the deep freeze and cabinets or toss what is too old to eat and free up that space. We are going to eat a lot of stir fry's, because that is easy and cheap and I can cook it. And frozen veggies are now my best friends! Oh, we'll still get our regular freggies that I munch on all day and that the kids eat.

emoticon Still have this cold, so no working out this morning, but I found that I feel better in the afternoon, so maybe work out around 1, if it won't disrupt DH (he works from home on Wednesday). I was actually thinking I was over it yesterday afternoon. Then evening came and all the congestion came back with it.

emoticon Today is therapy, and I made such a big breakthrough last week, I hate to go empty-handed this week, but here I am. I have nothing to talk about. My mind has been on learning more about type 2 diabetes and then I got sick. Getting sick overrides my feelings sometimes. You know ask you how you feel when you're sick and usually the answer is: sick. I almost don't want to go, I don't want to get my therapist sick with this, 'cause I know she'll just work through it. Dedicated she is. Yes, I just said that in Yoda's voice. My husband would be proud, LOL. I don't think I'm contagious, I've had it for too long, but I could be wrong. I'll keep my distance and disinfect the couch before I leave (yes, she keeps the disinfectant in her office).

emoticon I am determined to keep eating healthy and in my calorie range. I'm so tired of being this overweight, of feeling unwell, of not getting to look how I feel inside. Tired of not being able to physically do the things that I used to, and in my head can still do, but my body cannot. Like run. I can run for a few seconds, short bursts, but in my head I'm still that athletic 26 year old that can run 3 miles (for the record, I dislike running, I've never enjoyed running, but I liked that I could run). Reality has been setting in a lot here recently and I think that is why I'm able to stick to my diet changes and such. Because I'm no longer that in my head, I'm seeing me for me and not what my head feels like I am. I'm a mess. And I need to fix me. I may never be that fit 26 year old again, but I'm sure I can make 36 look good if I just keep trying my best.
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  • 2BTHINMAMMA
    I totally read that in a Yoda voice, too! ha! Sorry you aren't feeling better. And I have no grocery budget advice...I use coupons (clip, online, electronic, savingstar.com, and checkout51.com) and still spend too much. But it's my goal to cut our bill by 25%.
    1496 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    I can cut my produce bill by more than half if I go to the farmer's market and by buying frozen veggies on sale. Best of luck!
    1497 days ago
  • SILVER1369
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  • LINDA!
    Sorry that you are still suffering from your cold, I go to a therapist as well. There are many times that I think I have nothing to talk about and wonder if I should go. Once I am in his office, something comes out in the conversation that will be the topic for the appointment. Maybe you could also mention the dread over the medical condition.

    Take care.
    1497 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    De cluttering your freezer and kitchen cabinets is a great idea. Do you have a Cosco or a Sam's near where you live? That would be a great place to shop for food and household bulk. Even a Trader Joe's can keep the cost down. Just try really hard not to buy process food on your tight budget. I know, it will be difficult. Stir fry sounds like a grand idea. Also, stews and casseroles (low cal) would be a great meals, especially for leftovers. Good luck with this new situation you are in! I know you will do well!
    1497 days ago
  • TOPUNDERDOG
    I may not have any advice for saving money on your food bill but, I can tell you that you are doing a good job and that in time you will see positive results for your consistent efforts to improve your health. In October of 2014 I weighed 180 lbs. and now I weigh 148 lbs. I also went from a size 16 to a size 12. In other words, slow and steady wins the race. emoticon emoticon
    1498 days ago

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  • IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    Good morning!
    Cutting the food budget is one of my goals too.

    I get my 85% of vegetables and fruits from bountiful baskets.org- It is a buying co-op . go to their website and see if there is one in your area. They have locations throughout the US.

    I buy my meat in bulk from Zaycon. The quality is fabulous and I save about 30% over store prices. www.zaycon.com. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you a link for some $ off your first order.

    I was amazed that when I started analyzing our "grocery" bill that over 30% of it was for non grocery items. I started shopping for non food items seperately.

    One of my problems with grocery shopping is that all that not so good stuff just jumps into my grocery cart. I now shop on line. Walmart has a service that you order and then go pick it up. I prefer Safeway,because they deliver and when I am shopping online I can see all the nutritional information. I need to watch sodium and saturated fats.
    I take advantage of the weekly sales if it is a product that I can use.

    I also subscribe to a blog called $100 a month. She is a savvy shopper and I used her guidelines to get my grocery under control. http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.
    com/

    Break this into small steps- Start by doing an inventory, purge foods that are totally not good for you, and then start a binder for menus and recipes that you can use by shopping your pantry. Good luck!!
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    1498 days ago
  • SMILINGEYES2
    Many will relate to going thru the freezer and cabinets. In winter one of my favorite go to meals are soups, stews, casseroles etc. these can use up products not always consumed such as celery leaves and ends. Love the smell wafting thru the house and using a variety of spices that build the flavor profile. A large pot of ham and beans, chili or soup can last several meals.
    1498 days ago
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