Frugal on a diet?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-02-2011
Frugal on a diet?
11
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 1:59pm

So, in addition to paying down debt, I'd really like to lose about 35-40lbs. My problem is that I don't always do well when I'm trying to juggle too many things. I often feel like weight loss and debt repayment are easier to do when I focus on just one of them at a time. Unfortunately, I really shouldn't put either of them off and I need to find a way to make them both work?

So - to those of you doing both...how do you do it? And do you find that eating healthy can be just as frugal? How do you plan your meals? Does your family eat the same foods you do?

Tiffany

Pages

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 12:49pm
Lots of great ideas Marie!

I know that the effects of diet pop are up for debate. As far as the scale, it is simply calories in and calorie spent, but....so much more to it when it comes to body composition and overall health.

When you say low carb, I hope you mean the low end of the minimum our bodies need. I didn't realize until recently how important carbs are. It really messes up our bodies if we don't take in the minimum requirements.

Anywho, I just keep trying to add healthy items to our menu. Some of it flies, some of it doesn't.

OH....I wanted to add this. Because I am trying really hard not to use my CC AT ALL this month, I am making more frequent, small trips to the grocery store. Because of that, the family is having to eat what is in the fridge or freezer, and eat things until they are gone before opening something else.

Boy, when I see the small number in my checking account, it really does hamper over buying at the grocery store.

Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2010
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:53am

What a great question and one I have been struggling with for a LONG time.

#Marie
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-02-1999
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:00am

Dieting on a budget is definitely doable.










iVillage Member
Registered: 08-29-2006
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 4:30pm

Serenity,

I too, found that refreshing and yet another reason to not get in over our head with living over our means whenever humanly possible.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 1:23pm
Gal...how interesting! I had never put the two together, but it makes sense. For me I have noticed clutter and my over all well being. So what Suzi says really does make sense.

Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2010
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 10:18am

You can start

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-29-2006
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 11:19pm

I use the free web site called:

caloriecount.com

I track my foods and activity there.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 9:12pm
I think it depends on who you are feeding..as others have noted, teenage boys and grown men are not easy to switch. But if it is just you, then I think healthy eating is cheaper. I started bringing my lunch towork to be in control of what I ate to help with losing weight. The extra $50 left in my spending money at the end of the week was a bonus. I pack every day - a protein bar - I buy in bulk when they are onnsale buy one, get one half off, or from soap.com where they are lower priced than the regularvstore price; a salad made with bagged lettuce, some combination of carrots, celery,mpeppers, and cherry tomatoes; and either half a baked chicken breast (bought on sale for $1,99 per pound, cost is about 50 cents for half of one) or two hard boiled eggs, or a big treat, a quarter pound of shrimp, and a little fat free dressing; a piecevof fruit - whatever is in season and on sale; and a carton of fat free yogurt - I never pay more than 80 cents. It takes less than three minutes to make my lunch. For breakfast, I make oatmeal five days a week, and use fat free half and half. I can get a box with 10 packages of oatmeal for $2.00 or less -when it's on sale I buy a few boxes and it lasts. I also buy cheerios on sale and with coupons and eat them dry as snack food - cheaper than chips and healthier. I don't drink soda and I am fortunate to live somewhere where the water is delicious - I fill bottles and keep them in the refrigerator and that costs nothing. And no calories. I make soup every Sunday night starting with canned soup or broth, and I use fresh and canned vegetables and chicken or stew beef if I want meat. Again I buy the ingredients on sale, snd soup feeds me for three or four nights - I make cornbread from scratch - it has very little sugar and is cheap and quick - and delicious. On Wednesday night, I make a nice dinner for Thursday and Friday. I never eat fast food - if I am going to eat out, I want to be waited on. I don't think this would work for everyone, but it works for me.. SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 4:37pm
OK, I am back and have also read Mahopac's post.

I think that it is wonderful M was able to eat healthy and within a tight budget. I think if it is something you start when your kids are little, it is probably easier to do.

I have tried to stop buying junk (not that I ever purchased that much to begin with) but have found that a 17 year old boy is not very prone to that drastic of a change in his diet. My DD11 is a little better about it. And then there is my SO. He is not against eating healthy, but he has some vices that he is not willing to budge on. Admitedly, I have my own, too.

So, although I wish I could just buy certain things and make everyone just "deal with it," I have found I have had to concede on a few things. And the rest like I already said, I sort of sneak into my recipies. I also try to always keep fresh fruit that everyone will actually eat.

When I try to just buy certain things hoping to sort of force everyone to eat it too, I have found that I am the only one eating it and I end up having to throw half of it away.

Point of all that is you will have to play around with what works for your family. (i.e. Fruit and yogurt may be a great desert, but if a teenage boy can eat a quart at one sitting, you will not save any money.)

Serenity
Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 4:12pm

I think eating healthfully is much more frugal than eating any other way.

Pages