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Old 10-02-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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JUDDD on the cheap.....

Lets face it times are tough, food is expensive. I love JUDDDing because I find it cheaper than Atkins by a long shot. What are some of your bare bones tips for stretching your food budget?
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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Don't eat every other day.

Really, there is no cheaper plan than JUDDD. Broth and veggies are super inexpensive and UDs can be made up of whatever's on sale.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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JUDDD has so drastically reduced my food costs that I feel perfectly justified allowing myself some luxury treats when I want them! Love that!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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I don't coupon as much as I used to... nowhere near what some do... It's too stressful for me! LOL But I do load my store cards with whatever coupons I might possibly need, and shop for what's on sale - especially the store brands. There are VERY FEW brand names I am (or my family is) loyal to.

I try to stock up on frozen stuff. Bulk meat, I separate into meal-size portions and freeze. I live on frozen veggies. And I make huge pots of soup or chili on the weekends, and freeze individual portions for lunches.

I still think I spend way too much money on food... and I'm sure there is still so much more I could (and would like to) do to save money. I'm very interested to read about other people have to say...
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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And make & freeze UD and DD soups from leftovers! Particularly as for many of you it's getting cooler!
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:46 PM   #7
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My answer...soup, soup and soup. A frugal and filling bowl full of veggies and warm fuzzies. We have soup like 3 or 4 nights a week and eggs/omelettes/breakfast for dinner another night. Those are cheap eats. Even if it is a high day we still have soup sometimes; but usually add extras like salad, loaded potato or sandwich.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #8
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Yes, I must agree that eating only EOD has drastically reduced my grocery bill. Especially when DW is juddding which she is at the moment. A pack of Suzie's Thin Cakes and box of laughing cow cheese lasts for more than 5 DDs.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:10 AM   #9
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Frozen veggies, on sale, stock up.

Eggs and tuna (even on DD's).

Buy whole chickens on sale, cut them up yourself, use the breasts for DD's and the rest for family or UD's (I just boil a whole chicken and then use the boiled breast meat for DD stuff and make casseroles or chicken and dumplings for DH with the rest).

It's getting that time of year when turkeys go on sale. If you have the space, buy a few
and freeze them. HEB here will cut your turkey in half for you and re-wrap it. Nice way to not have to cook a whole turkey.

FF mayo is awful and reduced fat is cheaper and not that many more calories.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #10
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My answer...soup, soup and soup. A frugal and filling bowl full of veggies and warm fuzzies. We have soup like 3 or 4 nights a week and eggs/omelettes/breakfast for dinner another night. Those are cheap eats. Even if it is a high day we still have soup sometimes; but usually add extras like salad, loaded potato or sandwich.
I notice progresso is on sale this week at HyVee for $.98, we will be STOCKING up!
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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I make dry beans almost every week! Today I used dry navy, kidney, pinto and black beans, mostly navy beans, then added all kinds of stuff - V8, mustard, catsup, onion, etc. Crock-pot it and freeze! Lots of protein and fiber!! Cost is not much at all!
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:05 PM   #12
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I notice progresso is on sale this week at HyVee for $.98, we will be STOCKING up!
They are having a sale on all the vegetable Progresso soups at our market chain (Market Basket) this week too!
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:14 AM   #13
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Bummer, we don't have a Hyvee unless it is one of the stores in the Kroger chain. I did find a fall sale 10/$10 a couple weeks back and it included several brands. I keep some on hand for busy days. But, usually I make homemade.

I do like the person mentioned above and buy whole chickens and then make that into bone broth and/or soup. Around here I can often find rotisserie chickens on mark down even cheaper than the sale price in both the warmers and the refrigerated sections. I still make bone broth and we get at least three meals from one chicken.

Other than that the best advice I can think of is to plan your meals around what's on sale in the ads. Whichever meat is on sale buy enough for several weeks if you can. I have been doing this so long that I almost always have a selection of meats to choose from for meal planning. And, like someone mentioned above frozen veggies are a great buy, especially if they are going in soup anyway.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:37 AM   #14
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Wiiifit, we keep them on had for busy days too! Honestly, even the higher calorie ones are good for DD as my DD11 can choose those.

We also boil the whole chicken and make chicken broth/brocc/rice soup for very few calories. It is actually a favorite of mine, DH and DD11! DS14, he does NOT like it!
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