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ljmama0408 03-04-2013 06:40 AM

Frugal LC
Hi all,
I'm a stay-at-home mom and with recent gas prices and higher income taxes, we are watching our pennies more closely. I've always been frugal since we are on one paycheck and I'm happy to have found ways to incorporate LC woe into it without any major problems. I love Aldi's for great grocery prices on eggs, cheese and produce. I shop around the other grocers for meat sales. I exercise at home either on a treadmill (a very basic one we've had for years) or with a couple of exercise videos. I recently discovered some full length workout videos on youtube. I'm so excited to be able to use these videos to add variety to my workouts and it has motivated me to make an extra effort to exercise every day. I like the library for either exercise dvds or LC books and cookbooks. There really is no excuse for me not to make this work. I'm motivated more than ever due to all these resources. Do you do LC on a budget? Do you have any frugal tips to share?

Melle's_Sweetheart 03-04-2013 06:57 AM

There's a thread here called "Cheapskate Low Carb" or something similar that has some great ideas....

Personally, I try to cut costs by purchasing meat in bulk or buying tougher (ie: cheaper) cuts of meat and braising them.

Big box stores are great for selling great meat at discount prices.

Mistizoom 03-04-2013 07:41 AM

Here's the thread on eating LC on a budget: http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/ma...-included.html

synger 03-04-2013 08:04 AM

Sounds like you're already doing a lot to cut down your grocery bill. Sales are your friends. Definitely check out the other threads. There are some GREAT tips for eating on a budget. And who isn't on a budget these days?

lterry913 03-04-2013 09:01 AM

Sounds like you are making lemonade out of lemons...good for you. My biggest tip is to buy as much as I can on line...with gas being as expensive as it is I can save big bucks with flat rate shipping of 5 bucks or less from most places...I get all the lc stuff i need without having to drive all over town to find it...I live 45 minutes from the nearest place to buy a lot of the low carb products I use and I may not find them all at one store so that means another trip, therefore increasing the gas I use again.

I order once a month or so and only spend 5 buck in shipping. The prices of the products are often lower than I would find at the store because they are not considered a specialty item as they would be at the grocers.

Good luck and stay positive.

ravenrose 03-04-2013 09:23 AM

the biggest deal to me is not what you buy but how. two things work like magic:

1. go to a "grocery liquidator" store or something like that. here that's Grocery Outlet. On average we pay less than half the going rate for the same things in the "regular" grocery stores in the same area.

2. shop around and try to find a store that marks stuff down as it gets to it's sell by date. every week I get large bags of vegetables for 99 cents or $2, depending, and it can be like 9 lb of tomatoes, or 6 lb of turnips, etc. Meat is regularly marked to half price, and cheeses too, but less often. most stores nowadays are too "fancy" to do this, but if you keep looking around you will find some manager comes in who thinks this is a good idea and does it for awhile before stopping... the bargains move around from store to store over the years!

juliekaboolie 03-04-2013 09:33 AM

I have found that SOUP is a very economical way to eat LC. I make a big batch of it, and I can make it last for a family of 4 for 3 days...if you don't mind leftovers, it's the way to go! :)

uhhuhher 03-04-2013 04:53 PM

Aldi is the best! When I get their ads with the produce prices, I plan my weeks meals around it. Last week they had grape tomatoes for 69 cents, 3 pounds of onions for 79 cents and avocados for 49 cents! Since I stock up and freeze chicken thighs, sausage and pork loin when I find them super on sale I know I always have protein available - just add the produce! We have a local farm market/deli and their special this week was the 2 cup bags of shredded cheese for $1.29. They are good until April if unopened so I stocked up. Check the small family owned stores for good specials, freeze what you can and plan. We are on a tight budget and both are low carb. Aldi is our best friend ha!

flatferenghi 03-04-2013 06:37 PM

i am also in the process of going cheapER.
I recently retired. I will be buying whole chickens instead of breasts. No more calling chinese, italian, or diners for delivery. For the last 10 years, I ONLY buy solid white tuna on sale (even if it is NOT Bumble Bee). I will be eating more salad & veggies, and smaller amounts of protein/fat foods, to stretch my dollar. Just a few suggestions to start you on your way. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI

mamasooze 03-04-2013 07:13 PM

Hey gang. Every year at this time our family does a Food Stamp Callenge- SNAP challenge. We eat mostly low carb and I modify the menu items I have listed to fit my WOE. Find the details here Nourishing The Soul. You can find LC menus and short cuts. No, it's not induction, but most daily menus can be worked to less than 40 carbs a day. On "bean days" I eat a big ol' salad :lol: I will feed 2 adults and a part-time toddler for less than $280 a month. That's B-L-D plus snax, organic milk, juice, fresh fruit, veggies.

picklepete 03-04-2013 07:23 PM

I finally gave up trying to save money. I'm a full-fledged coconut butter, wild salmon, macadamia oil, organic asparagus junkie and I don't know how to stop. ;_;

My current tactic is to add 1/4 head of cabbage to everything and hope the volume satisfies me.

creseis 03-04-2013 07:31 PM

I make lots of different quiches (without the flour!) and souffles, and I buy bulk frozen fish and less expensive veggies. I have a budget of $50/week for food for myself and I cannot go over, but I do include 2 or 3 nights out per month because of evening meetings in restaurants. This is basically because my car has eaten all of my savings and then some and I might be unemployed in a month.

hippygypsykaren 03-04-2013 07:36 PM

One of our grocery stores runs coupons such as buy a package of bacon get a dozen eggs free or buy a pound of hamburger get pack of tomatoes free. That is a way to stretch your money especially if you can shop when you're already in the area for something else.

Yard sales are your friend. I have literally about a hundred exercise videos that I purchased for about .50 each over the years. For me, variety is the spice of exercise.

ljmama0408 03-06-2013 08:22 AM

Thanks for all the great tips and threads! I also forgot to mention that the swagbucks website has been a big help also. I save up for amazon gift cards and order lc books or food.

Strawberry 03-06-2013 08:16 PM

I know this thread is more about food costs.... but I just wanted to mention that YouTube has a lot of exercise videos available for free (full 30 min or hour long!). I've been using Jillian Michael's workouts from Youtube.

PS. Mamasooze.... I cant get your link to work? It intially opens your website then immediately shifts to a different website for some consulting group??

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