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Old 07-29-2013, 12:34 PM   #61
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It might help to use the Store Locator that is for USA lol that link was for Aldi's in Ireland.

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lol Yeah, I'd noticed that. I checked using the right one. There is no Aldi's within at least 200 miles of me.

And believe me, she heard about it. She knows I am not at all happy. If she wasn't already grounded, she would be.

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Old 07-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #62
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And believe me, she heard about it. She knows I am not at all happy. If she wasn't already grounded, she would be.
My middle son had the knack of getting on my last nerve *a lot* when he was around 16. I swear I think he did it deliberately just to see my eye twitch. At some point I had to find alternatives to grounding him because I realized he'd be 25 by the time he was ungrounded...and I'd probably cry if he was still living at home.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:00 PM   #63
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Does your daughter have problems with binging? Maybe I'm not really picturing the quantity of food accurately, but 5 lbs of potatoes seems like a lot in 2 days.

Hang in there. I wish I lived close to you and could bring you dinner!
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:04 PM   #64
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I wouldn't say she binges. She just eats often throughout the day. Especially when she's grounded. lol
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If you have a Walgreens around, they have eggs this week for $1/dozen. That's a great price for here in CA, maybe not other places. Since they're national, I believe their weekly ad is the same all over.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:02 AM   #66
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I don't know if it's possible where you live, but I get my eggs from local people with chickens. They still only ask $1 a dozen and they're sooo much tastier than store bought eggs!
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If you have a Walgreens around, they have eggs this week for $1/dozen. That's a great price for here in CA, maybe not other places. Since they're national, I believe their weekly ad is the same all over.
There is a walgreens about 7 miles from here on the way in to town. That's a really good deal! I'm all set on eggs right now though. I'll have to watch them for sales.

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I don't know if it's possible where you live, but I get my eggs from local people with chickens. They still only ask $1 a dozen and they're sooo much tastier than store bought eggs!
I'll have to look around. I'd love fresh eggs! I haven't seen any place advertising, but I hadn't been looking. I'll keep an eye out now.

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #68
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Just to let you know....when I post my dinner menus on the menu thread, usually up thread I will have an explanation of our breakfast and lunches which vary little. Breakfast is easy enough with eggs and (marked down)sausage. Oatmeal sometimes and make ahead/frozen waffles. Refrigerated biscuits or Cheerios. Our lunches are generally leftovers or a grilled cheese sammie, the toddler will eat PBJ or Mac n cheese, and any fresh fruit we have around. I usually will have a protein shake, berries and Greek yogurt. Our meals during the day, you can see, are fairly simple. I try to cook something different every night. Even when we do a SNAP challenge or are just being budget savvy, the daytime food is pretty simple....and cheap

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Veggies are filling, too, and lower-carb than grains. Frozen veggies are cheapest. A big bowl of green beans with bacon dripping will fill me up fast. Just have to work on the protein.
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For things like flour.... You might check if any of your grocery stores have a bulk bin aisle, ie where you scoop up just the amount you need and pay for it by weight. At two of my local grocery store chains you can buy regular white flour at about a dollar/lb, and take just a tablespoon if that's all you want. It's also a great way to buy spices for literally pennies and not Harv to buy a whole jar of something you need for only one recipe.
They also have gourmet nuts, granola, and candies that are more expensive but fun to try if you hae a little extra money on hand, For low carb purposes, they will often sell coconut flour, xanthum gum, protein powder, other gluten free flours and you can buy only the amount you want.
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Wish I lived near THAT store........ wow !
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:14 PM   #72
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I haven't seen any grocery stores near me that do that. When I lived in Phoenix there were a couple health food stores that had some bulk products, but nothing like that here. I really wish I lived in a city again.
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Is it payday yet ?
How are you guys making out?
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Not payday yet. We're okay. Very limited and I am now 100% sick of eggs and wish to never ever see one again. lol
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Wow! Well, good for you for sticking to low carb! I have a hard time sticking to it when I can't have what I feel like I need. I'm getting better at making due and sticking to plan, but it's a lot easier when you have what you need to feel satisfied. You should give yourself a big pat on the back!
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I agree with Jayne, you made it through this tough week, you can make it through anything! Good for you! You should be really proud of yourself!
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Not getting sick of eggs is the reason I like quiches so much, and they're really filling. I love the ones from Linda's Low Carb site and there's such a variety of them there.
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Thanks guys.

I must suck at making quiches then because mine always end up tasting very strongly of egg.
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Food prices are a problem, that is not going away, in fact they are going to get worse. I loved all the comments here and the support Vixen got! So nice. I ate lots of noodles as a way to save money, (and I have an addiction). This thread inspires me, to know I can eat low carb, low fat, while being thrifty. Eggs are cheap, I just need to learn to make quiches. Something I am going to get busy with this weekend.
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Some other ideas for money saving goodness per my experience:

1. Cheese: Shredding makes a little go a long way on and in dishes. The more pungent/strong/aged, the better the flavor and the less you'll need to add. I use shredded Parmesan cheese. It lasts a log time in the fridge, too.
2. Eggs: For the best scrambled, heat your pan until oil sizzles. Allow the egg to cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat and them flip. The less molested the eggs are, the more fluffy they are.
3. Salad mixes. Those look expensive, but they go farther than they appear to. Right now, the herb salad mix has been my absolute favorite.
4. Raw nuts pack a punch, and I buy a big container of Archer Farms at Target. It lasts me for a month and adds crunch to salads. I love them, and for only a few net carbs per quarter cup, you'll be measuring out the gladness little by little.
5. Grape tomatoes. Tiny! Cute! So wee! They last longer because there are more tomatoes per package. I use four at a time.
6. Pepperoni slices. I use them for everything from salads to snacks. Only 14 is an ample serving.
7. Green olives. 10 is a higher-fat serving.
8. Snap Peas. Crunchy, fresh, and easy to grab and go. A bag lasts a week or more.
9. Measure portion sizes. If you eat to the portion sizes, food will last longer than you might otherwise think.
10. Ditch the bread, grains, and the foods to which you're allergic/averse and cravings typically abate there, too!
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So many great ideas and support here. Congtats to vixen for weathering the storm. An idea for your teen to enlist her cooperation. Give her 1/5 the grocery responsibiliyy. Hand her $10 or whatever her portion would be and tell her she can shop, prepare and eat for hetself for the week or join yhe family effort. It would be a good life lesson.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:22 AM   #83
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I make quiche with cottage cheese instead of cream. I just put the eggs and cottage cheese into a blender to puree all the lumps out.
The cottage cheese often cheaper than cream (and has less calories, which I unfortunately have to count) and I especially like that it gives the quiche a super creamy, non-eggy texture, leaning more towards a cheese cake texture although it's not that soft.
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