Losing Weight on a Budget

  • Ryvick1212

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    Jun 28, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    College Student, minimum wage part time job. Basically, I've got no money. Any food/recipes/places to buy food that you would recommend to someone on a budget looking to try and shave some pounds off?
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    Jun 29, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    Ryvick1212 saidCollege Student, minimum wage part time job. Basically, I've got no money.


    Shouldnt that make you lose weight already? lol jk

    Hmm I guess become a vegetarian and run in the park instead of paying for gym membership.
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    Jun 29, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    Ryvick1212 saidCollege Student, minimum wage part time job. Basically, I've got no money. Any food/recipes/places to buy food that you would recommend to someone on a budget looking to try and shave some pounds off?


    lol.

    Eat what youre eating now, eat less

    run.

    swim.

    lift.

    ez.
  • austex85

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    Jun 29, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    workout and don't eat junk. eat vegetables, grilled chicken and canned tuna.
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    Jun 29, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Giant thing of oatmeal from Costco = $8.00
    Wheat Bread from Costco=$4.00
    Turkey Breast: 3 packs for $10.00
    Organic salad spring mix, huge tub: $3.00
    Fruit is cheap there too.
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    Jun 29, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    mayBbignow said
    bpguru saidGiant thing of oatmeal from Costco = $8.00
    Wheat Bread from Costco=$4.00
    Turkey Breast: 3 packs for $10.00
    Organic salad spring mix, huge tub: $3.00
    Fruit is cheap there too.


    How long does ths stuff last
    I thought white bread was bad


    yeah get wheat bread... or even better FIBER bread.

    I used to get these bagels with 19g of fiber and 14g of protein each, omfg they were the staple of my diet. Too bad they dont sell them anymore.

    you should get a lot of fiber if youre loosing weight
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    Jun 29, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    bpguru saidGiant thing of oatmeal from Costco = $8.00
    Wheat Bread from Costco=$4.00
    Turkey Breast: 3 packs for $10.00
    Organic salad spring mix, huge tub: $3.00
    Fruit is cheap there too.


    ALA Fortified Pasta- <$1.50 (I've seen it as low as $.99 at Hy-Vee)
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    Jun 29, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Gym_bull saidOatmeal and bread are sticky carbs, and will make him gain weight if he eats too much of them : /


    What about brown rice?
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    One package of Ramen Noodles every day.
    <-- been that broke before. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    i hate it! i don't gym for 2 weeks.. and i lost 7lbs WTF =(
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    short answer:

    make beans the staple of your diet.
    if you can adapt to the gas, you'll find that beans are a cheap way of getting you where you want to be as far as loosing weight goes.
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    Jun 29, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Try the 99cents store. You can buy tuna there and you'll feel like a rich person too.
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    Jun 29, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    bpguru saidGiant thing of oatmeal from Costco = $8.00
    Wheat Bread from Costco=$4.00
    Turkey Breast: 3 packs for $10.00
    Organic salad spring mix, huge tub: $3.00
    Fruit is cheap there too.


    I think I'm gonna join Costco icon_smile.gif
  • Ryvick1212

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    Jun 29, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    Wow, thanks for all of the responses. Very much appreciated.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 03, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    austex85 saidworkout and don't eat junk. eat vegetables, grilled chicken and canned tuna.


    ^^^ THIS
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    Jul 19, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    Do some easy exercise and then go for harder.
    Jogging, playing sports, walking, yoga these exercise help a lot to lose the weight naturally.
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    Jul 19, 2011 8:52 AM GMT
    Buy cheap proteins like heart and liver. Requires a bit more trial and error in the kitchen but can get really yummy. Depending on where one lives squid can be amazingly cheap too.
  • DrobUA

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    Jul 19, 2011 9:36 AM GMT
    READ GROCERY STORE ADS:

    Even though my parents did ok money wise, my mom is one of the most frugal people I've ever met. She raised me to always live within your means. Read ads, clip coupons. Buy stuff when it's on sale rather than when you are craving it. Meats can be frozen and thawed. I actually save a substantial amount of money by buying things on sale. (A couple hundred a month)

    Chicken and canned tuna are both pretty cheap and good protein. Fruits and vegetables are very reasonable when in season.

    COOKING YOUR FOOD IS ALWAYS CHEAPER THAN GOING OUT (and healthier 99% of the time)
  • mikey_101

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    get a kilo of lentils,
    get a kilo of pearl barley,
    buy whatever veg is reduced to clear at the supermarket,
    ........ make a massive pot of vegtable soup each week,

    Eat twice a day.
  • dancedancekj

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    Jul 27, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    I'd advise beans and rice. Best places to shop are ethnic grocery stores - Latino, Asian, African, Middle Eastern etc.

    I buy my rice in bulk 25 lb bags (Jasmine or Basmati, cuz I'm spoiled like that) for $15-20 at the Asian Grocery, although you can also get it at Sam's/Costco (albeit of inferior quality.. got a bad bag of basmati one time and I don't trust that brand anymore).
    Beans - you can either buy large bags of pintos at Sam's/Costco/Ethnic grocery. I prefer black beans, which don't come in bulk, but they are like $1.15 for 16 oz, or $2.00ish for 32 oz.

    Find yourself some good recipes for the beans you buy and with some spices and herbs you will be eating really well. For example, I do a Latin fusion (Chipotle Mexican Grill inspired) black beans with yellow onion, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili, and canned chipotle peppers on lime cilantro basmati/jasmine rice. Or I'll make channa masala with chickpeas, tomatoes, turmeric, coriander, cumin, red chili and tomatoes on basmati rice.

    Spices and produce are found at much cheaper prices at the ethnic grocery stores as well. A jar of turmeric, which may cost you $3.99 in the pretty bottle at your local supermarket, will come in a plastic bag that will cost you maybe $1.00 and is oftentimes fresher, more flavorful, and in bigger bulk. Same goes for produce - you can buy mint, cilantro, and basil for one or two dollars at the Asian grocery store fresh and in huge bunches, as opposed to the packaged tasteless stuff at the supermarket.

    I can probably eat 64 oz of rice and 32 oz of beans a week, which comes out to about $5. Add in fresh herbs, some fruit (bananas are cheap and tasty) maybe a bit of yogurt or cheese, and possibly some chicken, sardines (great in a Thai curry) or pork, and you will be eating very well for under $15 a week. If you cut out the extras, you can still eat really well on around $10 a week as well.