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Mar 20, 2016 1:24 AM

Seems like the less I eat the less I hurt, then I get terribly hungry and I try to fight it but well it's gets the better of me. I try to eat right but living on a fixed income it's hard to buy the right stuff all the time. Does anyone have any ideas on what to eat and what to buy that is cheap but still good for ya?

Mar 20, 2016 3:06 AM

I stick to the outer aisles of the grocery store. Produce is a must! Most of the packaged, processed foods are in the middle aisles--so i would opt to avoid those. Learning to read ingredient and nutrition labels can be very helpful too! There are so many nasty things that big companies dump in our food that don't need to be there.

Coupon clipping (online) + sale papers save me a ton on natural and organic stuff too.

Mar 20, 2016 10:25 AM

I agree with clown. I do produce and fresh meats now I do use packed products like grits ,oatmeal ,cereal, and I use breakfast sandwiches. I also do hersl teas they are cheap .98 at Walmart. Brew it yourself and sweeten with honey.. The honey can be pricey but it last a while. I know cooking can be hard but if u use a crock pot or cook I'm bulk and freeze it can work. Hope this helps

Mar 21, 2016 1:44 PM

Definitely go fresh as possible. Generalky more expensive items like seasoning will last longer.

Look for "international markets". Hispanic or asian stores can be cheaper, and you can have a culinary adventure trying new veg!
See if you can manage a container garden and grow some veg or herbs. Good and good to be out in the sun. Wear gloves if you have fibro, the nematodes in the soul may be involved in causing flares.

Some food banks have veg, and work on trading time for food if you don't outright qualify financially. Even if all you get is a big bag of rice, that's good.
I try to eat clean, and get gluten free or 'fresh choice' options if I eat out.
Sugar is a pain demon, so try to avoid foods that have it, as well as high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, and artificial sweeteners.

Cut coupons, try shopping apps, and always check online if a dry ingredient is expensive. I get decent deals for some things on Amazon.

You don't have to get everything at once. Clear out all the yucky things from your cabinets. Then with each paycheck, buy one larger price item like a big bag of rice or oatmeal, or a spice or even a big bag of apples or a watermelon.

You can do it!!!

Mar 23, 2016 8:15 AM

I am on an extremly tight budget. I agree that eating can make me hurt. I also realized I don't digest food well. I started using weight loss shakes or ensure what ever is cheapest, on sale coupons ect. I found the walmart brand to be a good price most of the time.

I eat tacos a lot, lots of veggie, slight cheese and 1 tablespoon of meat per taco. Cheap meal. Crockpot ideas that i use http://whoneedsacape.com/2012/11/crockpot-freezer-cooking/

also get help from food banks which gives up the staples and stretches our all to limited dollar. It's only embarrassing the first time from there it gets easier.

I try to stick to sale items and coupons. I use the apps for the stores and plan ahead and stick to the list. I am loyal to no store.

I use check out 51 and ibotta apps for gift card credit on stuff I already purchased and shop kicks for points towards gift cards just for going to store and/or scanning items in the store.

I also make my own salad dressing I found a cheat for my favorite subway sweet onion sauce. On non food I have been learning to make my own stuff too from homemade Febreze to laundry soap.

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