grocery shopping

By natluvsnic Latest Reply 2013-11-22 09:31:08 -0600
Started 2013-11-19 05:37:17 -0600

Its going to be hard grocery shopping now. I used to buy only what I could afford now I will have to buy what is good for me. Hopefully my nutritionist let's there still be things for me. I hate the fact that I may have to borrow from family.

Tags: finances

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GabbyPA 2013-11-20 18:47:57 -0600 Report

Shop the perimeter of your grocery store. Stay out of the junk food aisles, and that is almost all of them. LOL I find if I stick to the eggs, meat, fruit and veggies, I can get out for a lot less. I also take my hubby and send him to get things in the "evil" aisles. That way he just gets what I need and I don't wander there and buy things I don't need.

I also do a weekend run to the farmer's market for much of my produce. I got about every weekend and that works great for me.

Sometimes you just have to weigh it out. Do I want a box of crackers for $3 that have a lot of carbs or do I want a bag of celery and a head of lettuce for the same amount that will keep me healthier.

Glucerna 2013-11-20 14:11:20 -0600 Report

Great ideas Joyce! Also talk with your diabetes educator and let her know your concern about finances. She can help you develop a healthy eating plan that fits your budget. Often cooking from scratch is less expensive than buying pre-prepared foods. The American Diabetes Association also has low-cost meal suggestions that you might find helpful; be sure to check with your diabetes educator or physician that these plans are useful for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-20 14:00:52 -0600 Report

I am in the SNAP program. I vend at our Farmers Market. I am able to convert my food stamps to coins that can only be spent at the market. Last week the amount of coins was doubled and some of the farmers give other vendors a discount. I could convert 10 bucks and get 20. I use them to buy fresh produce that I can buy and freeze such as kale, collards, spinach and green beans. I get them at a good price and cook and freeze them. They last me until the market opens again in early April. I also buy apples, steam them in cinnamon and some Equal and freeze them. They can be warmed to put on whole grain toast for breakfast or use as an ice cream topping. Shopping this way saves me money when fresh veggies are not as cheap as they are in season.

I buy whole chicken because they are cheaper. I have the butcher cut them in half and wash and freeze them. I also do this with whole turkey when they are on sale. I buy ground beef and make chili, beef cubes for soup and freeze that also.

I buy bacon, sausage and frozen corn and mixed veggies for soups at Walmart as they are much cheaper there. We have a bakery that has a store. I can get 4 loaves of bread for about 4 bucks and freeze it. I then go to the Amish market for my sugar free cookies and fruit pies. I wrap the cookies individually and freeze them. I take one out for my special treat. I slice the pies and free the pieces.

I have never run out of food and I have money all month long for food. Hope this helps you.

natluvsnic 2013-11-20 15:49:53 -0600 Report

Wow. That's a lot of things to be able to freeze. I do splice bananas and freeze them and eat watermelon, cantaloupe and other fruits now. Thanks for the list.

bhanson68 2013-11-19 19:56:59 -0600 Report

I have found that shopping at the produce stand has been very helpful

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-20 14:04:09 -0600 Report

I love roadside produce stands. We have a community garden and my sister grows fruits and veggies. Some of the gardeners grow herbs and what they can't use they give away so everyone gets to share the bounties and save a lot of money.

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