By tigger_georgia Latest Reply 2010-02-21 16:16:47 -0600
Started 2010-02-17 17:20:51 -0600

any suggestion on meals for 2 on a budget of 200.00 a month for food? I would like a grocery list ideas or a week of meals that will also satify my 14yr old who is fit and active, and a bottomless pit. I do buy him a limited # of snacks. Our drinks are water and unsweet tea. I just need help with putting together whole meals. I only have a refridger freezer and not allowed a small extra one. I know I am in a tough spot, but i just thought I ask.

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veggie1962 2010-02-19 18:29:02 -0600 Report

Check out this book, it might be helpful (Diabetes Meals for $7 a Day or Less):

Also, here is an article about economical eating for people with diabetes:

You might also want to check out natural food co-op stores. They normally have a "bulk" section where you can buy staples like spices/herbs, rice/pasta (esp the whole grain kind), dried beans, hot (and sometimes cold) cereals, nuts and nut butters, oils, flours, coffee and tea. Great thing about this (aside from usually being cheaper per oz/lb than store prices) is that you can buy as little as you want. I find that helpful for starchy things that I don't use very often. I can just get as much as I need without wondering what am I going to do with the rest

tigger_georgia 2010-02-21 15:37:31 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I don't have any Co-op stores or prorgams here. But I will inquire around.

veggie1962 2010-02-21 16:16:47 -0600 Report

Sorry that's not an option for you. I second those who said check out Dollar stores like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar and stores like ALDI, SavALot or WalMart. They are good sources for healthy foods (ALDI and SavALot actually have their own branded "healthy" lines of food).

YOu might want to try this link, it is from the USDA website and you can search recipes by ingredient, "theme" (like "eat more fruits and vegetables") and even cost per recipe/serving. I think they use these recipes for food stamp recipients.

Here's another USDA link for an online booklet that gives tips and recipes. Some recipes are diabetic friendly, some not

This page looked like it had some good links to menu planners for frugal eating

Hope you can get some use out of these.

If your son is a big milk drinker, consider using dry milk or (if that won't work) do half dry milk, half fluid milk as a compromise to still save some $$$

kdroberts 2010-02-18 14:40:05 -0600 Report

Buy food in bulk at stores like costco and then freeze things. You will spend more in one trip but the goods will last longer. For instance in the grocery store you will likely find boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $3.50-$4.00 per lb but $2.29 per lb at costco. The difference is you have to buy around 20 breasts from costco so the initial outlay is a lot. If you are buying perishable things, make a bunch of whatever you need them for and freeze the leftovers. You save money and you always have a stash of stuff if you don't want to cook.

tigger_georgia 2010-02-21 15:35:38 -0600 Report

I don't have a Costco here and not much freezer space I live in a apartment and only have a frige freezer. But I do try to buy in larger portions. Thanks for your reply

2010-02-18 10:34:03 -0600 Report

My son and I had to make it on 162.00 a month and this is how we did it. Pot meals. For example for one week. One day i would make turkey burger meatloaf, get a head of lettuce for salad. Take left over meatloaf chopped and make chili with generic brand of beans and ketchup, then left over chili can be used over pasta for spaghetti. If you have a DOLLAR STORE near you it can be done. They carry decent food in them and even some things that are diabetic friendly. Also check to see if you have an ALDI nearby, very cost effective. ALSO Walmart now has two isles with things under a dollar in the food area. loaf of whole wheat bread is 83cents girl…I'm telling you it can be done. When you decide to eat more GO WALKING and DRINK WATER…trust me by the time you drink the water you will be going back and forth to the powder room and no time to want extra food. :-)

tigger_georgia 2010-02-21 15:33:47 -0600 Report

I do walk and the only drinks in my house are water and unsweet tea and a gallon of milk, which last about 1 1/2 weeks. My 14 yr old son likes normal food and a nice portion. He is a fit kid and also a very active kid, so I like to be sure that his bottomless pit gets satisfied. Thanks for your reply

Anonymous 2010-02-18 00:05:31 -0600 Report

romaine noodles, $1.00 frozen pizzas. mix rice with a meat and a vegetable. Oh wait, we're diabetics and that food isn't good for you. I am on a 200 dollar budget too for me and my girlfriend. It's tough. I had cereal tonight and she made one of those "pasta side" meals with a veggie. I like what the private user above recommended. Try to eliminate sodas and chips and stuff you don't need. I know it's tough. Let us know if you get any ideas because I'm sure other people besides me could use them. Good Luck! *Me*

tigger_georgia 2010-02-21 15:30:29 -0600 Report

I do net buy sodas or chips or the extras that are junk food. I do have a 14 yr old son that likes to eat normal and I do buy him a few snack items eachmonth,but they are strictly for him. I find it hard to get fresh fruits and veggies. The meats are no problem the sides are easy but starchy, a no,no. but thanks for your reply

Anonymous 2010-02-17 19:49:00 -0600 Report

That is a real challenge and I'm not sure I could pull it off. I will share that one way my husband and I have cut back on grocery expense is to really watch portion control in addition to making low cost meals. By low cost meals I'm talking roast a chicken (first meal), leftover chicken in chicken salad (2nd meal) and stew carcass and bones with root veggies and beans or lentils for chicken stew/soup (third meal). I've used canned mackerel in place of canned salmon as the mackerel is much less expensive and will make "salmon" loaf with no problem. "Breakfast" burrito (eggs and beans and salsa) without the tortilla has been a meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner at our house. Good luck and bon appetit!

tigger_georgia 2010-02-21 15:39:32 -0600 Report

I do my best. My 14 yr old son is fit and like to eat. Its the fresh fruits and veggies that I usually have problems with. Thankys for your reply

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