Meal plans

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-09-26 19:53:10 -0500
Started 2010-09-26 13:36:17 -0500

Does anyone have access to CHEAP meal plans? My husband refuses to change his eating habits, and I have to feed us on 70.00 a week.

3 replies

GabbyPA 2010-09-26 19:53:10 -0500 Report

He who shops and cooks is in charge. So if you are the one shopping and cooking, make some subtle changes that will give you a choice and allow him his meal time foods. I don't eat corn, but I cook it on occasion for my family. My hubby won't touch a salad pretty much, but I always have one on the table. My grocery store also offers a lot of buy one get one Free deals. I don't use them all the time, but when they are foods I can use, I make sure they end up in my basket.

Krista Marie
Krista Marie 2010-09-26 17:12:15 -0500 Report

I agree with Ray, it's going to be dependent on so many things. Public Market's are wonderful and you can get fresh fruits and veggies for so much cheaper. Try to buy things that are in season, as they'll be cheaper. Couponing, while takes a lot of time, is well worth it if you're on a tight budget. I'd definitely sit down and have a conversation with your husband about how important this is for you to make this change; go over the possible complications if you don't get your sugars under control and how that has to include a change in diet. Hopefully he'll support you. Best of luck!

RAYT721 2010-09-26 17:01:35 -0500 Report

Without knowing your taste(s), it is going to be difficult to come up with menu plans for strangers. If your husband is on a potato chip and ho-ho diet, it's going to be hard to fit those special needs into a budget. And what about your needs, likes, dislikes??? I would think that my wife and I spend around $70 a week so it can be done but perhaps not if you want a fillet mignon steak and he wants bay scallops in cream sauce with pistachios. You should be able to find many budget friendly websites and cookbooks but you'll have to agree on what's good and what's good for you when planning out the menus. It's okay to have a special treat one day if the other six days are lower priced. Consider less expensive ingredients in your menu plans and the fewer the ingredients in a recipe the less expensive the meal. Add to this the need for higher protein, lower carbs, lower fat, lower sodium, etc and you've got the makings of some well-liked nutritionally balanced entrees, breakfasts and snacks. Lower priced nutritious foods include chicken, tuna, low carb Dreamfield pasta, and beans. You can still serve meat (lower carbs but higher fat) but watch portion control. My wife and I just had basa fish ($2.99/lb) and a side salad ($2.50) for dinner tonight… no potatoes, rice or bread. Think $10 a day for your food budget. (Note: She spiced her fish with cajun spice and I had lemon pepper on mine). My usual breakfast consists of yogurt and protein bars from Atkins (coupons/online shopping). Whoever said that high school algebra would never be needed in life obviously doesn't cook or budget. You can fulfill your wants and needs but it's going to take planning… coupons (especially double coupons), looking at sale fliers, searching through recipes, making lists, etc. Remember that healthy servings are measured in ounces and cups, not in pounds or boxes or bags. Learn to can fresh produce. Think about freezing special deals and leftovers. You can find light at the end of the tunnel. Shop the outer edges of the grocery store or visit farmer markets or split bulk purchases with family or friends. Add water to the menu and lay off the soft drinks. Consider making soups to use leftovers. Feel free to message me with questions but remember that unless your goals are realistic, you will never reach them.