Cheaper way to eat right.

By Melanie_1965 Latest Reply 2011-01-20 11:54:59 -0600
Started 2011-01-18 13:51:24 -0600

I am still trying to control my diabetes with my diet, any suggestions on how to do it cheap and still be where I need to be?

12 replies

CaliKo 2011-01-20 11:54:59 -0600 Report

Everyone has given you some good suggestions. I have a couple of additional things that have helped me with the cost of groceries. Buying fruits and vegetables that are in season are cheaper, so in my meal planning I check the grocery ads to see what is plentiful and cheap. It usually tastes better in season, too. These days we have the luxury of shipping groceries in from other parts of the world, but I really like the freshness of the local produce the best. Sometimes farmers market and stores that market themselves like farmers markets have great deals. They also often have bulk whole grains and nuts and oatmeal etc. Popcorn is ridiculously cheap this way and you can pop it in your own brown bag in the microwave and control the oil and salt.
Also, I started cooking more fish, and often buy it fresh, but one day I told the butcher that was getting my cod (previously frozen) if there was a piece that was still frozen, it was okay because I wasn't cooking it until the next day. He lowered his voice and told me to check the freezer compartments. It was the same cod frozen and $2 cheaper per pound. I often buy frozen fish now.
Making some of your food items is healthier, cheaper, and unfortunately, time-consuming. I pick and choose right now what I what to spend my time on. I've been making half whole wheat tortillas this past couple of weeks, and I've decided it's worth the bother. Some things are, some things aren't.
Good luck, and be sure and tell us what cost-saving tricks you discover!

Flipp_ 2011-01-19 19:45:36 -0600 Report

10 years ago, I stopped eating all simple carbs and changed to ALL COMPLEX CARBS such as Oat, Wheat, Barley, Rye GROATS / seed type from Whole foods or any health food store that sells Whole Grains. Along with these I use Beans, Split pea, Lintels also. I stopped eating red meat and use only Chicken & Turkey Breast w/no skin or bone. I use only Lundberg Brand Brown Rice and wild Rice. I cook all of these items in a rice cooker with my Vegetables and my food bill dropped by $125 a month,I lost 70 lb in one year and my insulin use dropped by 1/3rd.. Eating the Seed form of Grains cost less, is healthier and it keeps me from being hungry so soon. It's worth the try for you . . . Flipp_

MewElla 2011-01-20 08:23:00 -0600 Report

You have done great. Not only with the weight loss plus the grocery bill. I sure spend a lot on fruit and vegetables myself. But, all told, I really have required taste for them and look forward to that next "good tasting meal."

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-01-18 19:04:03 -0600 Report

Hi, I'm new to this whole diabetes diet myself and I've got a very tight budget to work with too but I find coupons are one of the best things to help. I get them everywhere from the papers and online and I've even written in and emailed companies asking for coupons to help me afford a healthier diet.

Sometimes healthy coupons are hard to find but they are worth it. Try looking on, redplum and smartsource for a start. I've also gotten great coupons from writing in to Quaker. And be on the look out for coupons inside the store I've found great ones laying about.

Also don't be afraid to buy off brand items a lot of them taste just as good for a lot less.

RAYT721 2011-01-18 17:20:13 -0600 Report

I find the cheapest way to eat right is with portion control. If you keep your lean meats at 3-4 ounces per serving, even a $7.99 steak will cost around $1.99 per serving. Shop by sale ads and weight food portions. Add a veggie (fresh or frozen can be just as healthy) and a side of starch (limit yourself here to reduce carbs). Eat more smaller meals per day. Check out low fat yogurts and cheeses. Read the labels and recipes for nutritional information. Don't just buy things because you have a coupon. Buy things you actually like and that like you back. Watch your fat consumption. Watch your sodium. Home-made foods are better for you and your wallet than convenience and frozen foods. Learn to can and freeze. Shop around for pricing with a food journal… compare stores. Keep a list of tied and true recipes to refer to. My motto… eat light, eat right. Junk foods are probably the most expensive parts of a budget. Grab recipes from low carb cookbooks and watch for sugar free version of cakes and cookies and such. Remember that too much of anything is not good for you or your budget. Drink water to fill up. Work out to reduce stress. Smile more. Prayer may not help… but it doesn't hurt!