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How do you lose weight when you're broke?

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post

I love to eat healthy, but we're flat out broke. I can't afford a lot of healthy food, and what I can afford goes to the kids so they can stay healthy. We're at the point where all we can afford is ramen and pork n' beans (not literally but we're just about to that point). Fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains aren't an option for us, and it sucks. Does anyone know what to do?

ETA: My dad bought a yearly membership to a local gym for me for Christmas. It's helped, but I want to eat healthy to progress the weight loss faster. I exercise five days a week at the gym and walk thirty minutes on weekends with the kids.

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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aprilsalcro
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM
If your dh won't accept PA tell him get another job or find another way to get money to feed his family

Quoting Anonymous:

We can't get WIC because A) DH won't accept any assistance and B) my kids are too old to qualify.


Quoting mommy2twoboys46:

Drink lots and lots of water. You should be able to get WIC even if you don't qualify for food stamps. Exercise. Watch portion sizes.


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Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Coupons And ads I make 100 last two weeks . I but healthy on sale with coupons .
SommelierMom
by Emerald Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

I live in GA. Our tap water isnt good, but we buy bottles of water at Aldi, it's pretty cheap. I'm not sure of any farmers markets around here, and again, we can't afford it.

Quoting Mrs.Bryant1201:

Water is free. And start shopping at the farmers market and local produce stands. Where do you live?


If you live in Georgia, you can garden almost all year.  It's so much cheaper and you can skip the pesticides.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I try to limit red meats to 2 times a week, but somtimes we eat it three or four times, depends on if DH is cooking or not. I prefer chicken. I've cut out soda completely, and have only drank water for three days now. i never drink milk.

Quoting banana-bear:

Sounds like you need to shop more wisely then. And try cutting out the meat. How often do you eat it weekly for dinner? 4 times a week is plenty. Look up vegetarian meals and experiment. You can also make your own bread at home for SUPER cheap and eat that with every meal. Also, don't use milk as a beverage - use it just for cooking/baking. Water is better and exponentially cheaper.

Quoting Anonymous:

I went to the grocery store with money my dad gave me last week and spent $75 on fruits, veggies, and whole grains alone...ridiculous. We're now out of milk, meat and chicken until we get paid the 23rd. 

Quoting banana-bear:

Healthy foods are pretty cheap, actually. And they fill you up longer than junk does. 




Anonymous
by Anonymous 11 on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Losing weight is mostly about portion control. You may be a little more hungry than you'd like, as those types of cheap processed foods have more calories per serving than a healthier food, however, you can still limit calorie intake eating any type of food. Buy a box of ramen, for how ever much it costs and add a bag of apples to it for about $5, you have to have that much, and a bag of apples should last you a week. Buy a bag of dry beans instead of pork beans. Great nutrition, cheap and filling.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

DH really wants a garden but our landlord said no :(

Quoting SommelierMom:


Quoting Anonymous:

I live in GA. Our tap water isnt good, but we buy bottles of water at Aldi, it's pretty cheap. I'm not sure of any farmers markets around here, and again, we can't afford it.

Quoting Mrs.Bryant1201:

Water is free. And start shopping at the farmers market and local produce stands. Where do you live?


If you live in Georgia, you can garden almost all year.  It's so much cheaper and you can skip the pesticides.


justone_jen
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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This. Sometimes frozen is cheaper than the farmers market, too.

Quoting Mrs.Bryant1201:

Water is free. And start shopping at the farmers market and local produce stands. Where do you live?

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tiffs2009
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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Where are you shopping?!? 50-100 just on veggies and fruit?? That's my whole food budget for 2 weeks ($100) and I feed a family of 5!

Quoting Anonymous:

Eat in moderation then. It shouldn't be anymore than 50-100 for two weeks supply. Is that too much?

Quoting Anonymous:

They're expensive for a weeks or two weeks supply.


Quoting Anonymous:

Fruits and veggies, only water. Not that expensive.

Quoting Anonymous:

I have a membership to gym that was given to me by my father for Christmas,  I can excercise for free. I cannot eat healthy for free.


Quoting Anonymous:

Exercise at home? I'm pretty sure that's free.





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moneysaver6
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Are there any filling stations there? We have to get bottled as well, but can get it for $.33/gallon if re-filling bottles at a fill station rather than buying new every time.

Quoting Anonymous:

I live in GA. Our tap water isnt good, but we buy bottles of water at Aldi, it's pretty cheap. I'm not sure of any farmers markets around here, and again, we can't afford it.


Quoting Mrs.Bryant1201:

Water is free. And start shopping at the farmers market and local produce stands. Where do you live?


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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I thought frozen wasn't good for you?

Quoting tiffs2009:

Seriously frozen veggies are .88 at the grocery store! And rice and beans are $1!


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