Eating natural = spending LESS???
by, 05-02-2009 at 01:05 PM (501 Views)
Normally, I spend about $600 a month on groceries. I do not use many coupons. I do a lot of 10 for $10 sales, etc, though. This is for a family of four plus two dogs and two lizards and two rats.
Hubs and I decided to do South Beach diet to get healthy. I told him I'd need more money for groceries in order to do this. I mean, lots of lean meats, veggies, low-fat dairy, nuts, etc. Lots of money, right?
I spent $190 on two weeks' worth (plus I have $30 set aside for veggies and milk for week 2). I bought:
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 lb)
- eye of round steaks (6 of them)
- ground turkey breast
- cod filets
- whiting fish filets
- 2 lb of turkey kielbasa
- canned beans (need to get some dry ones, too)
- tons of fresh produce, including leeks, lettuce, peppers, spaghetti squash, cukes, and more
- low-fat cheeses
- fat free milk (3 gallons)
- salad dressing
- olive oil
- natural peanut butter
- eggs (4 dozen)
- sugar-free jello
- sugar-free, fat-free pudding cups
- cottage cheese
...plus high-end toilet paper (my weakness) and much more!
All of this for LESS than I normally spend on junkier food.
My shopping trip was very encouraging and makes it easier to justify eating this way. Not to mention, it's so much healthier!