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Eating natural = spending LESS???

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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
  • almonds
  • 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
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • ricotta 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!

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  1. Tarrien's Avatar
    The family I live with right now, uses thin non-absorbent toilet paper so I can really relate to you when you say high end toilet paper is your weekness.

    :3 Good luck on your diet
  2. brchbell's Avatar
    Yes, I was shocked when I had to change to whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and meats only and my grocery bill went from $500 to $250! I feed 7 of us and 3 dogs, 5 cats 4 horses and guinea pig. I only shop once a month. We are also starting our huge garden project and working toward growing all our own food starting this year. Won't have cows until next year so will still be doing meat and dairy at the store each month until that happens. Our baby chicks and ducks are huge now! should start getting eggs in another month or so.