Just a warning, this blog will be more of a list than paragraphs with information. Thanks for reading this though, it is all very important to me.
1. Switch to water. It is much healthier than soda or other drink products, and it is inexpensive!
2. Eat eggs. No guarantee the eggs wont be from chicken fed chickens or chickens who eat their own feces because of their living conditions! To avoid this by your own chicken(s). This is what makes eggs cheep! As chicks they only cost about $2 a pop and chicken feed is not pricey either.
3. Eat Fatty Meats! This is quite the statement I know. I have avoided fat for a long time…it’s no wonder i have not been able to lose weight. Fat doesn’t make you fat, excess calories do. Inactive men and women only need 4-6 oz of meats high in omega 3, 6, and 9 per day (active men and women needing slightly more). This is approximately the size of your fist unless you have very large hands. That’s only 260 calories for chicken, 270 calories in salmon, 430 calories in beef (at 80% lean, which is medium lean), 415 calories for pork, 360 calories in lamb. The rest of your calories for the day can be spent on veggies, fruits, and whole grains.
4. Buy frozen veggies. Not only do they take less time to prepare (time is money after all), but your not wasting money if they are not eaten in time and they can be bought in bulk for discounts and stored in your freezer.
5. Buy generic food! I have been trying for years to get my significant other to buy all generic brands. A lot of the time those generic brands are exactly the same as the name brand. Tylenol for instance sells its medicines to Safeway and other grocery/drug stores to sell as their off brand. Tylenol either overproduced and is looking to sell more or they are just looking to sell more of their product. The only reason bottles with ‘Tylenol’ cost $2.00 a bottle more is the brand; it’s trusted, recognized, and known, whereas the off brand, not so much (until you try it anyway).
6. Buy in Bulk. As an add on to number 4, buying everything in bulk is best on the budget. Freeze whatever you don’t use right away. Here is a list of things you can freeze and how long they can last and stay good in the freezer:
- Chicken or turkey pieces, uncooked: nine months
- Fruit pies, unbaked: eight months
- Fruit: 6 to 12 months
- Steaks, uncooked: 6 to 12 months
- Butter: 6 to 9 months
- Lean fish: six months
- Roasts, uncooked: 4 to 12 months
- Chicken or turkey, cooked: 4 to 6 months
- Chops, uncooked: 4 to 6 months
- Shellfish, uncooked: 3 to 6 months
- Hamburger: 3 to 4 months
- Bread and cake: three months
- Cookies, baked or dough: three months
- Meat casseroles, cooked: three months
- Fatty fish: 2 to 3 months
- Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months
- Ice cream and sorbet: two months
- Ham, cooked: 1 to 2 months
- Bacon: one month