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Old 01-25-2017, 04:35 AM   #1
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Low Carbing on a Budget in 2017

We all have been hit with the cost of groceries I am sure, and I cant see them coming down in price any time soon (if ever). So I was wondering what people make that is low budget food, easy to get ingredients.


Myself, I eat a lot of eggs. But also pork chops and chicken. Will post some recipes soon.


Please post recipes, and if you see a deal at a shop, post that to, it might help another LCer out.

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Old 01-25-2017, 08:38 AM   #2
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I hit the local discount store for most of the food. But some things you just need the name brand!
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:48 AM   #3
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Myself, I eat a lot of eggs. But also pork chops and chicken. Will post some recipes soon.

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I find frozen fillets of tilapia for cheap, but pork I rarely buy unless its ribs because I find it dry, even pork chops I can't get right.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:44 PM   #4
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What do you do with the tilapia? Never cooked one before.
Do you have low budget meals/recipes you can share?
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Old 01-26-2017, 03:19 AM   #5
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If you go to the recipe forum here and search "tilapia", there are hundreds of recipes
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:46 AM   #6
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Things that make multiple servings at one time help with budget imho. A crustless quiche will make 5 breakfasts. Some of Linda Sues come to mind also...green chicken enchilada casserole and the white castle hamburger pie 4-6 servings and very economical ingredients....best part , cook once a week!
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:36 PM   #7
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I have been doing some freezer cooking at the beginning of the month- especially recipes to go in my crockpot/InstantPot, and a couple of doubled soup recipes. It really helps save on the grocery bill throughout the rest of the month.
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:53 PM   #8
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Do you have recipes?
I do!

Kahlua Pig-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/11193482...oker-kalua-pig

Mexican Beef-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/76137606...r-mexican-beef

Beef Stew-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/15503301...oker-beef-stew

Chicken Taco Filling-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/5909

Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/6032

Mississippi Roast-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/4049

I was really on my game this month, and had an actual prep evening, where I prepped and froze everything. I bought round, dishwasher safe reusable tubs on Amazon, and I combined and froze everything. You can also plan one meal per evening, and make one for that night and prep one for the freezer.

Oh, I also doubled my favorite chili recipe, and my favorite taco soup recipe, and froze an extra meal of those as well.
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:06 PM   #9
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I love to cruise the weekly ads and see who has what that we use. Last week, I picked up a 24.48 pound turkey for $12 at Safeway. Roasted it up on Sunday and we've been eating on it all week.

The week before that, I got a shank-half ham for .99/lb. That made multiple meals as well, plus left me with a nice ham bone for soup.

And my splurge last week was bone-in rib steaks, Angus beef, for $5.99/lb. I have them cut about 1.25" thick and then freeze them - once frozen, I vacuum- seal each one individually. One of those steaks is enough for both DH and me.

Otherwise, seasonal produce, shopping at Grocery Outlet and Costco, all help hold down costs for us.
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Old 01-27-2017, 05:50 AM   #10
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Old 01-27-2017, 01:19 PM   #11
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I buy whatever's on cheapest sale, and cook from there. Some weeks it's bratwurst, other weeks it's pork shoulder, other weeks it's chicken thighs. Thank goodness for the Internet, and being able to search so easily for recipes!
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:25 PM   #12
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I wait for the store to put frozen veggies on sale and I stock up on broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc. Same with bags o' frozen chicken. Instead of paying 8.99, I wait until it is on sale for 6.99 and buy four bags to get me through until the next sale.

We have eggs once a week and I do have beans occasionally in soups and stews. That wouldn't work for induction, but they are so much cheaper if you buy them dry and cook them yourself and not hard to do at all. I would say we have two meals a week that are egg or bean based and then the other five meals we have meats, but more chicken than beef due to costs.

One thing that really stretches your budget is learning about the sales cycles. Every 6-8 weeks, the sales cycle. So, if you see that your favorite cheese is on sale for $1 off this week, buy enough to get you through 6 weeks when it goes on sale again.

Anything that can be frozen or keeps, I do that with. I started with one item and kept adding them. I would say I save around 40% on our grocery bill by buying this way and knowing to buy when things are on sale.

I also want to add that I have saved a lot more money this year by making sure we actually eat up our leftovers. I found we were wasting a lot of produce, so I will chop things up and freeze them to use in recipes (onions, peppers, tomatoes, berries). If I cook a pot roast, we eat until it is all gone and then use any scraps for a soup. Hope some of that is helpful to you. Eating healthy is expensive.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:29 AM   #13
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I do!

Kahlua Pig-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/11193482...oker-kalua-pig

Mexican Beef-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/76137606...r-mexican-beef

Beef Stew-
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/15503301...oker-beef-stew

Chicken Taco Filling-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/5909

Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/6032

Mississippi Roast-
https://menu.onceamonthmeals.com/#/recipe/4049

I was really on my game this month, and had an actual prep evening, where I prepped and froze everything. I bought round, dishwasher safe reusable tubs on Amazon, and I combined and froze everything. You can also plan one meal per evening, and make one for that night and prep one for the freezer.

Oh, I also doubled my favorite chili recipe, and my favorite taco soup recipe, and froze an extra meal of those as well.
Thanks for sharing those links! Never come across those sites before and they seem to have some great recipes!
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:19 AM   #14
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Intermittant fasting. My breakfast cost is $0.
Yeah, the groceries for my food definitely got smaller when I went from three meals to two. .
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We have Ruler Foods here, a Kroger discount store, and I like to shop there frequently because they mark down fresh food when it's getting close to the exp date.
We went on Monday and they had marked down bags of salad to 79 cents a bag, I got 7 of them, green beans were 69 a package and it wasn't quite a lb but close, I got 5 of them.
A 10 lb bag of leg quarters was $5, and those are perfect for us because my kids like the legs and I prefer the thighs.
The day I was there they had boneless pork chops marked 40% off regular price. I got 2 big packs of them.
Ground beef I can usually get 40% off too, but they had none that day.
We just bring it home and put it in the freezer if we won't be using it in a day or two.

Right after Christmas they had hams for half off. We bought two, cooked one and sliced it up for lunch meat and froze the other one and cooked it a couple weeks later.

And we always eat a bunch of eggs. I can usually get 36, 2 18 packs. at WalMart for around $2 or under.
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I eat very simple things. Good meat in the crockpot or cooked in pan or grill, farm eggs from a lady at work, basic veggies. Somewhat boring for most but it's how I have to handle it.
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I go to Sam's buy meat cheap and use my food saver to portion it out. I maybe spend 100-150 on meat a month..
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I get whole chickens and chuck roasts, and ration the meat carefully so that I can get 2-3 meals (for a 4 person family) out of them. I have a list of "pot roast leftovers ideas" and "leftover roast chicken" ideas. Then I turn the bones into stock for soups.
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I've been making something for dinner on Monday's that has a lot of leftovers - that becomes my lunch the rest of the week. I love buying a whole chicken - cheap and delish in the crock pot! Other than that, I buy what is on sale. I always stock up on cream cheese when it's on sale. Low carb pizza is pretty cheap and yummy to make - I do the cheese crust recipe and make it veggie pizza, meat pizza, bbq chicken pizza, etc.
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I spent some up front and got half a cow that my brother grass-fed and finished. That, plus eggs makes for great food for very reasonable prices.
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Kinda tough for me...I don't eat Chicken or fish & very little Pork. I do it but it's not easy.
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If you google, you will come across someone's blog who managed to eat 3 low carb meals a day for a week on $25 spent at the Dollar Store.
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If you google, you will come across someone's blog who managed to eat 3 low carb meals a day for a week on $25 spent at the Dollar Store.
Our dollar stores here ain't that great, sadly.
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I'd love to see some tasty original ideas for using leftovers. I had two left over burgers in the fridge tonight - I tried to make them into a cottage pie with celeriac mash but can't say was a success.
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I do keto so fat content is quite high - I use coconut oil bought in bulk;
Protein shakes which I then make for breakfast with chai seeds.
I am generally full until late in the evening so just have a meat and veg supper - high fat.
I don't spend much as I am not eating much. A real saving. I have 2 meals a day one of which is a drink.
I am quite small 1.53m so I don't need as much food as an average person, hence the two meals.
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